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March-April 2014 Digital Splash. (Medium)The March-April 2014 issue of Splash is now available online and as a mobile app for your iPad and iPhone. 

The March-April issue is our annual college swimming issue, featuring our NCAA previews and helpful tips about swimming in college. Here’s a look at some of the stories you’ll find:


Title Chase
The Women’s and Men’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships will be held during the last two weeks of March. Check out the strengths and weaknesses of the top contenders, and the biggest races to watch in our NCAA preview.

For the Sake of a Good Recruit 
A handful of college coaches say they enjoy the recruiting process. Most tolerate it as happily as the flu. They all, however, work at it assiduously.


A Roller Coaster without a Harness
“The NCAA’s are the fastest meet in the world, top to bottom, and the most exciting,” says Auburn graduate (’06) and Olympian (’08 and ’12) Eric Shanteau. As if anticipating a question about the Olympics, he adds, “Those who say otherwise haven’t been to both.” The 2011 Division I men’s championships serves as Exhibit A for what Shanteau is talking about. 

Cashing in on College
Missy Franklin was faced with a tough decision, one only a select few high school seniors – and even fewer – swimmers ever have to make. Fresh from a four-gold-medal performance in London, one of the most recognizable faces in swimming had two choices: take the academic route and make a top college program even stronger, or cash in on her fame and Olympic performance and make millions in endorsements and prize money. After lengthy, intense discussions with her coach and parents, Franklin chose college and enrolled at the University of California-Berkeley. 

Splash Online Extra: Watch an interview with Missy Franklin after her first home meet at Cal!


Michael Gustafson: Can I Swim in College? 
Olivier Poirier-Leroy: The Questions Swimmers Should be asking before taking the Plunge in College
Garrett Weber-Gale, The Athletic Foodie: Don’t Wait for Dinner 


Starting Blocks
SwimBriefs/Justin Case 
Top 10 Tweets/Swimmer Advice 
Sundry Swim Stuff 
Your Photo 
Getting to Know: Eugene Godsoe (Splash Online Extra: Did you know Eugene was a musician? Watch his videos on YouTube).
10 Songs with Simone Manuel (Splash Online Extra: Watch videos of Simone’s favorite songs. Just click on the title!)
Best Race Ever with Rowdy Gaines 


Elements of Speed
Technique: Relay Starts (Splash Online Extra: Watch a video for more tips on relay starts).
Strength and Conditioning: Just Roll with It (Splash Online Extra: Watch demonstration of exercises).
Nutrition: Feeding the College Machine 
Mental Training: Do You Really Want to Swim in College? 
Training: The Art of Recovery/Spotlight on Training
Racing with: Bob Bowman and the 200 Free 
Keys to Success: Jimmy Feigen 


Swim Nut Zeke 
America’s Swim Team Athlete Focus 

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