Thank you to everyone who helped to make the mock meet a success! I hope everyone is looking forward to the Ice Breaker- we have 168 swimmers registered which is am amazing turnout! Here are some swim meet reminders:
- Please continue to check the validation list before each swim meet. There are no deck entries at any meet this year, so this ensures the entries are correct and allows the coaches to make any necessary changes.
- Please let the coaches know ahead of time if you are unable to participate in relays- this can be done in the comment section of the meet sign up. Relays are a fun way to interact with your teammates but all four swimmers of the team must be in attendance or else the team will have to scratch. At the Ice Breaker girls and boys can swim on the same team- we have 58 entered!
- If you miss warm-up please email your coach, otherwise you will be scratched from all events that day.
Last week Intermediate Red worked on breaststroke body position. We practiced entering the water in a straight line directly underneath the surface, by ‘surfing’ forward with the palms facing downwards. This week we will be working on butterfly body position. Breaststroke and butterfly are often taught by having the swimmers ‘dive down’ under the water, but I believe this is incorrect as it directs the force of motion downward rather than forwards. Instead, we will practice pressing the chest down while lifting the hips up to create this motion. Here is a picture of Michael Phelps demonstrating an efficient butterfly chest press. Here, you can see how his arms are stretched out and fully extended directly in front of his shoulders, his head is right under the surface and his chest is pressed down with his hips up. Butterfly often gets a bad reputation but it can be fun and even relaxing if done properly!
Finally, congratulations to last week’s swimmer of the week, Catherine L! Catherine comes to practice everyday ready to improve. She is extremely consistent, and I can always count on her to work hard and share her leadership skills with those around her. Last week, Catherine had the best performance on our set of 10×50’s all out. Way to go Catherine!
See you at the pool!