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  • Human Interest

'There's No Closure to It': Members of 1980 U.S. Olympic Swim Team Still Feel Heartache

When David Sims held on for second place in the 1500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Outdoor Swimming Nationals and Olympic Trials in 1980, the scoreboard displaying his results flashed with 11 lines of times rather than the usual eight. In the leadup to...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Master Butterfly Recovery

Some folks seem to be able to endlessly swim piano-free butterfly. What’s their secret? 

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  • Technique and Training

How to Swim Butterfly Properly

Butterfly is to swimming what the Fosbury Flop is to track and field and the triple axel is to figure skating: the quintessential weaving of both power and style, with its difficulty overshadowed by its grace when viewed in its purest form.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Swim Backstroke Properly

During the Summer Games, you have a chance to watch athletic events not usually on your radar. You should pay attention to the rowing competitions, because of what they can teach you about moving your vessel (your body) through the water.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Swim Freestyle in the Pool or Open Water

Open water swimming is increasing in popularity as more Masters swimmers jump into lakes, rivers, and oceans for an enjoyable swim. One of the most common questions I receive from these swimmers about open water swimming is, “Should I emulate h...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Coronavirus and Swimming: What You Need to Know (Updated July 2020)

With regards to swimming, here’s a summary of current public health advisories and scientific understanding of what you need to know. Awareness of these key aspects of the virus and how it moves can help you keep safe as pools around the countr...

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  • Triathlon

Swimming Drills and Sets for Beginner Triathletes

To help you improve your distance per stroke, here are a few drills and sets you can do.

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  • About USMS

U.S. Masters Swimming Launches Exclusive Workout Library for Members

U.S. Masters Swimming has launched its Workout Library, a revamped member benefit that contains hundreds of workouts designed exclusively for its members by expert coaches, the organization announced on Thursday.

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  • Triathlon

Seven Effective Drill and Pace Sets for Triathlon Swim Training That Won’t Bore You

If training for distance swimming in a triathlon feels more like a chore than a charm, you’re not alone. But there are defined best practices when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck with swim training. What you need most is certain...

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  • Open Water

What to Know About Sun Safety If You’re Swimming Outside

You may have transitioned to swimming outdoors this year in response to indoor pools being closed or limiting capacity to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. If you’ve found a safe place to swim outside, that’s great. However, in t...