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From the SwimSwam website... BY OLIVIER POIRIER-LEROY American swim star Missy Franklin captivated the world during her reign as one of the best swimmers on the planet. Here’s how she built her self-confidence going into big swim meets. Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN A swim mom asked for help for her 12-year old swimmer. She said her son complains of being sluggish, tired, and low energy during competition. “Are there energy foods that he can eat during the meet to overcome this?” Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY ZOE GREGORACE I am a total sucker for dessert. Cake, cookies, brownies – you name it and I am into it! While I am no stranger to Ghirardelli Premium brownie mix or that hefty tub of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough, I love baking with non-conventional ingredients. Things like coconut sugar and almond flour are less processed alternatives to the all-purpose flour and white sugar we typically find in baked goods... Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Dr. Alan Goldberg//Competitivedge.com Perhaps you've heard of the old saying, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." Within these words lies the straightforward formula for your ultimate success in the pool. If you have a BIG dream in the pool and you really want to turn it into a reality, then the fastest, most direct way to make this happen is to highlight and then aggressively work on your weaknesses. Read more >>

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From the SwimmingWorld website... By FRANK C ELENIO The End – When the Final Race Looms "Step up." "Take your mark." "Go!" Between practices and meets, practically every swimmer grows up having these three phrases ingrained into their heads. We condition ourselves in preparation of hearing the horn of a starting system beginning our race. Age groups. YMCAs. Sectionals. NCAAs. Each race we participate in can carry us one step closer to hitting our cuts, achieving our goal times, and taking the races we yearn to win. It is our...

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chase McFadden//Contributor Josh Davis and Missy Franklin — former USA Swimming national team members, world record holders and gold medalists — recently visited the Lander Tiger Sharks in Lander, Wyoming, affording the local age groupers a few hours with a pair of Olympians. The opportunity for a young athlete to share water and words with an idolized swimmer who has competed at the highest levels of the sport is impactful. Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chase McFadden//Contributor Well hello, 2020! Seems like the right time to set some goals… within reason. Resolving to crush every practice, win every race, watch every Cody Miller vlog – admirable aspirations. Realistic? Not even a little bit. Read more >>

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From the USA Swimming website... By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN Last month we wrote about the heavy energy (calorie) demands of young swimmers, and several parents have written asking for calorie-rich and nutrient-dense snacking ideas. Many young swimmers struggle to eat enough at meals. Early morning practice, abbreviated school lunch periods, and after school practice and homework means snacking takes on an important role when meals are missed. Read more >>

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From the SwimSwam website... BY ZOE GREGORACE It’s finally that time of year again. Finals are long behind us, the holiday season is coming to a close and you are on your way to a (hopefully) warm location for your team’s annual training trip. Training trip is such a pivotal time during the season. While it may be a mentally and physically demanding experience, it is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and get in some quality training (all while getting a killer tan too!). In order to make the...

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From the USA Swimming website... By Jeff Commings//Contributor It's the final meet of the season. You never missed a swim practice. You’re wearing your lucky goggles. You did your last-minute stretching routine and stared down the length of the pool. There couldn’t possibly be anything you forgot to do. Read more >>