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8 Times The Fastest U.S. Swim Ever Isn’t The American Record

When is the fastest swim ever done by an American not considered the American record? There are currently 8 such swims on the books, courtesy of a unique rules anomaly.


5 of Our Favorite Nutrition Tips from Masters Swimmers

If you’ve recently started swimming, or have been participating in this powerful sport for years, there’s a chance that you may need a refresher on just what to eat to stay in top form.

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Why Cool Down Exercises and Recovery are So Important for Swimmers

Part of a total performance swimming plan is recovery and the cool down exercises that you do after working out. Let’s focus on a few reasons why this step is critical to maintaining optimal performance.


5 Nutrition Tricks for Top Notch Swimming Performance

With all of the fad diets, training tips and random suggestions from gym salespeople, it’s hard to know what nutrition tips work best for swimmers. Here are a few that will keep you in top shape for your next meet.

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How Iron Helps Swimmers with Their Performance

When it comes to nutrition for competitive swimmers, we often hear about protein and carbs. But what about all of the other nutrients, like iron, that swimmers need to compete as a top athlete?

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Foods To Avoid On Race Day

Race day is no different from the rest of the season, but there’re some foods to avoid on race day that you might otherwise be able to enjoy now and then

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Meet the 2016 USA Olympic Swim Team: Townley Haas

Meet 2016 US Olympic swimmer Townley Haas. A native of Richmond, VA, and a rising sophomore at the University of Texas, Haas talks about his ascension to the Olympic team and the moment when he realized he might have the makings of an Olympic-caliber swimmer.


2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Preview: Empire Threatened In M 200 Freestyle

SwimMAC Elite’s Ryan Lochte leads the loaded field of men’s 200m freestyle headed for battle in Omaha.


Nutrition for Teenage Swimmers: How Much Protein is Right?

In addition to the significant amounts of food they require for training, adolescent swimmers have higher energy and nutrient needs than mature swimmers. Adolescents are still growing and developing, and growth requires proper nutrition and extra calories.


SwimSwam Co-Founder, GoldMedalMel, Inducted into North Carolina SHOF

On Friday night the Class of 2016 was formally inducted into the North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame. In addition…


Rich Burns Inspires Masters Swimmers

Rich Burns, International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame swimmer and holder of 56 FINA Masters World Records, is a living inspiration to all masters swimmers.

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Laura Val is One of the Best Masters Swimmers in the World

Beyond holding records in almost every category, she recently broke the World Record in the 200, 400, and 800 meter freestyles on her way to the World Record in the 1500 at a meet at the San Francisco Olympic Club.


North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Honorees

This year’s inductees are Erika Braun, Ricky Berens, Cullen Jones, David Marsh, and Mel Stewart. The Induction Ceremony will be Friday evening, April 29 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC.

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Big Ten Senior Spotlight: Anders Nielsen of the University of Michigan

No school has been more dominant in the Big Ten over the last decade than the University of Michigan, and…

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The Main Set: Michael Phelps With Ricky Berens

On week five it’s Phelps Phelps Phelps. Go along with Mitch and Loretta on a huge throwback journey through Phelps’ career dating all the way back to the 2000 Olympic trials in Sydney.