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24 Reasons Tomorrow Begins Today

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern With the championship season rapidly coming to a close for high school and college swimmers, we look forward to a brief, yet well deserved one to two week break before we get back at it in the offseason leading into summer training. After enjoying som...

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Laura Molinari: Supermom Volunteer

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern Swimming is a unique sport. A lot more goes in to making it run smoothly than the coaches, the swimmers, and the pool. There are oodles and oodles of odd jobs to be done, and those who sacrifice their time to do them often fly under the radar without ...

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3 Things Swammers are Thinking

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern With college seasons coming to a close, seniors all across the country are beginning to count down their final days being defined as college swimmers, and transitioning into the post-swimming chapters of their lives. For many, it is a bittersweet mome...

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2016 Utah High School State Meet Heat Sheets Out

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern The Utah High School State Meets kick off this upcoming weekend at Brigham Young University. The 2A Classification dives in Thursday morning with Emery High School looking to defend their Men's and Women's 2A titles from last year. Individual swimmers...

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It All Boils Down to One Thing: Respect

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern Swimming is a unique sport in that it evokes an incredible maturity and responsibility in its athletes. There is no such thing as "fake it 'til you make it" here. There is no "getting lucky." You get out what you put in. This cold hard truth is what c...

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Natalie Coughlin: Lifestyle Guru

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern For as long as I can remember, Natalie Coughlin has been an idol of mine. I had the privilege of meeting her for the first time when I was a scrappy age group swimmer at Cal Swim Camp, and have been infatuated by her wholesome personality, relentless ...

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Dear College Seniors: The Final Push

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern Well ladies and gents, this is it. My dearest college seniors, now is the time for the final push. The last term of school (for some). The last time you'll wake up and dive into a pool with your best friends every morning. The last time you'll have to...

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3 Reasons Why the World Falls for Swimming Every Olympic Year

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern As a lifetime member of the swimming community, I’ve seen our sport through the good times and the bad. Over my many years in the sport, I have noticed a trend. An Olympic year trend. Every four years, when the Summer Olympic Games roll around, all so...

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An Open Letter to the Unsung Swim Parent

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern Swimming is tough. It is a constant grind, where we get used to putting in hours and hours of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears in hopes that at the end of the season when we race our best events, we will shave off a few milliseconds. Maybe even a fu...

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The 3 R's of Winter Training

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern It’s that time of the year again! Time for cozy blankets by the fireplace, cookie baking with grandma, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” to be played on a loop…and the most limit-pushing, butt-kicking, extra-frequent training of the yea...

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Conquering the Year After Your Fairytale Season

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern There has always been plenty of coverage and focus on breakout performance years and the glory associated with said years. And just as in fairytales, the coverage usually stops or slows after the happy ending is achieved, and the spotlight moves on to...

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39 Reasons We Are Thankful for Swimming

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern With Halloween behind us, and the beginning of the holidays just a few weeks away, any swimmer knows that the hardest training of the year is upon us. We’re back in shape at this point, dual meets are in full swing, the weather is getting colder, and ...

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One Team, One Mindset, One Goal

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." -Phil Jackson As much of an individual sport swimming can seem to be to the outside eye, it is perhaps one of the most team-reliant sports out there. Swimme...

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3 Reasons Why Properly Fueling Your Body Matters

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern All across the country, college and club swim teams have begun their training seasons for the year after taking the tiny, yet well-deserved break that swimmers get once a year. At this point, you’ve more or less been out of the water for a few weeks. ...

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Swimming: Your Steadfast Sanctuary

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World College Intern As you progress out of age group swimming and into the world of high school and college swimming, not only does the sport itself intensify, but it also soon becomes apparent that school isn’t easy anymore. Family life can be complicated. Your social l...

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Under Pressure: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World Intern Now that we are less than a year out from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, athletes around the U.S. and the rest of the world are feeling the pressure to perform more than ever. As a swimmer, you can either let this be a good thing, or a bad thing. The days leading ...

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Strong Women are Beautiful Women: Growing Up in a Swimmer’s Body

By Lillian Nelson, Swimming World Intern With ESPN Magazine’s recent release of their annual Body Issue, our bodies are on our minds a little extra lately. Whether you are 13 years old and just growing into your body, or 20 years old and reshaping your body with college swimming, this sport really f...