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In Her Words: Meaghan Raab's Climb to the US National Team

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World Intern.  Swimming is just a sport to watch during the Olympics to some people, for others it’s an alternative form of exercise to running. To me, it’s second nature and a way of life. My mom was a collegiate swimmer at Stanford when they won the National Championship ...

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The Evolution of Breaststroke

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern.  There was time when I used to teach swimming through a program with my club team. Breaststroke was always the hardest stroke to teach the kids because of the differences in the stroke from the other three strokes. Freestyle and backstroke are essentia...

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The Evolution of Backstroke

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern. Backstroke is essentially the equivalent of freestyle, but on the back. In the Olympic Games backstroke has an interesting history. The first event to be included was the 200-meter event for men in the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. The 100-meter event w...

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Finding the Silver Lining in the Midst of Disappointment

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern. Have you ever been disappointed in a race or a practice? Have you ever felt that you weren’t good enough based on your performance in the pool? You are not alone in these feelings. Disappointment happens to every single person and there are ways to tak...

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Dear Holiday Training

Dear Holiday Training, You and I have spent some quality time together over the last four weeks. You were hard. Really hard. You brought day after day of doubles, sometimes with weights in between workouts. The workouts were tough and did not always end well. Injuries flared up from overuse during t...

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9 Gifts College Swimmers Can Give Club Coaches

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern.  Going home for Christmas break is something that all college students look forward to. The group that is most eager for the break is perhaps the college swimmers. Christmas break means Christmas training, which is known by all swimmers to be some of t...

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12 Questions with Jack Bauerle

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern.  Jack Bauerle, head coach of the University of Georgia swim teams, is one of a kind. He cares about his swimmers as if they were his own kids. Bauerle constantly shows that he cares by asking how they are doing, how classes are going, and how their fam...

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When Transferring Schools is the Right Decision

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern.  Another National Signing Day has come and gone with all the eager seniors signing their letters of intent to the school of their choice. But what happens if they arrive on campus and it isn’t what they expected or they decide they need something diffe...

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Why Fueling Your Body Before Practice is Critical

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern. The dreaded sound of your alarm for morning practice wakes you up at 5 a.m. You are tired and going through the motions of getting ready without being fully awake. After sleeping for several hours and partaking in an overnight fast, your body is hungry...

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Swimming 101: Non-Swimmer Edition

By Meaghan Raab, Swimming World College Intern. As an avid sports fan at the University of Georgia, I have had countless conversations with other fans at the games that I attend. One in particular sticks out in my mind. I was at a volleyball match when an older couple that I knew sat next to me and ...