On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.
SwimSwam interviews an emotional Missy Franklin still determined and focused on Tokyo 2020!
As a 5-time Olympic gold medalist who has broken multiple world records during her swimming career, Missy Franklin has had to face the pressure and expectations that go along with being one of the sport's swimming superstars. It was also her first time swimming in a U.S. meet since 2016. She trained and swam hard but finished at a disappointing 17th and 19th place in the 100 (55.33) and 200 free (1:59.25). In an interview after her races, Missy showed she was not going to let this performance deter her from higher aspirations and displayed a warrior's spirit and an inspiring level of professionalism even through a sometimes shaky voice.
In this segment, we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insights on the sport and swimming news happening around the world!
This Week's Question:
What's a day in the life of a swim school owner like?
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 the world!
This Week's Question:
SwimSwam reports - “The University of Florida has split its men’s and women’s swim & dive programs, promoting former assistants Anthony Nesty and Jeff Poppell to head the men’s and women’s programs, respectively. …The split programs go against the current of NCAA programs, which have seen far more teams combining previously single-gender programs than splitting previously combined programs.”
Mike, can you give us context to this event? Why would a university team decide to split their program?
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.