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  • Technique and Training

Watch Out for These Three Butterfly Open Turn Mistakes

Although open turns seem like they would be simple to execute, there are a few technical errors swimmers sometimes make. Here’s how to fix them.

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  • Coaches Only

Tips for Helping Your Swimmers Fix Their Technique

No coach wants to be known as a nagging nuisance, so we might sometimes be tempted to keep our observations to ourselves. Indeed, some swimmers may not be interested in receiving feedback, and we do need to be sensitive to that. But swimming is a hi...

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  • Human Interest

Mark Vahradian is Making Waves in Hollywood

Mark Vahradian was well on his way toward a career as an attorney. After earning a degree in political science from Duke University, he was working his way through law school at the University of California–Los Angeles. He already had some conn...

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  • Events

‘More Than a Fitness Challenge’: SilverPeak Performance Enjoying Fitness Series

SilverPeak Performance Coach Kris McPeak found a great way to bring her swimmers together.

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  • Technique and Training

Breathing Easy to the Side on Butterfly

The strength and precise timing butterfly requires might make it the most difficult stroke to master, especially for Masters swimmers who are learning how to swim later in life. Masters swimmers have a range of abilities, ages, and body types, and so...

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  • About USMS

Five Takeaways From USMS’s National Coaches Clinic

Here are some of the key lessons the Kevin and Mary Gibson of Talbot Masters learned at October's National Coaches Clinic.

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  • Technique and Training

Kick Your Kick into Shape

When it’s time for a kick set, many of us grab a kickboard and get kicking—that’s usually my modus operandi anyway. But is kicking with kickboards the safest way for us to get our kicks in? “From a postural perspective, using...

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  • Human Interest

The Mighty Comeback of Matt Russell

Most of us have had the experience of coming back to our sport after illness or injury— that bout of bronchitis that took too long to shake or a sore shoulder that required kicking-only practices for a few weeks. But few of us have been as clos...

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  • Technique and Training

What Your Pull Buoy Can Teach You

Who doesn’t love a nice, long freestyle pull set? You don’t have to kick, and you can concentrate on your stroke. It’s almost meditative. But you should pay close attention because your pull buoy can teach you a lot about all of you...

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  • Open Water

Olympic Gold Medalist Learns to Love Open Water Swimming

As I walk to the dock where Portland’s “River Huggers,” the Willamette River swimmers, gather daily to swim across the river under the Hawthorne Bridge, second thoughts crowd against third and fourth. The chilly air on this early We...