What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part III

Posted on May 23, 2018 4:15:02 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Never Say Never

My first race, and I thought my last, occurred in the summer of 1971 when I was six years old and living at West Point, NY with my family. My older sisters both were swimming with the West Point swim team and had recruited me to join them at a swim meet hosted by the Newburgh Jaycees.

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Mike Mann Mondays: Taking Care of Your Body

Posted on May 21, 2018 1:20:08 PM by Dorian Capers in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming health tips, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Swimmers often swim in chlorinated pools or open water if they swim open water events. I also know while swimming you may be more likely to get sunburns even in water. What are some of the things you do as dedicated swimmers to protect your skin and hair from these elements? 

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Mike Mann Mondays: What is Summer League Swim Team?

Posted on May 14, 2018 11:38:11 AM by Dorian Capers in Swim Team, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming goals, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Summer swim team season is here! Athletes of all ages are ready to show the successes of their practice in friendly and competitive swimming meets. I thought we’d kick off the season with a Mike Mann Monday on the topic! Mike helps me understand the scope of the summer swim team by answering a series of questions on the subject.

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SwimLabs Celebrates: May is National Water Safety Month!

Posted on May 10, 2018 6:09:54 PM by Jaime Zilverberg in Pool Safety Tips, in water safety tips, in National Water Safety Awareness Month

Summer is almost here! Vacations are on the horizon and summer activities are just around the bend. Growing up, we loved our water balloon fights, riding our bikes, and the abundant barbecues and delicious foods synonymous with a kid's favorite time of year. For a lot of people, summer means water activities! Whether it's the pool, the reservoir, the beach, or the lake, water activities and water safety go hand in hand. May is National Water Safety Month and we'd like to give you some helpful tips to keep you and your little ones safe!

This summer, remember to follow these important safety tips:

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Mike Mann Mondays: Katie Ledecky & Going Pro

Posted on May 7, 2018 5:00:00 AM by Dorian Capers in Olympics, in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in college

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Katie Ledecky is one of the greatest swimmers still competing and recently 'went pro'. People associated with swimming but unfamiliar with the rules here are wondering, what does ‘turning pro’ really mean (in this context)?

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part II

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 5:39:21 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Jello fingers, Roy Rogers, and Cap’n Crunch

Oh, the stories Starlit swimmers can tell! I swam during the glory years of Starlit Aquatic Club located outside of Washington, DC in the 1970s and 80s. Nutrition was a different beast back then. Although good nutritional advice was abundant, to a teenage swimmer starving after a 10,000 meter workout or a three-day meet, I ate nearly everything and anything. Perhaps my swimming suffered and I didn’t quite make it to my full athletic potential, but it sure was memorable.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 5:56:19 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in passion for swimming

Pea Green Pools and Plopping Insulation

Starlit Aquatic Club in Fairfax, VA was my swim club through the 70s and 80s. I progressed through the ranks from a skinny, mediocre eight-year-old to an internationally ranked collegiate swimmer with this club. What fond memories that place and coaching staff provided to me and my three sisters as well as hundreds of other athletes in northern Virginia.

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Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 5:24:35 PM by Dorian Capers in kids, in swimming goals, in olympian, in competitive swimming

Did you know that when he was young, Michael Phelps was afraid of having water on his face? The old saying, "You have to start somewhere", has always rung true. Sometimes it is easy to forget that every amazing athlete, no matter their current prestige, started as a beginner and understanding how preliminary steps, lessons, and small time races can build to the world record shattering results is its own challenge for wouldbe superstars.  If you are just starting out, when the going gets tough, you might just need some inspiration. Here are 3 videos from USA Swimming and The Olympic Channel that tug the heartstrings and remind us that behind every champion is a story of a kid with a dream.

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Swim Skill Tips: Start Now For Race Performance This Season

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 5:31:24 PM by Melissa Mantak, Elite Swim Coach in summer swim camp, in race, in Swim Team, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Swim Tips

In my work, teaching and coaching go hand in hand. I teach skills and coach how to apply them over time to reach your goals and dreams. When asked about how to improve open water swim performance in a race, my first question is: are you optimizing your pool time now?

Fitness will only take you so far. By improving your skill, strength, and speed in the pool now, you increase your success on race day. Here are 8 tips to implement in your training:

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SwimLabs Interviews: An ADHD Behavior Specialist

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 5:15:35 PM by Megan Rankin in Health, in children learning, in healthy brain functions

SwimLabs Orange County had an ADHD behavioral specialist come out to speak to our staff a couple weeks ago. We interviewed her afterwards for some additional information! Here are their answers below!

{Disclaimer: The following information is informative and is in no way advice in behavior management therapy, nor in diagnosing. The following are tools and examples that I have learned in my training under the supervisor of a Physician / BCBA.}

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College Searches – Keeping Your Sanity

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in Parenting Tips, in Swimming Community, in olympian, in college

This mom knows all too well the stresses of helping a son and daughter with their college decision.

Academics, location, swim program, division level, team dynamics, and overall college cost kept me up many nights. I don’t remember my college search being quite so stressful but then again, that was 1983 and I was being recruited by a few top swimming programs. My parents lucked out with four of their girls receiving full swimming scholarships and a brother attending West Point. Nowadays, colleges are twice the cost (or more), and there are vastly more great athletes vying for coveted scholarships.

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Straight from the Source: Why Moms Love SwimLabs

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 11:45:00 AM by Jen Kawasaki in swim lesson testimonial, in Swimming lessons in Littleton, in Parenting Experiences, in Love, in SwimLabs

Day one – “I love the SwimLabs! When can I come back?”

Lance started taking lessons atSwimLabs Littleton in the summer of 2017. The amount of difference in his stroke equates to years of private lessons. The coaches are fantastic! They are so knowledgeable and take the time to really connect with each student no matter the skill level.

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SwimLabs Story: Fitting Goggles

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 3:48:28 PM by Instructor Asami in swimming lessons in orange county, in Goggles, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in competitive swimming

Do you have questions about how to find the right fitting goggles? Do you know what to look for?

Worry not! Instructor Asami from SwimLabs Orange County has some helpful tips!

Working in a store specifically for competitive swimming in Southern California can be an eye opener, even for someone like me who has spent the last 2 decades poolside. It’s like a whole different world of educating parents about swimming. One of the main things (besides learning how a suit should fit) is fitting goggles. Swimming without goggles can seem like a “Truth or Dare” challenge but not having the right pair can be even harder.

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Jason Lezak Visits SwimLabs Sandy

Posted on Jan 8, 2018 1:10:52 PM by SwimLabs in jason lezak, in olympian, in SwimLabs Sandy, in competitive swimming, in champions clinic

Jason Lezak, Olympic Gold Medalist, hosted Champions Clinics January 6th and 7th at SwimLabs Sandy in Utah. Local News was on hand covering the event as well!

After winning the "I Swim Because" contest last summer and holding an event with Olympic Gold Medalist, Missy Franklin, SwimLabs Sandy brings another Gold Medalist to their pools.

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