Opinion

ISL Bracket Challenge Round 2: Who Has the Best ISL Logo?

Round one saw mostly blowouts, but did have some intrigue. Now it’s time for the semifinal round in our battle of the ISL logos.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 44% Pick Baker To Join Smith in 100 Back in Tokyo

44.4% of voters said Kathleen Baker was the most likely non-Regan Smith backstroker to make next summer’s Olympic team in the 100 back.

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Bracket Challenge: Which ISL Team Has the Best Logo?

We’ve got official logos for all 8 of the ISL franchises, and the only logical thing to do is have them compete head-to-head in a bracket.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 61% Say Regan Smith Should Turn Pro & Forgo NCAA Swimming

61.4% of voters said Regan Smith should turn professional now, giving up her NCAA eligibility after breaking two world records over the summer.

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Why We Shouldn’t Call Our Athletes “Cheaters” When They Get DQ’ed

This is not an argument of moral superiority, rather it’s an argument of intellectual superiority. The word “cheater” is boring.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Stronger, Higher, Faster, and Protests

The global wave of populism is spilling over into sport, as athletes are using podiums to protest their nations, other nations, and each other.

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SwimSwam Pulse: Smith’s 2BK Narrowly Nips Milak’s 2FL for ‘Most Impressive’ WR

Regan Smith’s 2:03.35 in the 200 back triumphed by just 1.4% over Kristof Milak’s 1:50.73 200 fly in a very tight poll result.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 57% Support Podium Protests In General; 28% Oppose

More than half of SwimSwam voters supported using the podium as a venue for protests. Maybe more surprising: 14% were unsure of their opinion.

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What the Officials Might Have Seen in Lilly King’s Breaststroke DQ

FINA has not released video of what led the disqualification of Lilly King in the women’s 200 breaststroke, but here’s what they might have seen.

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SwimSwam Pulse: Ledecky (39%), Titmus (21%) Lead 200 Free Winner’s Poll

Katie Ledecky led our poll by a wide margin early, but votes for Ariarne Titmus picked up force after Sunday’s upset of Ledecky in the 400 free.

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SwimSwam Pulse: Farris, Adrian Expected to Make American Free Relay For Tokyo

38% of voters said Dean Farris was the most likely of our listed candidates to make the American 4×100 free relay for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Predicting Tokyo: SwimSwam 2020 US Olympians Draft

The following is a lightly edited transcript of a Slack chat that took place over the last three weeks. This…

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Three Unique Techniques in Sun Yang’s 1500 m Freestyle

Courtesy of Gary Hall Sr., 10-time World Record Holder, 3-time Olympian, 1976 Olympic Games US Flagbearer and The Race Club…

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SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Favor NCAA Reform But 42% Fear Effects To Swimming

86% of voters said college athletes should be able to profit from their names and images, but 42% expressed concern about the effects to non-revenue sports.

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SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Overwhelmingly Pick Urlando’s 1:53.8 over Smith’s 58.4

Voters found Luca Urlando’s 1:53.84 200FL to be the most exciting junior performance: his swim topped Regan Smith’s WJR 100BK by almost 50 percentage points.

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