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  • Jun

    Third Trials: Omaha A True Spectacle

    For the third consecutive time, Omaha, Nebraska is hosting the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials. Every four years since 2008, Omaha, known for it's pioneer history and museums, turns their town into the city of dreams for thousands of athletes nationwide. With over 1,800 swimmers competing for a spot in Rio and state-of-the-art indoor pools filled with nearly two million gallons of water, the swimming Olympic Trials hosted at the CenturyLink Center has turned in to a true spectacle and must-see event.

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  • Jun

    10 Reasons We're Pumped For Trials

    1) Rowdy Gaines & Dan Hicks, NBC Announcers – These two are not just the best announcers in swimming but one of the best duos in the TV broadcast booth in any sport, period. Their energy feeds off each other and they are wonderfully entertaining and well-prepared. Hicks’s measured delivery balances well with Gaines’s tonal range, and the 3-time gold medalist is able to maintain that fine balance of being pro-American without being a cheesy rah-rah cheerleader for the U.S. Check out the TV schedule here.

    2) The Suits on Deck - Every Olympic cycle brings a fresh new selection of stylish racing tech suits featuring new designs, eye-popping colors and unique patterns. From Michael Phelps’ new MP brand to Speedo’s latest colors of the LZR X to the wide range of Arena’s Carbon line of suits. We can’t wait to see them on-deck next week. Hey, we’re suit people!

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  • Jun

    Countdown to Omaha: Rowdy Gaines

    The 2016 Olympic Swim Trials begin Sunday on NBC with coverage nightly in prime-time. We caught up with the man who will be calling the action, Rowdy Gaines. Gaines is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and has been NBC’s swimming analyst since the 1992 Barcelona Games. A tireless ambassador for the sport, his call of the 4x100m men’s freestyle relay from Beijing in which Jason Lezak out touched his French opponent to grab gold has become the stuff of Internet legend.

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  • Jun

    Countdown to Omaha: Emma Reaney

    National Team member Emma Reaney has always been athletic, but it took some trial and error before she found swimming--a sport that actually stuck. Growing up in Kansas,“I did every sport you could possibly imagine: dance, tee-ball, soccer, gymnastics and track,” recalls Reaney. At age 8, a family friend convinced her to attend a new swimmer clinic and everything clicked right away. “I don’t know why we didn’t put two and two together sooner. I had always been a water baby, never wanting to get out of the pool or tub,” says Reaney. They put her on a kickboard and she happily kicked breaststroke up and down the pool, naturally and with ease. Reaney remembers,“The coaches were like ‘yup, she can definitely stay!’”

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  • May

    Journey To Rio: Less Than 100 Days

    by Anita Alvarez, 2016 USA Synchro Olympic Duet
     

    My duet partner, Mariya and I are part of the USA Synchronized swimming Olympic Duet! The last time you heard from us we had still needed to qualify for the games. Well I am very excited and proud to announce that we officially earned our spot in the 2016 Summer games! We did it!

    The Olympic Qualification Tournament for Synchronized Swimming was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the first week of March. All of the other countries who had not yet qualified through the continental selection procedure competed against each other. We were very happy with our performances in Brazil, showing much improvement since our last competition at the French Open. Our overall ranking at the Qualifier was 7th place; we started closing the gap in score with our close competitors. We left Rio with great feedback from judges and officials, ready to go home and continue improving!

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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Michael Andrew

    with Michael Andrew
     

    SwimOutlet Blog: Hey Michael, tell us a little about your upcoming schedule for the next few months heading into U.S. Olympic Trials? 

    Michael Amdrew: My schedule leading into trials is a really exciting one, which some would call crazy! I've been invited to compete at the Inaugural TYR Derby Pro Shootout last week in April (which I'm so excited for) and then we will take some time to continue preparing for trials. Beginning of June we expect to be in Europe for a few competitions including the Mare Nostrum series before it’s go time for Trials!!!
     

    SwimOutlet Blog: What have you been focusing on at this point in your training cycle?

    Michael Andrew: The main things we've been working on in my training have been my starts, turns & under waters, my back half (endurance to finish a race), and just sharpening everything up as much as we can!

     
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  • Mar

    The Gangloff Review: FINIS Edge Fin

    by Mark Gangloff, Olympic Gold Medalist

    I don’t normally do stand-alone product reviews at SwimOutlet.com, as we usually compare a group of items in one product category, but FINIS has been such an innovator with training accessories and workout equipment over the years that it made sense to test out their newest innovation to hit the market.

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  • Mar

    Top 2016 Tech Suits Compared - The Expert Review

    TOP 2016 TECH SUITS REVIEWED (all prices subject to change at any time)

    2016 Men's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    Arena Carbon Ultra - Gangloff Review | *Available Soon
    FINIS Onyx - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    A3 Perfomance Legend - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Funky Trunks Apex Stealth - Gangloff Review | *Available Late March 2016
    Jaked JKeel - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    FINIS Fuse - Gangloff Review | Product Page

    2016 Women's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    Arena Carbon Ultra - Stupp Review | *Available Soon
    FINIS Onyx - Stupp Review | Product Page
    A3 Perfomance Legend - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Funkita Apex Stealth - Stupp Review | *Available Late March 2016
    Jaked JKeel - Stupp Review | Product Page
    FINIS Fuse - Stupp Review | Product Page

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  • Feb

    Michael Andrew: “A Life-Changing Experience”

    By Michael Andrew, World Junior Champion

    With the New Year in full swing for several weeks now, I wanted to share a life-changing experience that my family was fortunate to be apart of right before the New Year. From December 27-29, my family and I went to Tijuana, Mexico with HopeSports, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of uniting athletes to bring hope to the world. 

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  • Feb

    2016 Will Be a Banner Year For Swimming

    by SwimOutlet.com Staff

    Even with all the on-going chatter about the Zika virus and concerns over a lack of readiness from the Brazilian hosts, it’s hard not to get excited about 2016. After all, it’s an Olympic year, right?!

    This is the year when heroes in our sport are made, when races become legend and our aquatics athletes are part of water cooler conversations across the country. Scratch that, across the globe!

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  • Feb

    How to Plan a Triathlon Season

    by Evan Rudd, SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team

    If you’re thinking about jumping into a triathlon this year, a little planning will go a long way toward making sure you’re rested and ready to tackle a multi-sport event. Whether your goal is simply to finish your first triathlon or claim a spot on the podium, tailoring your training to peak at your target race is critical.

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  • Jan

    Top Recovery Aids Compared - The Stupp Training Review

    By Julie Stupp, Olympic Trials Finalist

    Recovery, ahhh the word sounds so nice and relaxing, right? In reality, recovery can be the hardest aspect of training for some athletes. To be an elite athlete in any discipline, recovery is almost more important than the daily grind. Actively recovering after workouts can include a range of activities such as a massage, special nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, sleeping, stretching and foam rolling. If you don’t properly take care of your body, injuries can creep up and sideline a season’s worth of work and – worst case scenario – racing.

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  • Jan

    Moving Along On The Journey To Rio

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    Last year on August 1st I broke my collarbone and it changed all of my goals and expectations for the remainder of the season. But since December, I have been cleared from PT and have no restrictions (except try not to crash and land on your shoulder for a few more months!), I have turned the tables to 2016 and our final Olympic qualifier which is May 14 in Yokohama, Japan.

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  • Jan

    15 Things We're Looking Forward To In 2016

    We're starting the new year off right-- starry-eyed and excited. More specifically, we're looking forward to another year of fun in the sun (and rain), dreading and loving practice at the same time, and hiding from coach in the locker rooms (just kidding). Who's with us?

    Here's what we're really looking forward to most in 2016 at SwimOutlet.com;

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  • Dec

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - December

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Gillian Sutera, a 9-year coaching veteran at Minisink Valley Slate Hill in Middletown, New York. Congrats!

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  • Dec

    My Holiday Wish List: Cammile Adams

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features Olympian and 200m fly World runner-up, Cammile Adams, with some of her favorite swimming products for the holiday season.

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Claire Donahue

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features Olympic gold medalist and 100m fly standout Claire Donahue with some of her favorite swimming products for the holiday season.

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole.

    We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas of your own from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today’s list features two-time Olympian and 2015 World Chamiponships finalist in the 50m freestyle from the Bahamas, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Jarrod Shoemaker

    It is that time of year again, when you scratch your head and think “what can I buy for ______! They already have everything they need!” Well look no further, I have a few great suggestions from small gifts to pretty awesome, expensive ones. Want more gift ideas? Check out SwimOutlet.com's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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  • Nov

    My Holiday Wish List: Katie Meili

    It’s that time of year again – to dust off that nice stationary, write Santa with your gift ideas and mail it off to the North Pole. We asked five top athletes to share their holiday wish list with us this season. You can also get great ideas from our annual 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone in the family!

    Today features Columbia University grad and 2015 national champion in the 100m breaststroke, Katie Meili with 10 great gifts.

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  • Nov

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up With MP Michael Phelps

    The new MP Michael Phelps brand launched in early 2015 with a line of performance goggles and continued with the much-awaited debut of the XPRESSO tech suit, worn in competition by the most decorated Olympian of all-time himself. This fall featured the debut of the MP line of training suits and the brand continues to expand its offerings. We caught up with representatives from Aqua Sphere responsible for the MP Michael Phelps brand to get the latest scoop on swimming’s newest performance line.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: It’s been just over a year since the MP brand was announced, we’re guessing it’s been a busy year. Tell us some of the biggest things that were needed to get the brand up and running!

    MP Michael Phelps: We engaged our global team, from top management through Marketing, Product Development and Sales. It was critical to set-up a way to seamlessly feed ideas from Michael and Bob (Bowman) to our Marketing and Product Development teams. As we identified new product opportunities, we integrated Michael and Bob in the proof of concept and prototype testing to verify that we were meeting their expectations. When launching a new brand, it’s critical that it stands for something different and that the products clearly represent that; Michael Phelps has a vision to change the sport of swimming and the MP brand is one way to help accomplish this vision.

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  • Oct

    Get to Know...Scott Weltz

    When Scott Weltz won the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200 Breaststroke after being seeded 12th, he may have shocked the swimming world, but he really didn’t surprise himself:  “When I look back, I remember how prepared I felt.” Weltz now works to instill that confidence in swimmers as a college coach for UC Davis, a rec coach for the Aqua Monsters and a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com.

    Weltz’s wealth of swimming experience combined with his fun and unique teaching style have made him one of the most popular clinicians on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour. He teaches athletes from the elite level down to beginning age group swimmers how to swim more powerful Breaststroke and how to execute faster transitions and more explosive starts. Recently, Weltz lead several clinics on “The Fifth Stroke,” Underwater Dolphin Kicking. These clinics give swimmers at every level  an opportunity to improve and excel at the fastest part of the race, underwater kicking off the walls.

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  • Sep

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up With Blueseventy

    Bluesevently recently launched their latest NERO TX tech suit. The suit has certainly made an impression in the swim community for its enhanced technology and colorful style. But Blueseventy is more than just top-of-the-line tech suits and fun practice gear, they're a leader in the triathlon industry. We caught up with Blueseventy's marketing manager Helen Gorman on some of the latest Blueseventy developments.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: Blueseventy has been a popular open water swim brand for years, but you are moving more and more into high-end tech suits. Tell us about that evolution?

    Blueseventy: Our heritage is open water, but we’ve been involved in pool swimming since before the Beijing Olympics, that’s eight years of making performance swimwear for swimmers in the highest level of competition. It’s a market we feel we can make a difference in.

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  • Sep

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - September

    Coaches are the backbone of any swim team and frequently the unsung heroes of an athlete’s success. They are the instructors, motivators, teachers and role models for many young athletes and swimmers. That’s why it’s important that SwimOutlet.com partners with organizations like the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Every month, we recognize a different coach around the country for their tireless devotion to our sport and its athletes with our SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month Award.

    This month’s SwimOutlet.com Coach of the Month spotlights Nick Frasersmith, a 25-year coaching veteran at Regis Jesuit High School/Denver Swim Academy in Denver, Colorado. Congrats!

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  • Aug

    Get to Know...Mark Gangloff

    Mark Gangloff’s swimming career is multi-faceted and spans over two decades. As a swimmer, he has been an age-grouper, collegiate athlete and Olympic Champion. Now retired from competition, he uses his experiences to impact the next generation of young athletes as a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by Swimoutlet.com and a coach at The University of Missouri.

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