Opinion

SwimSwam Pulse: 47% Like ISL’s Experimental 800 Free Format

Almost half of voters considered the experimental 800 free a “great addition” to the ISL’s event lineup, with 31% worrying about the complexity of scoring.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 70% of Voters Say the 3rd Round Winner Wins The ISL Skins

An overwhelming majority said that the swimmer who wins the third round is the skins winner – not necessarily the swimmer who scored the most points.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 63% Say Peak Sjostrom Would Win All-Time Skins Race

Nearly two-thirds of voters picked Sarah Sjostrom to win a battle of the three fastest swimmers in history in the short course meter 50 free.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 53% Pick Lochte Over Phelps In Hypothetical 100 IM Skins

A narrow majority of voters picked Ryan Lochte to win a hypothetical three-round skins race in the 100 IM with Michael Phelps.

Why College Swimming Is Worth Fighting For: A Parent’s Perspective

“College swimming is the pinnacle of achievement for most kids, ensuring it has a vibrant future means being vocal today.”

SwimSwam Pulse: 45% Find Jackpots Bad For ISL Parity, But 30% Say Good Addition

Competitive parity was a bigger concern in the poll than a hard-to-follow system for spectators. And 31% of votes said the jackpots were a good addition.

SwimSwam Pulse: NCAA vs ISL Poll Comes Down To A Single Vote

It’s the closest poll we’ve ever had, with SwimSwam voters split between excitement for the NCAA and ISL seasons for 2020.

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Friday Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the Death of Fran Crippen

As history rolls on and time slips away, the lessons of history become the legacy of a tragedy.

In Memory of Fran Crippen

Former open water elite Mark Warkentin remembers his complicated relationship with Fran, and how it evolved during, and then after, his own swimming career.

SwimSwam Pulse: 37% Want To See Butterfly Skins Race in ISL Season

Butterfly (37.2%) and breaststroke (26.3%) led our poll, with readers most excited to see multi-round skin races of the short-axis strokes.

SwimSwam Pulse: 64% See COVID Impacting ISL Results

Almost two-thirds of voters expect coronavirus cases to have a significant impact on the outcome of this year’s International Swimming League season.

Opinion: William & Mary Leadership Miscalculated What Mattered

Leadership of William & Mary, including athletics director Samantha Huge, miscalculated the sports culture of the school.

Bracket Challenge: ISL Logos 2020 – An Upset Into The Final Round

We won’t have a rematch of last year’s International Swimming League logo bracket finals after a stunning upset in the semifinal rounds.

SwimSwam Pulse: 82% Doubt That Fundraising Will Save Cut College Programs

A wide majority of voters suggested that fundraising efforts won’t save any of the college swimming & diving programs cut this year.

Bracket Challenge: ISL Logos 2020 – Semifinal Round

We’re on to the semifinals in our International Swimming League logo bracket, with just four franchises remaining in the hunt.