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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Week in Swimming

One of the nine 2016 Team USA Olympic medalists competing in the 2017 NCAA swimming championships
Swimming World made bold race-by-race predictions for the Men's NCAA D1 swimming championships. How are they doing?

Get inspired by this profile of a 16-year-old swimmer with ADHD as she competes in the Special Olympics (ESPN, with video)

Children with autism are 160 times more likely to drown than the general population, prompting researchers to recommend swimming lessons. (Medical News Today)

Swimming lessons can be empowering for children with Down syndrome. (USA Today, with video)

Prep for your swim workouts with these 4 nutrition tips. (Swim Swam)

Olympic open-water swimmer Thomas Lurz believes that mental fitness makes the critical difference in his races. (Bangalore Mirror)

Last week, Kathleen Baker was voted NCAA's Women Swimmer of the Year! But was Katie Ledecky more deserving? (Swimming World)

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Endless Pools® Takes on the Boston Marathon

Feeling "Boston Strong"? The team at Endless Pools® is! We're thrilled to take our Performance pool to the 2017 Boston Marathon's John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. It's free and open to the public, and we’d love to see you there!

Whether you're just curious or seriously considering an Endless Pool, we invite you to visit us at the expo and take a swim. It’s your opportunity to experience the smoothest adjustable current available, as well as our Underwater Treadmill.

Runners love our Underwater Treadmill. It's ideal for low-impact cross-training and recovery runs. You get a spacious 20" belt and variable speeds from 0.5-5.5 mph. Use the treadmill with the swim current on to mimic faster speeds while increasing your core engagement.

A 2016 New York City Marathon participant runs on the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill at the marathon expo.
At the 2016 NYC Marathon Expo, this runner used the Endless Pools Underwater Treadmill for a low-impact recovery run. The water's buoyancy allows her to get moving without the dry-land pounding to her hips, knees, and ankles. In-place swimming complements running well, particularly for endurance athletes seeking lower-risk cross-training.

In the buildup toward their historic London and Rio victories, Olympic medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee used the Underwater Treadmill in their Endless Pool to run additional miles with minimal joint impact. When recovering from injuries, the champion triathletes could resume running sooner thanks to the non-impact Endless Pools environment.

Please join us at the 2017 Boston Marathon's John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo:
Hynes Convention Center
Booth #2327
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Friday, April 14: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16: 9 AM – 6 PM

Visitors to the Endless Pools booth #2327 can get a free swim cap and enjoy a free swim or pre-marathon run on our Underwater Treadmill. For more information, call us at 888-314-9356.

We’re excited to return to support the Boston Marathon and look forward to seeing you there!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Safety First for Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel!

Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel promotes water safety in the Elite Endless Pool
Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel has an important message to share. With her safety-orange life vest, she reminds kids of the importance of water safety and swimming skills. Of course, being ridiculously cute on her waterskis helps attract crowds to listen and learn!

When Twiggy came to the Endless Pools® Factory Showroom to ski in our Elite model, the aquatically responsible squirrel was, as always, accompanied by an adult – her "mom," LouAnn Best.

At first, we tried to go gently, but Twiggy is used to speed. "Turn it up," LouAnn told us. Fortunately, the Elite current maxes out at a challenging 0:51/100-yard pace, so we had more than enough power for the skillful squirrel.

Wherever Twiggy goes, she teaches best practices for swimming, boating, and beaching. We were honored to host Twiggy and help her spread her lifesaving water-safety message.

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in Swimming

Olympic medalist and Standford Cardinal, swimmer Lia Neal

As the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships continue, here are 10 swimmers and divers to watch. (Excelle Sports) Katie Ledecky is already setting new records in Indianapolis. (USA Today) You can follow the NCAA action on the Swimming World app.

For transgender swimmer G Ryan, swimming against Katie Ledecky is the least of the challenges. (ESPN)

Could 2017 end up as swimming's fastest year ever? (Swimming World)

See why his Olympic gold medal in the 100m freestyle won't stop Nathan Adrian from retooling his approach to the race. (Swim Swam, with video)

Check out this former Marine as he tests his brand-new waterproof prosthetic leg with a nonslip tread on the sole. (NY Times)

A Masters Swimming coach shares four ways to fix your swimming technique. (USMS)

Check out the 81 swimmers and divers named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Team.

Get inspired with swimmer Lilly King's pre-race Spotify playlist. (ESPN)

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Muslim swimmer in full-body swimsuit
In England, full body swimsuits are now allowed in competitions for religious purposes. (ASA)

A new documentary, Swim Team, explores the positive impact of swimming on teens with autism. (NY Post)

The NCAA announced the names of the male swimmers competing in their Division 1 Swimming Championships. The D1 women swimmers were announced last week.

Try the speed- and stamina-building training session that IRONMAN World Champ Daniela Ryf uses for the swim (and for the bike and run too). (220 Triathlon)

A Florida zoo has been ordered to stop letting tourists swim with tigers. (Tampa Bay Times, with video)

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Kevin Cordes for Team Speedo
Are tourists responsible for the deaths of some of the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas? (Independent)

Get inspired by swimmer Margaret Cunningham, who won her first national swimming championship in 1939 and is still swimming at 91! (ABC News, with video)

Congrats to Karlyn Pipes on her six Masters world records this week! (Swimming World)

Always worth a reminder: Time details the research on swimming's many health benefits.

At a congressional hearing on doping, Michael Phelps claims to have never competed in a completely clean international race (Yahoo) while Yulia Efimova, the Russian swimmer at the center of the Rio doping scandal, will compete this weekend (Sydney Morning Herald).

Hi everybody, we have been getting a lot of enquiries regarding the death of some of the swimming pigs. We want to clarify that this very sad and unfortunate incident did not happen on the island featured on this Instagram. There are 2 locations for the Swimming Pigs. The affected pigs lived on a different island from us, called Big Major Spot, which is 60 miles away from where our pigs live. We’re located on a tiny little island named White Bay Cay, which is near the island of Great Exuma. This Instagram covers the famous Swimming Pigs that have been featured on The Bachelor, HGTV, Access Hollywood, ABC News, etc. and our guests that meet them while out with us on our tours. Apparently, the pigs at Big Major’s Spot may have been given either liquor or spoiled food resulting in seven pigs inadvertently getting poisoned from this. The lesson that should be learned from this heart-breaking incident is that it is not funny to try and get the pigs, or any animal, intoxicated and please do not give them rotten or moldy food. We appreciate all your thoughts and wishes and wanted to let you know that Pickles, Panda, Squealy, and the gang here at White Bay Cay are all fine and healthy! ?: @photographer_ericgarciamarch
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