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7 Mother’s Day Gifts Perfect for Swim Moms

7 Mother’s Day Gifts Perfect for Swim Moms By Gigi Picard, Swimming World College Intern Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday! Every year, families dash to get brunch reservations and flowers for the special woman in their lives. But have you ever really thought about what to get a swim mom? She de...

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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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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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The 29 Confessions of a Distance Swimmer

The 29 Confessions of a Distance Swimmer By Chandler Brandes, Swimming World College Intern "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,...

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A Swimmer's Summer: Tips For Improvement During Long Course Season

A Swimmer's Summer: Tips For Improvement During Long Course Season The school year is nearly over and spring is in the air! That means that it's almost time for USA Swimming's long course swim season to begin. This long course season starts in late April and runs until early August, taking up most o...

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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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8 Things Only Swimmers Will Understand

8 Things Only Swimmers Will Understand On average, swimmers spend 12 hours per week training to be the best athlete they can be. That means countless miles following that black line, hundreds of tumble-turns, and plenty of time spent with teammates. What’s certain is that swimming is a sport that re...

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What are the 12 Labors of Swimming?

Whether you learned about it in school, or you’re like me and had a giant Greek myth phase when you were little (just ask my mom, she’ll tell you all about it), many know about the Twelve Labors of Hercules. For those not brushed up on their ancient mythology, the goddess Hera decided to make life t...

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Three Tips for Aspiring Swimmers of All Ages

Three Tips for Aspiring Swimmers of All Ages One of the most positive aspects about competitive swimming is that anyone can do it. No matter what level you're at or what age you are, swimming can provide an excellent form of exercise. It can also function as a stress reliever from other daily activi...

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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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How Swimming Can Help You Overcome A Bad Breakup

How Swimming Can Help You Overcome A Bad Breakup By Andrew Jovanovic, Swimming World Intern Heartbreaks and breakups are a common part of growing up. Learning how to move on from tough times is what defines us. A breakup can be as simple as an “I’ll see you around” or as McCoy put it in Star Trek, “...

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16 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Doing Core Work

16 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Doing Core Work (From the Swimming World Archive) By Molly Lloyd, Swimming World College Intern  Let's be real, even though we all love the results of core sessions - I mean, who doesn't like having abs of steel? - they can be pretty rough. We can only do so many plan...

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Title IX's New Watershed Moment for Women in Sports

Title IX's New Watershed Moment for Women in Sports By Gigi Picard Swimming World College Intern On June 23rd, 1972, a law famously known as Title IX went into effect, prohibiting sex discrimination in any educational institution receiving federal funding. From an athletics point of view, the intent...

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A Few Helpful Tips For Entering the World of Lifeguards

A Few Helpful Tips For Entering the World of Lifeguards If you are thinking about lifeguarding as a summer job, there are a couple of things you might want to take into account prior to applying for the job. Here are a few points that will hopefully guide you along. Take Certification Classes and Tr...

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An Important Choice: Breaking Down The College Swimming Decision

An Important Choice: Breaking Down The College Swimming Decision The college recruitment process normally requires a lot of phone calls, emails, campus visits and more. Finding the right college "fit" is a long, hard road traveled by any and all aspiring student-athletes. Making a decision can somet...

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3 Ways Swimming Has Made Me a Better Student

3 Ways Swimming Has Made Me a Better Student By Sarah Lloyd As I sat in the library writing this article, I couldn't help but think about the amount of schoolwork that was piling up around me for the week. I had an annotated bibliography and the opening four pages of an history research paper due fo...

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Being a Transgender Athlete in the Swimming World

Being a Transgender Athlete in the Swimming World By Tara Draper - Swimming World College Intern Recently, I had a friend - who is not an athlete - come out as transgender. She has had many battles regarding her identity and has slowly started transitioning. Her transition led me to t...

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The 10 Guaranteed Ways to Spot a Swim Parent

The 10 Guaranteed Ways to Spot a Swim Parent Bringing back this article by Bailey Duran, Swimming World Intern. Giving all the swim parents out there a little love!  Many people have no problem spotting swimmers from a mile away with these telltale features: a bulky bag, messy bun filled with dead h...

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5 Quotes From Swim Greats to Keep You Motivated and Positive

5 Quotes From Swim Greats to Keep You Motivated and Positive Sometimes, it only takes a few words to find motivation or turn a down moment around. Here are some quotes stated by some of the best swimmers in the world during past interviews or given through social media. Some might be simple and clic...