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What Gertrude Ederle Can Teach Us About Grit

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World Intern. Gertrude Ederle showed the world what grit and tenacity can do: make swimming history. On August 6, 1926, 19-year-old Trudy became not only the first woman to complete the English Channel but also set the fastest recorded time completing the crossing. She ...

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Olympic Confidence Coach Christen Shefchunas on Overcoming Self-Doubt

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern.  Swimming is a competitive sport that is based around comparing your individual achievements to others. Unfortunately, sometimes this can undermine your confidence and proficiency. While it can be advantageous to swim with others to push you harder...

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One Decade Later, Do We Miss the Full-body Tech Suit?

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World Intern. It has been one decade since FINA banned the now infamous tech suit and ended the "shiny suit era" - one in which the world saw records falling at an alarming rate. In an article written by the late Steve Connor in The Independent (see link at bottom of ar...

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The Struggle is Real: Burnout in Competitive Swimming

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World Intern. Burnout is a common occurrence in sport, but for many reasons, it is prominent in competitive swimming. It's no secret that swimming is extremely difficult and is associated with early specialization. Unfortunately, talented swimmers will stop due to f...

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What You Should Know About Swimmer’s Shoulder

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. In the wake of Missy Franklin’s retirement from competitive swimming, Swimming World decided to address the unfortunate injury that plagues many swimmers across the sport - swimmer’s shoulder. In Franklin’s circumstances, she underwent s...

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Dive into These 4 Holiday Swim Sets!

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. Holiday themed swim practices are a great way to develop more positive energy at practice. Between mid-season championships and school exams, it's important to find ways to stay motivated in the pool to avoid feeling overwhelmed and be encouraged t...

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Are You Blue? Dive in to Find Out the Benefits of Blue Mind

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is essentially a water guru. He has undertaken the unexpected title of ambassador for the wellness benefits of water, which is embodied in his concept of Blue Mind. Blue Mind is a mental state that he believes exists in all o...

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Dawn Gerken Dill: When Your Coach Believes in You

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. "Your whole life changes when one person believes in you.” This is where success began for Dawn Gerken Dill. Being the former NEWMAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year as head coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dill says tha...

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Advice for the College Transfer Swimmer

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. College transfer is a label many swimmers try to avoid. Transferring, particularly as a student-athlete, can have a negative undertone. You may be prone to sabotaging yourself with certain questions and doubts if you’re thinking about leaving your ...

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Donna Edelbaum and Bill Jones Prove that Age is Just a Number

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. Few sports defy the odds that age is just a number the way that swimming does. For 85-year-old Maine Masters swimmer Donna Edelbaum, not only is she still competing but also is challenging herself to train and specialize in two of the most daun...

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5 Reasons to Continue Swimming as a Lifelong Sport

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern. Many collegiate swimmers look at the end of their college swimming eligibility as the beginning of "swammer" status; however, this does not have to be the case. U.S. Masters Swimming has referred to swimming as "the magic pill" for a reason - regar...