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TWITTER FEED STARTING BLOCKS toPTEN tWeets 10 9 JESSIcA LOnG @JessicaLong It’s time to get better. It’s time to set new goals. It’s time to get back into swimming... AnTHOny ErVIn @AnthonyErvin Beginnings & endings; comedy and tragedy; victory & defeat. What is in a year? What could be in a lifetime? Who cares! Lucky 13 comin’ up! 8 JASOn LEZAk @JasonLezak Thnx for all the support from my family, friends & fans through this long journey. Looking forward to the next chapter. 7 cHLOE SUTTOn @csutswim Swimming the 200 free today! I’m working on the shorter stuff, but sprinting is still a bit foreign to me. Gotta keep my stroke long! POINT/COUNTERPOINT Are the NCAA Championships THE MOST ExCITING SWIM MEETS on U.S. soil? ELIZABETH BEISEL @ebeisel34 i dream of sundays without homework 5 1 nATHAn ADrIAn @Nathangadrian #thingsihavedoneattrainingcampbecauseiwasbored 1.) Looked up “pet sweaters” on amazon 2.) Went to http://tmz.com (blame Justin bieber) MISSy FrAnkLIn @FranklinMissy Even though they throw me in pools I still love them @ ryanlochte @conorjdwyer 4 LIA nEAL @LiaNeal So honored to have been on the same team as @JasonLezak. Happy Retirement!! rIcky BErEnS @RickyBerens Just ran 2 miles. I remember why I don’t do land sports. It’s absolutely easier for me to swim 2 miles than to run. 3 nATALIE cOUGHLIn @NatalieCoughlin Almost finished with my first full week of training. Hurts so good! By Mike Gustafson means that a walk-on swimmer competing in lane 8 of the consolation final of the 400 IM could, theoretically, determine the NCAA Champions. The Olympic Trials celebrate swimming’s greatest accomplishment: qualifying for the Olympics. But the NCAA Championships are faster-paced (yards), louder (during relays, teams get LOUD), and completely unpredictable. It’s rare to have someone win from Lane 8 at the Olympic Trials, but at the NCAA Championships, anything can happen. And it’s that unpredictable nature of that meet, that every-swimmer-matters environment, that makes the NCAA Championships the most exciting meet in America. COUNTERPOINT: THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE ExCITING, BUT… The NCAA Championships are exciting. But not as exciting as the Olympic Trials. Some college swimmers don’t even fully rest for the NCAA Championships. In Olympic years, a few swimmers don’t even compete at the NCAA level, focusing instead on the Olympic Trials. The Trials are the pinnacle of our sport. Qualifying for the Olympics is the greatest accomplishment any swimmer can experience. And that is, obviously, exciting. Yes, the NCAA Championships are annual, so you could say that in off-Olympic years, they are the most exciting meets in America. But during Olympic years, the Olympic Trials are bigger than university or regional rooting interests. It’s more than school pride. This is about people’s lives coming down to one moment. An entire lifetime climaxing into one 50-second race. There are no second chances at this. There are no sophomore, junior and senior years. If you mess up, or if you slip, if you miss a turn, if you can’t get into the right mindset, that’s it. You’re done. It’s over. The NCAA Championships may be the culmination of a season, but the Olympic Trials are the culmination of a lifetime. So, we’ll find a compromise: The NCAA Championships are the most exciting meet in America… outside of the Olympic Trials. usaswimming.org Agree? Disagree? tell Mike on twitter: @MikeLGustafson POINT: ABSOLUTELY. The NCAA Championships: Nothing like ‘em. They are the two most exciting, edge-of-your-seat swim meets hosted in the United States. The only other meet that compares in sheer excitement and fan interest is the Olympic Trials. But the NCAA Championships are just more exciting. At the NCAA Championships, every placement matters. (Whereas at the Olympic Trials, you could argue only the Olympic roster spots – most likely 1st and 2nd – matter.) Every point is important. Eighth place. Sixteenth place. The accumulation of points is every college swim team’s main priority. Sometimes, the overall team race is so close, it comes down to the final relay. Just a point here or a point there can make all the difference in the entire meet. Which 6 2 9 https://www.twitter.com/LiaNeal https://www.twitter.com/JasonLezak https://www.twitter.com/Nathangadrian https://www.twitter.com/JessicaLong https://www.twitter.com/ebeisel34 http://tmz.com https://www.twitter.com/AnthonyErvin https://www.twitter.com/FranklinMissy https://www.twitter.com/ryanlochte https://www.twitter.com/ryanlochte https://www.twitter.com/conorjdwyer https://www.twitter.com/RickyBerens https://www.twitter.com/JasonLezak https://www.twitter.com/NatalieCoughlin https://www.twitter.com/csutswim https://www.twitter.com/mikelgustafson http://www.usaswimming.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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