Opinion

SwimSwam Pulse: 48% Pick Florida to Outscore USC, Georgia At M NCAAs

Nearly half of voters picked a retooled Florida team to top USC and Georgia at this winter’s men’s NCAA Championships.

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The Power Of A Swim Woman

“BEING A WOMAN IS SO FASCINATING. IT’S AN ADVENTURE THAT TAKES SUCH COURAGE, A CHALLENGE THAT NEVER ENDS. ‘ “

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SwimSwam Pulse: 55% Pick Santos’ WR As Most Impressive

More than half of voters selected Nicholas Santos’ 50 fly as the most impressive world record of the Budapest World Cup stop.

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SwimSwam Pulse: Olympic Trial Cuts Mostly Match Expectations

More than half of voters said the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trial cuts were about what they expected, with about 28% saying cuts were slower than what they had anticipated.

A Rally Cry for Officials

Support your team, your local swim committee, and USA Swimming by becoming an official.

SwimSwam Pulse: 100 IM Reigns Supreme As Most-Wanted NCAA Event

Nearly half of voters picked the 100 IM as the favored addition, easily outpacing the other hypothetical NCAA Championships events in our latest poll.

SwimSwam Pulse: 68.1% Pick Stanford More Likely Than Texas To Repeat

Just over two-thirds of voters picked the Stanford women as more likely to repeat as NCAA champions than the Texas men, with about 16% saying both teams were equally likely to defend their titles in 2019.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 51% Predicting Top-6 Finish For Tennessee Women

44% of voters predicted the Tennessee women to finish between 4th and 6th, and 7.5% more predicted a top 3 finish for the Volunteers at 2019 NCAAs.

Are We Sure that Morning Finals at the Olympics is Bad for Athletes?

There’s something poetic about morning racing in the Land of the Rising Sun (above, Mt. Fuji above the clouds).

SwimSwam Pulse: 22% Still Predicting Top 5 NCAA Finish For Florida Men

More than a fifth of voters are still expecting the Florida men to finish inside the top 5 at 2019 NCAAs, while 83% predicted the team to remain inside the top 10.

3 Ways For Swim Parents To Make The Last Year Count

“I tell my swimmers to try for best times and leave on a high note their senior year,” said Tim Hill, a coach with more than 30 years experience at the club and collegiate level.

SwimSwam Pulse: 59% Favor Euros As Most Impressive 2018 Meet

A huge majority picked the European Championships as the most impressive of 2018’s major summer meets, while a surprising 19% picked Jr Pan Pacs higher than any other senior-level international meet.

Shouts From The Stands: Barriers Facing Women Coaches

The lack of women coaches is not the problem, it is a reflection of a problem. That problem is a culture that does not value and support women.

SwimSwam Pulse: 65% Pick Men’s 100 Fly Record To Fall in 2019

Almost two-thirds of voters predicted that the men’s 100 fly world record was mostly likely to fall in our latest poll, which picked four relatively difficult – but possible – records to be broken next year.

4 Negative Thoughts To Avoid For the First Day of Practice

When going into the new season, what is the first thing you think of? What is your coach going to…

SwimSwam Pulse: 63% Pick Campbell’s Split As Most Impressive

Almost two-thirds of respondents picked Cate Campbell’s 50.93 as the best relay split of last week, beating the combined totals of Townley Haas’s 1:43.78, Yulia Efimova’s 1:03.95 and Rikako Ikee’s 55.48.

Another School Year, Another Opportunity for Greatness

Going back to school presents an extra challenge for those who must work to balance academics with swimming.

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