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6 Reasons Why Swimmers Make the Best Students

6 Reasons Why Swimmers Make the Best Students Early alarm clock rings. Morning lifting practice. Breakfast. School. Lunch. Practice. Dinner. Homework. Swimming steals a lot of your time and begs the question as to when is there ever time for school? Our education is an important part o...

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The Unifying Passion of Olympic Swimmers

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern We live in a society that glorifies the road to success as being paved with expensive training, high-end resources, and an outrageous expenditure of investments. As we watched our Olympians take on the pool with grace and skill, we thought in a...

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5 Reasons Why First-Time Olympian Gunnar Bentz is Ready for Rio

By: SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern Three of the six swimmers who qualified for the men's 4x200 free relay are collegiate teammates. All six are not exclusively freestylers, and two of the four collegiates have been featured by Swimming World Magazine as swimmers to look out for...

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4 Reasons to Root for First-Time Olympian Clark Smith

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern The Olympic Trials can be an incredibly trying meet— some make the prestigious cut, and others fall short. It is a meet filled with opportunity, a meet in which the underdog can touch out a veteran, a meet where legends are born, and futures a...

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5 Reasons To Count On Olympian Jack Conger

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern  As swimmers, we all have two fantasies: 1. Make the Olympic Team 2. Be featured as Swimming World Magazine’s National High School Swimmer of the Year. Jack Conger can rest easy. The rising senior at University of Texas Longhorns has managed to...

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The Time-Suck Called Swimming: Is It Worth It?

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern Swimmers become “swammers" and swammers typically stay swammers but the sport doesn’t leave us as easily as changing a vowel in our titles. While we sat in front of the television this past week, watching the Olympic Trials, we were ignited wi...

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3 Tricks to Overcoming Performance Plateaus

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern There are moments in life in which we feel like we’ve hit a wall—as if nothing is changing and no matter how hard you work, nothing seems to be yielding the results you desire. When you study all week for a test to the point where you live eat ...

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Swim Sets That Trigger Confidence Before A Race

By SuSu Almousa, Swimming World College Intern Why is it that I feel like I perform better when my pre-meet set is centered around alternating sprint 50s? And why do my teammates always groan when I suggest them when coach asks if we have any preferences for our new set. At this point, I do...