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Working Through the Swammer Blues

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World Intern Swimming is one of the only sports where all of its members have started at a very young age. Naturally, after a decade or so, when it’s finally time to stop, the excitement takes over. But don’t kid yourself just yet. As it turns out, there is only one thi...

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8 Places to Volunteer Around the Pool

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern Volunteers are people who are willing to use their times to help others without any form of remuneration. They are the unknown heroes. Their rewards are nothing but to watch the consequences of their efforts unfold. In swimming, volunteers are alway...

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5 Reasons Why Post-Season Breaks Are Important

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern It is the end of February, the peak of college swimming season. By now, many great swims have been swum, and there are many more to come. But those who are done with their season are facing the start of a new time: that inevitable break after champi...

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From Brazil to Florida: My Neverending Aquatic Journey

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern I’m passionate about writing other people’s stories. I've found that other people's journeys makes me understand a lot more about my own. Thus, I believe it’s my turn to share how I became consumed by this sport. Somehow swimming uprooted me to anot...

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Swimternational with German Olympian Theresa Michalak

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern Imagine waking up in over 30 different countries, checking in at over 200 different hotels, and swimming in more than 200 different waters – all in less than 20 years. That is the life of Theresa Michalak, a German swimmer who left her family and he...

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The Importance of the Drown-Proof Technique

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children. According to a report made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2000, there were over 1,400 deaths due to drowning in ages zero to 20 in the U.S. alone. Over 91 percent of all t...

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The Gift of Being an Athlete

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern You wake up early and practice. You grab your backpack and follow the same old schedule, wondering what today will bring. A different practice, a new challenge. You follow it as if there was nothing more important than your development that day. Eve...

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8 Aspects to Consider When Choosing A College

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern With the arrival of early signing day, the big question remains: What to consider when making such a huge decision? For those who have not yet made your choice, there are a lot of aspects to look into that can be helpful. This decision shouldn't be ...

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Thank you, Swimming: The Best Sport Out There

by Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern To the best thing I’ve ever done, This November, I am thankful for everything I had the opportunity to learn in life. I'm especially thankful for the sport that took me across the globe and let me live my dreams. The one sport which requires obsessi...

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Swimternational: Paulo de Paula's Olympic Dream Never Fades

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern Swimternational is a bi-weekly column focused on the life of international college swimmers. People who chose to leave their countries and family behind so they could chase their dreams. Athletes that went through social, cultural and language barri...

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6 Benefits of Volunteering in College

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern Volunteering in college is often not the exhausted student-athlete's priority, but there are quite a few reasons to consider giving some of that precious free time away. Student-athletes need to fulfill needs, pay the bills and still manage to enjoy...

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A First Look At the Olympic Aquatics Stadium In Rio

By Mariana de Paula, Swimming World College Intern It is almost time! As of today, there are only 316 days left until we kick off the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And as the date gets closer, the athletic world can follow precisely each step of the building process. The big s...