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Parents … Build Up the Team

Parents … Build Up the Team

We have had a bit of an odd journey in swimming. While typically swimmers start in a team and maybe switch teams once or twice throughout their entire swimming journey to college, we are the exception. We didn’t do this. We have been swimming competitively for 9 years and been with 6 teams in 4 …

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Never Underestimate Your Swim Family

Never Underestimate Your Swim Family

Our oldest daughter started swimming when she was 5 … well competing. She was so little and we had no idea what we were doing. The poor coach had to tell her everything she was to do. Our youngest daughter was a year and a half. She has literally grown up by a pool, first …

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The Faces of Swim Parents

The Faces of Swim Parents

My oldest daughter has swum for 9 years. I have spent a LOT of those 9 long years near a pool. There are articles written about how to be a good swim parent, how to encourage and not coach, what to do and what not to do … etc. I want to just take a …

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Fabulous Swimsuit Vendor Misadventure

Fabulous Swimsuit Vendor Misadventure

My swimmer has a favorite swimsuit vendor – Hardcore Sports (hxcsport.com). We used to swim with the Southern California region and this vendor was at big swim meets. They make really cool suits and now that we are on the opposite coast my swimmer loves to get their suits and wear them because literally no …

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Tears, Ecstacy, Frustration

Tears, Ecstacy, Frustration

  As a parent … what do we do with tears after a race or a particularly hard practice? There will always be that really hard moment when a parent literally is at a loss to help their swimmer through the emotional outcome of hard work. Let me start this by saying … I haven’t figured …

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Swim Team Audition

Swim Team Audition

My kids are constantly scolding me for calling tryouts “auditions” and practice “rehearsal”. Well I’m a musician … makes perfect sense to me! How well I remember my girls’ “auditions”! Sophia was 5 years old and going onto a small, barely competitive team. She had to swim down and back (50 yards). She swam down …

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Heat Sheet – How To

Heat Sheet – How To

When at a swim meet, the Heat Sheet typically ends up looking like Ikea instructions at the end of a project. It is highlighted, inked, crinkled, soggy … it is well loved. The Heat Sheet tells you what teams are at the meet, how many events there are and what the timeline is. It might …

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A Perspective on Swim Meets

A Perspective on Swim Meets

If only someone had told me (warned me) about swim meets BEFORE we started this crazy swim journey. By the time I figured it out … we were all in. If you’ve landed here … at my first blog post for swim parents … you will either agree wholeheartedly or you are trying to figure …

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