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9 Test Sets Swimmers Love or Hate: Which is Your Nightmare?

9 Test Sets Swimmers Love or Hate: Which is Your Nightmare? Are you foaming at the mouth to get back into groove from coronavirus. Do you actually miss some of those grueling workouts that once pained you physically and mentally? Take a look at some of these test sets that you might soon embrace onc...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Buffalo: FISH Takes Lead

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. With one day left in the 2019 Buffalo Speedo Sectionals, The Fish have taken a commanding lead, with their 871 points ahead of Radnor Aquatic Club's 561 points and Cougar Aquatic Team's 469.5. The evening's schedule of the 200 Fly, 50 Free, 200 Breast,...

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2019 Speedo Sectionals Christianburg Night 3 Recap: NCAP Dominate

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. Night 3 of the 2019 EZSS Christianburg Speedo Sectionals featured a wide range of events, including the 200 Fly, 50 Free, 200 Breast, and 400 IM. National's Capital (NCAP) dominated all three competitions, with a combined 929 points leading Delaware Sw...

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The Struggles of Southern Swimmers

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. In a sport popularly known for its summer vibes, the Southern swimmer is generally regarded as living a swimming life of luxury – splashing into the warm, outdoor pools with gorgeous skies and a mild swimming winter. But despite how unpopular the opini...

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2019 Big East Championships: Villanova Women, Xavier Men Win Title

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. The final night of the 2019 Big East Swimming & Diving Championships featured the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, women's 1M diving, and the 400 free relay. The women's competition saw a stunning perfect record by the Villanova Wild...

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4 Team Bonding Activities For Championship Season

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. Despite being generally an individual sport, swimming is commonly known to have an intense level of team strength and interaction. Swimmers routinely form the strongest team bonds of any sport, individual or otherwise – a direct result of intense train...

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Unpopular Opinion: Winter Swimming is the Best

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. The pop culture view of swimming is nothing short of summer utopia: flips under the sun while diving off of a burning hot pool deck in the warm summer air. Yet, as the competitive swimming world knows, the sport doesn’t take a break for the cold – in f...

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How to Benefit From An Unconventional Taper

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern.  The holiday season brings so much with it – the joy of friends and family, the excitement of large invitationals, and unimaginable amounts of food and cookies. Yet, it frequently also entails a great obstacle for swimmers: the oddly-timed, unconventio...

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3 Reasons Why Swimmers Have the Strongest Bonds

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. The sport of swimming goes far deeper than individual times, personal goals, and internal growth. While it is true that a great deal of the sport remains focused on the individual, it is unquestionable that much of the sport is a team activity. Swimmer...

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4 Reasons Why Open Water Requires The Strongest Mind

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. It comes with little debate among the swimming community that swimmers are among the toughest athletes across the board both physically and mentally. The countless hours, hundreds of thousands of yards, and early mornings put in – even just for a singl...

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3 Takeaways from 2019 Championship Sites

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. Last month at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., the USA Swimming Board of Directors unveiled additional championship meet sites for the 2019 Championship Series (Futures, Junior Nationals, TYR Pro Series, Nationals, and...

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The 411 on USA Swimming's Rules and Regulations Amendments

By Ryan Gibbons, Swimming World College Intern. Last month at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., USA Swimming’s House of Delegates voted on a number of amendments to the national Rules and Regulations - the document containing most of the laws governing swimming natio...