Donna Hale

An Open Letter To My College Bound Athlete

A few days back I sat with your dad and watched you sign “the letter,” officially committing to be a college swimmer. I am sure the emotions that soared through my veins were experienced by thousands of parents last week and will be replayed again in April.

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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.


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…


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: 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: 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: 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.


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