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Thoughts While Swimming 20.2 Miles of Butterfly

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern “There are stars in the water!” my grandmother said, staring down at the pitch black water from the front of the boat. Bioluminescent phytoplankton glistened in the calm waves as the boat cut its way through the water; when touched, the plankton w...

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7 Things Swimmers Do Before a Date

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern Ok, let’s be honest, when most of our hours are spent prioritizing our career goals with swim practices, dating can be a struggle for most swimmers. The preparation process can range from one to four hours, depending on whether it is taper ti...

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4 Reasons to Be A Fan of First-Time Olympian Simone Manuel

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern Simone Manuel's second place finish in both the 100 freestyle and in the 50 freestyle at the 2016 US Olympic Trials secured her a spot on the 2016 United States Olympic swim team. The 19-year-old from Houston, Texas will compete in these individual ev...

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5 Reasons Why Olympic Rookie Jordan Wilimovsky is Set to Dominate

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern Jordan Wilimovsky's second place finish in the 1500 freestyle at the US Olympic Trials secured him yet another slot on the 2016 Olympic Team. Wilimovsky's first place finish in the 10K at the 2015 FINA Open Water World Championships earned him one of ...

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Q&A with Open Water Swimmer Grace Van Der Byl

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern World-class open water swimmer and national level pool swimmer Grace Van Der Byl is gearing up for a 36-mile marathon swim in New York this coming summer to add to her extensive list of swimming accomplishments. The 37-year-old is the world record hol...