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Junior Swimmer: Advice for Swim Parents From Those Who've Been There

Junior Swimmer: Advice for Swim Parents From Those Who've Been There For generations, athletes in the sport of swimming have had the opportunity to learn from one another. Maybe they picked up technical tips from a teammate, or followed in the path of an individual who was a team leader. Meanwhile, ...

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Life After High School Swimming: The Options are Plentiful

Life After High School Swimming: The Options are Plentiful By Allison Barrie & Michael Kidd Aspirational goal setting and expectation management clash as coaches and swimmers navigate the critical years leading up to a swimmer’s high school graduation. The allure of Olympic glory or college scholars...

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Wellness Wednesday: Following the Proper Diet for a Successful Taper

Wellness Wednesday: Following the Proper Diet for a Successful Taper There are many different approaches to preparing for a big competition, but the most important factor in ensuring a successful swim taper is to eat enough. While it may seem obvious, many swimmers underestimate the amount of fuel t...

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Why Swimming Is Worth the Sacrifice and Time Demands

Why Swimming Is Worth the Sacrifice and Time Demands By SuSu Almousa (From the Archive) Swimmers become “swammers" and swammers typically stay swammers but the sport doesn’t leave us as easily as changing a vowel in our titles. In retirement, we watch meets and there is typically a yearnin...

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How Training Has Changed Since the Onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic

How Training Has Changed Since the Onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic Four years removed from the worldwide shutdown due to COVID-19, aquatics has re-established a rhythm of training and championships. Paris beckons the world for a second Olympics since, and coaches have resumed mentoring their charges ...

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Motivational Monday: How Can Swimmers Benefit from Visualization?

Motivational Monday: How Can Swimmers Benefit from Visualization? As many swimmers are currently in the throws of championship season, here is one way to rehearse a race without getting into the water. Visualization is, quite simply, sitting yourself down, closing your eyes, and thinking (or rather,...

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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...