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Marathon Swimmer Catherine Breed goes Beyond the Black Line

By Kate Walter, Swimming World College Intern. The term "marathon swimming" may sound daunting and unfamiliar to those on the outside of the swimming community. It is even intimidating to those within who are used to clear waters, walls and black lines. But to the tenacious marathon swimmer Catherin...

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A Swimmer's Guide to the Summer of 2019

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, parkas are being gleefully replaced with tank-tops and shorts, outdoor pools are open and there seems to be one word on everyones mind: SUMMER! For swimmers who spend the school year balancing academic...

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The Complete Guide to Prom: Swimmer Edition

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern. When the months of April and May roll around and spring championship meet season finally ends, high school swimmers trade in their knee skins and sweatpants for tuxedos and dresses. The season of prom is unlike any other, especially within the swimming communit...

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Favorite Pastimes of Olympians: A Look into Their Lives Above Water

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.  Between attending practices, lifting weights, eating nutritious meals and traveling for meets, it seems as if Olympic swimmers can hardly take a moment to catch their breath. However, this is not the case. Just like anyone else, world-record holders and gold m...

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I Swim Because....

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.  Why wake up at 4 a.m. to stumble around a dimly lit rec center and take a reluctant plunge into the cold pool? Why put up with the permanently wet hair and stench of chlorine with hopes of shaving off hundreds of a second? These questions often rattle around i...

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4 Hometown Elite Athlete Friendships

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.  There’s nothing fans love to see more than two of their favorite athletes posing together for an Instagram photo. On the rare occasion when Olympic swimmers emerge from the pool to socialize, some of them have found time to hang out and even form friendshi...

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Swimming Trends and Challenges on Social Media

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.  Over the past few years there has been an explosion of social media trends in the swimming community. Swimmers of all ages flock to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to post videos of themselves participating in a certain challenge. Olympians have even joined in ...

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Meet 7 Unsung Swim Heroes

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern.  Not all heroes wear goggles. Making sure a swim meet runs smoothly involves much more work than you may think. While swimmers physically exert themselves and earn recognition at meets, the effort needed to organize and execute the meet is often unheralded. Thi...

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Summer Swim Leagues, Had me a Blast!

By Kate Walter, Swimming World Intern. Summer swim leagues are often a child's first exposure to competitive swimming and can foster a lifetime love for the sport. Five-year-olds sporting neon googles hesitantly enter the pool upon their parents' pleading and leave 13 years later with the biggest sm...