Opinion

SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Most Excited For Pac-12 Women

Almost half of voters said they were most excited for the women’s Pac-12 Championships compared to the other four major conference meets to take place this month.

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When Should Your Child Wear A Tech Suit?

“Southern California Swimming’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to prohibit the wearing of ‘Tech’ suits in Age Group competition at committee level (BRW), invitationals, dual/tri and intrasquads.”

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SwimSwam Pulse: 50 Shootouts Most Popular Pro Swim Series Addition

Nearly half of the overall votes went to stroke 50 shooutouts, an overwhelming statement of support.

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6 Ways Swim Parents Can Encourage Great Swimmer-Coach Relationships

As a parent, there are a few things we can do—or not do—to encourage healthy, working relationships between our swimmers and their coaches. Here are my six ways to building better relationships…

SwimSwam Pulse: 50% Supporting Lezak Squad in SwimSquad Race

By an overwhelming margin, fans selected Jason Lezak’s SwimSquad as their team of choice in this year’s SwimSquad Battle.

Opinion: New PSS Format Has Intriguing Potential, Early Wrinkles

While the adjustment to a wave of new changes wasn’t without some execution wrinkles, it also shows a remarkable amount of intriguing potential, particularly from a spectator standpoint.

Swimming with Siblings: Rivalry vs. Camaraderie

From Elizabeth Wickham: “4 Tips For Parents About Sibling Rivalry” As the oldest in my family, I have seen and…

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SwimSwam Pulse: 78.8% Care More For SCY Than SCM

SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of short course yards, with almost 8 out of 10 voters selecting the yards system.

Why we should rotate our bodies in freestyle and backstroke

All of the elite swimmers of the world rotate their bodies along the long axis, the axis that their body is moving down the pool, while swimming freestyle and backstroke. They don’t just rotate a little bit. They rotate a lot. The question is, why?

5 Tips for Swim Parents on How to Encourage Your Swimmer

I was asked recently by a new swim parent on how to motivate your swimmer. The short answer is that you cannot motivate your child. Motivation comes from within.

Ashley Twichell: “Thank You,” Coach Rose

U.S. National Team member Ashley Twichell is a 2-time World Champion in open water swimming, including an individual win in the…

3 Tips to Help Swim Parents Deal with the Dreaded Plateau

The plateau for a swimmer can be a scary time. No matter what your swimmer does, he or she doesn’t drop time. Here are three tips to help your swimmer make it through a plateau…

SwimSwam Pulse: Cal Tops Texas For #1 Rank By 1.2%

In a margin that came down to just 6 votes, SwimSwam poll voters said that the California Golden Bears should have the #1 rank in the NCAA Power Rankings over the Texas Longhorns.

4 Creative Kicking Sets to Pump Up Leg Strength

If a swimmer is determined to use the kick for strong propulsion, the way most great swimmers do, then a six-beat kick is necessary…

Why the One Arm Backstroke Drill Matters

Two of the most important ways of getting a faster backstroke is by reducing frontal drag and by increasing propulsive power. The one arm backstroke drill accomplishes both tasks.

2 Great Ways to Test your Breaststroke Kick

There are two simple tests to evaluate your swimmers’ mobility and potential to kick breaststroke fast. See them here…

SwimSwam Pulse: 58% Pick The Walsh Sisters As Most Impressive Siblings

Voters picked sister combo Alex and Gretchen Walsh as the most impressive sibling duo at the Winter Junior Championships.