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From the Swimming World website... By Kate Santilena Whether you are a sprinter, stroke specialist or distance swimmer, we all have that one race that just gives us the chills when our coach signs us up for it at a meet. Throughout warmup, when our friends and teammates ask: “Hey what events are you racing today?” and you utter that event, the immediate response of a wide eyed, “Oh… well… good luck. I’m sure you’ll do great” just assures you that you are about to be in some serious pain....

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From the Swimming World website... By RILEY DUNN What makes a good leader? I know, that question can have myriad answers. For one person, a positive leadership influence can come from a great coach, while another looks up to a particular teacher. There is no one, clear-cut formula that “great leaders” fit into. However, leaders often share similar traits – with responsibility, communication, and confidence being among the most important. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By Vanessa Steigauf, Swimming World College Intern If you see someone constantly rubbing and stretching their shoulders, you very likely encountered a swimmer. (The damaged hair and rumpled sweatpants will give you additional hints). From mild pinching to intense pain, swimmers’ shoulders never fail to remind us how hard today’s practice was. But why are swimmers so prone to developing shoulder injuries? And why does it seem like some swimmers can swim forever without any issues while others have to be careful with every stroke...

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From the Swimming World website... By ANNIE GREVERS The other day I saw a girl in her volleyball uniform and thought, “Huh, I wonder how different life would be if I had picked a different sport.” I’d have different friends, a different husband, different skill sets, a different body, and a different definition of training. Swimming shaped and continues to shape my world, and seldom do I realize the odd bag of tricks swimming has handed me. 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 >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY AMY OKADA Seasons are changing and the weather is cooling, which means autumn has arrived! With winter just around the corner, cold and flu season creeps upon us. This part of the season is quite stressful and exhausting especially with the pandemic still going on. But the good news? You can support and boost your immune system with these plant- based foods to keep you going during the season. Read more >>

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From the Swimming World website... By Emma Foster Coaches. They are some of the most influential people in a swimmer’s life. While their primary role is centered around developing fast swimmers, many coaches are much more than that. Nutritionist, first-aid personnel, and mentor are just some of the hats a coach might don in a single day. Spending time with athletes for as many hours as our sport requires often creates strong bonds between coaches and athletes that last long after the swimmer’s last race is swum. Read more>>

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From the Swimming World website... By JOSIE WISE Much like little Easter Eggs left in movies, the contents of a house can give glimpses into the activities of its inhabitants. If you look closely enough while watching a film, you might notice a painting that foreshadows the main character’s grim ending. Similarly, if you investigate even the cleanliest of homes, you may see a discarded ribbon that would be meaningless to some, but tells a trained eye that a ballerina has recently flitted through the halls. This goes for almost...

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From the Swimming World website... By Sadie Jones, Swimming World Intern "Am I skinny enough?" "Does my body look like hers?" "Do I look okay in this bathing suit?" "How can I get my body to look like that?" "Why can she fit in the smaller suit and I can?" "Does she think I look fat?" These questions are the reality of what goes on in the mind of a female swimmer. Not only are girls competing and comparing their times inside the water, but they are also comparing themselves...

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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 >>