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Four Tips for the Beginning of Long Course Season

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  For most teams, the short course season has winded down, with  meets being set to conclude over the next two weeks. With the end of the season comes a break from the pool, but this break is often not nearly as long as the break that accompanies the end ...

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How To Recruit Athletes To Grow Your Club Membership

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  When it comes to club swimming, one of the main objectives for any coach is to build the program by increasing membership. This objective, while seemingly simple, can actually become quite complicated when one tries to put it into practice. For one, it ...

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Lessons Learned From a College Conference Meet

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  The college conference season has arrived, and this past week, swimming fans everywhere were treated to some truly spectacular performances. From the SECs to the Pac 12 to the dozens of mid-major conferences that were happening around the cou...

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Four Ways to Beat the Nerves and Make the End of the Season Amazing

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  As the conference and championship season rolls around, many swimmers start to experience a rush of nerves that is annoying at best and detrimental to performance at worst. Despite putting in months and months of hard work, some athletes begi...

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Top Nutrition Questions Asked By Swimmers

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  For many athletes, nutrition is a mystery. They are able to recognize the importance of obtaining nutrients  and fueling their bodies  for optimal performance, but the actual process of eating well sometimes becomes lost in the day to day shu...

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How to Rediscover Your Love for Swimming

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  January, for swimmers, is an underrated month. Everyone speaks of the exhaustion that is October and the excitement that hits come March or April, but no one talks about January and the inevitable exhaustion that hits athletes. This month, ce...

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Five Inspirational Books to Read During Winter Training

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  While almost everyone loves the holidays, for swimmers there is a certain amount of dread that inevitably manifests itself this time of year. This anxiety can be chiefly attributed to holiday training. In truth, it is daunting. Doubles after ...

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Mental Health, Student Athletes, and Final Exams

Commentary by Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Finals season is here, and the majority of student athletes consider this period a very stressful time of the semester. Studying, sleeping, the cold weather,  and keeping up with the (reduced) practice hours all can take a toll on mental heal...

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Visualization: An Underrated Secret to Success

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern. The mid-season meet is upon us. For most swimmers, this event is the first time they are able to suit up and rest in the new season; the first time they are able to swim a race the way it will likely feel in February and March. Mid-season meets are a bla...

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Vitamin C, Or How You Will Survive November

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Although November is the month of watching football games on TV while trying to see how fast you can gain ten pounds, it is also the month of mid-season meets and preparation for finals. There are intense training weeks scattered about, as well as chang...

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Why Student Athletes Should Stop Sacrificing Sleep

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Aww, October. For most swim teams, this month is when endurance is built and huge gains are made in training. The days are long and the doubles are rough, and many times the weekends consist of long bus rides and exhausting dual meets. In addition, Octo...

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How Anemia is Hurting Swimmers

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  For many athletes, being perpetually tired is just a way of life. Training is intense, school has its demands, and often there are simply not enough hours in the day to check everything off the to do list. However, there is a distinct difference between...

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Massive Tread-A-Thon Scheduled to Raise Drowning Awareness

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World Intern. As swimmers, being comfortable in the water comes naturally to us. We take for granted how effortlessly we can slide across the surface, how completely relaxed we feel blowing bubbles at the bottom of a pool or floating on our backs, staring up at a cloudless sk...

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A Swimmer's Break: The Underrated Component of Swimming Fast

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Once August rolls around, swimmers typically fall into two categories regarding breaks from swimming. The first group is overjoyed by the recess from the sport, a chance to stretch their land legs and live life a little less structured than they normall...

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How to Have Incredible Practices Every Day

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Our sport, as complex and sometimes complicated as it is, can nevertheless be divided into two distinct, simple divisions: practice and competition. While meets are where all the glory is gained, practice is where the work is put in, and where goals are...

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Top Open Water Swimming Fears Debunked

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  The summer brings with it many opportunities to swim outside. Many athletes inevitably latch onto open water swimming, a type of racing that is so vastly different from regular competitive swimming. It could be argued that the two are completely differe...

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What I Wish I Had Known about College Recruiting

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  Every July 1st, thousands of upcoming high school seniors excitedly stare at a telephone, eagerly awaiting that special call from their dream school. Since this day is the first time Division 1 college coaches are allowed to initiate contact with their ...

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How the Best Fight Complacency

By Norah Hunt, Swimming World College Intern.  One of the most exciting parts of watching sports is being able to see the all around winners, the rare and talented bunch of athletes that simply cannot seem to be beaten. Any day, under any condition, they can go out and succeed, regardless of what th...