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Sun. January 17th-FINA Meeting Results include new Masters suit regulations.
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By the conclusion of the FINA bureau meeting this past weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, the final nail was put in the coffin of the polyurethane tech suits when Masters swimming regulations were brought in line with the rest of the worlds’ elite swimmers. Click here to read about the ruling, and to see what else they discussed.


Sun. January 10th Blog- What's Really Wrong With the Suits
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We don't care about upholding the integrity of swimming records, as that ship has already sailed. Read the real reason why we're happy that the Polyurethane suits are gone.


Fri. January 1st-New Year, New Suit Rules
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As 2009 rolls over into 2010, an uneasy peace settles on to the swimming world. The days of hundreds of World Records being broken a year are gone, for now. Click here to read about the new ban, and to read the FINA approved suits list.


Sun. December 20th-Blog: Why does the U.S. Struggle in 50 meter races?
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Today I was having a conversation with a very experienced, well-respected coach, and somehow, 50 yard/meter swimming came up. He made a comment that... Click here to see our thoughts, and be sure to leave your comments!


Sun. December 20th-New SwimCoachTools Blog Launched!
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SwimCoachTools launched our very own blog today! Here we will post musings about practice, coaching, and anything and everything swimming. Click here to check it out!


Sun. December 20th-**BREAKING NEWS**-American Records After October 1st in Tech-Suits Won't Be Ratified by USA-Swimming
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A USA-Swimming official said yesterday that American Records set in the high tech suits that were banned by USA-Swimming on October 1st won't count, even if they were swum in another country where they were still allowed. Click here to see how many records will be affected, and what the ramifications are.


Fri. December 18th-Americans Take Control at Day 1 of Duel on 5 WRs
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The United States has jumped out to a commanding lead over the European E-Stars on both the men’s and women’s side after the first session of competition on the first day of the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. The American men lead 48-13 and the women lead 41-20. Click here to see how Phelps did, and to get an event-by-event breakdown of the results.


Wed. December 16th-UPDATE: E-Stars announced for 2009 Duel in the Pool
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Great Britain, Italy, and Germany have announced their contingent that will be competing at the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. This year's competition will pit the United States against a team of European All-Stars. Among the group swimming for Europe are NCAA champion and World Record holder Gemma Spoforth, and World Record Holders Steffen Deibler and Federica Pellegrini. Click here to see the full rosters for both teams, including several other World Record Holders.


Wed. December 16th-ISHOF Announces 2010 Inductees
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The International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida announced its 2010 inductees today. Click here to see who's getting in.


Wed. December 9th-Lochte Ends Phelps' 2-Year Reign as Swimmer of the Year
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In a matchup perhaps as highly anticipated as any they’ve had in the pool, Ryan Lochte out-touched Michael Phelps and Aaron Piersol to win Male swimmer of the year at the 2009 USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards. Click here to see more award winners.


Friday. November 25th-Which is Better: Track Starts or Two-Footed Starts?
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The two-footed start is a thing of the past, and the track start is clearly a superior start. Click here to find out why, including evidence of its superiority and a brief history of swimming starts.


Mon. November 23rd-Former Kansas Male Swimmer Files Landmark Title IX Complaint
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Ron Neugent, a former swimmer at the University of Kansas, has filed a Title IX Complaint against his alma mater.Click here to find out why his complaint is different.


Friday. November 13th-How To Stay in the Pool while Rehabbing Shoulder, Knee
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Given that you have injuries to both your upper and lower body, there’s not a whole lot you can do that will directly relate to swimming. The best I can offer are low-impact, low-intensity exercises Read the full response here.


Tues. November 10th-Phelps has disappointing start in World Cup debut
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Michael Phelps' World Cup debut didn't go as planned, as he failed to final in 2 out of his 3 events on Day 1. Go to the Stockholm 2009 Home Page for complete coverage of Phelps' swims and more.


Sat. November 7th-5 WR's Go Down on Second Leg of WC in Moscow
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There were 5 World Records broken in Moscow, Russia in the second meet of the 2009 FINA World Cup. American Jessica Hardy was the meet winner on the women's side, and South African Cameron van der Burgh led the way on the men's side. Go to the Moscow 2009 Home Page for full coverage.


Sun. November 1st-Big Stars to Join World Cup Series
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The 2009 FINA World Cup's first meet in Durban, South Africa went largely unnoticed, but several high profile stars look to change that, beginning next weekend in Moscow. Read more about who will be joining the mix, including many Olympic champions.


Wed. October 28th-Team USA Announces Roster for Duel in the Pool
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This year's Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool will pit stars from the United States against a European All-Star team made up of swimmers from Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. U.S. commitments include Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Katie Hoff. See the full USA team Roster, as well as the meet format.


Fri. October 23rd-Dutch Cup to Roll Back the Record Books for a Weekend
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The 2009 Dutch Cup is offering a world record incentive with a twist to entice pariticipants. Click Here to see what it is.


Wed. October 21st-FINA World Cup Swimming Dashboard
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SwimCoachTools has set up a homepage to hold all information about the 2009 FINA World Cup Click Here to see the standings, read articles, and more.


Wed. October 21st-World Records fall on Day 2 in Durban
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Several World Cup and National Records Fall in Day 1 of the kickoff meet for the FINA World Cup Series in Durban, Africa. Click Here to Read a Recap


Fri. October 16th-Italian National Team Coach Castagnetti Passes away at 66
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Alberto Castagnetti, the head swim coach of the Italian National Team since 1987, has died at the age of 66. Click here to read the story.


Fri. October 16th-Americans, South Africans Shine in Day 1 of 2009 Durban World Cup Meet
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Several World Cup and National Records Fall in Day 1 of the kickoff meet for the FINA World Cup Series in Durban, Africa. Click Here to Read a Recap


Wed. October 14th-2009 World Cup of Swimming Kicks Off in Durban This Weekend
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The first meet of the 2009-2010 FINA Swimming World Cup is this weekend in Durban, South Africa. Swim Coach Tools explains how the World Cup competition works and explains the scoring system. Click here to find out more.


Sun. October 11th-The State of the Suit: USA-Swimming Suit Ban Goes Into Effect
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SwimCoachTools takes a look at what different organizations have decided about the contreversial polyurethane suits, as the USA-Swimming ban goes into effect this month. Click here to read about it.


Sun. October 11th-High School rules changes for 2009-2010
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The new swimsuit rules aren't the only changes the NFHS has made for the 2009-2010 school year. Click here to see what else is new.


Sat. October 3rd-Sizing Up Rio's Aquatics Facilites for 2016 Olympics
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With the announcement of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the host of the 2016, SwimCoachTools takes a look at all 4 finalists' proposals for Aquatics Facilities, including an in-depth look at all of Rio's impressive aquatics venues. Click here to read more


Sun. August 30th-IM turns-Braden K. Bucket turns or touch turns?
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The rolling turn, also known as the "bucket turn," has become popular since the back-to-breast flipturn was outlawed a few years ago. The following is a good video demonstration of this turn...Click here to read more


Sat. August 29th-Using EVF to drastically improve your speed
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EVF stands for Early Vertical Forearm, and is an essential part of being a great swimmer. To give an indication of exactly how important EVF is, at a Senior Nationals swim meet in Irvine, California...Click here to read more


Thursday August 27th-Swimming with Arthritis
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Swimming would be a great muscle building exercise for someone with arthritis. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so it will certainly help build, shape, and tone muscle. It will also accomplish your cardio and muscular exercises at the same time. Another great exercise can be water walking...Click here to read more


Wednesday August 19th-The Story on Polyurethane
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So what's the story with these new suits, like the Jaked 01, that broke almost every record at the FINA world championships? Click here to read all about them


Friday August 14th-New Swim Coach Tools Swim Shop
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SwimCoachTools.com made a major move today by opening it's own online swim shop. The first line of products that we will be carrying is Tropical Penguin, a line of training gear developed by biomechanist and swim coach Steve Freiderang. Must have items for top swimmers and top clubs. Check out the products


Thursday August 6th-Weight Lifting Section Added
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We have added a section to our site where we will be adding lists of popular weight lifting and drylands exercises used by collegiate and Olympic swimmers to improve different aspects of their strokes. Check back frequently, as new exercises will be added almost daily. These exercises can help put you over the top against your competition...Check it out


Monday August 3rd-Dan H. on Panicking While Breathing
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I think breathing problems are the #1 issue for beginning adult swimmers. I think for many the problem you describe happens because breathing during swimming (freestyle) isn't "automatic" like it is for those of us that grew up swimming competitively...Read Article


Monday August 4th-Phelps Cavic Rematch
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After winning the 100m butterfly and breaking another world record in Rome at the 2009 World Championships, it's pretty well sealed that Michael Phelps is a straight up super hu-man...Read Article


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