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How To Improve Freestyle Kicking – Video

The speed of the freestyle kick is the baseline speed for your freestyle. The higher the baseline speed (kick speed), the faster you will swim, after adding your pulling motion and body rotation.


Six Thoughts For Swim Parents About Best Times

While volunteering, I overheard several parents wondering why their kids weren’t getting best times. Although it’s best not to focus on our swimmers’ times, in reality, it’s hard not to.


An Open Letter To My College Bound Athlete

A few days back I sat with your dad and watched you sign “the letter,” officially committing to be a college swimmer. I am sure the emotions that soared through my veins were experienced by thousands of parents last week and will be replayed again in April.

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The Swim Meet Crisis Action Plan

The Swim Meet Crisis Action Plan: Your Child is in Tears on the Pool Deck.  Here’s What to do.  

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Healthier Holiday Traditions

Anita Nall Richesson, Olympian & Nutritionist: “What’s a wellness junkie like myself to do around this time of the year when the sugar and cheer is about to flow with no end in site until after January 1st?”

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Shouts From The Stands: Hampton Aquatic Center

SwimSwam welcomes reader submissions about all topics aquatic, and if it’s well-written and well-thought, we might just post it under…


Maximizing Freestyle Efficiency: 41 Degrees of Power

After working at Swim Labs for over a year, I have found that is that there is a 41 degree angle of power with the elbows out and the forearms and wrists in, in the power phase.


Southern Cross Swimming Club #mannequinchallenge

“Southern Cross Swimming club has nails the #mannequinchallenge.

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How To Find Your Possibility Mindset After A Setback Or Injury

At some point in your sport career you will experience a setback

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14 Types Of Young Swimmers

By Rebecca Smith Read through the list of the 14 Types of Young Swimmers and see if one sounds like…


5 Things To Never Say To Your Child After A Meet

By Rebecca Smith 5 things to never say to your child after a meet (Hint: These are some of the…

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Leaving (It All In) The Pool

By Anonymous I’ve never been just ________. I’ve always been a student-athlete. Never just a student and never just an…

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Epic Showdowns: Michael Phelps vs. Pieter van den Hoogenband

Today we are having a closer look of one of the fiercest duels of 2007 FINA World Championship: Michael Phelps vs. Pieter van den Hoogenband.


6 Things Parents of Non-Swimmers Don’t Understand

I was criticized more than once by parents of non-swimmers and teachers because of my kids’ year-round commitment to swimming. “Aren’t you worried that your kids lives are too narrow?” they asked.


Doggy Nadine “The Michael Phelps of Yelps” Takes Home The Prize

Open Water Planet CEO Bobby Brewer: They call her the “Michael Phelps of Yelps; the “Tony Stark of Bark.” Everyone knew she was the favorite going in.


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