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

Sycamore Swimming - Garmin VivoActive

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.

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Why Swimming?

Swimmer in The Pool

Swimming is an activity that is both fun and useful. Its primary objectives are cooling of the body, relaxation, physical exercise and sports competitions. Few people can view swimming as a way to relax, but it is really so! Swimming for fun is an excellent method to relax, enjoying gentle physical exercise for the whole body. As the density of the human body is very close to the density of water, water supports the human body and alleviates pressure on joins and bones. That is why swimming is recommended for people recovering from injuries and people with various disabilities. Swimming is also the easiest way to condition the child to the cold and make him healthy and physically strong.

Sycamore Swimming - Boy in The Pool
Start is Always Difficult
Reasons why you should start swimming:

- swimming will make your posture better;
- is good for the lungs and the heart;
- is good for your joints;
- improves blood composition;
- improves intellect;
- conditions to the cold;
- is a gentle workout;
- a good alternative to attending a gym;
- a digital detox (you will have to put your gadgets away)
- provides relaxation after a hard day;
- ensures a weight loss;
- makes your belly slim;
- provides entertainment for the whole family.

Swimming for Kids

Many parents take their kids to the swimming pool to have fun there and don't even expect that swimming can have an immediate noticeable impact. This activity provides an excellent base conditioning, improves endurance, makes muscles stronger and teaches how to breathe right. The skills acquired will help achieve success in other kinds of sports too. Another benefit of swimming is that it doesn't required lots of gear. All you need is a bathing suit or swim trunks and a swimming cap for those who don't want to get their hair wet.

Sycamore Swimming - Open Water Swimmer
Open Water Swimmer
Kinds of Swimming

People who live near the lakes or rivers love open water swimming, also known as 'wild swimming'. Of course, it involves some risks, such as hypothermia, dehydration caused by staying in salt water for too long, an injury in a rapidly moving stream or river, infection spread by various bacteria, viruses and parasites; and encounters with water animals and plants. So it is important to have the right gear to stay safe. Snorkeling gear should include diving masks or swim goggles, diving fins, diving snorkels, divers' knives or shears, and diving suits (to avoid hypothermia).

For wild swimming you will need just quality swimwear: a swimming suit for women and swim trunks or shorts for men. Luckily, many clothing brands offer their swimwear lines as well. Swimwear from famous brands is quite expensive, but unknown swimsuit brands often offer great option at a better price. The choice is up to you you will have to consider the color, pattern, material and, of course, the price. It is always nice to save on swimsuits!

Swimming as a sports activity has become more popular lately due to such champions as Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi, Ryan Lochte, Gary Hall, Jr. and many others. Colleges also contribute to popularization of swimming by offering college swimming scholarships. Many universities use their swimming pools not only for entertaining swimming, but also open women's swimming schools and men's swimming schools.

We hope that we have provided enough facts that will impact your choice of leisure activities and possibly your vocation in the future!

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