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Bradley Phillips: Mixed feelings from my final ACCs

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Senior Brad Phillips walks us through the ups and downs of his final conference championship meet with Virginia.

Sarah Haase: Dialing down before revving up

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Sarah Haase talks taper, hard work and family ahead of NCAAs.

Ricky Munch: Finding the right tempo

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Junior Ricky Munch updates us after winning his second straight SEC men’s team title with Florida.

Eva Greene: Sidelined, yet resilient

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Eva Greene traveled with Cal swimming to the women’s Pac-12 championships and, hand in cast, cheered her teammates on from the stands.

Stephen Seliskar: All ‘business’ at Big Ten Championships

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Purdue’s Stephen Seliskar take a look back a the Big Ten swimming championships.

Sarah Haase: Preparing for Pac-12s

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Sarah Haase and the Stanford women kick off the Pac-12 championships tonight in Federal Way, Washingotn.

Eva Greene: ‘This is Cal swimming’

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Cal’s Eva Greene checks in ahead of this week’s Pac-12 championships by reminiscing on junior season at Berkeley.

Bradley Phillips: Down but not out

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Virginia concluded a brutal month of competition ahead of ACCs. Senior Brad Phillips reflects on his final month of dual meets in orange and blue.

Ricky Munch: Taper time

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Ricky Munch talks preparing for this weekend’s SECs in his latest athlete blog.

Ricky Munch: Racing towards the season finale

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Florida junior Ricky Munch writes after the conclusion of the Gators final home meet.

Eva Greene: Don’t worry, just dance

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Eva Greene checks in from California after their first dual meets in a month.

Stephen Seliskar: Preparing for the end

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

As conferences and NCAA approach, Purdue sophomore Stephen Seliskar talks taper, routine and staying focused.

Sarah Haase: Back to routine

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Sarah Haase and the Stanford women’s team return to their campus routines after the holiday season.

Stephen Seliskar: Training in paradise

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Sophomore Stephen Seliskar is back from a lengthy training trip in Hawaii with an update from Purdue.

Ricky Munch: Into the homestretch

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Florida junior Ricky Munch checks in after returning to Gainesville for the second half of the season.

Philip Hu: Whirlwind month at UPenn

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Philip Hu with a big update from the end of his first semester at the University of Pennsylvania, including his mid-season taper meet, finals week and winter training trip.

Sarah Haase: Greeting from the Olympic Training Center

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Sarah Haase checks in from Colorado Springs where the Stanford women’s team are taking advantage of the high tech facilities at the Olympic Training Center.

Eva Greene: Winter training sessions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Eva Greene updates us from Cal before heading to Hawaii for the Golden Bears winter training trip.

Sarah Haase: Training through finals

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Sophomore Sarah Haase checks in after finishing finals at Stanford. She returns to her home pool in Montgomery County to train during her holiday break.

Eva Greene: Seeking balance during finals week

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

California junior Eva Greene checks in midway through her first semester finals.

Stephen Seliskar: Dealing with Stress

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Stephen Seliskar is through finals and heading to Hawaii for Purdue’s winter training trip. Read his athlete blog for a first person perspective on how he balances academics and athletics during finals week.

Ricky Munch: You can’t bounce back from a bad prelim swim

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ricky Munch checks in after a difficult Ohio State Invitational.

Philip Hu: Embracing highs and fighting through lows

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Philip Hu with another play-by-play account of the nonstop life of an Ivy League student-athlete.

Eva Greene: Some things you can’t plan for

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Eva Greene checks in after less-than-ideal conditions at the UNLV Invitational.

Sarah Haase: Fall training benchmarks

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sarah Haase returns from Stanford’s fall invitational with some things to fix before March.

Bradley Phillips: Early season taper and fall racing

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Virginia’s Bradley Phillips tells us his thoughts after a disappointing showing at the Ohio State Invitational.

Stephen Seliskar: Finding motivation in success

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Stephen Seliskar checks in after competing against the nation’s elite at the Minneapolis Grand Prix.

Eva Greene: Finding a warm-up routine

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Eva Greene breaks down her pre-meet routine ahead of Cal’s trip to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invite.

Philip Hu: First meet and learning lessons

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

UPenn freshman Philip Hu checks in after a tough two weeks of school and swimming, including his first meet as a college swimmer.

Sarah Haase: Finding speed

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Sarah Haase discusses Stanford’s “power” Fridays and a renewed focus on speed in this week’s Behind the Blocks blog.

Ricky Munch: Friday morning breaststroke set

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Florida junior Ricky Munch checks in after back-to-back dual meets against SEC competition in this week’s athlete blog.

Brad Phillips: Feeling "off" in the pool

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Senior Brad Phillips discusses learning from disappointing swims after Virginia falls to Texas and Penn State at home.

Stephen Seliskar: Win, or run out of pool trying

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Stephen Seliskar gets in-depth about approaching early season dual meets.

Eva Greene: Letting your training takeover

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

California swimmer Eva Greene talks about balancing swimming and school in her latest blog post.

Sarah Haase: Battling midseason illness

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sarah Haase writes about trying to stay healthy during the heavy training season.

Philip Hu: Positive momentum – A successful week at last

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Philip Hu talks about building momentum from class to the pool in this week’s blog.

Bradley Phillips: Pushing through fatigue

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Bradley Phillips and Virginia swimming receive a visit from National Team Director Frank Busch.

Stephen Seliskar: Preseason training

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Purdue sophomore Stephen Seliskar talks training cycles and preparing for the upcoming dual meet season.

Ricky Munch: Training, traveling, and being a student-athlete

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Ricky Munch checks in after traveling to Missouri for a dual meet.

Philip Hu: Seeking balance

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Pennsylvania freshman Philip Hu talks about the struggles of adapting to college life and finding a work-life balance.

Eva Greene: Swimming with passion

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Junior Eva Greene writes about California’s powerhouse matchup with Florida at an early season dual meet and embracing challenges in the pool.

Sarah Haase: New season, new team

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Stanford sophomore Sarah Haase talks transition, diving back into practice, and team goals.

Bradley Phillips: Adjusting to changes

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Virginia senior Bradley Phillips writes about adjusting to a new coaching staff in his first athlete blog post.

Stephen Seliskar: Goal setting

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Purdue sophomore Stephen Seliskar writes about goal setting for the NCAA season in his first athlete blog post.

Ricky Munch: A new season begins

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Florida junior Ricky Munch writes about starting a new season in his first athlete blog post.

Announcing the return of Behind the Blocks

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Get an inside look at what it takes to train at the NCAA level.

Behind the Blocks: A trial for Trials

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Michael Flach blogs about his experience at the 2012 British Olympic Trials.

Behind the Blocks: Intensity

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

South Carolina swimmer Michael Flach heads south to train with the elite Gator Swim Club, famed for their brutal practices in and out of the water.

Behind the Blocks: March Madness

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It is championship season for swimming, and collegiate athletes were on edge during the last two week waiting to see where the NCAA would make their cuts.

Behind the Blocks: Don’t rest on your laurels

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Athlete bloggers Amanda Kendall and Bradley Phillips are past their first big meets of 2012, but now it’s time to get back to work. Read this week’s blogs inside.

Behind the Blocks: SECs

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Amanda competed at the four-day Southeastern Conference Championship meet during the weekend. It was a trying meet for her, but she pushed through for some great swims.

Behind the Blocks: On Taper

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

For swimmers, taper means sleeping in an extra half hour, time spent on starts, turns, and finishes, as a jovial feeling pervades practice, teammates in high spirits, excited to “hit their taper” and swim best times.

Behind the Blocks: Mental toughness

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Few know the pressure that comes with swimming at that elite level like our athlete contributors, who compete in the ACC and SEC, two of the toughest conferences in the country. Bradley Phillips is two weeks away from entering ACCs, but Amanda Kendall is in her final week of preparation for the Southeastern Conference championship. Michael Flach, training this season under an Olympic redshirt, is taking this time, when most of the country’s elite swimmers are resting for championships, to push his practicing to the next level, heading south to train with friends under the Florida sun.

Weekly Wrap-up: Records tumble at WMPSSDL & Northern Regions; Montgomery, PW, and Loudoun Counties rev up for champ meets

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Freshmen all across the region impressed this week, in the first and second rounds of championship meets in Maryland and Virginia, with All American times and record breaking swims. Read round-ups from all across the area in this week’s wrap-up.

Behind the Blocks: Making strides beyond the pool

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

This week our swimmer bloggers discuss what they are doing outside of the water to ensure success at NCAA conference championships and beyond.

Behind the Blocks: Practice, class, meets, repeat

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Conference championships are quickly approaching for two of our athlete bloggers. Hear more from Amanda Kendall about weekly technique improvements heading into the weekend’s meet against Texas A&M. Also find out how Bradley Phillips and Virginia did against UNC-Chapel Hill in a heated ACC rivalry meet.

Coach’s Corner: Looking for a college team

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The search for an university can be an intimidating and frustrating part for any student-athlete, throw in the desire to continue your swimming career and you have to take into account a mountain of other factors. Coach Murray has been on both sides of the recruiting trail, having spent many years at the NCAA and club levels. Read his take on the important steps and details to consider when you are making a decision about your collegiate swimming future.

Behind the Blocks: Perspective

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

In their first blog posts, our athlete contributors remind us in their own way that sometimes taking a step back is important in order to look ahead. Read about their experience training over the holidays and preparing for NCAA competitions.

Weekly Wrap-up: Woodson, Yorktown, Oakton alone at the top in Va. with Districts around the corner

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Woodson, Yorktown, and Oakton are undefeated on both girls’ and boys’ sides in the Northern Region with one meet to go. Churchill, Wootton, Walter Johnson, and Whitman are battling it out in the MCPS’ top division, and are looking ahead to their first Maryland states appearances.

Behind the Blocks: Introducing Amanda Kendall

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Former All-Met Swimmer of the Year, Amanda Kendall is having a breakout season at LSU. Get to know her as she tries to make her Olympic dream come true.

Behind the Blocks: Introducing Bradley Phillips

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Read about Virginia swimmer Bradley Phillips in today’s Behind the Blocks athlete spotlight.

Behind the Blocks: Introducing Michael Flach

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

We’re unveiling our first athlete contributors this week. Read about South Carolina’s Michael Flach.

Weekly Wrap-up: Yorktown, Woodson, Oakton, West Springfield still chasing perfect records on both sides

Monday, January 9th, 2012

That list of undefeated teams got smaller over the weekend, as we put 2012′s first week of high school swimming behind us.

Introducing our newest feature, Behind the Blocks: Training for Trials

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Get an inside look at what it takes to make compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Coach's Corner: Tapering for championship meets

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Does the taper process confuse you? Wondering what to do when you have states in February and Setctionals in March? We asked Coach Bill Marlin to break down the tapering process for us as we head towards the high school and Spring championship seasons.

Coach’s Corner: Training tips for the holiday break

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

We asked three local coaches what swimmers should do to stay in prime swimming shape if they have to head out of town during the winter break. Read their responses inside.

December 11-17 Weekly Wrap-up: Va. high schools swim back-to-back meets

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Virginia high schools competed on both Friday and Saturday night this past weekend. This week, our featured meet is South County versus Lake Braddock. Read more inside, along with more summaries and results from this all of this week’s high school action.

Introducing new feature: the Coach's Corner

Monday, December 19th, 2011

This week we’re introducing a new feature on Reach for the Wall. Have a swimming question to ask? RFTW is here to help.

Weekly Wrap-up: 12/4 – 12/10

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

High school teams were in action again this week despite teams losing key swimmers to holiday invitationals taking place all weekend. Read recaps and check out scores and times here.

High School Swimming & Diving: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This week’s featured meet is Yorktown versus Falls Church in a National District showdown.

WMPSSDL Meet Results: For openers, Good Counsel starts strong

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Good Counsel beat paired Stone Ridge School and Gonzaga College High School, 116-70 and 94-91, respectively, with 1st-place performances by several area stars, including three Olympic Trials qualifiers and a recent National Age Group record holder.