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  • Jun

    Swimmy the Bear Tours the Aqua Zone in Omaha!

    The official SwimOutlet.com mascot, Swimmy the Swim Bear, decided to make the trek to Omaha this summer for the first time ever in order to visit the 2016 Swim Trials!

    It’s been non-stop fun for Swimmy since he first set foot in the Aqua Zone visiting booths and activities for USA Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour, the Last Gold Movie while taking photos with fans and giving hugs for kids.

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  • Jun

    Win Connor Jaeger Signed Trials Shirt from Arena!


    Photo Credit: Mike Lewis

    Connor Jaeger was just the second swimmer to book his Rio ticket to the Olympics at the Swim Trials when he finished first in the 400m freestyle on Sunday night.

    The 2012 Olympian who finished 6th in the 1500m in London will be swimming his speciality later this week.

    We're giving away a special Arena shirt available only in Omaha with Connor's autograph!

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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

    Live From Omaha: Day 1

    Day 1 is a wrap from the 2016 Swim Trials in Omaha -- and what an exciting first night of action at CenturyLink Center!

    The first member of the U.S. Olympic swim team was honored as Chase Kalisz swam to victory in the men’s 400m IM. It was a surprise that Ryan Lochte decided to even swim the grueling event -- but it was also surprising to see him chased down in the final leg and miss out on the second Olympic spot to runner-up Jay Litherland who is known for his closing speed. Lochte is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 400m IM, but he won’t be defending his title in Rio. He still has the 200m IM and several other events to qualify.

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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: The Raw Emotions Before Trials

    By Michael Andrew, World Junior Champion
     

    With only a few days to go before Trials there are a lot of thoughts racing through my mind... I am so excited and ready to unchain my fastest, and race with everything I have to make the Olympic team.

    I’m also very nervous and even afraid of coming to race and the result isn’t what I have in mind. I believe whole-heartedly that I have what it takes to make the Olympic team and I believe that I will make the team. The reason I say that is, if you don’t mentally believe in yourself, and the gift God has given you, there would be no point in going to race for a spot, because you would already have accepted not making the team.

     
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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

    2016 Top Training Fins Compared

    TRAINING FINS REVIEWED:
    Arena Powerfin Pro
    Aqua Sphere Alpha Swim
    FINIS Edge
    Speedo Nemesis
    Speedo Breaststroke
    TYR Burner

    Swimmers use fins for many different reasons, to work on our technique, to hone our speed, to loosen up on recovery sets and, most importantly, to socially kick with friends!

    When you are purchasing a pair of fins it is important to keep several things in mind: first and foremost, you want to buy a pair of fins that are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time; next, you want a pair of fins that will not only help you to make improvements in your best strokes, but also to help you work on your weaknesses or inefficiencies. I have tested six very different pairs of fins that are all available at SwimOutlet.com.

     

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  • Jun

    Journey to Omaha: Part 2

    By Andrew Saeta, 2008 & 2012 Olympic Trials
     

    While planning out my journey to Trials, I figured it would be a good idea to leave myself several opportunities to qualify for the meet, even if I was getting a late start to my qualifying goal. After all, with the 50m free being such a short race, one unfortunate start or breakout can wreck your chances of snagging that cut. My first opportunity, an age-group meet at a high school pool in Orinda, CA – just outside Oakland – didn’t pan out the way I had hoped.

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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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  • Jun

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - June 2016

    SwimOutlet.com is proud of its partnership with U.S. Masters Swimming and carries a full line of U.S. Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from Boise, Idaho with the Sawtooth Masters. 

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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  • Jun

    15 Reasons Why Swimmers Love Summer

    There are so many reasons to love summer, you know, like popsicles for breakfast, beach trips and burgers at neighborhood BBQ's. True, we love a good cheeseburger, but the summer season means something entirely different to a swimmer. Once schools are out for summer, the sport changes. The days get longer (as do the practices), the water gets warmer and the tans get darker. So, why do swimmers really love summer?

    1. We don't have to wash our hair (or shower in general, for that matter) nearly as much-- mermaid dreads and swimmer buns become a state of normalcy in the warmer months

    2. We can finally bust out our training bikinis-- see you later, tanlines

    3. This one's a given, the weather is warmer so we can retire our parkas, fur boots and beanies

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  • May

    On Deck: Q&A with Melanie Margalis

    Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2014, US National Team Member Melanie Margalis has been gaining experience and speed. She finaled in the 200 IM at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan and won the 200 Breaststroke at the prestigious Duel in the Pool, where the U.S. faced off against Europe. Recently, we caught up with the Dolfin Pro to talk training, gear and the countdown to Olympic Trials.

    SwimOutlet Blog: What’s been your biggest accomplishment of the past year?

    Melanie Margalis: Finaling at Worlds last summer in the 200 IM.

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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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  • May

    Check Out SwimOutlet.com Team Division This Summer!

    As individual customers, most of you probably know SwimOutlet.com for our broad selection, low prices and great customer service. And we’re proud that we are your go-to destination for all your aquatics essentials!

    But a lot of you may not know that SwimOutlet.com also has a terrific team division that can help your team, school or club set up an affiliate store, create customized team gear and earn cash back on referred sales for your swim program. Better yet, our SwimOutlet.com Team Division now has the ability to help you build an online team store with full customization capabilities and personalization.

     
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  • May

    Michael Andrew: What's In My Bag

    By Michael Andrew
     

    When I get ready for a competition its imperative I have everything I need to get the job done as best I can. I always love packing for a swim meet. Although what goes in my bag each time doesn’t change, it simply means it’s almost time to go race. And I love to race. Of everything in my bag, my favorite piece is by far the Adizero XVI suit.

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  • May

    Journey to Omaha: Part 1

    By Andrew Saeta, 2008 & 2012 Olympic Trials Competitor
     

    Editor’s Note: Most general sports fans know the U.S. Olympic Trials as the event where Olympic stars qualify for the Olympic team and have one final preparation for the upcoming Games. But for many elite swimmers, just reaching the 2016 Olympic Trials is the goal of a lifetime. We caught up with one swimmer hoping to make the cut-off time to compete in Omaha, this summer. Here’s his story and his challenge!

    In March of 2013, I took the last stroke of my collegiate career as the anchor for Stanford’s 400 Freestyle Relay at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. That last stroke represented the end of an era for me – one that lasted 15 years where I spent thousands of miles staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool. Although the moment was bittersweet by any standard, I was excited to hang up my swim suit in exchange for a dress suit, as I began my professional career in the financial industry.

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  • Apr

    Four Tips for Your First Triathlon of the Season

    The arrival of spring marks the kickoff for many triathletes to start racing after a few months of down time. If you’re preparing for your first triathlon of the year, here are a few tips to consider before toeing the line of your first race.

    Come Prepared

    Hopefully you’ve done enough training to ensure you’re fit enough to finish your race. While your physical condition is the most important component to performing well on race day, it’s also important to make sure you’re comfortable using all the gear you’ll need on race day. If you do most of your swim training in a pool, try to work in a few open water swims wearing your wetsuit to get used to the sensation. Practice cycling and running in whatever you plan to wear on race day. The idea here is to be as comfortable and confident as possible with your gear. And remember, never use anything new on race day.

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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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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Haley Anderson

    with Haley Anderson


    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    SwimOutlet Blog: Hey Haley, how’s it feel to be in the Olympic year, just 6 months away from Rio – especially since you’ve already qualified?

    Haley Anderson: It's crazy that we are already four months out! This year has really flown by! Right now we are in the thick of training and since I have already qualified it means I can really put my focus on Rio and not have to worry about anything in between. Makes the training plan a bit easier to map out.

    SwimOutlet Blog: This won’t be your first rodeo, you had that great silver medal in London – so is the approach different for you in 2016 given your experience?

    Haley Anderson: London was such a crazy whirlwind that I really had no time to take a breather and enjoy the journey. Now this go around I'm really making sure I am enjoying the process and the journey and taking time to be grateful for everything.

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  • Apr

    On Deck: Q&A with Cammile Adams

    with Cammile Adams

    SwimOutlet Blog: What is the current focus of your training with just a few months (weeks really) until Trials? And how are you making sure that you peak at just the right time this summer?

    Cammile Adams: I am focused a lot on my stroke and race pace. I am still doing a lot of yardage since I swim more distance related events.

    SwimOutlet Blog: What are some of the keys in your dryland training outside the pool?

    Cammile Adams: I still am lifting 3 times a week. I think some of my favorite exercises for young swimmers are some of the exercises I do on a daily basis. For example, different shoulder rehab can keep all swimmers, regardless of age, shoulders healthy. I also do a lot of core work and abs. I think lots of core exercises transfer well into the water. 

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  • Apr

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - April 2016

    SwimOutlet.com is proud of its partnership with U.S. Masters Swimming and carries a full line of U.S. Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from sunny California with the Mission Viejo Masters. 

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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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

    Using Video Analysis to Improve My Turn

    By Michael Andrew

    After racing Cody Miller in the 100 Breaststroke (yards) and breaking the National Age Group Record in a time of 51.71 at the AESC Elite Pro Am in Oklahoma, Doc Brent Rushall (the originator & creator of USRPT) reviewed the race footage and noticed my extremely slow turns compared to Cody’s and other top breaststrokers in my heat. 

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  • Mar

    12 Thoughts Swimmers Have While On the Blocks

    We've all been there: the swimming jitters. You know what we're talking about-- those pre-race rituals where you give yourself a pep talk while sizing up the competition, splash yourself with water and then nervously catch a glimpse of coach from the other end of the pool.

    But what actually goes through a swimmer's mind when they're standing up on the block, in front of the cheering crowds, waiting anxiously for the cue from the referee to dive in? 

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