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Margaret Triller is a seventh-grader at The Academy of the Holy Names

Swimwear, pool tech factors in winning

Margaret Triller
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Margaret Triller
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Last year, a time of 1 minute 22 seconds would have qualified an 11-to-12-year-old female swimmer for the Gold Championships. This year, however, the time has been reduced to 1 minute 16 seconds. Are humans getting faster? Why is there such a drastic change in times over only a year? Although a swimmer’s training is an important factor in reducing swim times, there are also external factors that play a large role in helping humans ...

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