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Todd Capen

USA Swimming recently announced the 2019-20 Scholastic All-American Team. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event. This year, with a limited number of competitions, 1,087 student-athletes made the grade. Congratulations to our our 9 swimmers who have been recognized: Jessica Geriane, Sara Jass, Lindsey Merk, Austin Millard, Nina Mollin, Diego Pareja, Isabella Pytel, Ty Spillane, Madeline Wenig. Click here for...

Jeremy Meserole

February 25th, 2020 Want to lose races? Lose the walls. Want to win races? WIN THE WALLS! Many young swimmers completely change what they're doing when they start approaching the wall, and give up precious time because of it. Focus on accelerating into your turns and finishes, and finish each length with ferocious intent! #TuesdayTip

Jeremy Meserole

February 11th, 2020 Many young swimmers go into a weekend meet with one or two events they REALLY want to do well in, and sacrifice preparing for other races in the meantime. This can lead to wildly inconsistent swimming, and can actually hurt your chances of performing the way you want to in the events you want most. Take each meet one event at a time. Focus on what's right in front of you, and try not to get ahead of yourself. You may end up outperforming your expectations in...

Jeremy Meserole

February 4th, 2020 Open turns done correctly can offer you a quick change of direction, a bit of oxygen, and an increase in speed every time you push off the wall. Open turns done incorrectly - utilized as an opportunity to take a break from swimming or to take a bigger breath - can ruin your chances of winning close races and/or going best times. Want to do it right? Time your approach so you hit the wall in stride. Tuck yourself into the tightest ball possible while bringing your...

Jeremy Meserole

January 28th, 2020 Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to promote great recovery. Unfortunately, it's one of the things that tends to be overlooked while scrolling through Instagram, sending Snaps, or binge-watching The Office. We then look to gimmicky procedures that don't carry as much bang for their buck as simply sleeping does (think recovery boots, ice baths, cupping, etc.). Feeling tired, run down, or sore from training? Sleep. Your body (and mind) will thank you. #TuesdayTip

Jeremy Meserole

January 14th, 2020 Imagine you had two noodles. One cooked, and one uncooked. Now take those two noodles, and push them through the water. Which one is going to go where you want it to go with the least amount of trouble? The uncooked one! Why? It's rigid throughout it's entire length. If we're not tight through our core when we swim, we're just like that cooked noodle. We won't be going anywhere fast. Fast swimming not only requires that you be rigid throughout your core, but also that you...

Jeremy Meserole

December 17th, 2019 Working with intent is such a crucial component to a swimmers development. Success rarely happens by accident, so the more we can do things in practice "on purpose," the more likely we are to achieve the outcomes we desire. Unfortunately, many swimmers fall into the trap of not understanding that there is a big difference between just doing the yards and doing the yards well. Everything you do in practice should be done the way you'd want to do it in a race at your last meet...

Jeremy Meserole

December 10th, 2019 Cooling down appropriately is an often overlooked, but crucial component of managing a meet with multiple events. Most swimmers tend to cut it short. Let's face it - easy swimming isn't really the most exciting part of a meet. Between the actual racing, and the opportunity to hang around with your friends for a few hours, cooling down can feel like a useless exercise meant only to keep you from the things you'd rather be doing. BUT...there's actually a good reason for it. Cooling down after your...

Jeremy Meserole

It's so easy to get distracted pre-race by things that don't matter - "Who am I swimming against? What are they seeded? Am I swimming against any of teammates?" This can create a very unnecessary amount of anxiety and doubt, instead of the confidence and excitement we should want to be going into a race with. While it's easy for us as coaches to say "just focus on yourself and your own race," it's not enough just to say it. You need a plan. What is your pre-race routine? What...

Jeremy Meserole

Having a growth mindset and remaining process-oriented can be difficult in a sport that is measured by most according to what they see on the scoreboard clock. It's hard sometimes to remember that getting better and getting faster don't always go hand-in-hand. Instead of focusing on the result, keep getting better at HOW you do what you do. Take care of the process. Make great efforts toward hammering the details. Make that a habit and the results will take care of themselves. #TuesdayTip