Opinion

Watching Swimming: What Makes a Race Good?

Last Friday, SwimSwam published our Swammy Awards Top 10 Swims of the Year. The number one race was the men’s medley relay at the Asian Games.

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8 Reasons Why Swimming Makes You a Better Parent

As supportive swim parents, we rearrange calendars and vacations to accommodate the swim schedule. What do we get in return? Here are eight reasons why swimming makes you a better parent.

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Shout from the Stands: On Heroes… Like Missy

SwimSwam welcomes reader submissions about all topics aquatic, and if it’s well-written and well-thought, we might just post it under…

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SwimSwam Pulse: 39% Expect No Hugo This Season, 38% Predict Him To Cal

Former Auburn standout Hugo Gonzalez spoke to Spanish media earlier this month, suggesting he was working to compete in the NCAA again this season and naming Cal and Florida as his favorite destinations. Still, 39.5% of SwimSwam voters said they didn’t expect him to swim in the NCAA this season, while another 38.8% said he would be swimming for Cal by the end of the season.

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FINA Announces New $4 Million “Champions Swim Series” for 2019

FINA has announced a new series complete with $4 million in prize money, plus appearance fees and travel costs.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 55% Say Seliskar Should Swim 200 Free at NCAAs

More than half of voters in our latest poll say Cal senior Andrew Seliskar should ditch the 400 IM in favor of the 200 free at NCAAs this spring.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 89% Say Seliskar Should Stick To 200 IM

Overwhelmingly, SwimSwam voters encouraged Andrew Seliskar to stick with the 200 IM, rather than challenging Townley Haas in the 500 free.

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An Open Letter Commending the USOC

In delivering the message that Paralympic medalists are to be awarded at the same level as Olympic medalists, treating Paralympians as equals, the USOC has taken a crucial step to shift the perspective on the Paralympic movement in the United States. This is a win for all disabled people in America.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 73% Favor Short Rest, Suits, No Shave Mid-Season

Nearly three-quarters of voters favored a short rest with fast suits for NCAA mid-season invites, well outpacing other options including full shave-downs or no rest at all.

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10 Reasons Not to Date Your Teammates

As great as you think your relationship is going, it normally ends up in a breakup (no offense). This is the height of team awkwardness.

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The 5 Mentally Toughest American Elite Swimmers in History

There are probably 50 or more good candidates for the top 5 spots, but this is my list. As far as the elite swimmers go, here is my top five list, which includes nine swimmers.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 45% Think Most Athletes Would Have Attended Energy For Swim

33% of voters thought that the majority of signed athletes would have attended Energy for Swim 2018 if the meet hadn’t been canceled, even if two-year bans were still a potential sanction.

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Walnut Creek Masters Thanksgiving Tradition Continues Amid Fires

The Camp Fire in Northern California has burned more than 150,000 acres in California and claimed at least 84 lives. For Walnut Creek Masters, the tragedy around them brings new perspective to being thankful.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 54% Predict Sub-20 Swim At Short Course Worlds

Just over half of voters predicted that we would see the first man ever to break 20 seconds in the 50-meter (short course) freestyle at Short Course Worlds in December.

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Conquering College Recruiting

The college recruiting process can be a daunting yet extraordinarily rewarding journey.

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