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5 Grueling Swim Sets That Will Provide a Test; Tell Us a Favorite

5 Grueling Swim Sets That Will Provide a Test; Tell Us a Favorite By Wayne Goldsmith Swim sets are like burgers. There's a lot of them in the world: Some are great, some are awful and some are just plain ordinary burgers. Here are 5 swim sets you have to try before you exit the sport. A great swim s...

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16 Unspoken Swimmer Laws

Don't Violate These 16 Unspoken Swimmer Laws By Allison Peters Once, during a meet, I had a revelation. After almost being jumped on by one of my teammates during warmup, I thought to myself, “Wow, he’s really breaking a norm right now.” Then I realized the way swim meets and swim practices run are ...

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Dryland Training: Helpful Exercises For Race Preparation

Dryland Training: Helpful Exercises For Race Preparation By J.R. Rosania In many parts of the country, clubs are preparing their swimmers to race. In the Southwest, where I’m from, swimmers are preparing the next several weeks for state, sectional and national-level competitions. In this month’s art...

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With a New Season Around the Corner, 5 Tips For a Successful Campaign

With a New Season Around the Corner, 5 Tips For a Successful Campaign Since new seasons will begin in September, there are endless opportunities for what a new season can offer. Although most swimmers enjoy their time off, they are excited to get back in the water. Here are five helpful tips for the...

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A Day in The Life of a College Swimmer

By Isabelle Robuck, Swimming World College Intern. Swimming is one of the most important parts of college students' lives - at least those who choose to continue their careers. Practices, meets and keeping up with schoolwork make up what seem like endless days. From pushing the pencil to donning the...

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The Ups and Downs of Being a Coach's Kid

The Ups and Downs of Being a Coach's Kid By Andy Ross (From the Archive) Coach: The person you wish would use the word "recovery" more often. The person you wish you could never see again after a hard practice. The person who you are excited and angry to see at the same time. But what is it like to ...

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How Hand Paddles Can Help Improve Your Technique

How Hand Paddles Can Improve Your Technique By Vanessa Steigauf, Swimming World College Intern Hand paddles are a piece of equipment almost every swimmer has in their bag. They help with generating power, training the upper limbs and shoulders, and developing a better feel for the water. That’s why ...

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6 Reasons Why Swimmers Make the Best Students

6 Reasons Why Swimmers Make the Best Students Early alarm clock rings. Morning lifting practice. Breakfast. School. Lunch. Practice. Dinner. Homework. Swimming steals a lot of your time and begs the question as to when is there ever time for school? Our education is an important part o...

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15 Reasons To Love (and Hate) Swimming Outdoors

By Kelsey Mitchell, Swimming World College Intern. The summer provides a unique opportunity for swimmers, as many get the chance to train and compete outdoors. The envy of all who swim indoors, outdoor swimmers love (and hate) these 15 things. 1. Air Quality For many swimmers, practicing outdoors me...

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An Open Letter to Summer League Swimming

An Open Letter to Summer League Swimming With the summer league season wrapping up in many parts of the country, we rerun this commentary from the Swimming World archive that provides tremendous perspective on the meaning of the summer campaign. By Molly Griswold The palms of your hands grip your el...

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The Days of Taper Told in Photos

The Days of Taper Told in Photos You know it, you love it, you look forward to it all year. Taper truly is a swimmer's dream. Not only does it signal the fastest swimming of the year, it often leaves us with more energy than we've had all year. These photos tell the story of taper in a way that all ...

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23 Thoughts Your Lap Counter Has During the 500 Freestyle

23 Thoughts Your Lap Counter Has During the 500 By Cassidy Lavigne, Swimming World College Intern  At some point in most swimmers' careers, whether it's their event or just for training, we are faced with swimming the 500 freestyle. If you haven't swum it, then you're in the stands cheering, or mayb...

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Who's Getting In? 12 Types of Swimmers Entering the Pool for Warmup

Who's Getting In? 12 Types of Swimmers Entering the Pool for Warmup By Temarie Tomley Swimmers are sometimes known for their distinct ways of entering the pool. Each person has a favorite way to start off practice. Here are 12 of the most common ways that swimmers love to hit the water. 1. The Class...

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Do The Right Thing: The Unspoken Rules of Lane Etiquette

Do The Right Thing: The Unspoken Rules of Lane Etiquette Any swimmer knows the unspoken rules of sharing a lane with other swimmers, whether it is at a meet or at practice with the familiarity of your own team. It is crucial to have lane etiquette. The lanes are small and swimmers need to be able to...

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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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48 Surefire Ways To Tell You're A Swimmer

48 Surefire Ways To Tell You're A Swimmer It takes a special breed of human to do what we do every day. Swimming for as long as we have, it’s fair to say we’ve seen a lot of interesting things in our career. Staring at a black line on the bottom of the pool is fun, right? With goggles and a cap as o...

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Anxiety and HRV in Competitive Swimming Performance

Anxiety and HRV in Competitive Swimming Performance By Vanessa Steigauf, Swimming World College Intern That tense feeling right before you get on the blocks is something many swimmers experience prior to their races. You get a little shaky, thoughts begin to race, you nervously jump up and down. Par...