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: The Lower, The Slower

The Lower, The Slower

30 Oct

The lower a boat rides in the water the slower it goes, and the same holds true in swimming. To reach peak speeds, a swimmer must maintain an on-the-water body position versus an in-the-water body position. To achieve the desired position, key technical points must be employed.

In butterfly key technical points include pressing the chest down at the point of entry; two powerful kicks per stroke; a high elbow catch coupled with a full, fast finish; a long and low recovery; a minimal breath with the chin remaining in the water; and a constant stroking rhythm.

In backstroke key technical points include a neutral or near-neutral head position; a plank-like upper body joining the head to the lower body; fully extended arms throughout the entry and finish phases of the arm cycle; a powerful, continuous kick; and a constant stroking rhythm.

In breaststroke key technical points include a streamlined body position between strokes; a wider-than-shoulder-width outward sweep; a medium to high elbow inward scull; a super-fast shoot; a forward lunge off the breath; a shoulder width or slightly wider kick coupled with a full, fast finish.

In freestyle key technical points include a neutral or near-neutral head position; a plank-like upper body joining the head to the lower body; fully extended arms throughout the entry and finish phase of the arm cycle; a high elbow catch coupled with a full fast finish; a symmetrical arm recovery; a powerful continuous kick; and a constant stroking rhythm.


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