Episodes
As we celebrate a landmark 250 episodes of Champions Mojo, I'm thrilled to bring you an intimate conversation with a figure who has not just coached me, but also shaped the destinies of countless swimmers—legendary Nations Capital coach John Flanagan. Reconnecting with John, who has spent over five decades mentoring swimmers from the grassroot levels to the elite masters, we unearth the profound impact he has had on the sport and on the lives he's touched. His life, rich with wisdom, weave a...
Published 03/13/24
Embark on an exciting journey with Zena Courtney, a master swimmer whose prowess extends far beyond her strokes in the pool. In a rare road trip among two great friends, we catch the afterglow of a spectacular showdown between Katie Ledecky and Summer Macintosh, through the eyes of a swimmer who knows the thrill and discipline of the sport inside out. Zena opens up about her transition into a new competitive age group, her strategic weight loss, and how she masterfully merges rigorous USA...
Published 03/05/24
Meet Angela Staab, the octogenarian dynamo whose running shoes have blazed a trail through the world of track and field, capturing 16 national titles after lacing up for the first time at the tender age of 57. Her zest for life and competition has not only shattered records but preconceptions about what it means to grow older with gusto. In our conversation, Angela opens up about her late bloom into athletic prowess fueled by her daughters' encouragement and a desire to live life to the...
Published 02/19/24
Unlock the secrets to mastering your mental game with sports psychology expert Ashley Eckermann, our guiding light through the mental mazes we often find ourselves in. Ashley unravels how mental blocks, far from being sheer acts of willpower, are instead physiological responses to stress that can throw off even the most skilled performers. Together, we delve into the root causes—fear, anxiety, and the stress response in the brain—that result in these daunting obstacles. Armed with Ashley's...
Published 02/06/24
Head coach of Cavalier Aquatics, Gary Taylor, dives into the strategies that help lead his team to excellence among USA swim teams. In an engaging conversation with Champion's Mojo host Kelly Palace, Coach Taylor pulls back the curtain on the meticulous process of sculpting versatile, well-rounded swimmers, like USA National Team stand-out Thomas Heilman. Cavalier Aquatics swimmers are trained to be capable of excelling across various strokes and distances. Discover the underpinning...
Published 01/23/24
Remember that feeling of triumph when you touched the pool wall first during those childhood swim meets? We tap into that exuberant spirit with Brian Robbins, the founder and driving force behind Grown-Up Swimming, in an episode that will open your eyes to a new option for fun and competition for adult swimmers everywhere.  You'll get the scoop on Grown-Up Swimming's new partnership with US Masters Swimming and their exciting plans for expansion!  We explore the Grownup Swimming League's...
Published 01/16/24
Want to know what an aquatic activist is? Then dive headfirst into an episode that promises to saturate your spirit with inspiration and courage as we're joined by the extraordinary Hasna Muhammad.  Besides being a passionate masters swimmer, Hasna is a visual artist, writer, and educator whose work focuses on family, social justice, education, and the human condition. Her photography has been exhibited in various cities in the United States, and has a successful book, Breathe In the Sky:...
Published 01/09/24
Listeners asked for the sprinter round questions from the Champion's Mojo Co-Hosts! So here it is... Ever been grilled about your quirkiest preferences or the simple choices that tell a story about who you are? Kelly Palace and Maria Parker are here to share their own, baring their souls over favorite sandwiches, ideal celebrity encounters, and the trivial yet telling dilemmas we all face – like the eternal battle between window and aisle seats. As we navigate through a smorgasbord of...
Published 01/04/24
When life throws you a curveball, do you dodge or catch it and throw it back? Coach Chris Rowe caught his curveball and turned it into a cannonball dive back into the pool of competitive swimming. From swimming for Auburn to the cusp of Olympic glory, through a life in accounting, and navigating the challenging waters of a heart transplant, Chris's journey is nothing short of extraordinary. Now, he's on Champions Mojo, pouring out pearls of wisdom on coaching, the transformative power of...
Published 01/02/24
Ready to kick start your 2024 with a dose of motivation and inspiration? Join us, your hosts Kelly Palace and Maria Parker as we take a trip down the memory lane, revisiting our top 10 favorite shows of 2023. We unwrap a treasure trove of insights from a wide range of incredible guests.  #10 Name: Clyde Akbar Background: Masters Swimmer Started swimming at 60, challenging himself with new things all the time. Episode: 196 #9 Name: Lindsay Price Background: SpaceX recovery pilot. Episode:...
Published 12/26/23
Hear the details of how Kelly Palace broke six national records, in six different events within a six-week span. Maria interviews Kelly who shares the challenges she faced, the 10 specific things she attributes these records to. You'll hear about her transformative experience of altering her swimming technique at age 62 helped pave the path to success.   She gives credit to the "village" of Swim Coaches that have helped her including BJ Graham, Mitzi Kremer, Mark Kutz, Jay Peluso, Johnathan...
Published 12/19/23
What happens when an Olympic swimming coach dons the hat of a swimming parent? We had an enlightening conversation with Todd DeSorbo, a parent to  his own son who swims--we caught Todd at his son's swim meet. Todd also happens to be the Olympic coach for the USA women's swimming team in 2024. We delved into how he strikes a balance between supporting his child in sport and letting his son's coaches do their job. Also what he recommends when a swimmer has a disappointing swim.  From our...
Published 12/12/23
Get ready for an uplift as we share an inspiring chat with the marvelous Joan Campbell, founder of the Florida Aquatic Combined Team (FACT). A competitive swimmer who started making waves at the age of 59, Joan is now 93 and a true testament to the power of vitality and determination. You'll hear about her incredible journey of not just taking up competitive swimming late in life, but also achieving top ranks worldwide. Learn about her rigorous training routine which includes swimming...
Published 12/05/23
Bill Weaver from North Carolina Master Swimming has swum at the highest levels of the sport. And while most elite swimmers don't care to put themselves on the line in competition very often Bill has embraced it.  Bill, with his infectious passion for the swimming, discusses his triumphant return to swimming post-COVID and how it's become more than just a pastime for him. His arduous five-day-a-week training routine and anticipation for the upcoming meets truly exemplify his commitment. Bill...
Published 11/28/23
When 56 year old Karen Torres, who had not swum a meet in 34 years, was invited to join a relay that was aiming to break a world record she hesitated at first.  But then Karen committed to the 5 weeks of training before the event and was up for the challenge. Hear her story, from the nerve-racking return to the triumph, and how she navigated from pace training to anaerobic swimming, finding her stride once again in the water. This episode is more than just a tale about breaking records. It's...
Published 11/21/23
Have you ever wondered how to maximize your performance at a swim meet? Join us as we catch up with the renowned master swim coach, Scott Bay, at the 15th annual Rowdy Gaines. Scott, the 2016's US Master Swimming Coach of the Year, hands out invaluable advice on how to approach a swim meet effectively - from a warmup routine that tunes your brain with your body, to adjusting your intensity and mentally preparing for every aspect of your race. Drawing from his vast experience, Scott...
Published 11/14/23
55-year-old Masters All-American, Deborah Dawson discusses her unique training schedule, Deborah spills the secrets of her impressive speed and endurance in swimming. Her mantra of feeling good, sleeping well, and eating healthy forms a vital part of her preparation, but it's her training regimes that truly steal the spotlight. From race stuff practices to maintaining a thriving threshold while swimming, Deborah unveils the factors that make her a force to be reckoned with in the water.  She...
Published 11/07/23
Dawson Hughes, the CEO of US Masters Swimming (USMS),  started swimming when he was just eight, and now he stands at the helm of an organization that's making waves in the world of adult swimming. Listen as he shares his journey, his goals for the future, and some exciting initiatives on the horizon for USMS. In our chat, we dive into the heart of US Masters Swimming's mission - expanding the adult swimming community to a broad range of people. We shed light on the challenges of making the...
Published 10/31/23
Meet Trinity and BJ Graham, co-founders of the Swim Melbourne Masters team. This inspiring duo built a now dominant team from a group of 19 swimmers into a thriving team of over 150. Assistant Masters Coach Mike Mirda was also instrumental is helping build the team. Besides planning and execution you'll hear some behind the scenes best practices  and how the team just came off winning the 15th Annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic by over 2000 points.  They also reveal the secret behind - the...
Published 10/24/23
Have you ever wondered what can ignite a flame to rekindle a long-lost passion? Discover the answer as we engage in an energizing conversation with the inspiring James Lucere, a 67-year-old who recently dove back into his first swim meet after a staggering 48-year hiatus! Listen in as James shares about his journey back to the pool, his unexpected catalyst, and the refreshing perspective he holds on what it means to be a swimmer irrespective of age. Get ready to be enlightened by James'...
Published 10/17/23
Prepare to be inspired by our compelling chat with the unstoppable Denise Letendre, an accomplished US Masters All-American, who not only holds multiple records with her LMSC, but has also made waves in the world of law. As a lifelong swimmer, Denise's journey from a Division One swimmer to a Masters swimmer is nothing short of inspiring, revealing how she used her discipline in swimming to manage her time, push through tough cases, and achieve success in her law career.  Her advice to...
Published 10/10/23
Imagine finding a treasure chest brimming with secrets to refine your swimming technique and endurance. Well, we’ve got something better than that - a chat with the Technique Genius, Paul Newsome, the founder of SwimSmooth and the pioneer of that transformational swimming program. We journey from his successful English Channel swim to understanding the mantra that keeps swimmers focused in the water, "bubble, bubble breathe." You'll hear how Paul helped Kelly drop major time. Dive into...
Published 10/02/23
We're poolside with the extraordinary Penny Noyes, a woman who epitomizes the phrase 'age is just a number'. The 69-year-old swimming legend, with nine world records and 14 national records to her name, shares insights into her phenomenal career and her secret to maintaining athletic excellence despite personal health challenges and a string of injuries.  We dive deep into Penny’s rigorous training routine, which intriguingly involves training with a USA swim club team, consisting of 14 to...
Published 09/26/23
Are you too young to become master swimmer? Join us as we chat with the inspiring James Popronowski, a competitive swimmer who jumped straight from college swimming to masters swimming. James, with his masters gold medal in the 1500 freestyle long course and an unwavering commitment to maintaining his swimming routine post-college, offers compelling insights into the dedication and passion that fuels his success. This conversation takes us on a dive into James’s journey, from his childhood...
Published 09/19/23