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4 Michael Phelps Quotes to Keep You Motivated

4 Michael Phelps Quotes to Keep You Motivated Michael Phelps knows better than most that success doesn't happen over night. Although he emerged as a standout at an early age, he put in the necessary work over the course of his career to become the most-decorated Olympian in history. He knows the pow...

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Part II: The Confessions of a Butterflyer

Part II: The Confessions of a Butterflyer Swimming World continues to dip into the archive and unites readers with some popular articles from the past. Today, we look at the Confessions of a Butterflyer, which follows the Confessions of a Distance Swimmer. By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College In...

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What Swimming Has Taught Us

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern In less than one year, I, along with thousands of other current college juniors, will official be able to call myself a "swammer." Our time in this sport will soon be up, and it will be here before we know it. Some of us may be thrilled, and are counti...

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Why Summer Swimming Will Always Have My Heart

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern.  Sometimes on the first day of class, a teacher will ask you to describe yourself, or explain who you are to the group. My answer to this question hasn't once changed in almost 15 years. "I'm a swimmer." I take a whole lot of pride in being a swimmer....

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Shaking Off a Disappointing Championship Meet

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern.  You work hard day in and day out for months on end. You endure early morning wake ups, lifts that make it impossible to walk up the stairs the next day, and grueling practices that cause you to question your own sanity. You survived your brutal train...

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A College Freshman's Guide to a Championship Meet

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern.  The most wonderful time of the year for college swimmers everywhere has finally arrived. It's championship season. That's right, folks. It's time to whip out those fastskins, say goodbye to months of hairy legs, and rejoice over the joy that taper ne...

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Focusing on the Fifth Stroke: The Underwater Dolphin Kick

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern. I grew up on a swim team with a coach who ingrained "four underwater dolphin kicks off of every wall" into my mind. As my swimming developed over the years, my body changed, my strokes changed, but my underwaters never seemed to. It's like they're a p...

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The Stability of Swimming

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern.  What a year 2016 has been. Some flourished, while others failed. Some hit their peak this year, while others hit their pit, and hit it hard. Some people found themselves in 2016, while others realized that they really don't know their self at all. Th...

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3 Tips for a Successful Mid-Season Taper Meet

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern. College swimmers and high school club swimmers alike are itching for this time of the season. It’s finally time to slap on a fast suit (which might take a while, since you haven’t worn one in a few months), shave your legs and/or arms (which may also ...

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4 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Break is a Swimmer's Heaven

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern. Thanksgiving break is a special time for college students everywhere. But, just like in most other cases, college swimmers are a special case here. Thanksgiving break for us is...well, it's a majestic time of pure glory. You can finally breathe again ...

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3 Ways to Power Through the November Swimming Blues

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern. November can be a tough time for collegiate swimmers. The beginning of the season excitement we all experience has officially worn off, and practice is feeling like a drag. It's starting to get dark halfway through your afternoon workout, making that ...

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Leaving a Legacy: From First to Fourth

By Nicole Farina, Swimming World College Intern. “In lane 4, Nicole Farina from Ursuline Academy.” Cheers erupted, louder than for any of the other swimmers announced. I adjusted my signature pink goggles, pulled down my black UA cap, and glanced at the seven other girls in my heat. I smiled to myse...