Donna Hale

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: It’s All About Family

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

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SwimMom Musings: 5 Things I’ve Learned Being a Swim Mom

“I have been a swim mom for as long as I can remember. Early mornings, wet towels, and broken goggles have been mainstays of my life for more than 13 years.”

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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.

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 SwimMom Musings: Loss, Laughter and Learning

Any parent who is raising or has raised a swimmer, knows there are many hidden gems lurking beneath those hours swimming before the sun rises, unexpected twists of fate, and countless moments spent with crazy friends who become more like family than teammates.

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 SwimMom Musings: Endings and Beginnings

Here are four real world lessons you learn during setbacks.

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SwimMom Musings: Crazy Love

To become a leader in this sport and to inspire others to pursue the dream, swimming needs athletes with a “Crazy Love.”

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SwimMom Musings: The Real Legacy of Michael Phelps and Why it Matters

Seems like everyone wants to speculate that Michael Phelps will return to competition and again go for Olympic gold. 

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SwimMom Musings: Coaches Who Shine and Those Who Don’t

If you’ve been in this sport long enough every swimmer has had their share of the best, worst. and those in the middle. Sometimes swimmers don’t even realize what they have until they are gone.

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SwimMom Musings: The Rest Of The Story

Swimming is an amazing and life-changing sport. You get to be part of an incredible community that becomes a part of you.

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SwimMom Musings: Being An All-Star Swim Parent

As we all know, the most important people our child encounters in their swim journey are teammates and coaches. The coaches are there to teach, and to bring out the best in every swimmer. 

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SwimMom Musings: Be The One Who Shines

Just returned from my first Conference  Champs in the NCAA where swimmers actually competed with athletes in another conference – an opportunity to make new friends, test your endurance, and observe the sport from a new perspective.

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SwimMom Musings: Friendships Brought To You By Swimming

As the mom of a freshman college swimmer, the role that I play in her beloved swimming has changed so dramatically these last six to seven months.

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SwimMom Musings: What Is A Teammate?

Of all the great treasures of swimming, nothing is more important or profoundly character-defining as how an athlete responds as a teammate. 

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SwimMom Musings: Having The Heart

My daughter is home on winter break from Davis & Elkins College,  her first semester as a student and an NCAA athlete is done. 

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