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From the Swimming World website... By Kelly Lennon Potentially the worst part of being a distance swimmer, besides the unbelievable amount of yardage that comes with it, is finding out you’re a distance swimmer. It’s very similar to going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By ASHLEY ILLENYE When asking the question “is swimming an individual or team sport?” the answer can vary wildly. Though progress is made individually, and you can swim in your own lane, there comes a point in every swimmer’s career when they swim for something more than themselves. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By Katie Lively, Swimming World College Intern If At first You Don’t Succeed, It’s Probably Not Worth The Effort, Right? That was how I felt all through elementary school, and looking back, it’s not surprising. I followed in the footsteps of many kids who find their niche at a young age: I was really good at school; therefore, anything that challenged me—particularly playing sports—was boring, unimportant, and/or beneath me. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By Rachel Helm, College Swimming Intern. To most people, swimming is seen as just a sport or having a little splash in the pool. However, to a competitive swimmer, it becomes a lifestyle. Here are 12 quirks of competitive swimming that we all can relate to. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By Grace Hoffmann, Swimming World College Intern I believe that life as told by a female swimmer varies a lot from the male swimmer’s story. From having to explain to school friends why your hair is always thrown up in a ponytail, to those broad “swimmer shoulders” that everyone comments on, it is very easy for a female swimmer to blame a good amount of their daily problems on swimming. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By RIAN COVINGTON Towards the end of their high school career, many swimmers are faced with the task of choosing a college. This decision is something that is arguably the most important call in a swimmer’s career. Many people around you have influence over this choice. Picking a college may seem like a no-brainer to some. For others, there are many variables that should be considered before choosing a school. Does the training align with your local swim club training? Do the other student-athletes seem...

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From the Swimming World website... By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Due to the sport’s all-consuming nature, swimming inevitably becomes a family affair. And once your family becomes a swimming family, the sport will affect your home life in more ways than you could have ever imagined! Here are 15 ways to tell you come from a swimming family. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By CHANDLER BRANDES Because it is always good to laugh, we bring back some of these excuses that were actually uttered. You'd be lying if you said you’ve never racked your brain to come up with any–and I mean any–excuse to get out of going to practice. "I'm sick." Chances are you’ve already used that one…more times than you'd like to admit. "I'm too tired." True, but that one won't get you out of anything. "My shoulder hurts." Please, be a little more creative than...

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From the Swimming World website... By ALICE REEVES-TURNER Swimmers are renowned for their dedication to their sport. We train long hours at ridiculous times and spend all day at meets only to spend a few minutes actually racing in the pool. However, all swimmers reach a point in their careers when they question why they’re still doing it. Although many relocate their love for the water, there are several factors which can stop a swimmer returning to the sport, especially in the early years. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By JOSEPH BUCHANAN There is a certain camaraderie between swimmers and runners. It’s indescribable, but the two cardio-intensive sports often are paired. Many swimmers try to cross-train into running and vice-versa, but find it difficult to adapt to the different mechanics that the other sport demands. The likes of Florent Manaudou are among those for whom running is a non-starter, for example. Read more >>