Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

Shouts from the Stands: What is Developing the WHOLE PERSON?

Coaches talk about developing not only the athlete, but the WHOLE PERSON. Have you ever sat back and thought about what that meant?


Glory Days – Four Amigos Reunite by Jim Dickson (Record Holder)

Well, here we are–The 4 Amigos – still holding an Northern Virginia Swim League record 11-12 Boys 100YD medley relay set in the summer of 1963.


922 Athletes Competed in International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Competition

The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics competition took place during the week of June 24, drawing a total of 922 athletes across all aquatic disciplines.

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Are Sunscreens Safe? A Guide to Navigating Recent FDA Ruling

With outdoor swimming season upon us, it’s time to break out the sunscreen as skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. 


Swim Mom: We Are Not the Enemy

There are too many stories about parents yelling at officials and coaches and being way over the top. How do you let your team know you’re there to help?


Taking 5 with Courtney Monsees: Eat, Swim, Love

Recently NCAA All-American Courtney Monsees taught her boyfriend to swim. I caught up with her in the Cayman Islands to find out how she did it and why?

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Swim Mom: Traits of Super Swim Parents

Take a look at great parents and see what makes them stand out from others. We can all learn from them. Here are 11 traits super swim parents share.


Why Girls Reach Their Top Performance at a Young Age

The world has witnessed girls doing world-class performances at young age. Understanding this phenomenon could be a big step for developing the sport.


A Standardized Tool to Assess Swimming Performance

Swimmers mature from young children to adults in the pool and we need a tool to support their growth, performance, and reduce their injuries.

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The Summer Olympics of 1976: The Flag and the Broom

Everyone knew that the first event, the men’s 200 butterfly final, would set the tone for the entire Olympic swimming competition.


Ask Swim Mom: Should I Force My Child to Go to Practice?

Do you have any ideas on how to get her to want to go to practice like she used to? Is it better to let her miss practice or make her go?


The 1976 Summer Olympic Games of Montreal: Olympic Swimming Training Camp

In 1976 the Branin Natatorium was brand new and Canton was a good place for a bunch of young Olympic swimmers to stay focused on the tasks ahead of us.


Swim Mom Musings: Extraordinary Coaches

If your athlete spends 16-18 years in a sport like swimming, the coaches they experience along the way have a powerful influence over the adults they become.


Shouts from the Stands: Relive The Legendary 800 Free Relay from Athens

Upsets have always been a blast to watch no matter what sport they occur in. Watching leads erased and world records broken always makes for an exciting time, but if they’re done by a performer that no one expects, those races become legendary.


Shouts from the Stands: Character-Based Coaching

A swim coach’s influence is felt well beyond practices and meets and can shape their student-athletes lives. That’s why it’s vital that coaches understand their impact and use it to foster a positive learning experience both in and out of the pool.


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