Meredith Roberts

Searching for the Perfect Freestyle

Freestyle-it's the foundation of swimming and usually serves as the base of most of our training. It can sometimes seem easy to learn because we practice it so much. But what if we are doing it wrong or taking it for granted because it's so "easy"?

Finding Your Optimal Tempo - It Matters!

As swimmers, we're constantly working to improve our technique, speed and overall fitness. It's a complicated equation, but we all have the same bottom line...we want to swim faster. Since understanding what optimal tempo means and how to train for it can unlock another level of speed and efficiency, SwimLabs is here to break it down for you.

Olympic Advice: 5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

As athletes, we hear the word goal all the time. It's in our coaches' speeches, our parents' pep talks and it even lurks in our own minds. Goal is thrown around so much that the powerful meaning behind the word sometimes gets lost. It's defined as the object of a person's ambition and the desired results.

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Florida State University Joins Team Dolfin Swimwear - Swimming World News

Dolfin Swimwear, the fastest growing swimwear company in the country, announces signing with ACC Powerhouse Florida State University. Dolfin is proud to announce its four year sponsorship of both the men's and women's teams at Florida State. This deal comes on the heels of some big changes at FSU, led by dynamic new head coach Neal Studd .

Stanford University Joins Team Dolfin

Dolfin Swimwear is excited to announce a four year sponsorship of Stanford University's women's swim team. Led by newly named 2017 World Championship coach Greg Meehan, the Stanford Cardinal have a strong tradition of excellence and have been a perennial power in the swimming world.
Countdown to Omaha: Emma Reaney

National Team member Emma Reaney has always been athletic, but it took some trial and error before she found swimming--a sport that actually stuck. Growing up in Kansas,"I did every sport you could possibly imagine: dance, tee-ball, soccer, gymnastics and track," recalls Reaney.

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Dolfin Signs PanAm Medalist Sophia Herzog - Dolfin Swimwear

Dolfin Swimwear is excited to announce the sponsorship of its newest pro, para-swimmer Sophia Herzog! At four feet tall with a three and a half foot wingspan, Sophia originally learned to swim because she couldn't stand in the depths of most pools. She joined her first swim team at twelve in her hometown of Fairplay, ...
On Deck: Q&A with Melanie Margalis

Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2014, US National Team Member Melanie Margalis has been gaining experience and speed. She finaled in the 200 IM at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan and won the 200 Breaststroke at the prestigious Duel in the Pool, where the U.S.

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Dolfin Pros Headed to Rio Test Event! - Dolfin Swimwear

Michelle Konkoly, Roy Perkins and Tucker Dupree just arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete at the 2016 Para-Swimming test event. This meet will take place from April 22-24 at the newly built Aquatic Stadium in Olympic Park. With over 200 paralympic swimmers from all over the world competing, the event will serve as ...

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The Northern Kentucky Dolphins: A Dolfin Team With A Special Mission - Swimming World News

Dolfin is proud to partner with the Northern Kentucky Dolphins, a Special Olympics Swim Team with a story and mission that defines the true spirit of competition and the sport of swimming. The Dolphins were started over 20 years ago by a professor at Northern Kentucky, but Head Coach Debbie Ogden didn't begin coaching until 2005-the same year her special needs son, Robbie passed away.

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Dolfin Para Swimmers Bring Home Rio Hardware! - Dolfin Swimwear

Dolfin's Pros Tucker Dupree, Michelle Konkoly and Roy Perkins medaled multiple times at the Rio test event held at the end of April in Brazil. This competition was a test run at the newly built Aquatic Stadium for the Paralympic Games and an exciting opportunity for athletes to preview the venue and get a feel ...

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Andrew Gemmell: Open Water 10K National Champion! - Dolfin Swimwear

Congratulations to Dolfin Pro Andrew Gemmell on his new national title in the 10k! In typical open water fashion, the men's 10k race at Miromar Lakes, FL was a roller coaster of strategy, speed and emotion. According to 2008 Olympic Coach John Dussliere, "Andrew played this race brilliantly.

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2016 Dolfin NASA Showcase Classic - Dolfin Swimwear

Stands were packed last week for the third annual Dolfin NASA Showcase Classic at the Long Center in Clearwater, FL. This meet attracts some of the best 14 and unders in the country and offers teams the opportunity to swim against top-level swimmers they normally wouldn't compete against at meets.

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Doug Fonder - Dolfin Swimwear

Coach Doug Fonder's roots in coaching run deep. As a youngster, he worked as a ball boy for the Green Bay Packers during the iconic Vince Lombardi Era. Although he didn't realize it at the time, the chance to observe one of the greatest coaches in history had a lasting impact on him.

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Denison University wins Mens Division III National Title - Dolfin Swimwear

Congratulations, Denison University! After a fierce back and forth battle with defending National Champion Kenyon College, Denison University, proudly powered by Dolfin, surged to victory Saturday night in Greensboro, N.C. to capture their third ever Men's Division III Championship title. The Big Red, led by Men's Swimming Coach of the Year Gregg Parini, propelled themselves to the win ...
Get to Know...Scott Weltz

When Scott Weltz won the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200 Breaststroke after being seeded 12th, he may have shocked the swimming world, but he really

TOM HIMES - Age Group Coach of the Year

Cleveland, OH. -- On Thursday September 10, 2015, Tom Himes, Head Age Group Coach of North Baltimore Aquatic Club, was presented with the second annual Fitter & Faster Swim Tour, American Swimming Coaches Association Age Group Coach of the Year Award by Olympians Matt Biondi and Kara Lynn Joyce and Fitter & Faster founder David Arluck.

The Decathlon of Swimming

Arguably one of the most complicated races, the IM combines technique, mental strategy, multiple transitions and endurance for an exciting yet grueling race.The ELITE IM RACING AND TRANSITIONS CAMP offers an opportunity to learn from some of the best IMers in the world: Olympian Tyler Clary, American Record Holder David Nolan and US National Team Member Felicia Lee.

2015 Golden Goggle Awards: Vote for Connor and Katie!

2015 Golden Goggle Awards: Vote for Connor and Katie! The Golden Goggle Awards is an annual celebration designed to honor the US National Swim Team and to support the USA Swimming Foundation's mission of saving lives and building champions.
Get to Know...Mark Gangloff

Mark Gangloff's swimming career is multi-faceted and spans over two decades. As a swimmer, he has been an age-grouper, collegiate athlete and two-time Olympic Champion. Now retired from competition, he uses his experiences to impact the next generation of young athletes as a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour Presented by and a coach at The University of Missouri.

200 Butterflier/Backstroker Skjaerpe Verbals to Arizona

Meredith Roberts contributed to this report. Rasmus Skjaerpe has verbally committed to a scholarship at the University of Arizona. Skjaerpe is a Norwegian National team member who swims with Tampa Bay Aquatics. At last year's highly competitive 1A state meet (think Bolles, Pine Crest, and American Heritage), he represented Tampa Preparatory School and won the 200 freestyle with a time of 138.20.

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Love of the Water

I wrote this blog about Olympic Trials for the school I taught at.