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SwimLabs' Co-Founder Mike Mann Breaks World Records!


Posted on Sep 18, 2018 6:11:14 PM by Laura Dravenstott in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann, in Masters Swimming, in World Records


August’s Missy Medal for Achievement went to SwimLabs co-founder Michael Mann for setting not one, not two, but three world records at the Masters’ Summer National Meet in Mission Viejo, California. Along with Colorado teammates Craig Petersen, Kirk Andersen, and Greg C. Scott, Michael set a new world record in the (combined ages) 240-279 400-meter Medley Relay. They beat the previous record by 4.53 seconds in a time of 4:32.15.


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Defining Success


Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:26:24 PM by Laura Dravenstott in success, in Missy Franklin, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in U.S. Swimming National Championships


“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.” - Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

 

  • Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life) .


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Top 5 things I learned from U.S. Swimming Nationals


Posted on Aug 9, 2018 6:27:00 PM by Karin Olmsted in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in U.S. Swimming National Championships


On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.


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