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6 Ways To Make Something Out Of a Bad Swim Practice

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. As swimmers, we all have days when we show up to practice and are completely fatigued before even getting in the water. Days when making even the warmup interval is a struggle. Your body just can’t do what you want it to, and you feel like you aren’t...

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How They Train: The Work of Former William & Mary Standout Anna Kenna

How They Train: The Work of Former William & Mary Standout Anna Kenna Anna Kenna graduated from William & Mary in 2022. As a four-year varsity swimmer, she compiled quite a résumé. In 2019, she was named freshman swimmer of the year, and in 2021, team MVP. She was a seven-time Coastal Athletic Assoc...

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How They Train: The Work of St. Xavier/Lakeside Standout Johnny Crush

How They Train: The Work of St. Xavier/Lakeside Standout Johnny Crush Johnny Crush, a St. Xavier High School (Ky.) senior bound for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this coming fall, is the Class of 2024’s No. 1 recruit in Kentucky and No. 6 nationally (according to Swimcloud). He is a seven-...

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Why Younger Swimmers Should Race Every Event

A Taste of Everything: Why Younger Swimmers Should Race Every Event In swimming, the topic of specialization of young athletes is often contentious and controversial. At the beginning of my career, I was extremely fortunate to grow up and participate in a program that put an emphasis on doing all di...

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What 8 Traits Define An Excellent Swim Coach and Caring Mentor?

The Excellent Swim Coach (From the Archive) Swimming is very much a sport of observation. Swimmers observe others' strokes underwater during practice and have a lot of time on deck during meets to watch the coach-swimmer dynamics surrounding us. I had 12 swim coaches in my 18 years of swimming. It's...

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Friday FunDAY: Six Swim Workout Sets to Try at Practice

Friday FunDAY: Six Swim Workout Sets to Try at Practice By Kelsey Mitchell For every swimmer and coach, there is that one set they always love to come back to. Whether it be for the intense speed work, high yardage, or minute attention to technique, everyone's favorite set holds a place near and dea...

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Motivational Monday: Positive Affirmations for Swimmers

Motivational Monday: Positive Affirmations for Swimmers Breathe in, breathe out. The moment has arrived. All swimmers know the feeling of having a big race in front of them. You stand behind the blocks, anxiously adjusting your cap and goggles. You count down the heats in front of you until it’s fin...

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8 Approaches to Survive Distance Sets; Where Do You Fit?

8 Approaches to Survive Distance Sets; Where Do You Fit? By Kokomi Flores & Michael Kidd Reflecting on long holiday training sets, we realize that distance swimmers are a special breed. Let's face it, many sprinters have trouble keeping count of distances over 100 yards. But the D crowd three lanes ...

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7 Pet Peeves That Drive Coaches Crazy

7 Pet Peeves That Drive Coaches Crazy Not only do swimmers develop several pet peeves over the course of their swimming career, but so do coaches. Inadequate swimmer etiquette, poor work ethic and an awful mindsets are all things that make a coach’s blood boil. After speaking with some of my swim co...

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Motivational Monday: Establishing Your Voice as a Swimmer

Motivational Monday: Establishing Your Voice as a Swimmer As much as swimming is a team sport, most races are only completed by one person. However, the training often organized by coaches applies to many teammates instead of one person. Even though this practice is effective and makes sense for hel...

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5 Signs a Swimmer Has Taken Ownership of Their Sport

5 Signs a Swimmer Has Taken Ownership of Their Sport (Archive) By Brad Jones One common trait that you will consistently see in successful senior level swimmers is that they have complete ownership of their swimming. Over my years of working with high school kids on the Bellingham Bay Swim Team, I’v...