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It’s been an awesome start to the season, JD Golds! Everyone is showing energy and enthusiasm to go fast! We’re only two weeks out from Icebreaker!
Our freestyle and backstroke are coming along nicely. Remember to roll your shoulders, head still, and reach with your arms. Breathing every three strokes. Keep pushing off the walls with 3 fast dolphin kicks and in tight STREAMLINE.
Coming up on Icebreaker, we will be focussing on lots of kick and our body position and stroke technique. This week we will be going over breastroke kick, turns, and starts. We will also be doing review on our Free and Back.
Make sure you come to warm up with a pair of running shoes and a bottle of water for practice.
Those of you who haven’t handed in your goal sheets yet, please get them to me as soon as possible. If you haven’t gotten one yet, I have extras on-hand.
I will be starting to take attendance next week, so try to come to as many practices as possible!
I’ll see you guys at the pool
Junior A: Friday, 5:00-5:30pm (after practice)
Junior A: Friday, 5:00-5:30pm (after practice)
The updated files for club registration are available here: http://kigoos.com/swimmeets/swim-meet-list-sign/ under the Ice Breaker Meet.
The June Practice Schedule is now posted: http://kigoos.com/calendars/swim-practice-schedule/
The updated Swim Groups are also now posted: http://kigoos.com/about/swim-groups/
It’s been a crazy first couple of weeks, but it seems like we are settling down into our groups. I love seeing such a good turnout (how could there not be with our sunny days?), especially in the JD and Intermediate A groups. I encourage everyone to come out to morning practices as well – I know many of your are busy and have to get to school, but it’s a great time to work on technique and get some more feedback from your coach.
We are two weeks away from the first meet of our season, the Icebreaker! Make sure you’re finishing your lengths properly, working your turns, and going your hardest when your coaches ask you to go fast.
The June schedule is in effect starting next Monday. You’ll notice that you’ll have some extra dryland training incorporated (yoga with Makki and strength training with True Conditioning). I know it’s even more of a time commitment, but we are really lucky to be working with these two, and you’ll see even more improvement of your swimming if you make it out.
A couple of reminders:
- Don’t forget your waterbottles and sunscreen! It’s super easy to forget how dehydrated or burnt you can get when swimming, so make sure you protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated!
- The coaches and I would like to see swimmers in running shoes and proper dryland attire for warm-up, to prevent injury and to have the proper range of motion.
- Remember to sign-up for the Mock Meet and the Icebreaker – start your season off right!
See you on deck,
Hey JD Silver! I cannot believe we are already heading into our last week of May!
Last weeks comments:
I am very impressed with how we are able to use the clock to start ourselves. I am pleased to report that we hardly had any goggle issues this week.
Our dives are coming along great; almost all of you tried them off the blocks!
However, we definitely need to keep working on our touch turns and streamlines off walls
New this week:
This week we are going to start reviewing breastroke!
I will also be expecting underwater dolphin kicks to begin each length.
We are also going to be heavily focusing on our breathing for freestyle, which means just quick breathes on your side not on our backs
Reminders: Next week I am going to start taking attendance, please come to dryland on time. Keep checking the website for meet sign ups!
Icebreaker is quickly approaching in 2 weeks and our focus will be shifting from backstroke to breaststroke and butterfly for the next two weeks. By now, I hope you understand the importance of the streamline and the underwater dolphin kick and their relevance in freestyle and backstroke. Remember that a swimmer’s velocity is fastest off the diving blocks and he or she will immediately slow down upon entering into the water after the dive. Holding a proper streamline in the water reduces drag (picture a javelin whizzing through the air compared to a parachute), and dolphin kicking serves the purpose of maintaining the speed from our dive. We often overlook these two basic skills because they seem so simple, but swimmers who are consistent at both these skills create a greater opportunity for themselves to win during races.
This answers my previous question in last week’s blog “How do you move in the water without wasting your energy?”. Transferring the momentum gained from your dive and maintaining it using your streamline and dolphin kick allows you a better start right from the beginning. Swim fast by swimming smartly.
This past week, we worked a lot on backstroke despite having a shorter week. As a group, we need to strengthen our backstroke kick a lot more. Remember to kick right underneath the water surface and DON’T EVER STOP KICKING! You might be able to rely solely on your pull in freestyle, but your legs and torso will begin to sink the moment you stop kicking in backstroke.
To recap the 3 main points of backstroke:
1) Strong kick – extremely important, establishes core balance and generates lift
2) Straight arms – for the catch, no bent elbows, keep arms always in motion
3) Neutral head position – look up to the sky, not towards your feet or the wall ahead
This week we will focus on breaststroke and butterfly. We will maximize the efficiency of our underwater pull in breaststroke and work on our timing in butterfly using fins. We will continue to review our freestyle and backstroke and further practice our turns and dives. The more practices you attend, the quicker you become used to the water! Hope to see you in the mornings too! See you this week.
Below are two videos on the breaststroke underwater pull and butterfly timing.
• *IMPORTANT* Icebreaker Meet Sign-up deadline is TOMORROW (May 26)
• Bring your runners and water bottle to all practices! I cannot bring you to play capture the flag unless everyone does this!
• It was a pleasure to meet some of the parents during our meeting on Saturday.