2017-2018 National Team Athlete Announces

Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel

USA Swimming Today has finally announced the long anticipated 115 members of the 2017-2018 National Team. This complete USA Swimming National Team roster honors the nation's top swimmers according to this year's performances. The roster reveals the top six swimmers that will represent the USA in each individual Olympic event.

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Top 3 Waterproof Fitness Trackers

If you are looking to get in shape, lose weight or improve your health and fitness, swimming is one of the most beneficial and rewarding forms of exercise you can do. It is a fantastic form of cardiovascular exercise but is also great for resistance training as you can strengthen your heart, burn calories, lose weight and build and tone muscles in the process.

Swimming is also perfect for the joints, as water takes the strain off of them so there is no excuse for not getting into the water, having a great time, getting fitter, leaner and healthier in the process.

It is not easy however to track your workouts in the pool and it can be difficult to gauge if you're working hard, because you generally don't have a digital display or readout to read. Oftentimes you are cooler because of the water so you can't feel how much you are sweating. In this circumstance a waterproof fitness tracker that monitors your heart rate is ideal and here are three of the best devices currently on the market.

Garmin Vivoactive
Sycamore Swimming - Garmin VivoActive

This is one of the best fitness trackers for swimming. It is water resistant to a pressure of more than 50 m. It features a fully dedicated and optimized swimming app, it tracks pace, temperature, heart rate, speed and more.

The tracker can almost be mistaken as a smart watch as it has a stunning design and looks fantastic on the wrist. There are functions for swimming, running, cycling, walking and even golfing so it is a versatile device.

Misfit Shine
Sycamore Swimming - Misfit Shine Tracker

This is another tracker that works in the water. It can be worn on the wrist that can also be attached to your swimming trunks. It is water resistant up to 50 m and has many features to monitor various swimming algorithms, including: heart rate, calories burned, distance covered, speed and how many links completed. It is a simple design and features a strap and a circular face.

Jaybird Reign
Jaybird Reign Fitness Tracker

This is a multi-sport fitness tracker that's ideal for anyone who loves swimming or any other sport or activity in the process. It is a fitness band rather than a watch face and has special LED lights to help indicate your training status.

This device can be synced to a smart device you can analyze its data. There is an activity screen on your device and you can see how active you have been.

It does not feature a GPS but it does have a state-of-the-art, internal heart rate monitor and is waterproof so is ideal for the pool.

Conclusion

For swimmers there's never been a better time to strap on a wearable device to track and monitor your fitness. All the results from a resting heart rate, distant swim, labs completed are at the push of a button on your smart phone and fitness tracker.

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