I hope everyone had a fun (but wet) time at the mock meet last Saturday! I was happy to see so many new swimmers getting a taste of what a real swim meet looks like.
The season is now well underway with our home meet, the Ice Breaker quickly approaching this weekend! The coaches are all looking forward to seeing the swimmers debut the skills we have been working hard on over the last month. As we are now in swim meet mode, here are some reminders:
-It is very important to always check the validation list to ensure that your child is entered in the correct events as these events cannot be corrected after the deadline. Feel free to email your child’s group coach (or me) if you have any questions about meet events.
-Please let the coaches know ahead of time if your child cannot participate in relays. The coaches work very hard to ensure almost everyone gets to participate in a relay and it is always disappointing to have to scratch relay teams due to swimmers leaving early
The Intermediate Red’s have now spent some time working on technique for each stroke. Our primary goals continue to be practicing consciously with the objective of each set in mind, in addition to pushing off every wall with a tight streamline and gliding before initiating the dolphin kick. As a group we spend a lot of time working on kick. During our dolphin kick practice, we talk about pushing the water hard in both directions, and the importance of the up kick. We practice using our hips and pulling the water up, feeling the pressure of the water 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!
This week we have been working on starts and my favourite stroke to teach- butterfly. Butterfly often gets a bad reputation for being the hardest stroke, but with the right body position and timing it can be fun and even relaxing! In our butterfly practice we have been working on pressing the chest down to allow the hips to rise, and entering with the arms straight, reaching behind the head. In our starts, we are working on looking forward with the head and using arms to help launch the body off the blocks. Here is Caleb Dressel who is known as currently having one of the best starts in swimming. Pay close attention to how he uses his arms. His start is so powerful he almost always begins the race with a lead.
Finally, I would to congratulate Intermediate Red’s most recent swimmers of the week, Zack K, and Aden L. Zack demonstrates leadership through his consist and excellent completion of activation. As the group’s activation master, Zack leads by example and helps his teammates stay on track. Zack is known to be one of the hardest workers in the group, but has shown considerable progress in his ability to apply feedback, which can only lead to improvement. Aden is a leader to the group by regularly being the first person to start warmup. Aden consistently demonstrates an understanding of the sets goals, and pushes himself to reach them, while encouraging those around him to do the same. As a result of his drive to improve, Aden swims purposefully and asks thoughtful questions. Way to go boys!
Looking forward to a great weekend! See you at the pool!