Part II: Don’t SnowPlow Against the Water—Get Your Midsection Up!

Part II: Don’t SnowPlow Against the Water—Get Your Midsection Up!

Welcome back to Part II of our blog series on Proper Body Alignment. This week, we will be discussing how to NOT SnowPlow against the water, but rise above it.  In case you haven’t read Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE] to catch up. Let’s get started! As we discussed in Part I of this series, the stronger and more muscular you are—the harder it is to float. With this as swimmers,

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Proper Body Alignment Leads to FASTER Swimming!

Proper Body Alignment Leads to FASTER Swimming!

Proper Body Alignment leads to FASTER swimming—but how exactly do you do it? In our next blog series, we will be discussing the KEYS to Proper Body Alignment to help YOU swim FASTER! Let’s get started… Humans are nothing like fish. We cannot breathe underwater, and our bodies resemble more of a brick in the water–than anything aquatic related. With this, there isn’t too many things we can do to anatomically change our body shape. We are

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Part II: 7 Steps to Improve YOUR Swimming Streamline!

Part II: 7 Steps to Improve YOUR Swimming Streamline!

Welcome back! A few weeks ago, we discussed the TWO different Streamline styles. This week, we are going to discuss what 7 STEPS you perform to IMPROVE your Swimming Streamline! If you haven’t read Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE]. Otherwise, let’s get started! The streamline is the most hydrodynamic position swimmers can be in, that’s why it’s VITAL your streamlines are executed correctly–100% of the time. Here’s a checklist to understand whether your streamline is on-point or

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Swimming Streamline Secrets!

Swimming Streamline Secrets!

Welcome back! In our newest series, we will be discussing the streamline and all tips/tricks to help you improve yours today! In case you missed any of our previous series on Open Turns, [CLICK HERE] to read through Part’s I-III. Otherwise, let’s get started! Streamlines are VERY important to swimming, as EVERY single swimmer needs to be proficient at it. This is because streamlines are universal and are required in ALL races–no matter the distances the swimmers swim,

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Part III: “Rotate or Rotate Not. There is NO right way”–Yoda on Freestyle Rotation

Part III: “Rotate or Rotate Not. There is NO right way”–Yoda on Freestyle Rotation

Welcome back to our last and final segment on Freestyle Rotation. As we discussed in Part’s I and II– there is definitely pros and cons to both rotating and not rotating during the Freestyle stroke. Our goal today is to give YOU the answer(s) on what to do with your Freestyle stroke. In case you missed Part I or Part II of this series, here are the links to access them: Part

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Part II: Wait, Coach—Should I Rotate?

Part II: Wait, Coach—Should I Rotate?

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Freestyle rotation. Last week, we discussed the benefits of rotating during the Freestyle stroke. This week, we plan to dive into more of the benefits if a swimmer rotates less during Freestyle. In case you missed Part I of this series, [CLICK HERE] to read. Otherwise, let’s get started… With every stroke in swimming, there is a fine line between tempo and distance per stroke. I mean

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What’s the POINT of Rotating in Freestyle?

What’s the POINT of Rotating in Freestyle?

All swimmers have heard the words: “rotate more” during their Freestyle. As coaches, we can definitely see when a swimmer is swimming “flat” on top of the water. What is really interesting from a biomechanics perspective is some coaches opinions on rotating in Freestyle are changing. I was overseas in Australia and visiting with legendary coach, Michael Bohl. Michael (like many other coaches) is more of a proponent of swimming a flatterFreestyle.

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Is YOUR Cross Connection RIGHT in Freestyle?

Is YOUR Cross Connection RIGHT in Freestyle?

Recently our Stroke Technique Coach, Abbie Fish, traveled to Oregon to run a clinic with the Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Swim Team. This was Abbie’s second chance to work with SWOCC and Head Coach, Sandra Bullock. Different from last year’s clinic, this year’s clinic included a week-long, technique and fundamentals “stroke school”. Plus, 3 video analysis sessions where Abbie worked with swimmers, 1:1 with their stroke technique. Here’s a sneak peek into

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Part II: Why is the Backstroke Kick DIFFERENT than the Freestyle Kick?

Part II: Why is the Backstroke Kick DIFFERENT than the Freestyle Kick?

Welcome back to Part II of our series on Backstroke kicking. In today’s post, my goal is to teach you the 3 FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES between the Backstroke and Freestyle Kicks–since in Part I of this series, we discussed the 3 similarities. In case you missed Part I of this series, click here to catch up. Otherwise, let’s get started! One of the main things Backstrokers have to deal with that Freestylers never really need to think

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