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What School Subject Matches Your Best Swimming Stroke?

What School Subject Matches Your Best Swimming Stroke? Swimming and school. The two S-word commitments are the ruling factors for young athletes partaking in this sport. On the surface, one may think there is absolutely no correlation between the two, but they would be wrong. There are certain ident...

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Tips For Successfully Handling the College Recruiting Process

Tips For Successfully Handling the College Recruiting Process The new year is in full swing, but another kind of year has an end in sight - the academic year. For those readers who are both swimmers and upperclassmen in high school, the idea of post-graduation plans is usually at the forefront of th...

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5 Life Lessons From a Retired Swimmer

5 Life Lessons From a Retired Swimmer I think we all understand the expression “hindsight is 20/20” a little better. The end of each calendar year brings about a flurry of resolutions of everything one will vow to change because of the metaphorical version of a clean slate that comes with the change...

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Where Do you Fit? The Different Factions That Identify Swimmers

Where Do you Fit? The Different Factions That Identify Swimmers “What’s your stroke? What’s your event?” Like a college student always being asked what their major is, these are probably the number one questions swimmers get asked right after telling someone they are or were a swimmer. Most swimmers...

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The Similarities Between Swimming and Romantic Relationships

The Similarities Between Swimming and Romantic Relationships Swimming and romantic relationships. Both are things many people reading this article will experience at one point or another in their lifetime. Are they related? On the surface, it may not appear so, but when you dive just a little bit de...

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There Is No Right Form: Don't Let Anyone Knock Your Body Image

There Is No Right Form: Don't Let Anyone Knock Your Body Image “Your body is a temple, don’t knock it down.” “Beauty is pain.” “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It’s no secret that we, as a society and as a human race, have put a huge emphasis on the physical body and what is considered “beaut...

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The Differences Between College and High School Swimming

The Differences Between College and High School Swimming Change is a difficult thing. Whether it excites you or causes you dread, change rarely comes without some level of anxiety about the unknown that will undoubtedly accompany it. One of the biggest changes that can happen in a swimmer’s career i...

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Even When the End Comes, Swimming Will Always Be a Part of You

Even When the End Comes, Swimming Will Always Be a Part of You In our sport, exits come in waves. On the world stage, announcements of retirements are career-defining moments. After the Olympics, after World Championships, after NCAA meets. The world’s top athletes will finish out their careers on t...

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The Afterlife: When a Swimming Career Comes to An End

The Afterlife: When a Swimming Career Comes to An End Now. It’s a word, a concept, that many athletes in general, but swimmers especially, understand well. Being present in their training, honing not only their bodies but also their minds, to be the best and most sharp that they can be. Racing a mee...

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Grinding Through Small Distractions a Key To Success in the Pool

Grinding Through Small Distractions a Key To Success in the Pool To anyone who has ever been an athlete, you understand when I speak about grind. Grind is not a simple word, but rather a complex word that contains many layers underneath the seemingly straightforward five letters. When you are an ath...

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Planning a Fun-Filled Olympic Trials Watch Party

Planning a Fun-Filled Olympic Trials Watch Party The highly anticipated, and COVID-delayed, Olympic Games are just around the corner. With the United States Olympic Trials slated to begin on June 13 (Wave II), there’s no better way to get hyped than by celebrating (safely) with teammates, coaches, f...

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The Dynamics of a Swim Family

The Dynamics of a Swim Family Behind every great athlete is a great support system. This rings true across all sports. The dynamics of a swim support system are unique in many ways, especially when your family is a swim family. There are multiple layers that, when peeled back, expose a complicated s...

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Tips and Ideas For How to Pass Time at a Swim Meet

Tips and Ideas For How to Pass Time at a Swim Meet At swim meets, there’s always some sense of routine. No matter what country you’re in, who your opponents are, whether the pool is indoors or outdoors, meters or yards, there is always some sense of familiarity. That familiar routine of a swim meet ...

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The Untold Truths of a Training Trip

The Untold Truths of a Training Trip Training trip. Whether you take your first training trip as a college swimmer, or take it in your younger years over Christmas break, most competitive swimmers will take one in the course of their swim careers, depending on how long you swim for. Every swimmer’s ...

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Coming Up With New Year's Resolutions That Are the Right Fit

Coming Up With a New Year's Resolutions That Are the Right Fit By Alyssa Blair, Swimming World Intern Let’s talk about the one thing that comes, without fail, as we ring in the New Year: Resolutions. At the start of every year, we sit down and figure out in what ways we want to strive to be better t...

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4 Perfect Gifts For Your Swimmer This Holiday Season

4 Perfect Gifts For Your Swimmer This Holiday Season The holiday season is right around the corner. For loved ones who want to make the swimmers in their lives happy, here’s a list of a few gift ideas to help make your swimmer happy. A New Swim Bag Swimmers always need a roomy bag to carry sets of c...

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How to Help a Teammate Deal With Loss

How to Help a Teammate Deal With Loss By Alyssa Blair, Swimming World Intern Loss is a vague word that describes countless things for different people. It can describe trivial and tangible objects we misplace, or it can define a tragedy that will change the shape of a life. When it is the latter, we...