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There is no universal best time of day to train. The best time of day to train is individual and depends on each person's lifestyle and physical abilities.
• If you feel strongest and most energized in the morning, get up early, have a small bite to eat and some fruit juice, and workout before you go to work or school.
• If you feel better and get more energized the longer you are awake and the more you eat, workout right after school or work, start between 3:30 and 6:00 at night, before dinner time.
• If you're a night owl and like the peace and quiet of the pool (never the lake in the dark) at night, swim about two hours after you've eaten dinner.
Don't work out in the morning to “get it done” or over with early. Chances are, if you think like that, then your swimming workout would be more beneficial and enjoyable, not to mention more effective minute by minute, in the afternoon, before dinner. If you find that you leave things to the last minute and often lament doing them at the end of the day when you “have to”, you're probably better off getting up early and swimming then. Try it and see how you like it. You'll probably find that in doing so, you get more accomplished during the day and your nights are more relaxed.