Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

3 Tips for Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster of Swim Parenting

Watching our kids compete can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. One minute I’m on top of the world when they get a best time and win their event. Then, in the abyss when they don’t show up for their event and I wonder what happened.

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Ask Swim Mom: What If the Coach Has Favorites?

Kids talk a lot among themselves and I’ve overheard my son and teammates say they feel like the coach has a favorite. Is there anything I can do to make this situation better for my son and his friends?

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Shouts From the Stands: One Second Too Slow

We’ve all been there: months of dreaming, hours of training, and an absurd amount of meticulous planning for the day when you meet that coveted qualifying standard. And then you don’t.

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SwimMom Musings: Find Your Circle

Earlier this week, I read an important quote about the importance of finding your circle – or as some call it – your tribe. Nowhere is this more important than in college swimming.

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What Time Taught Me About Living in the Present

It has been just over five years since my life changed forever and I have spent so much time trying make sense of what I was supposed to learn from my back injury that ended my collegiate athletic career.

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Conscious and Subconscious Training Strategies

It’s not just about quality and quantity of training anymore, it’s also about Conscious and Subconscious training strategies.

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6 Parent Tips About Nerves at Meets

Here are six tips on how to relax at meets for parents and to share with our kids.

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Six Things That Transpire When You Stop Swimming Competitively

I was a competitive swimmer from when I was six until seventeen. Here are six things that happened to me when I stopping swimming that no one told me would occur.

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Shouts From the Stands: A Letter to Me

Thank you for choosing the best sport in the world. Here you will learn how it feels to move and how it feels to be moved.

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The 8 D’s to Success: How (Being) a Great Student-Athlete Makes (You) a Great Employee

I’m going to be honest here, I thought that having the words “Student-Athlete” on my resume would carry me straight to the front steps of my first job. Well, newsflash, it’s not that simple.

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Ask Swim Mom: What Makes a Great Coach?

Courtesy: Elizabeth Wickham Dear Swim Mom, In your experience as a long-time swim parent, what do you think makes a…

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Taking 5 with Eric Hedlin

This act of kindness was just so lovely and unexpected I decided to find out more about Eric Hedlin.

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Swim Mom Musings: You Were Made for This Moment

The culture begins and ends with you. Coaches, are you made for this moment?

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Why Swimming Downhill in Open Water Won’t Work

Very often on pool decks around the world you hear the phrase SWIM DOWNHILL. While I think this is to denote ease, quite the opposite is true.

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How To Win: Lessons from Mr. Rogers and Twin Brothers

I am here to give you the one simple secret that will ensure you and the age groupers you care about manage success and failure with grace.

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