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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!


An Open Letter To Our Team Captains

Dear Captains, thank you for a season of guidance, leadership, and endless support.

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9 Satisfying Things in Swimming

Freshly shaved legs in bed sheets
Shaving is a different experience for in-season swimmers than regular people. For them, it’s a daily occurrence, or at least something they can do when they please. For us, it’s a privilege we haven’t had in 3-5 months. An award, you might say, for making it through the season.

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25 Swimmers On What They Think Is the Hardest Event

You heard from the coaches, so now it’s time to hear from the swimmers. They’re the ones who have to suffer through it, right?


25 Coaches Share What They Think Is The Hardest Event

We all know swimming is one of the hardest sports out there, if not the hardest. But it is often debated what the hardest event in our sport is.


Read This if a Plateau is Making You Want to Quit

If a plateau is causing you to doubt your love for the sport of swimming, wait a minute. Think about all the time and energy you’ve dedicated to your sport. Think about all the strength you’ve built over the years, the resiliency you’ve shown, and how far you’ve come from when you started.

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8 Things to Remind Yourself When You Hit Your Midseason Slump

We all get to that point in the season- it’s been going on for months already, the holidays have come and gone, and staring at a black line is starting to get old. The initial excitement for the season has worn off and you feel like you just need a break already. Here’s 8 things to tell yourself when you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts during practice:

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The 12 Days Of Swimming

On the week after Christmas my swim coach gave to me…

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