Swimming

USA Swimming Announces Split-Site 2021 Speedo Summer Championships

USA Swimming confirmed on Monday plans for the 2021 Speedo Summer Championships. The meet will take place from August 3-7 and be split into East and West sites.

The meet is being referred to specifically as “Summer Championships” and not “National Championships” because the results won’t be officially combined into a single ranking.

Locations

  • East – Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • West – William Wollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine, California

This replaces the slot that typically houses a post-Olympic Games Summer National Championship meet. Historically, the U.S. Olympians have only rarely competed in that event, and with swimming concluding

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Sandpipers Swimmers Sims and Grimes Pick Up Additional Trials Cuts

2021 Cinco de Mayo Invitational

  • Friday April 30 – Monday May 3, 2021
  • Pavilion Center Pool, Las Vegas, NV
  • Long Course Meters
  • Results available via Meet Mobile (meet name: 2021 Cinco de Mayo Invitational)

15-year olds Bella Sims and Katie Grimes of Sandpipers of Nevada continue to make their mark in the pool. The pair are projected to be named to the 2021 World Junior Open Water Championships roster and each have multiple Wave II Olympic Trials cuts. Their strengths in the Open Water and distance events are reflective of coach Ron Aitken’s training and this weekend Sims and Grimes

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LSCs, ASCA Take Issue With USA Swimming’s HOD Composition Proposal

USA Swimming recently released a set of proposals for its upcoming Special House of Delegates meeting on June 30, and among them is a drastic change in its composition to abide by United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) bylaws.

In order to comply with the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, one of USA Swimming’s requirements is to increase athlete representation on the Board of Directors to 33.3%. The current proposal is for this to take into effect immediately, and it has caused a variety of responses, including pushback from LSCs on the rapid reduction in their voting

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Photographs of synchronised swimmers from above show perfect poise and pleasing geometry

Released just in time for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, ‘Water Geomaids’ follows on from his viral series last year, Pools From Above, which did the rounds on the Internet and found Walls a new legion of fans.

“I was surprised at the lack of imagery capturing the shapes and patterns that synchronised swimmers create,” he tells Creative Boom. “I’ve already captured the arts of diving, gymnastics, tennis and ballet, so this particular sport aligned perfectly with my aesthetic, leveraging synchronicity and symmetry – something which I always lean towards in my work, no matter the subject matter.”

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Top Texas swimming spot Jacob’s Well is now open

Lifestyle // Travel & Outdoors

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Photo of Katie Friel

A woman takes the plunge into the cool waters at Jacob’s Well swimming hole. Often referred to as “The Gem of Texas Hill Country,” Jacob’s Well is in Wimberley, a short, 45-minute drive from Austin. The well was discovered in 1850 and is one of the longest underwater caves in Texas.

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After a shortened season in 2020 due to the pandemic, one of Texas’ top swimming holes is back open for visitors. 

Jacob’s Well, located about 60 miles north of downtown San

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Evie Pfeifer Breaks Down Decision to Swim Another Year for Texas in NCAA

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Evie Pfeifer, who announced the big news that she will be taking her 5th (and extra) year of NCAA eligibility with the Texas longhorns. Evie explained that she wants 4 NCAAs

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Katie Ledecky’s Lonely and Grueling Pandemic Training Regimen

When Katie Ledecky swims the 1,500-meter freestyle, her competition is usually so far behind her by the halfway mark of the race that they might as well not be in the pool. Eight years into dominating women’s freestyle by margins that are almost comical, she says she doesn’t mind “swimming her own race.” 

But when it comes to practices, especially the mind-numbing endurance sets that prepare her for the longer races, she would much rather have training partners. Since the 2016 Rio Olympics, she found that in a pair of All-American distance swimmers on Stanford’s men’s varsity team—among the only … Read More

Texas swimming hole Jacob’s Well is open for reservations

WIMBERLEY, Texas – Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley is open for reservations for summer 2021.

Reservations are required for swimming which will be allowed through September 30. Walk-ups won’t be able to swim, so make sure to reserve a time slot before driving to the artesian spring.

Reservation fees are $9 for adults, $5 for Hays County residents, seniors, service members, veterans, children aged 5 to 12, and free for children ages 4 and younger.

Arriving late for a scheduled swim reservation is allowed, but any swimming time missed will be forfeited. Each reservation guarantees a two-hour time slot

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Photographer Captures the Beauty of Synchronized Swimming from Above

Aerial photographer Brad Walls has published a photographic series depicting synchronized swimmers in an effort to share a different perspective of the artistic sport.

Also known as Bradscanvas, Walls is an award-winning fine art aerial photographer based in Sydney, Australia. His work is a departure from a more traditional aerial photography niche and focuses on top-down portraits using negative space, symmetry, and leading lines. Already closely involved with sports photography in his career such as gymnastics, tennis, and ballet, Walls’ latest body of work appreciates the geometrical beauty of synchronized swimmers, also known as artistic swimmers, and the shapes

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The Solution To Bad Streamlines

Courtesy of Swim Smart, a SwimSwam partner.

The Problem: Bad Streamlines

As coaches, the first thing we teach our swimmers is the streamline, and yet every day on every pool deck of every swim team in the world a coach is uttering these words…

“Fix your streamline!”

We were those coaches! We tried everything to get our swimmers to simply squeeze their heads better: pushups for punishment, long lectures about the importance of reducing drag, even jumping in with all our clothes on if they would do one workout with perfect streamlines.

It never lasted, the kids never got

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