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Grit: Can it be developed or is it innate?
Do you know an athlete who not only never misses a workout, but never misses a yard of their training, or a rep in the weight room? No matter how tired or beat up they might be, they see their work through to the end. Despite the fact that they may not be the most talented on the team, aren’t they usually one of the most successful? Is this sort of determination, or Grit, just how they are, or have they developed their grittiness over time? It’s a good question.

Coaches You Should Know: Michael Galindo
Every Friday, will publish “Coaches You Should Know” featuring some of the best age group and grassroots coaches in the nation. This week, we bring you ASCA’s San Diego Imperial Valley 2012-2013 Age Group Coach of the Year, Michael Galindo.

Simone Manuel: Making Good on Early Promise
Simone Manuel showed signs that she would one day be one of the world’s top sprinters her second day in the pool.

USA Swimming Staff Out and About
Because USA Swimming is a member-driven organization, the staff is often on the road meeting with coaches, athletes and other stakeholders. Here’s a look at this past week:

Lessons from Legends: Debbie Meyer, Chasing Boys
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer has had her women’s teams practice against the boys all the way back to her days at Cheyney State College in 1981. The only coach to have ever taken three different universities to the Final Four in NCAA basketball says, “We just can’t get the level of intensity and competition unless we compete each day against the boys.”

Jaeger helps set U.S. Open record in 800 free relay
Olympian and U.S. National Team member Connor Jaeger anchored the University of Michigan’s record-setting 800-yard free relay Wednesday at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Ann Arbor.

Catching Up with Eric Shanteau
When Eric Shanteau walked away from competitive swimming after the conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Games, he knew he was ready for the next phase of his life.

Life After Swimming
“Is there life after swimming?”

20 Question Tuesday: Elizabeth Beisel
All we’ve watched Elizabeth Beisel do the past six years is… everything. A two-time Olympian at just 21 years of age, after her double-medal performance in London, the Florida Gator is headed to her final NCAAs with the Florida Gators. She talks about where the journey has taken her, what it’s been like, and what the future might hold in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.

Men's 100m Breaststroke: The Middle 30 Meters
Since the beginning of 2010, five international athletes have topped the best American time in the men’s 100 meter breaststroke. One of the defining points in these races may be the middle 30 meters, from the 35 to 65 meter marks.

Coaches You Should Know: Jason Devine
Every Friday, will publish “Coaches You Should Know” featuring some of the best age group and grassroots coaches in the nation. This week, we bring you ASCA’s Gulf 2012-2013 Age Group Coach of the Year, Jason Devine.

Michael Klueh: Hitting his Stride
Following his performance at the 2012 Olympic Trials – when he came within a spot (third in the 400 freestyle) and seconds of making his first Olympic Team – Michael Klueh nearly called it quits.

Outside the Box: Big Meet Points Challenge
A few days ago I received an email from Steve Keller, co-head coach at Ozaukee Aquatics. He described a championship meet “points challenge” he helped create that allows his swim team to monitor and acknowledge stellar performances at big meets.

Top Quick Service Restaurant Choices for Swimmers
Last year I posted information on healthy choices at fast food restaurants. While many think healthy eating and dining out are not compatible, there are more healthy options than ever before at restaurants.

Four Tips to be Fast at the End of a Fly Race
How can the best 200 fly swimmers finish the race so well? Are they just less tired than everyone else at the end of a race?

Mental Toughness: Having "That" Conversation with Mom & Dad
How you interact with your parents in relation to your swimming can mean the difference between loving to swim, staying calm pre-meet and consistently racing to your potential or hating the sport, being a nervous wreck pre-meet and consistently underachieving.

New Parent Education Resources Now Available
USA Swimming presents its new monthly Parent Excellence Academy. We are excited to announce a special relationship with Growing Champions for Life, an organization dedicated to creating cohesive families and principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at swimming.

20 Question Tuesday: Ashley Twichell
Ashley Twichell has had a big month and big year already. Big for winning the BHP Aquatic Super Series Swim the Swan Race in Australia, and then claiming the Midmar mile, and then signing a deal with TYR, about which she is “quite thrilled and very thankful.” After a move from west to east coast, and an injury, she has come back better than ever, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.

Foundation Announces 2013 Swim-a-Thon Contest Grand Prize Winner
The USA Swimming Foundation is pleased to name Katy Aquatics of Katy, Texas the Grand Prize club winner of the 2013 Swim-a-Ricky Berens Fist PumpThon™ Contest!

Michael McBroom Wins Gold as Arena Grand Prix at Orlando Concludes
The Arena Grand Prix at Orlando concluded Saturday night with four additional fallen meet records to cap off the three-day event. Swimmers from four different countries, U.S.’s Michael McBroom (Plymouth, Pa.), Cesar Cielo of Brazil, Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu earned the night’s new-meet accolades.

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US College Swimming is the Dream
College swimming was never the real dream for Elizabeth Beisel until she went to the University of Florida to swim for a team

Something in the Water
As many winter sports flounder, NGBs look to American swimming for answers

Swimmer-Centered Organizations Are Key to Success
Find out what it takes to be a swimmer-leader and make positive change for our sport

Competitive Swimming: Sport or Sport Entertainment?
Will the swimming community let outside interests gain financially and become more powerful than the swimmers that they purport to serve?

Olympic Success, Olympic Failure
Twenty years on and I still cannot watch the Olympics without feeling the desire, the pull, the dream of Olympic glory

The Demons of Diana Nyad
In a New Yorker profile, the marathon swimming queen reveals a dark and troubled past including allegations of sexual abuse by Hall of Fame coach Jack Nelson

Making Waves: Sean Baker, Oakville Aquatic Club
It had been over 3 decades since an age-group club team with no university program had won Canadian Nationals until OAK did it last summer

SwimNews is Forty!
In February 1974, Nick Thierry published the first issue of SwimNews magazine, then SWIM Canada.

In The Pool, On Ice: Contested Terrain
LGBT discrimination and human rights violations are not isolated to Sochi Olympics. Olympic fan must-reads

If You Want to Burn Fat-Will Swimming Do It?
Of course elite swimmers don't train to lose weight, but you should know the difference between land and water workouts