Extra Thankful for This Year’s Swimming Feast

On Thanksgiving, 135 of the Walnut Creek Masters, ranging in ages from 19 – 80, including at least 6 families with multiple generations in the water, gathered once again to enjoy the best practice of the year — But this time with some enhanced thankfulness for the basic things like clean air and blue skies that we take so for granted that we don’t even consider them until they are gone.

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Shout From the Stands: The Last Race

The important thing to remember is; your legacy or career is not dependent on how well you perform in your last competition.


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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5 Swimming-Tinted Thanksgiving Debates that Don’t Involve the Economy

Can’t stand one more conversation about the ACA or immigration policy? Give your table talk a nice douse of chlorine on Thursday with these 5 topical conversation starters.


SwimMom Musings: SwimGiving

This is a great time to reflect on the blessings of swimming. We have the best coaches, athletes and parents of any sport I have been connected with – and that list is long. So as we stop and thank everyone, here are the traits we admire in each of the sport’s important players.  These kinds of leaders, are the heart of SwimGiving.

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4 Olympians, 4 Charities in the 2019 USA SwimSquads Battle

Olympic gold medalist Maya DiRado’s team is vying to win $10,000 for the USO.


Holiday Gift – The 2018 Year In Review SwimSwam Magazine

Looking for a holiday gift for your swimmer, swammer, swim-fan or coach? Get SwimSwam Magazine.

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Marcus Cook’s IRONMAN Journey Losing Nearly 300 Pounds

Marcus has lost almost 300 pounds. He started simply, by walking and making better eating decisions. After some progress, he turned to triathlon and then to IRONMAN events.

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How Long Does it Take The National Team to Get Ready for Golden Goggles? (Video)

It appeared that whether you were a sprinter or distance swimmer had little to no bearing on whether you were ready to walk out the door in 10 minutes or 2 hours.


8 Ways to Use Your Pool Deck to Motivate & Engage Swimmers

No one wants to stare at blank, inspiration-less walls when swimming inside. Here are 8 ways to spice up your aquatic environment to see your squad through the season.

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Ask Swim Mom: What Should I Say After Races?

My 13-year-old daughter doesn’t always respond well or appreciate what I say to her after she races. Do you have any suggestions about offering praise or making comments about swims?


Beyond The Lane Lines: Welcome Baby Govorov

Another active swimmer will juggle a professional sports career with being a brand new dad, in this edition of Beyond the Lane Lines.


Retta Claus Helps You Think Outside The Gift-Giving Lane Lines

Not that goggles and caps aren’t useful, but maybe try something out of the ordinary this gift-giving season. Check out Retta Claus’ gift recommendations for 2018!

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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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Battling with Mental Illnesses as a D1 Student-Athlete

Remember, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” You can do it. Never give up.


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