Donna Hale

SwimMom Musings: Summer Swim’s Special Lure

Summer swimming remains me of friends loved and lost, smiling little ones once covered in chocolate and soon headed to college, and treasured friendships that stand the test of time.

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SwimMom Musings: Then There was One!

It is that time of year when USA Swim Teams have their year-end banquets, recognize their seniors, and start their long course training.


Swim Mom Musing: The Final Lap

Stop and smell the chlorine. To reach the collegiate level in any sport is a wonderful achievement. You don’t get there by chance, but by the choices you make every day. Be proud.


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.”


SwimMom Musings: Six Ways to Embrace Your Destiny

If you wanna love the sport your whole life, it is important to embrace your own destiny. Even if you are not Rio bound, here’s how you can enjoy an amazing ride one stroke at a time.

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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: How Will You be Remembered

Great coaches are teachers. Sure they teach technique and pacing. But the best ones also teach values, character and sportsmanship. They don’t sugar coat mistakes.

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SwimMom Musings: Counting Your Blessings

Swimmers are fortunate to enjoy many blessings that sometime elude us mere mortals. In honor of Thanksgiving Day, here are just a few.


Swim Mom Musings: The Water Can Hide the Tears

When athletes are out of the spotlight and alone with their thoughts many face the same demons that plaque us all.


SwimMom Musings: College is Almost Here

This is dedicated to the thousands of kids all over tonight who are at a crossroads.

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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: What Makes Swimmers Special

No other sport requires such dogged determination. If your child can embrace this ritual they can do anything and are already on their way to an amazing life.

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SwimMom Musings: Dear Coach

Our role as parents in this swimming journey might sometimes conflict with a coaches goals… So coaches, here’s an open letter of things we want you to know but may never express.


SwimMom Musings: What Matters Most

Swimming is one of the most demanding sports in the world. Every parent and swimmer know this all to well. It can be frustrating, exhausting and some days just plain hard on your emotions.


Swim Mom Musings: A Season is a Lifetime

It is dark outside. Many kids are enjoying their last week of sleeping in. But for the swimmer, today is a new beginning. It is a new season. The sun has not risen and the pool glistens with possibilities.

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