Opinion

NCAA Survey Reveals Earlier Commitments Result in More Changes

Welcome to SwimSwam’s feature, called simply SwimSwam Discussion. We might rename it at a later point in time (Hospitality Room,…

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SwimSwam Pulse: 66% Pick Texas As Preseason NCAA Favorites

Two thirds of voters selected the Texas Longhorns as their preseason favorites to win the men’s NCAA title in 2018. 

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Why The Power of the Surge Matters in Swimming

What most coaches don’t realize is that each stroke has an underwater phase…or at least it should.

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Why Yoga Takes Swimming to the Next Level

Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 41% Pick Sanders To Florida As Biggest NCAA Transfer

41% of voters selected Arizona-to-Florida IMer Grant Sanders as the most impactful transfer of the upcoming NCAA season, besting Auburn-to-NC State sprinter Jacob Molacek and Ohio State-to-Tennessee diver Colin Zeng.

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5 Things I Did Not Expect My Kids To Learn From Swimming

My kids learned things I never imagined they’d learn from being soaked in chlorine. Here are five things swimming taught my kids…

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Why I Chose U of Miami #20 On The Men’s Power Rankings Ballot

An explanation of why U of Miami could crack the top 20 at the NCAAs.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 47% Predict Tucker As Most Impactful NCAA Transfer

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast…

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SwimSwam Pulse: 84% Predict More Success For Desorbo Than Busch

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to predict which new NCAA head coach would have the most successful season

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7 Tips for Swim Parents on the College Recruiting Process

I hope this helps you wade through pools of confusion and simplifies the process. Enjoy the recruiting experience—it’s an exciting time in your swimmer’s life—and in yours, too.

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Develop Explosive Power and Flexibility – Dry Land Training

Gary Hall Sr: “There are three different facets of dry land training, all of which are important; strength training, stretching and fitness. I am not aware of any elite swimmer that does not incorporate a dry land program into his or her training.”

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One Tip for Swim Parents about Sports Specialization

Should your swimmer only swim, or participate in several sports? As a swim mom for almost 15 years, I’ve had this conversation on the pool deck over and over.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 66% Support WSA As FINA Alternative

About two-thirds of SwimSwam voters support the World Swimming Association as an alternative to FINA as the international governing body for aquatic sports.

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How to Ramp Up Early Season Conditioning

In the early weeks of spring training, swimmers are faced with the challenge of getting back into shape for summer racing. After a solid few weeks of taper, championship meets, and multiple days off from all training, putting in the strength and conditioning that follows can be quite difficult.

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