10 Words that Have Entirely Different Meanings to Swimmers

by SwimSwam 6

December 22nd, 2014 Britain, Europe, International, Lifestyle, News

Courtesy of Karyn W. Tunks


  1. a protective lid or cover for an object such as a bottle, the point of a pen, or a camera lens.
  2. covers head to reduce drag in water or protect hair from chemicals


  1. to make an opening or incision with a sharp-edged tool or object.
  2. time standard needed to qualify for a competition


  1. land as opposed to the sea or another body of water
  2. workouts done outside of the pool


  1. a piece of cloth, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole and used as the symbol of a country or institution.
  2. warning to backstrokers that the wall is 15 feet away


  1. a form of energy associated with the motion of atoms or molecules
  2. one of several rounds in a competition


  1. to become acquainted with or introduced to someone
  2. competition between teams and swimmers


  1. a person that runs for exercise or competition
  2. volunteer who collects meet documents from timers and judges


  1. filling a sack with sand in order to create a protective barrier.
  2. deliberately performing below one’s actual ability early in practice in order to use stored energy to excel later in practice


  1. a propagative part of a plant
  2. where a swimmer is in standing to others in the event


  1. gradual decrease in thickness or width of an elongated object such as a candle
  2. reducing the amount and intensity of of training before an important competition
Karyn TunksKaryn Tunks is a seasoned swim mom who likes to share tips, quips, and a candid point of view on the swim team lifestyle. Visit her blog here.

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9 years ago

…on top.

Mike Murray
9 years ago

50 Breast

Noah C
9 years ago

“Christmas Break”

Kirk Nelson
9 years ago

My wife still giggles whenever I say something about “my meet.” You’d think that would stop being funny at some point, but I guess not!

9 years ago

Butterfly, kick

Steve Nolan
Reply to  triguy
9 years ago

Eh. If we’re using stroke names, “butterfly” wouldn’t be the first one I’d pick.