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Daily Swim Coach Workout #108

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SwimSwam’s daily swimming workout series is a collection of workouts written by coaches from a variety of backgrounds. All daily swimming workouts have been written using Commit Swimming. The workouts themselves are not indicative of SwimSwam’s or Commit’s views on training. They strictly reflect the opinions of the author swim coach. Workout Context Purpose:  Base building Target age group:  19-22 years old Target level:  National/ Collegiate Level Weeks until target meet:  5 weeks Team Location:  United States Course:  25 Yards Shared workout link:  Click here to view this workout on commitswimming.com The Workout 1000 (444) on 15:00 REPEAT CYCLE 3X2x
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Olympic Medalists Bronte Barratt, Patrick Murphy Welcome First Child

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Last week Australian Olympians Bronte Barratt and husband Patrick Murphy welcomed the arrival of their son, William Oswald Murphy. William, their first child, weighed 3.6kg and measured 54cm, Barratt announced on Instagram. Barratt first represented Australia on the national stage in 2006, when she won silver in the 400 free and gold in the 800 free relay a the World Short Course Championships. A year later, in 2007, she broke Australia’s longest-standing national record, beating the previous record-holder Tracey Wickham‘s time from 29 years prior. Barratt, whose grandmother represented Australia at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne in the long jump,
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Asia Seidt Named SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athlete of the Year

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Kentucky swimmer Asia Seidt was named the female recipient of the 2019-20 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She joins LSU basketball player Skylar Mays as this year’s award winners, and each will receive a $20,000 postgraduate scholarship as a part of it. After the winners were announced, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said, “Asia and Skylar are outstanding representatives of student-athletes from across the SEC. They made a commitment to the total student-athlete experience, which resulted in their excellence in competition and in the classroom. The H. Boyd McWhorter Award is the highest honor earned by
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Daily Swim Coach Workout #102

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SwimSwam’s daily swimming workout series is a collection of workouts written by coaches from a variety of backgrounds. All daily swimming workouts have been written using Commit Swimming. The workouts themselves are not indicative of SwimSwam’s or Commit’s views on training. They strictly reflect the opinions of the author swim coach. Workout Context Purpose:  Base building Target age group:  15-18 years old, 19-22 years old Target level:  Senior Age Group/ High School State Level, National/ Collegiate Level Weeks until target meet:  1 weeks Team Location:  United States Course:  25 Yards Shared workout link:  Click here to view this workout on
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Former Congressman, Cincinnati Swimming Alumni Bill Keating Sr. Dies, Age 93

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William (Bill) Keating Sr., known for both his work in politics and in swimming, died Wednesday at the age of 93. Keating was a 1945 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati where, following his graduation, he was inducted into the Athletic’s Hall of Fame. During his time there he was honored as an All-American in swimming. After his graduation he served in the U.S. Naval Corps during World II. He would also later serve as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve in the role of a Judge Advocate General. Following his service he attended the University
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North Carolina Governor Officially Clears Pools to Reopen on Friday, May 21

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced on Thursday afternoon that pools may reopen at 50% capacity as the state enters Phase 2 of its plan to reopen businesses amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Phase 2 officially begins at 5PM Eastern Time on Friday. On Wednesday, Cooper said that pools were on track to hit opening by Memorial Day Weekend, and that the state government was “contemplating allowing pools to open in Phase 2.” On Thursday, his office made that official, in addition to announcing restrictions that include half-capacity for the time being. Personal care businesses, including barber shops, hair and
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Notre Dame Will Start Fall 2020 Semester Early; Finish Before Thanksgiving

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The University of Notre Dame  in South Bend, Indiana has taken a unique approach to restarting school in the fall. Rather than delaying the start of the semester or going virtual, the school will bring students back to campus early, on August 10th. They will then cancel the school’s fall break and complete the semester prior to Thanksgiving. The semester was originally scheduled to begin on August 25th and finish on December 19th. The school has also cancelled academic and other summer programming, with the exception of a small number of students whose summer work is preparatory for the fall
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NCAA Subcommittee Proposes Rules Changes, Including Extension of 5-Meter Area

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The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Rules Subcommittee has recommended a number of proposals designed to align the collegiate game with national and international rules. Most significantly, that includes the addition of a 6-meter area. In international water polo, fouls committed outside of the 6-meter area, which is the area within 6 meters of the goal line from sideline to sideline, allow the fouled player to take an immediate shot on goal. Previously, this area was set at 5 meters, and while national and international water polo (everything under the FINA umbrella) has moved that area out to 6
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Ohio Pools Can Reopen On May 26th

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There was some good news out of Ohio today, as Governor Mike DeWine proclaimed that the state’s pools are able to reopen on Tuesday, May 26th. As stated in the presser, DeWine tweeted out, ‘pools can reopen on May 26 if they are regulated by local health departments. This guidance is not for water parks or amusement parks. These will be addressed in the near future.’ Of note, it is still up to pool operators as to whether or not they want to open. If they choose to open, then May 26th represents the earliest date they can do so.
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What it Would Take to Beat Regan Smith for Pro Swim Series Title

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The 2020 Pro Swim Series isn’t even half over, but the race for the women’s title might as well be. With Regan Smith‘s absurd speed in Knoxville, it’s going to take an otherworldly swim to knock her off the top of the current standings. For the second season, the Pro Swim Series doesn’t give out its $10,000 series winner prizes based on cumulative points. This year, as it was last year, the winner will be determined by the single best swim (in FINA points) of the entire series. FINA points attempt to compare swims in different events by creating a points
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