Mike's Mailbag: Conquering Mental Block
My goggles fell off during my best event and I can't seem to get over the mental block that now happens almost every time I hit the water in the 200 free. How can I beat this mental block?
Tips for the Start of a New Swim Season
The first few weeks back in the pool sets the tone for the entire season. Coaches, consider these thoughts from members of the National Team community.
Ledecky named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year
For the second consecutive year, Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and claimed the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking performance in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships. The awards were presented at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday.
Jim Sheehan Elected USA Swimming President of Board of Directors
Jim Sheehan won an election to become USA Swimming President of the Board of Directors, replacing outgoing two-term USA Swimming President Bruce Stratton. Sheehan’s two-year term begins immediately.
2014 State of the Sport: A Tradition of Growth
Every year at the United States Aquatics Sports Convention, USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus delivers a State of the Sport address in the House of Delegates session. Below is the text of his 2014 report to the USA Swimming membership in Jacksonville.
President's Message: September 2014
It is difficult to believe that it has been four years since you elected me as your president. It has been, without question, four of the most satisfying years of my life. Having the opportunity to represent USA Swimming and to work with the great athletes, coaches, volunteers, and staff of our organization has been an indescribable experience and I will forever be humbled by the fact that you elected me and supported me the past four years.
Andrew Gemmell: Auspicious Homecoming
Andrew Gemmell and his dad, Bruce, have a somewhat complicated relationship. There’s the father-son bloodline that’s provided both good and bad circumstances and outcomes. It’s because of this that their connection as coach and pupil has developed its own set of interesting circumstances over time.
Larry Herr Explains Rationale Behind Trials Cuts
Today, USA Swimming announced its time standards for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Performance Database Director Larry Herr took some time to explain the process of how these time standards were determined, and how he sees the meet shaping up and filling out over the next two years.
USA Swimming Sets Qualifying Time Standards for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming
USA Swimming today announced the qualifying time standards for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming slated for Sunday, June 26, through Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Women in Coaching: Jennifer Gibson
In the summer of 1979, Jennifer Gibson began teaching swim lessons at her neighborhood pool for the fourth summer in a row. Over the years, as she taught more and more community members how to swim, people quickly realized that Gibson had a natural gift for helping swimmers succeed.
Classic Swimmer Superstitions
Swimmers are superstitious folk. You see it at every swim meet behind the blocks: A plethora of arm-swings, stretches, cap fix routines, pool face splashes, and breathing exercises.
Best Ways to Handle Sugar for Young Swimmers
Sugar, the sweet stuff added to foods in baking and other food processing techniques, is something young swimmers should have a handle on. After all, sugar (or sucrose) is a carb, but it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional power, nor does it offer the long-lasting energy found in complex carbs, like bread, beans, and fruits and veggies.
20 Question Tuesday: Brent Rutemiller
Brent Rutemiller, CEO of Sports Publications International, is one of the voices in swimming that everyone is aware of due to his tireless work as publisher of Swimming World magazine. He talks about what he hopes to do moving forward, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
Mike's Mailbag: Burning Out on a New Team
I have recently started swimming on my new college team. And I am slowly feeling more and more like I made the wrong decision by choosing this college. How do I get the passion I had in high school back?
Katie McLaughlin: Taking the Next Step
It didn't take Katie McLaughlin long to learn something incredibly useful as she moves forward in her swimming career. Enjoy the ride – and have lots of fun.
Can Nutrition Help Muscle Cramps?
A young swimmer asked if there were any nutritional strategies that prevented muscle cramps. If you have experienced the pain of an exercise-induced muscle cramp, you might just try anything to avoid another cramp.
Hotel Information for the 2016 Olympic Trials
Hotels for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha will open for reservations approximately 15 months prior to the start of the Trials. USA Swimming and the city of Omaha will publish all the information on the Trials at that time. Thanks for your patience.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Carmel Swim Club
Carmel, Ind., has been a hotbed for producing great swimmers for many years, and Carmel Swim Club, a silver medal club in the 2014 Club Excellence program, made a name for itself once again this summer. The Carmel Swim Club girls captured the team title at the recent Speedo Junior National Championships, with three swimmers earning spots on USA Swimming’s National Junior Team.
Catching Up with Mark Gangloff
Mark Gangloff isn’t sure he has ever “officially” retired from swimming. What he’s sure of is that when he walked away from the sport in 2013, he knew right away it was the right time.
Avoid the Biggest Mental Mistake Swimmers Make
What's the biggest cause of out-of-control, pre-race nervousness? Focusing on things that you can't directly control! Swimmers who go into their events thinking about and/or focusing on these “UCs” or uncontrollables will always lose their confidence and get derailed by runaway nerves.
The Future of College Swimming and High School Swimmers
A few weeks ago, I spoke with a college swim coach who told me something horrifying, although not unsurprising. We were discussing the potential unionization of collegiate athletes, and possibly the ramifications extended to non-revenue Olympic men’s sports, like NCAA swimming. “Collegiate swimming might not even exist in 10 years,” he said.