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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY What can an elite college football coach teach swimmers about perseverance, mental toughness, and swimming faster than ever? Lots. Here’s a review of just some of the things swimmers can learn from Nick Saban’s book on leadership, How Good Do You Want to Be? A Champion’s Tips on How to Lead and Succeed. Nick Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama’s vaunted football team has dominated the college scene over the past decade and a bit. Since 2003, first with LSU, and...

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY Duncan Armstrong was having the meet of his life at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. The 18-year old Australian had won two gold medals. His coach, the legendary Laurie Lawrence, pulled Armstrong aside at the end of the meet, being held in Edinburgh, Scotland. "Are you happy with that?" asked Lawrence. Armstrong replied that yeah, he was happy. Lawrence pushed—what would make the young swimmer ultimately satisfied in the sport? Well, replied Armstrong. Winning a medal at the Seoul Olympics, being held two years...

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From the Swimming World website... By JASON SALLADE Thanksgiving is, along with Super Bowl Sunday and the Fourth of July to an extent, one of the few days of the year in which stuffing your face is not only encouraged but is the normal way to go about your day. You wake up to a giant breakfast, only to have another giant meal a few hours later and then, wouldn’t you know it, ANOTHER meal a few hours later. Of course, the actual time at which you eat dinner is...

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From the Swimming World website... By ISABELLE ODGERS Forced closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic ultimately meant that swimmers worldwide were forced to take a step back from the sport that – for many – constituted a large part of their identity. Suddenly, a guilt-free, season-ending break was mandated, a reality that was foreign to the driven, dedicated athlete that resides within all swimmers. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By G. JOHN MULLEN Everyone wants to be an Olympic swimmer. But luckily, you don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to benefit from the sport. People of all ages, from all backgrounds, and with various levels of experience can benefit from swimming. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do from a young age and all the way up into your 90s and beyond. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By MADISON HOEHN The holidays are always a tricky time for swimmers. Practices are usually interrupted due to school breaks, coaches are pulling out their favorite sets, and the in-laws are coming. However, this year is very different from those of the past. COVID-19 has added a new stress to swimmers’ lives as practice times are being changed and travel plans are being restricted. Flying home may not be an option for athletes who may be in college or training away from home, which can...

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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY When was the last time you went all-in on something in the water and totally bombed? I mean, you really got after something in the water, pursued it for an extended period of time, left it all in the pool, and then truly fell flat on your face? Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... 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 basically just dependent on a bunch of unspoken swimmer laws that help things flow and prevent fights from breaking out. 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 SUSU ALMOUSA Early alarm clock rings. Morning lifting practice. Breakfast. School. Lunch. Practice. Dinner. Homework. Swimming steals a lot of your time and begs the question as to when is there ever time for school? Our education is an important part of our development and future opportunities. Yet, it can be tough to find time for schoolwork. But in actuality, swimming produces excellent students and here’s why... Read more >>