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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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The 29 Confessions of a Distance Swimmer

The 29 Confessions of a Distance Swimmer - From the Archives By Chandler Brandes "I didn't choose the distance life. The distance life chose me." Well, not quite. Distance swimmers are all born the same way: we swam the 500 for the first time around age nine or 10 and didn't do too badly, so our coa...

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What is Overtraining Syndrome? A Glance At An Overlooked Illness

What is Overtraining Syndrome? A Glance At An Overlooked Illness Overtraining syndrome is a condition where an athlete deals with declining performances and overall fatigue in their sport, despite continued or increased training. The name of the game in the sport of swimming is hard work and perseve...

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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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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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5 Strength Training Exercises to Improve Swimming Performance

5 Strength Training Exercises to Improve Swimming Performance By Kayla Riemensperger Weight training is often a highly debated topic in the world of swimming. While there is no clear-cut right or wrong answer to whether or not weights are beneficial for developing swimmers, many year-round programs ...

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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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10 Things That Should Not Be Said to a Swimmer

10 Things That Should Not Be Said to a Swimmer By Brooke Irving, Swimming World College Intern Swimmers lead a lifestyle that doesn’t make sense to non-swimmers. But can we really blame them for not understanding? Like no other, we voluntarily jump into a cold pool in the dead of winter (most often ...

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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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The Starting Line: Nutrition vs. Sports Nutrition

The Starting Line: Nutrition vs. Sports Nutrition By Dawn Weatherwax, RD,LD,ATC,CSCS Nutrition vs. Sports Nutrition All of the probing and poking around in the realms of nutrition and physiology has resulted in a science that combines the best knowledge from both arenas. Good nutrition is essential ...

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21 Common Pre-Race Rituals That Swimmers Utilize

21 Common Pre-Race Rituals That Swimmers Utilize Rituals before a race help swimmers mentally get ready for the action ahead, and can put them in the best state of mind to achieve their best. Some rituals including visualization, listening to certain songs, or doing stretches or exercises to warm up...

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The 7 Sins of Swimming

The 7 Sins of Swimming (From the Archive - Originally Published 2017) By Chandler Brandes There is no such thing as a perfect swimmer. As swimmers, we sometimes (although rarely) make mistakes. We may DQ, forget our heat and lane, or even accidentally-on-purpose rip our cap at the exact moment a har...

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7 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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How to Handle Anxiety Heading Into a Big Race Or Stretch Of the Season

How to Handle Anxiety Heading Into a Big Race Or Stretch Of the Season Am I good enough? Are all the hours that I have practiced going to pay off? What if I do not drop any time? These are some of the questions that might go through a swimmer’s head before a race. With conference championships and n...