Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

Female Athletes And Body Image

Courtesy of and written by Laura Quilter. New Zealand representative swimmer and lifesaver with an affinity for writing. Hoping to take what…


How to Speed Up Your Kick from Hip to Knee to Ankle

The amount of propulsion generated by the kick is arguably the most important difference among fast and not-so-fast swimmers.

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4 Tips On How To Be A Great Swim Parent

We try our best at swim parenting and I don’t know a single swim parent who wants to be the reason our kids get stressed or want to quit.


It’s Time To Jump In Feet First And Sink Or Swim

It’s been about 14 months since I took up competitive swimming. I grew up with a pool in my backyard, but never began training with purpose until I was nearly 53 years old.

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Six Bad Gym Habits

Bad gym habits. We all have them and we all don’t like to admit that they are there. But, let’s just own our bad habits and fix them!


5 Tips for When Your Swim Parenting Days Are Numbered

There will come a time when we no longer drive our kids to practice, set up for meets, or drive out of town for meets. With all the time and energy being a swim family, what are parents to do when it’s over?


Take Part In The Season Of Giving With Athletes Connected

Ninety percent of student-athletes who are struggling with mental health issues do not seek professional help, according to survey research….


Swimming & What I Learned

Swimming is a big force behind who I am today as a person. The way I think. The way I…

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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.


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