Posts from ‘Weekly Features’
Michael Flach blogs about his experience at the 2012 British Olympic Trials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 meetsMonday, 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.
This week our swimmer bloggers discuss what they are doing outside of the water to ensure success at NCAA conference championships and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt McLean Matt McLean graduated from the University of Virginia last spring, after an exceptional NCAA career for the Cavaliers. His swimming resume is bursting with accolades from NCAA and national competitions. After graduation, McLean relocated to California where he began training under legendary coach Jon Urbanchek at Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST). He is [...]
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.
Read about Virginia swimmer Bradley Phillips in today’s Behind the Blocks athlete spotlight.
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 sidesMonday, 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.
Get an inside look at what it takes to make compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
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.
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.
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.
This week we’re introducing a new feature on Reach for the Wall. Have a swimming question to ask? RFTW is here to help.
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.
This week’s featured meet is Yorktown versus Falls Church in a National District showdown.
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.