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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian prepares for the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa
Watch the live stream from the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, which kicks into gear today. (USA Swimming) Katie Ledecky and Conor Dwyer will be among the most-watched swimmers. (FloSwimming)

Tokyo 2020 could include 10 new swimming events, including mixed men/women relays! (Washington Post) The reaction from swimming coaches has been mixed. (Swimming World)

At the Australian Swimming Championships, Mack Horton won a trifecta of freestyle distance events while teen sensation Ariarne Titmus may give Katie Ladecky a run for her money at the World Championships in Budapest. (Courier Mail)

In Geneva, Switzerland, women can now legally swim topless. (Independent)

Marathon swimmer Kim Chambers headlines a California-to-Tijuana swim team raising funds for families who have suffered fatalities at the US-Mexican border. (Daily Times)

Which Caribbean swimmers are likely to dominate at this week's CARIFTA Swimming Championships? (FloSwimming)

An 11-year-old aspiring Olympic swimmer may soon have a private training pool, if plans are approved for the estate owned by his dad, pop singer Rod Stewart. (Mirror)

Check out some vintage swimming-hole photos in this nostalgic article on one of Richmond, Virginia's long-gone quarries. (WTVR)

How do you live to see 105? According to this Brooklyn woman, swimming adds years! (NY Daily News)

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hugh & Buffet Work & Play in their Endless Pool

Hugh the manatee swimming against the Endless Pools Fastlane at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Meet Hugh and Buffet. These half-brothers love to play and eat lettuce (up to five dozen heads a day!). They also assist the research team at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in exploring how manatees perceive their natural environment. Along the way, the manatees also swim against their very own Endless Pools® swim current.

While manatee populations are on the upswing, much work remains to keep them alive and thriving. And Hugh and Buffet are a big part of that effort.

"We're studying everything from their eyesight, to their hearing, to the tiny hairs, called vibrissae, that cover their bodies," the team at Mote states. "Understanding how manatees navigate their world is allowing resource managers to better understand them and protect this endangered species in the wild."

To stay active and healthy in a contained environment, Hugh and Buffet rely on their Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane delivers the smooth, adjustable Endless Pools swim current to their custom-designed home pool, allowing them to swim in place.

The Endless Pools current earns praise from triathletes and open water swimmers for its recreation of real currents; as you can see in the video above, the manatees also seem to have adapted quite well to the simulation. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer trains to swim in competition while pregnant
Olympic medalists headline the swimming action at the in-progress Canadian Swimming Trials (CBC Sports) and at next week's arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa (Swim Swam). At the latter, Dana Vollmer will compete … even though she's six months pregnant! (NBC Sports)

Why is James "the Missile" Magnussen skipping the chance to become a three-time world swimming champion to compete in the Commonwealth Games? (Reuters)

A champion sprinter in college, a mother reflects on returning to swimming at age 50. (New York Times)

Coach John Wood recommends mixing up the pace to improve your swim performance. (220 Triathlon)

The suspension is over: Ryan Lochte will return at the U.S. Masters Nationals later this month. (Swimming World)

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Complete 25-Video Instruction Series

SwimSmooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
They're live! Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome created 25 stroke-training videos, all featuring the Endless Pools Fastlane® in his backyard pool. The entire series is now available free of charge on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Which is the best head position for an efficient freestyle swimming stroke? In episode 8, Coach Newsome has your answer. In this 25-video master class, you'll find exemplary demonstrations of swim drills ranging from the classic Sculling Drill (ep. 16) to the challenging Parachute Drill (ep. 19).

In episode 20, Newsome offers his surprising alternative to the conventional wisdom with his Finger Trail and Open-Elbow Recovery Drills. They're ideally suited for triathletes and other open water swimmers.

The videos benefit from the fully adjustable swim current of the Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane mounts to the deck or wall of almost any traditional pool. With Endless Pools' in-place swimming capability, you can monitor your own stroke, either in real time using our underwater mirrors or with video for review after.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Swimmer Caeleb Dressel after setting American and NCAA records in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Swimming Championships
Take a closer look at the record-breaking swims that earned the Texas Longhorn men their third consecutive NCAA title. (Swimming World)

April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month, and U.S. Masters Swimming shares resources for students and volunteers

Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky are among this year's honorees the Pac-12 Women's Swimming & Diving Awards.

The so-called "Harvard of the East," Tsinghua University sparked controversy with a new requirement that all students swim at least 50m to graduate. (BBC)

All Olympians take risks. Women swimmers in Afghanistan risk military threats just to train for Tokyo 2020! (AFP)

Ten of these 22 FAQs for beginner triathletes concern the swim. (220 Triathlon)

Get inspired by the 68-year-old Masters swimmer who's earning podium victories … after a 50-year absence from competition! (Charlotte Observer)

The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America announced their Division I All-Americans for both men and women.

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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