Heart of a Champion

2018 Heart of a Champion Award: Maarten van der Weijden

Van der Weijden’s story has all of the makings of a perfect Heart of a Champion candidate: overcoming a huge challenge to become the best in the world, an incredible feat of endurance, and finally an enormous financial impact upon cancer research.

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4 Olympians, 4 Charities in the 2019 USA SwimSquads Battle

Olympic gold medalist Maya DiRado’s team is vying to win $10,000 for the USO.

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Rowdy Gaines Receives USA Swimming Foundation ‘Hero Award’

The USA Swimming Foundation has given Rowdy Gaines the Make a Splash Hero Award to recognize his ‘efforts as a…

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Colorado Swimmer Surprised by Military Mom at Swim Meet

A Regis Jesuit High School swimmer received quite a surprise at a swim meet on Sunday afternoon. Camille Shifrin, a…

#NikiStrong: Supporting Penn State’s Nikolette Nolte

Over the last 24 hours, a multitude of swim programs have been sharing various tweets with #NikiStrong. The hashtag is…

SEC Champion Maddy Banic Opens Up About Mental Health

In a blog post on Tuesday, Banic explained being taken away in an ambulance from the 2017 NCAA Championships and her absence from the Tennessee roster for the first-half of last season.

Bring Backstroke to Kenya and Improve Cognitive Skills

Bringing sports to the children of Eldoret and surrounding areas in Kenya can have a dramatic effect on their lives.

More Heart of a Champion

Ashton Smith Wins Gold in 100 Fly and With Mindset

Ashton Smith’s interview reflects a winning mindset and infectiously positive attitude.

Crowd Funding Launched for Former Truman State Swim Captain Derek Mielke

Derek Mielke was injured in what is being called a “traumatic accident” and is facing paralysis.

Detroit Motor City Mile Will Become Swim Across America Mile

As the Motor City Mile looks to 2019, it will come under the umbrella of Swim Across America to become Swim Across America—Motor City Mile.

Olympic Champion Maarten van der Weijden Breaks 24 Hour Swim WR

2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 10km marathon swim Maarten van der Weijden has improved upon the old World Record for…

Susan Helmrich Takes a $500 Dive into the Snow for Cancer Research

Susan Helmrich beat cancer 3 times. What has she to fear from 5 degree temperatures and a little bit of snow?

Katie Ledecky Makes Annual Visit to Children’s National Hospital in DC

Ledecky’s celebrity is especially bright in her native Washington D.C.

PASA Adopts Swim Team In Hurricane-Torn Puerto Rico

The sport of swimming is often said to foster tight-knit communities, and sometimes those communities stretch around the globe.

Former National Teamers Found Mental Health Initiative

Courtney Kalisz and Dagny Knutson have teamed up to launch ConnectionInMind.org, an initiative aimed at the stigma surrounding mental illness.

8-Time Olympic Medalist Allison Schmitt Joins Houston Relief Event

Schmitt has 8 Olympic medals, including 4 golds.

Laps for Love Eyeing $40,000 in Third Annual Swim-a-thon

Grace Daniels’ Laps for Love swim-a-thon is aiming for $40,000 tomorrow.

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