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4 Comments That Come With Life As A Female Swimmer

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern I believe that life as told by a female swimmer varies a lot from the male swimmer's story. From having to explain to school friends why your hair is always thrown up in a ponytail, to those broad "swimmer shoulders" that everyone comments on, it is v...

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Where Would I Be Without Swimming?

Where Would I Be Without Swimming? By Grace Hoffmann I have been swimming for 15 years and can honestly say that I have never met a swimmer who has said that they have always loved the sport. If you're out there and love swimming 100 percent of the time, then kudos to you! That's truly something spe...

A Thank You to Every Swim Parent

By Grace Hoffmann It didn't take long for me to realize that my parents were just as, or maybe even more, involved in my swimming career than I am. I am grateful for all the times they woke up early to take me to morning practice, and the many hours they spent at swim meets waiting for me to swim a ...

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Leave A Legacy: 3 Qualities of An Influential Leader

Leave A Legacy: 3 Qualities of An Influential Leader During practice, she swims hard. She's focused, but still has fun. She watches her teammates with no judgment. When it comes time for “off the block racing,” she is the first out of the pool cheering her teammates on. She doesn't just cheer to che...

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4 Advantages of Training At Home For the Summer

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern Freezing outdoor pool water. Lanes packed full. Six-and-under kiddos roaming the pool deck. High hope of thunder and lightning. As the summer is quickly approaching for college kids, decisions about the whereabouts of their training from May to August...

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4 Reasons to Get More Involved with Your Kid's Swim Team

by Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern  "I do it because I love you and you love swimming!" were the words out of my mother's mouth every time I asked why she had to be at the pool on meet day before me. The people at the pool before the swimmers-- they rock! You don't realize it as a litt...

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FGCU Women, UMBC Men Claim Coastal Collegiate Championship Titles

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern Athens, Georgia- Both FGCU women and UMBC men defended their Coastal Collegiate title yesterday evening. Day 4 of the championship meet contained two new individual meet records in the men's 100 freestyle and the women's 200 breaststroke. Women's Fina...

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4 Records Fall on Day 3 of the Coastal Collegiate Championship

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern  In Athens, Georgia at the Gabrielsen Natatorium the FGCU Women are continuing to stay in the lead. The UMBC Men are also now in the lead while entering the last day of the 2016 Coastal Collegiate Championship on February 20. Four meet records fell la...

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2016 Coastal Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference Meet Preview

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern The Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) will hold their 2015-2016 Swimming and Diving Championship meet at the University of Georgia February 17-20.  The meet will be held at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The 11 teams in attendance on the Women'...

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3 Things to Think About Before the Big Meet

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern After winter training, a swimmer's mind can start to become consumed with thoughts surrounding their end of season meet. Whether it be an age group state, high school state, or the conference meet, the championship meet for the season can bring feelin...

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10 Reasons Why A Swimmer's Christmas Is the Greatest

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern The prognosis of Christmas training is that it’s hard. Well, yes! However, winter training can be a blast too! Swimmers should flourish during the winter season because: 1. You can eat whatever you want... Calories?  More like cookies. Doubles and str...

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5 Tips for a Newly Signed College-Bound High School Senior

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern Today, November 18, marks the last day for the Early Signing Period for college athletics. With the quick stroke of a pen, athletes all over the country signed their name and gave their word to the college team of their choice. All those months of rec...

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Natalie Coughlin: The Perfect Swimming Idol

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern When asked who my favorite swimmer was when I was little, with no hesitation, I would answer Natalie Coughlin. She’s strong. She’s powerful. She’s fast. She has been one of America’s leading female swimmers for years now. She qualified for every event...

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4 Lessons You Learn When Your Best Friend Becomes Your Biggest Rival

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern As recruiting season picks up, the nation's top divers and swimmers choose their dream school to continue their athletic career. Some of these athletes continue their careers with a familiar face by their side, a teammate from the the club or a fellow...

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4 Tips for Beating the Mental Block in Training

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern A few months into the swim season and Coach’s expectations of you are already through the roof. You’re being pushed more than you have ever thought possible. The pressure is building and you haven’t even had a meet yet. Thoughts of championship season...

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4 Ways to Help the “Click” Happen with A New Coach

By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern It had only been two weeks into college swimming and I missed the practices. I missed the yelling. I even missed the devious smile at 5 a.m. I missed my go-to therapist. I missed my motivator. “Dear Club Coach, Hey, it’s me Grace. Maybe you could come...