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Showing posts with label SwimMAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SwimMAC. Show all posts

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Week in Swimming

7x Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer in her 2nd trimester
Check out these predictions for 5 Men's NCAA swimming records that will be broken in 2017. (Swimming World)

A former NCAA swimmer and current Masters swimmer is on a mission to help America's truck drivers get in shape. (NPR)

What changes did the University of South Dakota Coyotes swimmers feel after working with a team culture consultant? (Volante)

SwimMAC's Team Elite welcomes the Japanese Olympic medalist, Ryosuke Irie. (Swim Swam)

A former lifeguard considers his options to lose weight by swimming for his 2017 resolution. (Gazette)

Travellers to Iceland shouldn't miss these 4 stunning geothermal hot springs. (LA Times)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Week in Swimming

Paralympic swimmer and author Brad Snyder
“We can’t all be Michael Phelps and be set for life,” says silver-medalist Connor Jaeger in this profile of life after the Olympics and why he now works in real estate. (Washington Post)

Similarly, Australian gold-medal swimmer Michael Klim reveals that he “only saw a sport psychologist once I retired” to transition to life as a skin-care entrepreneur. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Get inspired by 17-year-old para-swimmer Chris Arbuthnott, who’s a finalist for New Zealand’s Attitude Awards. (Stuff, with video)

The Stanford Cardinals had their first meet with Olympic medalists Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, and Simone Manuel. (SF Chronicle) And a former Cards swimmer reflects on the mixed legacy that will keep her from the university’s annual alumni swimming meet. (Stanford Daily)

Missy Franklin helped launch Ripples to Waves, where you can apply for free swimming lessons for your family.

Teaching children to swim is just one of 5 ways to give back to the swimming community. (Swimming World)

Superstar Olympic coaches Dave Marsh and Bob Bowman will share some secrets of their successes at the 3rd FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

On the Road to Rio: Anthony Ervin

Olympic gold medalist and bon vivant Anthony Ervin
Author, rock guitarist, t-shirt entrepreneur, Zen Buddhist: Anthony Ervin is so much more than a two-time Olympic medalist. With full-sleeve tattoos and an English degree, he’s pushed beyond ‘bad boy’ and jock stereotypes to forge his own path – and this week, it’s leading the 35-year-old to Rio.

Getting Started
Ervin was born in May 1981 in Valenica, California. His mixed heritage includes African American and Native American (his father’s side) as well as European Jewish roots (his mother’s).

As a child, he was considered something of a troublemaker. To help him expend his excess energy, his parents enrolled him in swimming. In the Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita, he scored his first swimming successes while on tranquilizers prescribed for Tourette syndrome.

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College Days
Ervin started at UC Berkeley in 1999. Just one year later, he qualified for Team USA.

At the Sydney Olympics, Ervin finished the 50-meter freestyle final in 21.98 seconds, earning the gold medal! (After the devastating 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, he auctioned that medal on eBay to benefit the survivors.) As part of the 4x100-meter freestyle, he also took home the silver.

Ervin continued to surf his successful wave of wins all the way to the 2001 World Championships, where he took the gold for the 50 and 100 free in Fukuoka, Japan. The next year in Yokohama, Japan, he took two silvers – in the 50 free and the 400 relay.

By the time he was finished swimming in college, he was a 27-time NCAA All-American and the three-time national champion in the 400 and 100-meter freestyle relays.

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Retiring in His Prime
After Yokohama, Ervin decided to retire. He was experiencing depression, tried self-medicating, and played guitar in a number of rock bands. He then turned his life around, discovering Zen Buddhism and finally completing his BA in English.

Monday, June 6, 2016

On the Road to Rio: Roy Burch

Olympic swimmer Roy Burch
Watch Roy Burch swim. You see an athletically built, talented young black man powering through the water. What you can't see by simply looking at this swimmer is a phoenix rising from the ashes: Following the death of his most beloved fan and a near-crippling injury, he’s still training for his biggest victory yet.

Young Dreams

Roy-Allan Saul Burch was born in November 1985 in Paget Parish, Bermuda. By the time he was four, Roy could swim much further than his peers. He would go to docks and bridges to swim in the beautiful water surrounding his country. He swam in competitions, cheered on by his mother, Karen.

He was only 8 when Karen was diagnosed with cancer. As he recalls, she always knew swimming would be important in Roy’s life, helping him rise above the limitations that have been placed on black men. She also pushed him academically.

Although not as supportive of his swimming career as his mother, Roy’s father would bet money on his competitions to help inspire him. This was highly effective during his pre-teen years, so much so that his father ending up giving him some of the money.

During his senior year at Peddie School in New Jersey, Roy’s mother passed away, along with his dream of having her see him compete in the 2004 Olympics. It was during this difficult time that Roy realized how much his mother had done for him and how much he now needed to do for himself.

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Making a Name for Himself
After swimming well during his junior and senior years in college, Burch represented Bermuda in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Although he didn’t medal, he took pride in knowing how happy his mother would have been for him.

At the 2011 World Championships, he set Bermudan records in the 50m and 100m freestyle; he also earned national titles in those two events and in the 50m butterfly.

Training with the Best
Roy has been living in Charlotte, North Carolina, since March of 2011, focusing on his swimming career under the direction of Coach David Marsh as part of SwimMAC’s Team Elite.

Being able to train with Coach Marsh was an accomplishment in itself. Marsh had a policy of training only medalists, so he initially turned down the 21-year-old. This motivated Burch to work harder, and four years later, Marsh finally accepted him to Team Elite.

A Rupture in Progress
A typical day of training for Burch includes between three to six hours in the water, plus general and core strength training out of the water.

In a matter of seconds, Burch suffered a major setback to his 2016 Olympic dreams. On March 27, 2015, as he was completing a dry-land workout on the basketball court, he felt both of his legs pop and buckle underneath him. He describes this moment as if someone had pulled a rug out from under him.

Monday, May 2, 2016

On the Road to Rio: Cullen Jones

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Cullen Jones
Sometimes, a traumatic experience can have a positive impact. It can motivate individuals to new heights, revealing hidden talents and inspiring others along the way. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is one of these people. His road to Rio began with a near-fatal drowning.

From Trauma to Competition
Born Cullen Andrew Jones on February 29, 1984, he moved with his family from the Bronx to Irvington, N.J., during his elementary school years.

When he was five, his parents treated Cullen to a day at the water park. After a fun-filled day, he followed his father onto the park’s largest ride. While the adults and bigger kids coasted easily into the shallow end, Cullen’s light weight allowed his inner tube to flip at the bottom of the slide.

The water swallowed Jones for a full 30 seconds! With no swimming experience, he was terrified. Thankfully, a lifeguard rescued him from the water and successfully performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

After such an experience, many children would have developed a deep fear of the water; Jones started swimming lessons at the local YMCA. At eight years old, he swam in his first meet and discovered that he loved competing.

Jones then joined several different swimming clubs; many times, he was the only African-American on the team. By age 11, he was hooked on swimming.

Unlike some other competitive swimmers, his talent didn’t come naturally. Cullen had to invest sweat equity to excel, allowing his losses and failures to fuel his passion. Until his junior year in high school, he didn’t even feel that swimming in college was a possibility.

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From NC State to Olympic Gold
Jones swam for North Carolina State University, where he refined his skills. As a senior, he was a nationally ranked swimmer and won the NCAA Division I Championship with his performance in the 50-yard freestyle.

With Nike as a sponsor, he became a professional swimmer in 2006. His amazing performance at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships contributed to his winning the 2006 Golden Goggles award for Breakout Performer of the Year.

When Coach Dave Marsh moved from Auburn University to SwimMAC Carolina in 2007, Cullen was among the first swimmers to follow him. He still swims on SwimMAC’s Team Elite, alongside such swimming luminaries as Ryan Lochte, Madison Kennedy, Tyler Clary, and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.

Monday, April 18, 2016

On the Road to Rio: Ryan Lochte

Swimmer Ryan Lochte, photographed for Speedo
Over 1 million of Ryan Lochte’s Twitter followers were recently treated to this quote from André Gide: “A straight path never leads to anywhere except to the objective.” Based on his past successes and his dedication to training, Lochte seems to be on the straight path to even more Olympic glory this summer in Rio.

From Disinterest to Motivation
Born on August 3, 1984, Ryan Lochte (or Jeezy, as some call him) is the son of two swimming coaches. But that didn’t immediately inspire his passion for the sport.

He learned to swim at age five, when his family moved from Upstate New York to Gainesville, Fla. But Ryan was often kicked out of his father’s swim classes for blowing bubbles, pulling the legs of other kids, and hiding at the far end of the pool. He preferred skateboarding and basketball, at least until he entered high school.

At 14, he took second place at the Junior Olympics, an accomplishment that Ryan took as a challenge. He didn’t like being the underdog, and this changed his entire course.

He joined the swimming and diving team at the University of Florida. Under Coach Gregg Troy, he was twice named NCAA Swimmer of the Year. At the 2004 Olympic trials, Lochte once again earned second place, which again added fuel to his fire to get out of the underdog position.
Olympic Success x 11
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ryan won his first individual medal for the 200-meter medley; ironically, he took second place, earning a silver medal. He also won gold as part of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.

By 2008, he’d graduated with a degree in sports management and had begun training under acclaimed Coach David Marsh as part of the SwimMAC Team Elite.

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At that summer’s Beijing Olympics, Lochte earned the bronze medal in his first race, the 400-meter individual medley. His next race, the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, brought him another gold medal and a world record; his team broke the previous record by nearly five seconds!

Ryan then achieved gold in the 200-meter backstroke race and set his own world record. He finished out the 2008 Olympics with a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The SwimMAC App Takes You on the Road to Rio

Ryan Lochte
We know why Coach Dave Marsh uses the Elite Endless Pool® at SwimMAC — to refine the strokes of Team Elite, as seen in the Instagram video below. But why does he have a push broom against the head of Olympic gold medalist Kristy Coventry?

To learn the answer, you'll have to download the new SwimMAC Team Elite app for iOS or Android.

The app features exclusive video content of their whole roster, including Olympians Tyler Clary, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Cullen Jones, and Ryan Lochte, who's seen here in a brief excerpt of his backstroke training video, an app exclusive.

The smooth current of the Elite Endless Pool permits in-place swimming, and that gives Coach March unprecedented opportunities to observe and critique each stroke. Using the pool's underwater mirrors, the swimmers get real-time feedback on each aspect of their technique, from hand entry to body position.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

High-Performance Swimmers Take Charlotte

Last week, the road to Rio wound its way through North Carolina. The four-day 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte featured world-class competition and, off on the sidelines, a world-class training pool. Our High-Performance Endless Pool® welcomed swimmers for warm-ups and impromptu coaching sessions.

From SwimMAC Team Elite, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Olympic gold medalists Tyler Clary, Kirsty Coventry, Cullen Jones, and Ryan Lochte all spent time doing some last-minute stroke refinement in our pool.

Also taking on our High-Performance current were Olympic gold medalists Conor Dwyer and Breeja Larson, Olympic medalist César Cielo, NCAA Champion Josh Schneider, and 15-year-old sensation Reece Whitley.

Jessica Hardy, also a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, stopped by to let us know that she’s been using USC’s Elite Endless Pool regularly for recovery and stroke analysis.

We wish all the athletes the very best in their pursuit of Olympic gold in 2016!

Tyler Clary warms up in the High-Performance Endless Pool at the 2015 Arena Pro Grand Swim Series.
SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary warms up for the 100m butterfly in the Endless Pool at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte. He went on to take silver in the 200m backstroke, the event for which he earned the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal. As part of the SwimMAC Team Elite, he regularly trains in an Elite Endless Pool.

Breja Larson warms up in the High-Performance Endless Pool at the 2015 Arena Pro Grand Swim Series.
Before Breeja Larson took Arena Pro bronze in the 50m breaststroke, she refined her signature stroke in the High Performance Endless Pool. In 2012, she was the NCAA 100-yard breaststroke champion and won Olympic gold as part of the U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay team.

Kim Brackin and Rowdy Gaines visit the High-Performance Endless Pool at the 2015 Arena Pro Grand Swim Series.
The Charlotte festivities reunited old friends Kim Brackin and Rowdy Gaines. Coach Brackin trains swimmers in the Elite Endless Pool at BEST, her Austin studio. Three-time Olympic gold medalist and ESPN and NBC swim analyst, Gaines swims daily, either in his 17’ Endless Pools Swim Spa or against our Fastlane® swim-current generator in his in-ground pool.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Instagram Star (and Olympian) Roy-Allan Burch

Even among Olympic swimmers, Roy-Allan Burch stands out as an over-achiever. Yes, the Bermuda-born Burch trains with Coach Dave Marsh at the prestigious SwimMAC Carolina; as part of their Team Elite roster, he swims alongside Olympic medalists Tyler Clary, Kirsty Coventry, and Ryan Lochte, to name a few. And that's not all.

The two-time Olympian founded a socially conscious clothing line while still in college, earned a much-coveted sponsorship from FINIS, and manages social media efforts for SwimMAC. With his own Instagram account, he's accrued nearly 10,000 followers who love his body-conscious, day-glo photos!

Among his frequent IG posts are these images of SwimMAC's Elite Endless Pool®, used regularly for stroke training and endurance exercises. The third one down -- notable for its lack of vividly enhanced candy colors -- is a normal-speed and slow-motion video of his impeccable stroke. Watch and learn!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Charlotte, Olympians Compete & Meet our Elite

The 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC, brought together some of swimming’s fastest and most promising. And most of them dipped into our Endless Pool Elite to challenge our swim current, warm up, and just have a little fun.

One of USA Swimming’s six showcases for world-class competition, the four-day event boasted “NCAA stand-outs, USA National Team members, and some of the most talented teenage athletes from across the nation for fierce competition as they prepare for National and World Championships and work toward the 2016 Olympic Games.”

The Endless Pool Elite was positioned squarely in the Athletes’ Zone, and almost all of them took advantage of it. Among those who took on our fastest, biggest, and smoothest swim current were Olympian Connor Jaegar; Wolverines Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda, and Matt Zimmerman; Madison Kennedy from SwimMAC Carolina Team Elite; and members of the Hoosiers, Tar Heels, and Team Canada.

Tyler Clary used the Endless Pool Elite to warm up immediately before his meets, including the Men’s 200m Backstroke, the event for which he earned the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal.

Team Canada in the Endless Pool Elite at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC
Nine Canadians make their own pool party! Team Canada’s men loved the Endless Pool Elite’s camera capture equipment as well as the underwater and overhead mirrors. They also loved the challenging swim current, even if they were having too much fun to use it at this particular moment.

Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Clary in the Endless Pool Elite at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200m Backstroke, Tyler Clary earned the red-carpet treatment at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by SwimMAC, where he now trains. Here, the former Wolverine warms up in the Endless Pool Elite.

Friday, June 14, 2013

SwimMAC Carolina announces opening of Endless Pool Elite

SwimMAC Carolina, one of the premier swim clubs in the United States, announced the opening of their Endless Pool Elite yesterday. 

Director and CEO of SwimMAC David Marsh has trained swimmers in the Endless Pool for years, and will carry on the tradition of pushing his athletes to the next level with the stroke training only possible in an Endless Pool.

With an adjustable swim current that can be set at up to :51/100 meter pace, the Endless Pool will challenge each level of swimmer, from the beginner to the fledgling Olympian.

Offering a wide range of swim lessons for ages 6 months and up, SwimMAC will provide instruction Monday-Saturday.

"We are excited to bring another level of teaching and learning to the community," said South Swim School Director Jean Rogers. "This is an opportunity for people to learn in a more intimate setting."

In a few short years, Endless Pools has seen their Elite Model grow in popularity with swim clubs and colleges around the country, as premier programs such as Auburn, Dartmouth, Harvard, Indiana and Louisville have installed an Elite to enhance their swim training.

Read more about SwimMAC's new Endless Pool Elite.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Endless Pools Give Championship Swim Program an Edge


SwimMAC Carolina wrapped up the 2011-2012 season with nearly 50,000 team points to earn the USA Swimming Club Excellence title.
The club supplements their traditional lap pool training with an Endless Pool Elite, and bested their closest competitor by over 10,000 points.

David Marsh, SwimMAC’s director, has led the dominant program since he founded it in 2007, and the former Auburn University head coach has long been a proponent of the Endless Pool.
"For years at Auburn I trained my athletes in an Endless Pool, but the Elite we put in at SwimMAC takes it to another level. It expands my ability to provide the best technical advice possible," said Marsh.
The Elite Model pool allows Marsh to analyze technique and deliver instant feedback to his swimmers in a static environment. Through the use of underwater cameras and mirrors, Marsh is able to train his pupils to succeed at the highest level.
“We are very proud of what Coach Marsh has been able to do at SwimMAC,” said James Murdock, founder and CEO of Endless Pools. “Our product is a great fit for their program, as they are able to train and develop elite swimmers in our Elite Endless Pool.”
Marsh, who led Auburn to 10 total Men’s and Women’s NCAA National Championships, has shown a commitment to winning during his entire career. After coaching over 20 Olympians during his distinguished career, SwimMAC’s success and dedication to perfection with the Endless Pool Elite helps carry on his standard of excellence.
The coach is such a big fan of the product, that he owns an Endless Pool Swim Spa, which combines the company’s unparalleled swim current with a relaxing spa.
While Marsh was ahead of the curve, many premier swim programs and coaches are now taking note of his success with Endless Pools.
The Elite Model is now a mainstay on the decks of programs such as Harvard, Dartmouth and Indiana, and is a growing presence in the competitive swimming community as renowned coaches such as Kim Brackin, Terry Laughlin and Glenn Mills train with the help of an Endless Pool.
For swimmers who want to push themselves to the next level, at home, or in training with some of the foremost teachers in the swimming industry, the Endless Pool is the way to go.
Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers worldwide, and offers compact, customizable pools for indoor or outdoor use. With a series of six innovative products and an adjustable, revolutionary swim current, the product can be tailored for rehab, competitive training, or family fun. Low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.
For more information, visit, follow Endless Pools on Twitter and Facebook, or contact Rob Shaeffer at 610-497-8676.
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