Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

Artistic Athletes

Being an athlete is like being an artist. The best swimmers in the world create works of art through their approach to training, recovery, attitude and demeanor.

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This is Why

Why do you swim? It’s so boring. It’s so early. It’s so hard. You stare at a black line for too long. You stink of chlorine. You can’t go out and party.


Don’t Take Off the Medal Kid 

The strangest thing happened when I arrived back in New Zealand after racing at the World University Games in Korea, everyone congratulated me.


8 Insights Every New Coach Needs to Know

Below are some of the insightful pieces of advice I wish I would have heard as an up and coming coach. Each has a story behind it.


Five Nuances of a Great Start

We have discussed the two different basic techniques of track starts, weight forward and weight back, and the importance of coupling motions in improving the outcome of both techniques.


4 Drills that Establish a Perfect Body Position in the Water

Applying force and decreasing drag affect every level of swimmer in our sport.

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The Tradition Continues: the 8th Annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

The 8th Annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic, a unique short course meters competition, will be taking place from October 7th-9th, 2016.

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6 Tips for Swim Parents About the Car Ride Home

Try the following tips on the way home from a meet and see how your kids react.


How Your Athletes Can Give Their Best Effort, Every Race, Every Meet

In a perfect world, coaches and athletes are on the same page.

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The 5 Best Free Resources for up and Coming Swim Coaches

“After being a swim coach for 14 years and a science educator for 7 years in sunny Tucson AZ, I know the value of free.” By Chad Castillo


Open Letter to IPC president Sir Phillip Craven

“This is an open letter to Sir Craven asking for his help in fixing the classification problems. Without his help, no progress will be made.” By Layne Bro.


A new season is here. Define it on Day 1.

PUMP UP VIDEO! “A new season is here giving all swimmers new opportunities to swim fast. We are fresh off the Olympics and inspiration is running high.”

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Do You Have an Elite Nutrition Mindset?

There are 3 keys to having an elite mindset with your nutrition plan.

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12 Reasons Why Swim Parents Should Join Masters

12 reasons why it is beneficial for swim parents to dive in the pool and join a masters program.


Doing the Work: Process Resists Glamorization

Process is the long game and the massive outlay of time and energy whose reality lies below the surface, away from the spotlight and the crowds.

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