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10 Beach Norms Swimmers Know all too Well

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. Few people experience the summer like a swimmer. They are practically mermaids, after all. They can breathe on land but their fish tail always seems to draw them back to the water. All joking aside, going to the beach with a swimmer is sure to be an in...

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The Pros and Cons of Lifeguarding as a Competitive Swimmer

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. With championship season coming to a close, you may find that you have more free time than you’re used to. If you have been pushing off applying for that summer job or writing that resume, now is a great time to get it done. It might not feel like it r...

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Laughter: The Magic Ingredient During Championship Season

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World Intern. Humor is such an important part of our lives, but with all the stress and responsibilities we deal with daily, laughter often takes a backseat. However, it’s in the times of struggle that we can benefit from laughter the most. Especially during taper time, lau...

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Versatile Swimmer

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. Being a versatile swimmer is like being the jack of all trades. It means you are decent at everything but not particularly great at anything. This experience resonates with many swimmers as they struggle with finding their true path. Learning to swim a...

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Be Proud of Your Build

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. If you’re a female swimmer, chances are you aren’t as lean as Kendall Jenner or as short as Ariana Grande. In fact, you probably don’t look like most girls who come across your Instagram feed or your TV screen. It’s hard for you to go shopping, because...

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Stations: The Beloved Swim Workout

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. It's no secret that swimming can get monotonous at times. With their face in the water, swimmers often find themselves singing songs, studying, or planning for their next birthday to pass the time. But occasionally, they walk onto the poo...

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4 Teammates to Deal with During the Holidays

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. The holidays are a special time, but for swimmers, this time of year gets complicated. While most people are spending quality time with family, swimmers are surrounded by their teammates. In the sport of swimming, this is such a crucial time of the yea...

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The Snowy Slope of Bad Habits

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. With just around 20 days until winter, it’s hard not to have snow, break and holiday cheer on the brain. But with most teams approaching mid-season taper meets, it’s important to keep focused, work on technique and rehearse good habits. Becoming lazy, ...

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5 Integral Members of a Swimmer's Support System Outside the Water

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. The life of a swimmer is complicated. You can take the swimmer away from the pool, but you can’t take the pool away from the swimmer; or the chlorine for that matter. Swimming is a sport that not only follows you around, it also impacts the people clos...

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7 Reasons Why a Swimmer's Strength is Unmatched

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. The sport of swimming requires high levels of both physical and mental strength, calling to a special type of person. If you know a swimmer or are one yourself, you can consider yourself lucky. Swimmers affect the people around them and can teach us al...

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Top Sports Psychology Questions Answered

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. Have you ever experienced the pre-race jitters or the meet-day butterflies that make your stomach feel uneasy? What about the, “I just want to get this over with” attitude when the negative thoughts start creeping in? Have you felt sweaty palms, a raci...

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Mollee Lasto Exhibits Resiliency in the Face of Adversity

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. Resilience is a word often tossed around the pool deck, as the demands of the sport require an uncommon strength, both physically and mentally. As swimmers, we encounter challenges often and must work to overcome them. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep...

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6 Cliché Motivational Quotes That Actually Have Merit

By Maggie Lasto, Swimming World College Intern. As swimmers we’ve all heard - or at least seen - the classic, cliché motivational quotes during practice, at meets or even printed on the backs of T-shirts and posters. Pool decks are a breeding ground for this type of positivity. Being surrounded by s...