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  • Jul

    Breeja Larson: What's In Your Arena Bag?

    Photo Credit: Melissa Lundie Photography  

    Over the next month, top swimmers will be competing across the globe in events like the 2015 Pan Am Games, 2015 World Championships and 2015 U.S. Nationals. We asked some of the world’s best swimmers to tell us what they keep in their bags for any important meet!

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  • Jul

    Top Swim Backpacks Compared by Zach Kent

    By Zach Kent, @iSwimWithIssues

    He’s back! Following up on a terrific waterproof MP3 review this winter, the swimming world’s funniest twitter account @iSwimWithIssues is back at it again reviewing one of the most important items for any swimmer: your swim backpack.

    Zach Kent breaks down our top-selling styles with his signature wit and insight. Remember, all reviews and opinions are his own! Check out more humor @iSwimWithIssues.

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  • Jun

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - June 2015

    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 Nashville, Tennessee with Nashville Aquatic Club 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

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up with Dolfin

    Perhaps best-known to swimmers of all levels for the crazy patterns and bright colors of the Uglies, the Dolfin brand recently unveiled its newest elite racing tech suit, the Titanium, in May. The Titanium marks the brand’s first real top-of-the-line racing suit highlighting an increased focus on performance product. We caught up with Dolfin Brand Director Matt Zimmer to hear more about Dolfin’s plans and products as a swim brand.

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  • Jun

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - June

    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 Eric Tillman, a 3-year coaching veteran and team founder at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT. Congrats!

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  • Jun

    Top 2015 Tech Suits Compared - The Expert Review

    TOP 2015 TECH SUITS REVIEWED (all prices subject to change at any time)

    2015 Men's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    *NEW* MP Michael Phelps Xpresso - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Speedo LZR Racer X - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    TYR Avictor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Hammerhead Silver Armor - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Dolfin Titanium - Gangloff Review | Product Page (available 4/1)
    Arena Carbon Air - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Rocket Science LIGHT2 - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Jaked Jkatana - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    Blueseventy neroFIT - Gangloff Review | Product Page
    [Note: Speedo LZR Racer X and the new Michael Phelps’ “MP” suit will be added when available]

    2015 Women's Elite Technical Suits - Jump to Reviews | Visit Category Page
    *NEW* Speedo LZR Racer X - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Arena Carbon Flex WC Edition- Stupp Review | Product Page
    TYR Avictor - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Hammerhead Silver Armor - Stupp Review | Product Page
    Dolfin Titanium -  Read More

  • Jun

    Neoprene Swim Shorts: A Triathlete’s Best Friend

    By Evan Rudd, SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team
     

     

    The sport of triathlon attracts people with diverse athletic backgrounds and can serve as an exhilarating challenge, regardless of prior competitive experience in swimming, biking or running.

    The swim is typically the most daunting leg for beginner triathletes, but the extra buoyancy offered from a wetsuit (http://www.swimoutlet.com/triathlon-wetsuits-c11380/) can help ease that feeling of anxiety associated with swimming in open water.

    While most triathletes race in wetsuits, few spend much time training with one on in open water. Here’s the problem: your body is in an entirely different position in the water while swimming in a wetsuit compared to what you typically wear while training in a swimsuit in a pool. The buoyancy of a wetsuit elevates your entire body, allowing you to swim faster with less energy.

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  • Jun

    10 Reasons Why Swim Meets Are Better Than Practice

    Face it, 7 times out of 10 going to swim practice seems more like a chore than a fun extra-curricular activity. Everyone has those days when jumping into a cold pool and swimming back and forth for two hours is the absolute last thing they want to do. So, why do we do it? Two words-- swim meets. It goes without saying that swim meets are what keep us motivated, interested and coming back for more. When it comes down to it, meets are better than practice. Here's why;

    1. At meets you swim about 1/10 of the yardage that you normally would in any given practice.

    2. There are hours of downtime between events, which means quality team bonding. 

    3. The snack bar. Need we say more?

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  • May

    Brand Q&A: Catching Up with Jaked

    Jaked is one of the newest entrants into the tech suit market in the U.S., although they’ve been well-known in Europe for several years. We caught up with Jaked’s U.S. rep to learn more about the brand that has had swimmers talking since the brand’s terrific visibility at the 2009 World Championships.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: So first off, is Jaked considered an Italian brand because of the heritage?

    Jaked: Jaked is an Italian company with the headquarters in the North of Italy (close to Milano). The company has been created in 2008 when four guys had a great intuition: to use the polyurethane together with a state-of-the-art construction technology in the manufacturing system of the full body competition suits. It has been a real revolution in the swimming world! In the 2009 Swimming Worlds in Rome, most of the swimmers were using the Jaked competition swimsuit called J01, breaking 17 world records and earning 37 medals.

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  • May

    Top Cycling Helmets Compared – The Shoemaker Review

    By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic Triathlete

    Editor’s Note: There are dozens of helmets to choose from and picking the right one can be a challenge. Luckily, we’ve got one of the best triathletes in the world to help you find the perfect one. We sent four high-end road helmets to 2008 Olympic Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker to test. These helmets all strive to provide the perfect balance of low weight and ventilation with an emphasis on aerodynamics. 

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  • May

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - May

    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 Kris Wingenroth, a 18-year coaching veteran at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, TX. Congrats!

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  • May

    U.S Masters Swimming Club of the Month - May

    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 Florida with Tampa Bay Aquatics. 

    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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  • May

    20 Reasons Why We Couldn't Live Without Swim Moms

    Behind every great swimmer there's an even greater swim mom. She nags you to get ready for your event an hour ahead of time, she's screaming in the background of the home video from that swim meet in 1995, and she forces you to go to practice when swimming is the absolute last thing that you want to do.

    Although sometimes all you want to do is hide from her in the locker room, we could not live without our swim moms. Here's why;

    1. She voluntarily becomes the swim taxi, shuttling you to and from practice. Twice a day, everyday. 

    2. She comes equipped with pre-practice snacks.

    3. She buys you the newest tech suit, even if it means she can't buy herself those shoes she's been eyeing all summer. 

    4. She is your biggest (and loudest) cheerleader. Even if you can't see her you know she'll be at the end of your lane for every race, cheering you on.

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  • May

    SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team Shines in Debut Race

    The newly formed SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team had a stellar kickoff to the 2015 season, claiming the top two steps on the podium at the Half Moon Bay Triathlon on April 19th.

    Four members of the SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Team tackled the beautiful course along the California coast, which included a 1.5km harbor swim, 40km bike course along the coast and 10km run on the popular Coastal Trail.

    Decked out in their SwimOutlet.com Louis Garneau Tri Suits, 24-year-old Scott Kolofer (Sunnyvale, CA) and 30-year-old Evan Rudd (Campbell, CA) finished 1-2 atop the podium.

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  • Apr

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month: April

    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 Pennsylvania with the Flying Fish Heads.

    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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  • Apr

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - April

    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 Judy Storie, a 38-year coaching veteran at Corvallis High School in Corvallis, OR. Congrats!

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  • Apr

    For Michael Phelps, MP Line is Just Another Goal to Conquer

    By Megan Mills, Associate Category Manager, Competition Swim

    For a guy who’s won 22 Olympics medals and set numerous world records in his career, you’d think it would take quite a big event to get Michael Phelps excited. Not so when it comes to the launch of his newMP line of swim suits and accessories later this spring.

    “I can’t tell you how excited I am for these products,” said Phelps earlier this month at Loyola College pool, his smile beaming ear to ear. “To be part of the development team and creation of a new line of gear has been incredibly exciting for me and I’m really proud of the products coming out.”

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  • Apr

    25 Great Pump Up Songs

    Every athlete has their own pre-race ritual. Whether it's an energy drink, meditating in the corner, or listening to a playlist on repeat-- it becomes a part of our athletic routine. Sometimes the best motivation comes from a really good string of lyrics, or a burst of adrenaline from a fun beat. Plus, you'd be lying if you said you've never sung to yourself during a really boring set (we've all done it).

    Here are 25 songs that we think rock;

    1. All Star - Smash Mouth

    2. Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

    3. Shake it Out - Florence + The Machine

    4. I Want You to Know - Zedd ft. Selena Gomez

    5. Started From the Bottom - Drake

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  • Apr

    Introducing: the Speedo LZR Racer X

    By Megan Mills, Associate Category Manager, Competition Swim

    Any time a new technical suit is rumored to be coming out from one of the leading swim brands, the buzz begins on deck and in the water. What will it look like? What is the new material? When can I get it?

    Speedo is a household name in our sport and we know when they introduce a new product, specifically a technical suit, it’s going to be a top product. We were right.

    After much pre-launch promotion and hype, the date is finally here to get your own Speedo LZR Racer X!

    When the SwimOutlet.com retail team first saw the suit, we saw that the LZR X had taken the Fastskin line to a new level. I was incredibly excited to finally see and touch the suit for the first time in our office last month.

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  • Mar

    Festival Fashions 2015

    With summer on the horizon, we've got music festivals on our mind. Nothing says summer like road trips to the desert with your besties, bohemian fringe and bikinis in toll-- right? Before you get swept away to your musical oasis, we're talking festival fashions from SwimOutlet.com. Whether you're going to a local music in the park event, or making the infamous trek to Indio, we've got you covered (literally).

    There are three key components when packing for festival fun; 1) prints and crochet are an endless love affair 2) the more fringe the better 3) keep cool, and look cooler 

    Nine times out of ten, a festival getaway typically involves three (or more...) outfits, an unnecessary amount of accessories, and swimsuits for post-concert pool parties. Here's what we're packing;

     

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  • Mar

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - March

    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 Arizona with the Lifetime Swim Palm Valley.

    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

    Interscholastic Coach of the Month Award - March

    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 Russ Ingold, a 21-year coaching veteran at Blue Valley Southwest in Overland Park, KS. Congrats!

    Name: Russ Ingold

    School: Blue Valley Southwest

    City: Overland Park, Kansas

    Years Coaching: 21 years.

    Biggest Team Success: Helping to bring the first state championship to Blue Valley Southwest High School. The 2013 Girls team was the first team state championship in the school’s short 3 year history, and then repeat in 2014.

    Favorite thing about Coaching: This is a hard question to answer and I hope this doesn’t sound too corny because I’ve been fortunate to work with some very talented athletes, league champs, state champs, high school all-Americans, a few that went on to dive at D1 colleges,  and even one that made the Olympic Trials finals. But my favorite things about coaching is, having that high school kid walk on the pool deck for the first time ever and have them say, “I want to try diving.” Then getting them to believe that they can do things that they never thought they could ever do, and then watch them do it.

    Favorite Drill: We play a game called Jump or Dive. It’s a game that helps to teach balance on a forward take off. The diver does a front approach and as they come down from their hurdle step the coach yells out jump or dive. The object of the diver is to listen and either go in the water feet first or hands first, depending on what was called. If the diver has their weight on their heels it is hard to rotate to go in head first. If they are leaning forward they will have too much rotation and go in head first.

    Congratulations, Coach Russ!

    Check back next month for April's SwimOutlet.com Interscholastic Coach of the Month recipient.

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  • Mar

    Brand Q&A: Catching up with TYR

    TYR recently launched their latest Avictor tech suit in their line-up to much critical acclaim. The suit received straight A’s in our SwimOutlet.com 2015 Tech Suit Reviews and has made an impression for its colorful style. But TYR is more than just a top-of-the-line tech suit. We caught up with TYR’s media rep Erika Amandola on some of the latest TYR developments.

    SwimOutlet.com Blog: The TYR Avictor is your new statement suit, tell us a little bit about the product development and characteristics of the suit?

    Erika Amandola: This suit has been a pursuit of ingenuity two years in the making. Manufactured in the United States, it stands alone from so many other suits on the market, and that is something we as an American based company, are very proud of. From the start we were dedicated to utilizing the latest technology in both materials and manufacturing. Now fully developed, the suit consists of three major advancements. The first, Hydrosphere Technology, allows swimmers to maintain a position higher above the water, reducing drag and adding speed. The second, Speed Dry Fabrication, enables swimmers to feel lighter and dry faster. Finally, Super Flex Bonding, conforms to the swimmer’s body to provide a durable, 360 degree stretch.

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  • Mar

    20 Things Only Swimmers Understand

    Swimming isn't just a sport, it's a lifestyle. From the outside looking in you can’t understand it, and from the inside looking out you can’t describe it. 

    If there's one thing we love about swimming, it's the unspoken bond you have with other swimmers worldwide. They don't just accept you for your weird (and sometimes questionable) devotion, they understand it. Whether it's excitement, dread, nerves, frustrations, joy, exhaustion, victories or losses-- swimmers just get it.

    Here are 20 things only swimmers understand; 

    1. Going to school after a hard morning practice is the worst thing in the world.

    2. There's never a wrong time for pizza.

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  • Mar

    SwimOutlet.com Renews with USA Synchro

     

    San Jose, CA (March 3, 2015) - SwimOutlet.com, the web’s most popular swim shop, has renewed its partnership with USA Synchro for 2015, the fourth consecutive year it has sponsored the governing body for synchronized swimming in the U.S. and supported America’s synchro national team.

    The continuing partnership between USA Synchro and SwimOutlet.com will feature SwimOutlet.com as the "Online Aquatic Retailer of USA Synchro" and as the presenting sponsor of the organization's SwimOutlet.com Swimmer of the Month Award. 

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    Tagged with: #USAsynchro #synchronizedswimming #USseniornationalsquad #swimoutlet