Swim Mom

SwimMom Musings: Long Goodbyes

Today is my birthday. My 14th Year as a swim mom and I’ll spend it at a meet.


SwimMom Musings: It’s All About Family

Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.


SwimMom Musings: Be an Original

As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.

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SwimMom Musings: The Final Lap

Soon it will be May and the final days of your senior year will be a memory. They are flying by at a rapid pace with every week bringing a new last time.

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SwimMom Musings: Defining Success

As I near the end of my age group parenting for a swimmer, I’ve had many conversations about what constitutes success in the sport of swimming. I mean real success. Because at the end of the journey the medals and ribbons will be put away, the special cuts will not matter, and you’ll be left with memories.


SwimMom Musings: What Is A Coach

Literally thousands of articles have been written about what qualities you find in the very best swim coaches. Having been around this sport for 14 years, I have seen my share of all types of coaches.


SwimMom Musings: College Swim – Yes, It’s Worth It

Last week was another milestone in my daughter’s long swim career when her school held a signing ceremony for athletes headed to college for their sports.


SwimMom Musings: Dear Swimmer

We are swim coaches and parents everywhere who are longing for the chance to see you race again, hide out in the locker room from a tough set, or leave your wet towels everywhere. We are used to getting up at 4 am and we secretly love it.

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SwimMom Musings: Pursue Moments

Savor the successes and learn from mistakes. The only real failure is giving up. Swimming is exhilarating. It is also humbling.


SwimMom Musings: And Now There’s College Looming

Now that the excitement of Olympic swimming is claiming down, college recruiting is right around the corner. Here are tips on making the most out of this experience for coaches, parents and prospective student-athletes.


#SwimMomMonday: A Conversation with Simone Manuel’s Mom, Sharron

SwimSwam proudly presents the series, SwimMomMonday in which “ordinary” swim parent Anne Lepesant talks to “extraordinary” swim parents about the…


#SwimMomMonday: Meet Nathan Adrian’s Mom

This week Anne talks with Cecilia Adrian, mother of Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian.


SwimMom Musings: The Invisible

Depression: the silent pain and feeling of hopelessness. It not only impacts swimmers but many other people as well. Sometimes it is even frowned upon by tough coaches who believe every athlete should suck it up and live with the pain.


SwimMom Musings: To Every Champion

Now that the trials are in the books and the newly crowned and seasoned veterans head for Rio, it’s time to reflect.


SwimMom Musings: Dear Coach

Not all of us are Olympic bound no matter how hard we work. We deserve your personal best too. We may not be able to be Olympians or even achieve that elusive cut. But we have dreams…