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What do Medals Actually Represent? A Look At Their Meaning

What do Medals Actually Represent? A Look At Their Meaning What do medals really mean? For Paralympians and Olympians, many of their goals are “To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games.” That is a little different from simply getting first in any competition. There is emphasis placed on if athl...

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5 Reasons to Cherish Those Final High School Laps

By Maddie Strasen While some high school seasons have already wrapped up, others are nearing their completion - with championship season here. For those racing in scholastic competition for one of the last times, the end of a high school career is bittersweet. It’s important to remember all the memo...

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7 Familiar Reasons Why Swimmers Leave the Sport

Swimmers are renowned for their dedication to their sport. We train long hours at ridiculous times and spend all day at meets only to spend a few minutes actually racing in the pool. However, all swimmers reach a point in their careers when they question why they're still doing it. Although many rel...

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Get CPR Training: A Simple Step Toward Creating Enhanced Safety

Get CPR Training: A Simple Step Toward Creating Enhanced Safety The Need For CPR Training In recent NFL news, Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin was involved in a scary incident in which he had to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to restart his heart. The hit wasn’t necessarily cat...

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Swimming is More Than an Individual Sport

Swimming is More Than an Individual Sport Swimming might seem like an individual sport. Nonetheless, any swimmer that has gone through a distance practice or an extended set knows that they would not have done it without the person swimming next to them. Your teammates in college will add to your li...

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Strong Women are Beautiful Women: Growing Up in a Swimmer’s Body

Strong Women are Beautiful Women: Growing Up in a Swimmer’s Body By Lillian Nelson (From the Archive) Whether you are 13 years old and just growing into your body, or 20 years old and reshaping your body with college swimming, this sport really forces you to be aware of your own presence. I cannot s...

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What is the Hardest Event in Swimming? The Choice Isn't Easy

What is the Hardest Event in Swimming? By Elise Devlin There’s nothing worse than getting a wide eyed, worrisome expression from your friend after you answered their question, “So, what event do you have next?” We’ve all been there. Lurking somewhere in your meet lineup is only the worst event to ex...

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39 Thoughts Swimmers Have During the 200 Butterfly

39 Thoughts All Swimmers Have During the 200 Butterfly By Sophia Chiang We're pretty sure most people are terrified of the 200 butterfly. Well, except for the likes of Kristof Milak, Mary T. Meagher and Michael Phelps. But let's just make it clear that Phelps is absolutely an exception and not the r...

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Swimming: A Love-Hate Relationship

Swimming: A Love-Hate Relationship By Rachel Sansano, Swimming World College Intern  To an outsider, swimmers seem to have a strange relationship with their sport. They simultaneously love and hate every aspect of it. They complain to anyone who will listen. But at the same time, they are the first ...

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Swim Bag Treasures: A Look At What's Often in The Bag

Swim Bag Treasures: A Look At What's Often in The Bag By Isabelle Robuck, Swimming World College Intern.  Almost all of us have our very own trusty swim bag that goes everywhere we do. With a unique variety of items and gadgets gathered by you, it seems very possible for us to practically live out o...

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How to Actually Achieve Your Goals in 2023

How to Actually Achieve Your Goals in 2023 Just a month into the new year and a new semester, there is still time to reflect on the past year, specifically the goals you may have set and reached. There is also time to determine what changes need to be made for the year ahead. In order to maximize yo...

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7 Ways to Build Your Confidence in the Pool

7 Ways to Build Your Confidence in the Pool One of the most frequent mental blocks among swimmers is low self-confidence in the pool. Oddly enough, in my experience, it was the swimmers who showed up to train every day, worked their butt off, and yet, still struggled to have the self-belief...

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An Honest Sport: 15 Truths About Swimming

15 Truths About Swimming Swimming is a sport like no other. You learn a lot about yourself throughout your years as a swimmer and the sport inherently instills valuable life lessons in you. Even when your time as a competitive swimmer is done, you still continue to learn more about the sport and hav...

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What Makes the Perfect Swimmer's Body?

What Makes the Perfect Swimmer's Body? Although swimmers with a wide variety of body types have found success in the sport, most at the international level tend to look similar, sporting tall and muscular bodies - typically with long torsos, long arms and short legs. This begs the question: If you c...

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7 Time Management Tips for Student-Athletes

7 Time Management Tips for Student-Athletes By Kelsey Mitchell Time management has always been important in the world of athletics. Student-athletes are busier than ever at this time of season. Balancing academics, athletics and a social life is no walk in the park. Here are seven simple time manage...

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7 Talents That Swimmers Automatically Possess

7 Talents That Swimmers Automatically Possess The sport of swimming is like an onion. It has a lot of layers. Many skills go into making a whole swim race: Start. Stroke. Turns. Finish. Swimmers, then, are versatile - but not just in the pool. So, if you have swimming as a credential, you automatica...

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5 Outside-the-Pool Activities For Faster Swimming

5 Outside-the-Pool Activities For Faster Swimming When thinking about ways to become a faster swimmer, it makes plenty of sense to consider certain things you can do differently and better IN the water. However, more swimming does not always translate to better results. As a matter of fact, there ar...

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Can Arizona State Men Contend For National Title?

Can Arizona State Men Contend For National Title? In men's college swimming, racing against Cal and Texas can be viewed as a measuring stick. These two programs have dominated the sport for more than a decade, with the Golden Bears and Longhorns occupying the top two spots at the NCAA Championships ...

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11 Things That Separate the Good Swimmer from the Great Swimmer

11 Things That Separate the Good Swimmer from the Great Swimmer By Brittany Oxley (Archive) “This is the difference between being good and being great.” That quote has been engrained in my head since I started swimming at 6 years old. I believe every coach I have ever swum for has said those words. ...