Articles by Bryana Cielo

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"Your only limit is you" ~ Napoleon Hill

One Last Race

After being forced to end her career, Bryana Cielo got one final race: “I got up on the block and it felt familiar. It felt like finally coming home.”


8 Things to Remind Yourself During Your Training Trip

Eight things to keep in mind as you go through your fun, gruelling holiday training camp.

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A Letter To The Retiring College Swimmer

As your swimming career nears its end, it’s important to take everything in and appreciate the sport that has become such a big part of your life.


Always a Swimmer: What I Took With Me from the Sport I Love

It’s been 8 months since I found out that my swimming career was over due to my epilepsy diagnosis. I’ve…


What Losing Swimming Taught Me

While it feels like it will be impossible to let go of this part of my life, I know that part of me will always be a swimmer, no matter how long it’s been since I dove off the block. Just like swimming taught me the resilience it has taken to fight epilepsy, it will be there for me for the rest of my life.


Six Ways Swimming Makes You More Hirable

While swimming is obviously valuable for us physically, many people don’t realize the lasting effects it can have on a person as they enter the professional world.


8 Swammers On How The Sport is Still With Them

We asked eight swammers how swimming is still with them, even years after retirement.

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11 Things Swimmers Hate to Hear from Their Coaches

While we all love our coaches, it’s in their job descriptions to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to be successful. Sometimes, that involves doing things that we don’t want to do.


To The Swimmer Who Underwent Surgery…

Surgery not only fixes what’s broken, but it makes you stronger. Sure, it takes a good amount of time to regain that physical strength, but you will get it back. I have been challenged a thousand times in my life, especially as an athlete, but recovering from surgery presents challenges that are unlike any other one I’ve faced in the past.


12 Things That Happen When You Date A Swimmer

#1 – Your significant other is probably more muscular than you… Sorry. We can’t help being jacked. It just happens. You probably can’t beat us in a sit-up contest, either. But that’s ok. You could outrun us any day.


Your 2018 Swimming New Years Resolutions for Today and Every Day

Fireworks light up the sky over Buda castle in Budapest, the city where the 2017 World Championships were held.

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8 Things To Remember When Getting Back In The Pool After An Injury

If it has been a significant amount of time since you’ve swam, you can’t expect to get right back into the pool and start sprinting.


How My Epilepsy Diagnosis Affected My Swimming Career

It was a Sunday morning around noon, about a month ago. A few friends and I were walking into the dining hall to eat after a night out.


6 Stages Of The Injured Swimmer

As athletes, we have a million different goals and really only one way to achieve them: training. But what happens when you can’t anymore?


8 Swimming Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed In Your Life

We all know that swimming is hard. Arguably, one of the hardest sports there is. That’s why I put together this list of things that can make your life as an elite athlete easier!