As a result, swimmers floated higher in the water and were subject to less drag.
She lived in a dormitory, joining some 80 other swimmers; their practice sessions ran an exhausting five-and-a-half hours a day.
“I have seen it for years with the gay community being fans of swimmers, wrestlers, etc.,” said Onorato, who is gay.
One celebrated study found that mortality rates for swimmers were lower than for those who are sedentary, walkers, and runners.
swimmers now enjoy its 12,000-square-meter aquatic theme park.
But when they gave vent to their happy feelings and sought to enjoy themselves, they were like swimmers in cooling waters.
Both the swimmers had already begun to show signs of flagging.
The swimmers were astonished to see Mr. Gordon coming on the run toward them, with Paul at his heels.
The swimmers no longer directed themselves in a particular course.
The swimmers had not been in the water more than five minutes when the cry of "Crocodiles!"
Old English swimman "to move in or on the water, float" (class III strong verb; past tense swamm, past participle swummen), from Proto-Germanic *swemjanan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German swimman, Old Norse svimma, Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen), from PIE root *swem- "to be in motion."
The root is sometimes said to be restricted to Germanic, but possible cognates are Welsh chwyf "motion," Old Irish do-sennaim "I hunt," Lithuanian sundyti "to chase." For the usual Indo-European word, see natatorium. Sense of "reel or move unsteadily" first recorded 1670s; of the head or brain, from 1702. Figurative phrase sink or swim is attested from mid-15c., often with reference to ordeals of suspected witches.
1540s, "the clear part of any liquid" (above the sediment), from swim (v.). Meaning "part of a river or stream frequented by fish" (and hence fishermen) is from 1828, and is probably the source of the figurative meaning "the current of the latest affairs or events" (1869).
To perform well; succeed; fly: I didn't think the Harptones quite swam last time I saw them
[1970s+; perhaps fr sink or swim]