More swimming, or alternative activities/sports for a junior competitive swimmer?


There are a few reasons. First, between 10-15 years after initial onset of puberty, the body goes through a "settling" phase; growth and sexual maturation is completed, so some of the hormones are dialed back. Metabolism slows, calories consumed more easily turn to fat, and the body generally "bulks". All of these are counterproductive to maintaining a peak level of performance in athletics. Phelps, when training, eats 11,000 calories a day, mostly complex carbs. Before the big slowdown, a lot of that is readily available as blood glycogen, but after the metabolism drops insulin more readily turns those blood sugars to fat. That makes between about 25 and 28 years of age a critical dropout range beyond which it is extremely difficult to maintain a high level of performance and nigh impossible to keep up with the younger whippersnappers coming in behind you.

Second, swimming takes a LOT of time and effort. When training for the buildup to the Olympics, you're in the pool...

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In competitive swimming, is there an advantage to being in one lane or another?

No. Lane 4 has always been believed to be the "fastest" lane, but there is no scientific evidence of such.

Michael Phelps on being in lane 8 for the 400m individual medley final in the 2012 Olympics:

"The only thing that matters is just getting a spot in. You can't win the gold medal from the morning."

If any given lane had a "competitive advantage," Phelps would most likely have had a different response.

World records, championships, and gold medals have been won from all lanes, especially lane 1 and lane 8.

German female swimmer Franziska van Almsick, swimming in lane 8, set a world record by winning the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:56.78 at the 1994 FINA World Championships. Her world record stood for eight years.

Australian male swimmer Kieren Perkins. swimming in lane 8, won gold in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 14:56.40 at the 1996...

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Nimrod Shapira Bar-On came second in his qualifying heat in the 200m freestyle, Shapira Bar-On had put Jonathan Koplev‘s name on his swim cap – Koplev was supposed to participate in London-2012 Olympic but had his appendectomy burst and made him stay home (Source).

The first reason you can think about is a gesture of Nimrod Shapira Bar-On to Jonathan Koplev but surprisingly it's not the reason.

The real reason was that Nimrod didn't got a swim cap with his name and chose to wore Koplev‘s swim cap.

IOC's (Israel Olympic Association) response: "Something like this should not happen. Speedo company sent a letter with a severe reprimand demand explanations, and comprehensive investigation we will with our return to Israel. Most sincere apologies to Nimrod."

Israel Swimming Association chairman, Noam Zvi: "Speedo not made him a cap with the name. Only two days ago we realized there was a problem. We tried to organize a union cap soon, but have fallen...

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Dictionary of American History
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SWIMMING. The origins of swimming are lost in the murk of prehistory, but humans probably developed the skill after watching animals "dog paddle." Swimmers appear in artwork on Egyptian tombs, in Assyrian stone carvings, in Hittite and Minoan drawings, and in Toltec murals. Ancient gladiators swam while training, and Plato believed that a man who could not swim was uneducated. Contemporaries reported that both Julius Caesar and Charlemagne were strong swimmers.

The first swimming races of which there is a record were held in Japan in 36 b.c., but England was the first modern society to develop swimming as a competitive sport. In the nineteenth century, the British competed in the breaststroke and the sidestroke, both modifications of the "dog paddle." They were generally more interested in endurance than speed, and viewed swimming the English Channel as the supreme test.

While Europeans...

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It’s no doubt that competitive swimmers tend to be their own “breed”. How many people can say that they actually enjoy jumping into a cold pool and staring at a black line for hours on end? Because of this, we swimmers understand that non-swimmers are going to be full of questions about the sport. Let’s be honest, though, there are some questions that you just shouldn’t ask. Think of that moment in Mean Girls when Karen asks Cady why she’s white if she’s from Africa. While we’re happy to answer some questions, there are just some that make us cringe. If you find yourself saying any of these things to your swimmer friends kindly see yourself out before they hit you with their kick-board.

1. “Your hair is so dead.”

Thank you for pointing this out. Unfortunately, it seems like no amount of conditioner can fully restore my lovely locks after being in a highly chlorinated pool for 2+ hours a day (minimum). Don’t forget that there’s a latex/silicon bubble protecting my...

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Swimmers should learn as many different swimming techniques as possible, since each of them will put your body in a different position and will use different muscles. This can hold importance if you ever find yourself swimming for a lengthy distance, as it can help prevent fatigue by allowing you to rest in certain positions. Competitive swimmers should also learn multiple swimming techniques, since it gives you the chance to compete in more than one event.

You will commonly hear the front crawl referred to as the freestyle stroke, since the majority of the swimmers in a freestyle event use it because it provides the most speed. The front crawl calls for you to kick hard with your feet, while bringing your arms over your head and into the water one at a time. You must keep your body as straight as possible, as any lateral movements will slow you down. Your breathing also holds importance, as you must time the breaths that you take with...

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These are strokes that are used in competitive swimming:


Freestyle is the most popular stroke, so anyone entering these can be sure of stiff competition.

Strictly speaking, freestyle means you can swim any stroke you want, but in practice freestyle races are always swum in front crawl. This is because it is the fastest stroke.


Breaststroke is the next most popular stroke. Breaststroke technique has developed significantly in recent years to make it much faster than it used to be.


Swimmers do not dive in to start backstroke races. Instead they start in the pool, holding onto a bar on the starting blocks.


Butterfly is the stroke most swimmers find challenging, so anyone who is naturally good at it has a good chance of winning races!

Individual Medley:

In an Individual Medley, swimmers swim all four strokes in this order: butterfly, backstroke,...

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Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

I respect other sports and I believe every sport has their challenges, but I'm here to tell you about swimming challenges. Here we go, in my opinion swimming is the hardest, of course you'd say well ya you would say that because you are a swimmer (which I am), but it is SO DANG HARD. We don't do the easy back and forth pace non swimmers think we do, we do hardcore training... Always conditioning. Also competitive swimmers USUALLY, don't only do swimming during practice, we also have dryland which is like running, weights, plyometric training, abdominal workouts, etc. I saw a comment below that a runner said something like burning 1000-1500 calories in a practice, because no other sport burns that many. Haha buddy, we burn that in an hour. The reason is, swimming works your whole...

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Masters Swim FAQ

Not sure if Masters Swim is right for you? Check out the FAQ below from U.S. Masters:

"Masters" sounds intimidating... is this really for me?

The word "Masters" was first applied to adults who participated in track and field, and was later adopted in organized adult swimming. In swimming, Masters simply means 18 and older.

Do I have to compete to be a Masters swimmer?
No. When organized adult swimming started to become popular in the 1960s, the intent was that adults would swim to stay in shape. But early organizers knew that some adults would want to compete, so it is offered. About 25% of the nearly 60,000 US Masters Swim members enter pool or open water competitions. The greater percentage of USMS members do not compete.

But I'm not fast enough or in shape enough to be a Masters swimmer?
This is something a lot of Masters Coaches hear. However, most Masters coaches and swimmers don’t care how fast you are. In nearly every...

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My daughter is 7. She loves swimming and joined a proper club about 6 months ago. She has also continued taking lessons with her brother who is a little behind her, just because she enjoys it.

She can swim 50m freestyle in around 38secs and breastroke in around 47 secs and she's noticeably faster than the other children in her club of a similar age. She has never actually competed in a gala/meet, because the minimum age is 8, so these are times recorded by the club coaches.

Currently she trains 3 days a week for an hour each time, plus a half hour "lesson".

The coach from the regional development squad came recently and invited her there to train. It means training 6 days a week in the pool (1.5 hours each) some of which are 5:00am starts, plus 2 days of evening dryland training (1 hour each)

Personally I think this is too much for a 7-year-old so I have been asking around for advice and there seems to be 2 competing views: 1. Train as often as possible...

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This article is about competitive swimming as a recreational activity. For the general article on human movement in the water, see

Human swimming


Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, Olympic swimmers also take part in relays. Swimmers can also compete in open-water events (e.g., in a sea or lake).


Evidence of recreational swimming in prehistoric times has been found, with the earliest evidence dating to Stone Age paintings from around 10000 years ago. Written references date from 2000 BC, with some of the earliest references to swimming including the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible, Beowulf, the Quran and others. In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, The Swimmer or A Dialogue on...

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Each club has its own definition of what a senior swimmer is, but generally, senior swimming requires more commitment and dedication to the sport. This step up usually occurs around the time a swimmer is 13 or 14, but may come earlier or later, depending on the club and the individual swimmer.

At this point, a swimmer has pretty much decided to make swimming his sole athletic focus. Practices and competitions become a little more serious, and if a swimmer is fast enough, a whole new level of competitive opportunities arise, including the Speedo Champions Series, USA Swimming Grand Prix meets, the Speedo Junior National Championships, and the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National...

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Swimming is an essential lifesaving skill, plus an excellent form of exercise. Are lessons or competition in swimming or diving right for your child?

The basics: In competitive kids' swimming, athletes compete using one of four strokes: freestyle (sometimes called the crawl), breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. A race using all four strokes consecutively is called the individual medley (IM). Swimmers may also compete as part of relay teams.

They may swim distances of 25 yards, 25 meters, or 50 meters; the Olympic standard is 50 meters.

Divers compete in two kinds of events: springboard and platform diving. In each, the height of the diving board varies—either 1 or 3 meters for springboard, and 5, 7.5, or 10 meters for platform. There are six types of dives divers can perform: forward, back, reverse, inward, twisting, and armstand.

Age kids can start: 4 (to learn real swimming strokes); prior to that, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends...

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