Five Tips to Swim Your Best Butterfly

The butterfly is considered by many swimmers to be one of the most difficult strokes, both because it is physically demanding and because of the timing involved. Rachel Bootsma, Foss ...
The butterfly is considered by many swimmers to be one of the most difficult strokes, both because it is physically demanding and because of the timing involved. Rachel Bootsma, Foss Swim School alumna and Olympic gold medalist in the 4×100 meter medley relay, shares some of the tips that helped ...
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The Lifelong Brain Benefits of Swimming | Foss Swim School

Laugh, play and grow—for brain and body! Whether splashing in the pool or paddling around the lake, did you know your child is also building their brain along with their ...
Laugh, play and grow—for brain and body! Whether splashing in the pool or paddling around the lake, did you know your child is also building their brain along with their muscles? A child’s intellectual development is a function of more than mental stimulation—it is a physical process as well. At ...
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Why Swim the Individual Medley: Thoughts for Team Swimmers

Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. As much as I loved ...
Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. As much as I loved swimming breaststroke, the individual medley (IM) was one of my favorites. The medley was truly an event where I could ...
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Five Fantastic Olympic Memories from a Gold Medalist

There’s no athletic competition quite like the Olympics. As we gear up to watch the winter games, we asked Rachel Bootsma, a FOSS alumna and Olympic gold-medal winner in the ...
There’s no athletic competition quite like the Olympics. As we gear up to watch the winter games, we asked Rachel Bootsma, a FOSS alumna and Olympic gold-medal winner in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 summer games, what memories stood out from her time on sport’s biggest stage. 1. The ...
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Getting past a plateau in competitive swimming

Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. When I was 12 years ...
Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. When I was 12 years old, I felt on top of the world as far as competitive swimming was concerned: Personal-best times almost every meet, ...
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A Swimming Mom’s Thoughts on Helping Kids Stick with Swimming

By: Gretchen Hegener Rech Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. I ...
By: Gretchen Hegener Rech Gretchen is a FOSS alumna and former U.S. record holder in the breaststroke. She shares her thoughts on swimming, parenting and life with our readers. I have never had a fear of water and when I finally learned how to swim, my parents could not get ...
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Finding Time for Swim Lessons: One Mom’s Morning Routine

If your schedule is already jam-packed with work, family and fun activities, adding a weekly swim lesson can seem impossible. Good news—it’s totally doable! Here’s a peek at one mom’s ...
If your schedule is already jam-packed with work, family and fun activities, adding a weekly swim lesson can seem impossible. Good news—it’s totally doable! Here’s a peek at one mom’s morning routine—swim lessons with her 2-year-old daughter Charlie included! First up: Carb loading with a cheese quesadilla and raspberries, and ...
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Five Favorite Unexpected Swim Team Experiences from a Gold Medalist

Swimming competitively is hard work – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. We asked Rachel Bootsma, a FOSS alumna, Olympic gold-medal winner and national college backstroke champion when she ...
Swimming competitively is hard work – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. We asked Rachel Bootsma, a FOSS alumna, Olympic gold-medal winner and national college backstroke champion when she swam for the University of California – Berkeley, for some of the things outside the pool that were unexpected sources ...
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Record-Setting Swimmer and Mom Talks Sports, Safety, and Well-Rounded Kids

When Gretchen Hegener Rech brought her kids to their first swimming classes, the instructors didn’t realize they were dealing with a mom who could probably teach them a thing or ...
When Gretchen Hegener Rech brought her kids to their first swimming classes, the instructors didn’t realize they were dealing with a mom who could probably teach them a thing or two. A onetime U.S. record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke and inductee into the University of Minnesota Aquatics Hall of ...
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Beyond the Pool: How swimming helped Olympic gold medalist Rachel Bootsma also win at life

Rachel Bootsma has set a national record in the backstroke, is a three-time national champion in individual events at the college level (in addition to helping win relay and team ...
Rachel Bootsma has set a national record in the backstroke, is a three-time national champion in individual events at the college level (in addition to helping win relay and team championships) and has an Olympic gold medal for her role in Team U.S.A.’s victory in the medley at the 2012 ...
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What’s FOSSible: 14-year old FOSS alum qualifies for U.S. Open

Isabelle Stadden, a 14-year old swimmer who trains with the FASTJets based at the Foss Swim School’s Blaine facility in suburban Minneapolis, qualified for the U.S. Open with a 1:01:48 ...
Isabelle Stadden, a 14-year old swimmer who trains with the FASTJets based at the Foss Swim School’s Blaine facility in suburban Minneapolis, qualified for the U.S. Open with a 1:01:48 100 meter backstroke, making her the 6th fastest swimmer ever in the event in the 13-14 age group. “When I ...
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