When we hosted SEA Games in 2005, Mark Joseph FOUGHT for a FULL TEAM for Philippine Swimming. Thus, 24 swimmers got selected to the team, with all 32 events (not 38 that time) represented by two Filipino swimmers. Of the 24 swimmers who saw action in 2005 SEA Games, 20 made a finals appearance, and only 4 swimmers failed to make it to the finals in an event. With a Full Team (24 swimmers), Philippine Swimming delivered 4 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.Read more
Let’s face it! Philippine Swimming is in a very sorry state, and this is because people who have been behind Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) have allowed this to happen to the very organization that we all love.
The lack of senior talents to win Gold Medals for the country this coming 2017 SEA Games, and the zero Gold medals for the past three SEA Games, are enough proof how the organization has been badly mismanaged; thus NO DOUBT, Philippine Swimming badly needs a TOTAL REVAMP!Read more
There is a difference between training to make it through practice and training to race. That specificity of training, as well as developing a racing mind-set, makes all the difference in the world.
We’ve said it more than a few times around these parts—train the way you want to race, and race the way you train.
Randomly add some full blast efforts over the course of your training so that you don’t need to get ready to be ready.Read more
However, considering that the Philippines is coming from a relatively slow base of swimming record times, the time improvements are too insignificant to make a dent in the international meets, even at the SEA level. By contrast, countries such as Singapore and even Vietnam have been improving by leaps and bounds and are now way ahead of the Philippines in terms of records and performances of their swimmers, from senior elite swimmers to even junior swimmers. Whatever improvements we are making, are mere baby steps and pale in comparison to the Godzilla-like steps of these other countries. As such, in order for Philippine swimming to be relevant again in terms of international competition, PSI really needs to level up big time to at least match the successes of our SEA neighbors.Read more
Mental strength isn’t often reflected in what you do. It’s usually seen in what you don’t do.
Developing mental strength is a “three-pronged approach.” It’s about controlling your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
Here are 13 things mentally strong people do not do, according to Morin.Read more
Habits are helpful. There’s no question that athletes at the Olympic level take their habits and routines very seriously. We were curious to see what else we could be doing that would give us a professional edge and make us feel accomplished day in and day out.
While we’re not about to start setting our alarms for 4:15 a.m. to fit more in and double the length of our workouts, we might be willing to try taking more regular breaks to give our tired minds a much-needed rest.Read more
The swimming warm-down: often the first thing to get thrown out the window at the end of a session or after a bad race. Here is why you should commit to warming down after every race.
I have heard (and may or may not have said it myself) this on pool decks on countless occasions. Particularly when you have a disappointing race, or your event was the last of the day, it’s tempting to think that warming down is a waste of time. After all, it’s not like warming up, where you are getting prepared for a future race.Read more
Swimmers are always looking for a way to get a little bit of an advantage over the competition.
We spend our tapers in a neurotic, heavily immobilized stupor, have prolonged staring matches with a tiled black line, and shave our bodies from head to toe, all in the hopes of getting that tiny sliver of an advantage necessary to separate ourselves from the competition.Read more
There is no doubt that we all want to achieve butt-kicking results in the pool. But not everyone is willing to put in the effort those types of performance require on a daily basis.
Here are 8 things you can do to elevate your swimming and consequently, your results come meet time.Read more
When you aren’t seeing the results you want in the pool it’s usually because your expectations are out of whack.Read more
The International Olympic Committee’s Scholarship shall be opened to young athletes and regional games. More young athletes shall be givenRead more
Unless vetoed by President Aquino, a bill passed by Congress increasing financial incentives to athletes winning medals in various internationalRead more
I’m sure you know swimmers Missy Franklin and Ruta Meilutyte as both girls are 2012 Olympics Champions. How about KatieRead more
Swimming is a simple sport. Jump in at one end and get to the other end before anyone else. InRead more
Representing our country in an international swim championship with no specific goal(s) is like going on a field trip whereRead more
NOTE: Before reading this, open-up your mind ’cause it’s a bit harsh and could possibly raise many eye-brows in theRead more
Right after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Brown produced a training series where theyRead more