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Meet Preparation: Fun Ways To Get Ready For Competition

Meet Preparation: Fun Ways To Get Ready For Competition It's that time of year, athletes! The time when we set our clocks back, ringing in the new season with overbearing darkness at 5 p.m., excruciatingly chilly air temperatures, and holidays GALORE. It also signifies an important season for swimme...

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The Health Benefits Of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

The Health Benefits Of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods Picture this. Your mom just made your favorite meal for dinner: Steak and potatoes! You sit down at the table, tuck a napkin into your shirt, and dig in. You're a swimmer, after all. You need the calories. You scarf down every last morsel of th...

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Mental Toughness in Sports: The Struggle Is Real

Mental Toughness in Sports: The Struggle Is Real Swimmers train like monsters. The hours per week certainly add up, not just in the pool but in the weight room, doing dryland exercises, relentlessly chucking a medicine ball around the pool deck until our shoulders give out. We've got the physical tr...

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7 Reasons Why Sprint Squad is the Best Squad

7 Reasons Why Sprint Squad is the Best Squad "All right folks! Split up into your groups! Let's rock and roll!" Your coach cheers and graciously pairs those words with a few enthusiastic claps. You quickly hop out of your warmup lane, carefully organize your equipment in your mesh bag and make your ...

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Like a Girl: The Pride In Being a Female Athlete

Like a Girl: The Pride In Being a Female Athlete “Back of the line,” the scruffy-headed blonde boy barks at you, shoving you away from the lane with a sharp elbow to the ribcage and a harmony of laughter. It’s time for swim practice, which means it’s time to pick a lane to swim in. You look down at ...