I hope everyone had a good long weekend and are excited to get back to the pool and work hard this week!
The Intermediate Red’s spent week two focusing on backstroke and dolphin kick. We talked about starting the backstroke rotation before the arm enters, and pulling with a bent elbow catch, rather than a straight arm for a safer, and more efficient pull. We worked on and will continue to work on dolphin kick every day as it is used in every race and it extremely important for fast swimming. During our dolphin kick practice, we talked a lot about the importance of the up kick. We talked about using our hips and pulling the water up, feeling it on the back of our feet. It is easy to have a strong down kick, but the fastest dolphin kickers, have an equally strong up kick, which we will continue working to achieve. Here is a video demonstrating just how fast dolphin kick can be!
In week three we reviewed freestyle extension and focused on breaststroke kick. We worked on eliminating a wide breaststroke kick by pulling the legs back to achieve a narrow, and efficient kick. We focused on bringing the feet behind the body and knees inline with the hips and shoulders to eliminate drag. Here is a video discussing an efficient breaststroke kick. This week, we will continue to work on breaststroke with an emphasis on body position.
Finally, I would to congratulate Intermediate Red’s most recent swimmers of the week, Aden L and Jacob S. While Aden is the youngest, and smallest member of the group he has demonstrated a strong work ethic and that he has the knowledge of what is takes to get better and drive to apply it. He often has to work harder to keep up but he takes on this challenge with determination and positivity. Jacob has already made many improvements due to his winning attitude and work ethic. Jacob applies feedback immediately and doesn’t accept anything less than improvement. He encourages others and spreads his contagious attitude to the rest of the group. Way to go boys!
I hope to see everyone at the Mock meet this Saturday! Please remember to sign up online.