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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
1:51 pm - Ugh.

Hey guys, I'm wondering if anyone else's eyes are totally messed up (ie. wrinkly, red sensitive skin) due to their goggles? I'm assuming it's because of my goggles.. I like them tight for races because I wear contacts and i'm terrified of having them fall off for that reason :/ But I was just wondering if anyone had this problem and if you found some solution? I'm planning to get eye cream or something as soon as I go back home.. ack, it's so annoying :(

P.S.- crossposted :}
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
9:58 am

I know theres a few coaches on here so I was just looking for some tips....
Do you have any short workout ideas (around an hour's time) to work a lot of stuff, especially freestyle?

I'm in the off season but I didn't want to join and club because I'm too busy, so I usually swim after school for around an hour but I never know what to do...

Anything would be helpful =)
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Friday, December 23rd, 2005
12:06 am - *NEW*

Hi, I'm Melissa and I'm sixteen (junior in high school) and I live in the Los Angeles area.

I'm a high school swimmer and I do club as well.
I really only swim the 50 free (short course-- for HS)
and I do a leg of the 50 in the 200Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay.
(well that was all last HS season)
&I came in 6th in the league for JV for the 50 free. :(.

I never got to practice because I'm on my high schools dance team as well and we're actually pretty good (better than the swim team :X) so without ever practicing my best time for the 50 free was a 28 something (how horrible), but I guess not to bad for someone who never practiced right? But this year I cut down on how many dances I will be competing so that leads me to one practice a week instead of the three.

Well I have a bad knee(actually I damaged the ligament badly in the inside of my knee) (I got it from doing gymnastics for ten years) and I'm currently in the process of fixing it instead of having surgery (bolts in my leg and tightening all my muscles in my knee) and I was told in November not to do anything until February (HS season starts then) but I can't it's driving me insane.

Soo my endurance pretty much sucks ever since I was forced to quit gymnastics- thats why I'm a sprinter (possibly the shortest one too I'm only 5'1) so I need some tips on endurance.
Also butterfly. That is the one stroke I can't do I did competitive swimming when I was 7-8 or something and I still couldn't do it then.

So yeah just tips for those two would be much appreciated.
&Also girls post your time for the 50 free short course.

--- plans for the 06 HS swim season.
-swim the 50 free
-100 free
-do a leg in a relay or two
-possibly a 50 back.

current mood: awake
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Monday, December 12th, 2005
12:21 pm - Improving breast stroke

Hey all,

Recently, I changed my breast stroke style - I always used to swim it on the surface, and I never came out of the water as much as everyone else did. I always stayed close to the surface. My coach commented last year that the way I swam my breast stroke was very different from how the majority of other people swim it (meaning I stay close to the surface and I don't come out of the water as much as the other swimmers do when they breathe), but I'm still moving as fast (or faster) then them all. However, this year a girl on my team (who's an amazing swimmer) showed me a thing or two about breaststroke. When she does it she dives below the surface, and squeezes her arms against her head (to stream line). Supposedly being under the surface reduces the drag, and allows you to go faster, and obviously, streamlining yourself makes you go faster. So, I've started doing that...and it's definately helping, and it's a bit more energy efficient as well.

I'm a breast stroker on my high school swim team. I can do the 50m in about 45s, and the 100 in 1.40s. I'm swimming the 100m at our next two meets, and I'm really looking to get that time down. Preferably in the 1.30ish area.
I know that your starts and turns can make a big difference with your time, and mine are alright, but can use some improvement.
Any tips as to what I can do in the water, or out of the water to improve my time?

x-posted to swimtraining

current mood: sick
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Saturday, November 26th, 2005
6:11 pm

does anyone have tips on how to improve sprint times (ie. 50, 100 free), either in or out of water?

i can never seem to get mine down. our team was really unorganized this year, and i hate how most sprinters can slack off and still do well, but i can't. so i need to work at it more i guess...

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Friday, November 25th, 2005
4:15 pm

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Sunday, November 20th, 2005
5:56 pm - HELPPP!

Breaststroke has always been my natural and best stroke. My best time for 100 yards is 1:03 and this year I haven't gotten under 1:08.1!!! I am doing everything I have been doing for the last few years where I have swam in the 1:03-1:05 range. I have even added a leg/lower body workout to improve my leg strength. All my other events (besides fly) are going well, and I'm almost swimming my best times in those strokes. Why is my breast and fly struggling this year while my other strokes are just as good as they've ever been? Do I need to do more breast/fly in practice? Any suggestions at all would be appreciated!!
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Saturday, November 12th, 2005
8:15 pm - Finswimming training?

Anyone have a finswimming training routine? Anyone been specifically coached in finswimming?

I make mine up as I go, and I have never been coached. I'm thinking about checking out a coach in a neighbouring city, and then possibly starting something here. Finswimming practice has so many applications....

So what are your thoughts?!
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Saturday, October 15th, 2005
6:33 pm

I posted here a while ago about having to go to physical therapy for my knees.
Well it was so worth it.
My knees are a lot stronger and my breaststroke is getting faster.
But my knees still hurt sometimes when I run.
I obviously stop when they start hurting and do leg exercises instead.
But I don't know why they hurt. They never hurt any other time.
I was wondering if anything like this has happen to anyone else.
=) x-posted

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current mood: awake
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Monday, September 12th, 2005
10:22 pm - swimming icons

I don't know if this has been posted before, but can anyone direct me to some swimming related icons? Not icons of particular famous swimmers... just generic swimmer icons. Thanks!

current mood: curious
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Saturday, August 27th, 2005
1:09 am

I will never take swimming in a pool with nice, roomy lane lines for granted ever again. Open water swimming is the pits. How do ya'll feel about it? Any tips?
Oh, and I was wondering if any of you have swam as an "independant" for your high school? I'm trying that out this year and any insights would be an enormous help!

Also, I'm going to feel really out of touch saying this, but what do you do for dry land training? So far I've only swam for my town's summer team and we're not exactly cracking the whip over here, so our workouts have only been in the pool. I was really hoping if I could gather some good exercises and whatnot that I can incorporate into my volleyball practices, as to kill two birds with one stone.
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Thursday, August 11th, 2005
5:29 pm
_____fasttimes Anyone Swimming this weekend at the Central Zone Meet at University of Michigan? Im swimming only sunday the 100 free.
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Monday, August 1st, 2005
10:33 pm

does anyone have tips for swimming fly?
and (out of the water) strength training for it?

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5:00 pm

I toured a colllege that I want to go to and I talked to the swim coach. He said that I could come out on a recruiting weekend and swim with the team and they would check me out.I know I am not fast enough to make it, but I really want to keep swimming and this is a small school so you don't have to be too fast. Do you have any tips on how I could drop time in my strokes?
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11:19 am - YES!

I went to championships, and dropped three seconds in my 100 yard breast stroke! i got a 1:07, then i continued to drop with another three second drop in my 100 yard IM 1:03! i dropped in everthing else i swam that day also, 56 in my 100 free, and a 29 in the 50 breast, for the relay.
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Friday, July 29th, 2005
10:25 pm - New

Hey all, my name's Mel =D
I'm somewhat new to competitive swimming. I did it for a year when I was younger (about 10 or so), and then it took it back up when I got into high school and have swam on my school's team for the past two years. I'll be a Junior (going into grade 11) this year. I'm a breast-stroker, and I placed 5th in the region last year, just missing out on a trip to provincials :( (by like 1.5s), so that's my goal this year - make provincials. However, I switch age divisions this year, which means that there is no longer a 50m breast stroke event, and 100m is the shortest one offered, which is fine - I'm ok with distance in breast stroke...I just like the 50m the best.

current mood: refreshed
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Sunday, July 24th, 2005
6:01 pm - New

Hello everyone, I'm new to the community..
Ive been competitve swimming for 7 years and I'm a freestyler, my best event is the 1500 free and Im ranked 21st in Canada for 14 year old girls...
I just have one last question.. Is the community very active?
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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
8:20 pm - New community

For any divers interested in the sport of diving without breathing, or freediving (breath hold diving, deep snorkling, apnea diving) please join our new community Freediving

Thanks, and see you there..
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8:22 pm

Hey I'm new to this community. My name's Christine.
I've been swimming for 7 years now. I belong to both a club team (which is very non-competitive) and the high school team. I'm a junior in high school or will be in the fall.
My main stroke is breaststroke and I am looking to really focus this year and get my time way down.
Also- I was wondering if any breast strokers could recommend ways to train out of water to get my time down. I know I should focus on my legs. Should I just start running or? Any tips or suggestions you have will help a ton.
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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
10:28 pm - x-posted

sorry for the shameless x-posted advertising, but i just made pa_swimming for pennsylvania club/uss/ymca/college/whatever swimmers... i figured it was better than the pennlive message board! so... if you swim for a team in pennsylvania, join!
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