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Just Stop! 8 More Questions Swimmers Are Tired of Answering

Non-swimmers might think we're elitist when we accidentally roll our eyes at their questions. We might think they are ignorant. If we're elitist, we're sorry. If non-swimmers are ignorant, I'm here to help! We do not expect a non-swimmer to know what 12x75s on 1:00 means or even how to move forward ...

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The Former Swimmer: 5 Things Missed From the Daily Grind

The Former Swimmer: 5 Things They Miss From the Daily Grind (From the Swimming World Archive) By Lauren Williams, Swimming World Intern I never thought the day would come when I would miss getting in the water. Like many of my former teammates, I waited for the last day of our conference championshi...

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Why I Shouldn’t Have Quit Swimming

Why I Shouldn’t Have Quit Swimming (From the Archive) By Swimming World Guest Contributor, Nicholas Zhu First let me start off with why I did quit. As a kid, I hated swimming. I would cry when my parents dragged me to the pool for basic safety lessons. They used to bribe me with White Castle Sliders...

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Great Races: Women's 100-Meter Backstroke at the 1964 Olympics

Great Races: Women's 100-Meter Backstroke at the 1964 Olympics By Dave Bartlett and Brenda Borgh Bartlett “In one drop of water is found all the secrets of all the oceans.” – Kahlil Gibran Dedication: We would like to dedicate our article to all female swim coaches over the decades, including one of...

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11 Things Your Swimming Coach Is Always Yelling

11 Things Your Swimming Coach Is Always Yelling By Allison Peters, Swimming World College Intern We all know what it is like to have your swimming coaches yelling at the top of their lungs during practice, trying to get our attention. Here's a few things that you can improve on to reduce some of thi...

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The 5 Phases to Becoming a Distance Swimmer

The 5 Phases to Becoming a Distance Swimmer By Kelly Lennon (From the Swimming World Archive) Potentially the worst part of being a distance swimmer, besides the unbelievable amount of yardage that comes with it, is finding out you’re a distance swimmer. It’s very similar to going through the stages...

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Guest Commentary: Don't Mix My Olympics With Politics

Guest Commentary: Don't Mix My Olympics With Politics Swimming World is running this guest editorial by Charles Hartley in regard to IOC Rule-50, which deals with athlete protests during the Olympic Games. An editorial from the other view on this situation will be posted in the days to come.  By Cha...

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Can We Be Frank?

Guest Commentary By Bob Heimbrock Ten years ago this month, Frank Busch began serving as USA Swimming's National Team Director, providing the overall vision and leadership for the sport's top coaches and athletes. Under his tenure, USA Swimming won 31 medals at the London Games (2012) and 33 medals ...

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Ryan Held Assesses His Career on the Ultimate Swimmer Podcast

Ryan Held Assesses His Career on the Ultimate Swimmer Podcast The latest episode of the Ultimate Swimmer Podcast with Josh Davis featured Team USA sprinter Ryan Held, a member of the 2016 gold-medal winning 400 freestyle relay at the Olympic Games in Rio. Here is a look at some of the topics that He...

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Ultimate Swimmer Podcast - Ryan Murphy: The New King of Backstroke

Ultimate Swimmer Podcast - Ryan Murphy: The New King of Backstroke By NOAH YANCHULIS Ryan Murphy, a.k.a “The King of Backstroke,” is a multi-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Ryan came home with three gold medals (100/200 backstroke, 400 medley rel...

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Swimmer Strength Tech Tip: Cupping for Competitive Swimmers

If you’ve never tried cupping before, it’s important you try it out, either on the performance or recovery side of things. Personally, I would respond well to it, but feel crummy in the water for the next day or two afterward. On the flip side, some people feel great right after. So, it’s important ...