Video of competition, practice, various drills, and technique.
~by Glenn Mills
When swimmers start to learn breaststroke, they tend to make the pull the biggest part of the stroke. This is usually counterproductive, so we try to introduce the pull as a very small move. In fact, we try to introduce the pull as a TEENY, TINY, MINISCULE move because what FEELS small to the swimmer usually ends up being too big. So we exaggerate the smallness. We ask for TEENY TINY, in order to reach the goal of small and just right. Tiny Hands is the drill that we use.
Gliding is one of those skills that you must learn well before you execute a good front crawl. Some beginners have a fear of gliding away from the wall. Still others, despite being more advanced, sink parts of their body, making it very difficult to glide.
One of the exercises that I ask my swimmers to do first is to glide towards the wall. By standing about three feet away from the wall, sink down to your neck, and put your hands out in front of you. Grab a big breath of air, bend forward and glide towards the wall. The head should be half in the water before your feet leave the bottom, and the head should remain in the water until the hands touch the wall. Look at the bottom of the pool as you do this drill. If the head is looking forward, your feet will not want to come up. Open your eyes when you swim, so that you know where you are going. The water level should be at the hairline. The back should be either breaking the surface, or be just at the surface. The buttocks should be just below the surface. Make adjustments to the body's alignment by changing the position of the head, and the small of the back. The hands should be about four inches under the water. Relax as much as possible.
On many occassions I've even seen good swimmers body position in the water causing undue resistance to their glide. By doing this drill with corrections as many times as the coach thinks is necessary, swimmers notice their improvement as their efficiency in the water increases with less energy.
~Coach Linda Delzeitt and Coach Pedro H. Ordenes, www.watersworlswim.com
"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing."
Dawn from under the boardwalk at A1A and Highbridge - our Dynoswim Palm Coast ocean swimming practice site.
Provided by Judi Rich (photo from August 2006), thanks!
Mary Ann Meekins, proud Dynoswimmer, is a former member of the 1944 U.S. National Team. Unfortunately there were no olympic games that year due to World War II. The national team however has been recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Attached is the certificate as well as pictures of Mary Ann in 1944 when she qualified for the olympics and in August 2006 before Dynoswim practice at the Frieda Zamba Aquatic Complex in Palm Coast, Florida.
We're proud to call Mary Ann our teammate...
Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.
Rookie Sean Bean joined veteran Triathlete and fellow Dynoswimmer Scott Bay for The Deland Triathlon on August 19, 2006. This unique event rearranges the order of events from swim-bike-run to bike-run-swim. Despite being a tri newbie, Sean placed second in his age group while also posting the 4th fastest swim split of the day! Not an easy task on tired legs. Overall Sean was in the top 25 and had a great day. The most amazing thing that happened after that is Sean went to practice directly from the awards ceremony and swam again. Now that is dedication!
Scott posted one of the three fastest bike splits clocking an average around 25mph which he and a few other athletes needed to do to make up for missing the turn around and adding extra distance to the bike segment.* Scott finished off the race with the 5th fastest swim split behind Sean, an overall 5th place finish and 1st in his division.
Results can be found by clicking here.
*Please note that the actual bike distance was 15 miles for most and 16 miles for Scott and the top 4 finishers. The turn around was not marked until after the leaders had passed it.
Check out this great picture of Ross-a-Roni and the article about FPC and MHS.
"Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed."
Mwai Kibaki (born November 15, 1931) is Kenya's third president, an economist, and a political leader. He was baptised Emilio Stanley by Italian missionaries in his youth but he rarely uses those names. Kibaki belongs to the largest Kenyan ethnic group, the Gĩkũyũ (22% of the population).
Here's your excuse to compete in Ireland!"
Check out the Sports Illustrated Photo Expose
Please view the following video, especially you Dynoswimmers, and provide any thoughts and comments below.
Provided by Scott Bay, thanks.
Most of us will never swim a mile in under 17 minutes, but it can be fun and rewarding with some time and effort invested. Swimming fast is more a matter of technique than strength. It takes the longest of the three triathlon events to master since it is the most technical. My expectations were that I might not get a lot faster, but that I wouldn’t be quite so tired when I was finished. I was right. Learn to swim efficiently instead of faster and you will have plenty of energy left over for the bike and run. For triathlon training you get faster by swimming 5 days a week to get the feel of the water and doing lots of short distance drills. You can start out easy by swimming 3 days a week and get into the habit of making the swim a priority. Remember that if you swim long slow distance then you’ll be good at long slow distance. To get fast, you need to swim fast. It makes it a lot easier to push yourself to swim fast when you are in the company of others. It’s impossible to see yourself swim so that is where the coach is helpful. As much as you might think your technique is good, a coach can see your imperfections that have the potential to slow you down.
I'd just like to thank everyone who donated to the St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound. Our team fundraised over $7000.00, and the entire event fundraised $250,000. After 2 years of finishing in 2nd place, we finally claimed the top spot and finished in 1st place out of the 31 relay teams. We had great conditions, which allowed us to complete our swim in 6:07:43. Make sure you check out some pictures from the event. Thanks again to everyone who donated to this great cause!
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”
~Dwight David Eisenhower (American 34th President (1953-61) who lived from 1890 to 1969.)
I was also asked to provide the additional following quote by a contemporary of President Eisenhower:
“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.” ~Max Eastman (American Author, Journalist and Writer, 1883-1969)
LONDON (AFP) - A lawyer trying to become the first person to swim the full length of Britain's famous River Thames waded ashore in London to call on Prime Minister Tony Blair to tackle climate change.
If you have been training in the pool you might resist my suggestion to swim with a high elbow. I am not suggesting you abandon your pool technique altogether when you swim in the open water. However if you shorten your stroke you also shorten the distance your arm must travel before your hand re-enters the water (at the half-way mark) and you begin to elongate your arm, and begin your pull. In adopting this technique your body will automatically align itself for the perfect roll, which is more effective for a clean breath too. To check your stroke as you raise your arm in the water look directly at your elbow. Your head will be perfectly aligned with your body. Make sure your hand re-enters the water at a 30 to 45 degree angle, four to eight inches under the surface of the water. Lift your elbow out of the water as if on a puppet string, at a 90 degree angle. After your initial "pull" be certain to brush thumb past thigh before recovery to get the most from your stroke.
~Coach Pedro Ordenes, waterworldswim.com
One morning Gary, Elizabeth, and I decided to go for a dive. We're off the FL Keys and shark tales are just that... tales. We headed about three miles offshore and reached our destination. Gary and I jumped in the water, spears in hand, as Elizabeth grabbed a spinner and began fishing from the boat. A huge snapper here, and an enormous grouper there, we were quickly 200 meters away from our boat. Elizabeth held the reigns on our vessel as Gary and I scoured the sea for dinner.
Here's a basic endurance workout written by Coach Christian of SG-Frankfurt (submitted by team member Thorsten Kuechler).
Check it out...
Six Dynoswimmers swam the Hammerhead Ocean Marathon last Saturday (8-5-06) in Jacksonville Beach, FL: Judi Rich, Christine Bange, Sean Bean, Amy Britton, Dakin Fromhold, and Sheryl Watkins. There were a lot of people participating: 52 swimmers in the 1.25 mile and 73 swimmers in the 2.5 mile swim. The weather was hot, but the water was comfortable (~80F). And, there were no waves and no jellyfish (smooth sailing).
Christine made her debut in the 1.25 mile and placed second in her age group. Way to go Christine! Amy, Dakin, and Sheryl were first in their age groups in the 2.5 mile swim, with Judi placing second in her age group. Sean treated us all to lunch afterwards at Copeland's (Cajun cuisine) and Dakin fell asleep on the way back (good thing we carpooled!).
Results and photos from the race are posted at:
The 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships will serve as the selection meet for five major international meets. The top performers will not only be National Champions, but will represent the United States on a global level as part of Team USA headed for one or more of the following meets: 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, 2007 FINA World Championships, 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, 2007 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.
"Stanford (and USA Olympic team) Coach Richard Quick once said while giving a butterfly stroke clinic: "Don't hide your breathing mistakes by not breathing; fix them instead." That's good advice not only for butterfly, but for freestyle as well."
"We progress because we are willing to change." ~Thomas Watson
Thomas John Watson, Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was the founder of International Business Machines (IBM), which dominated the data processing industry from the 1920s to his death and beyond. He was one of the richest men of his time and called the world's greatest salesman when he died.
I swam long-course today after being out of the water for over a week and a half. I felt terrible at first and had my share of excuses to just swim for yards and basically blow the workout. I'll share a few of my excuses:
- Hadn't swam long-course in over a year
- Didn't sleep much in three days
- Stressed out
- Losing my feel for the water
- Asthma kicked in
So I'm swimming along doing my warm-up and realized how much I missed long-course, my favorite kind of training. I also thought how great the water temperature was and what a nice breeze we were having - all with a clear blue summer sky. In short, we had perfect practice conditions. But you know, I really wasn't into it especially when my chest tightened and I felt the shortness of breath that comes before the inevitable wheezing.
I thought to myself (during this long warm-up), "I wonder how bad my asthma would be right now if I wasn't in any decent shape?" Then I started to think about my stroke. I then remembered how great I'd feel later while walking out of the pool after practice, stress free and rejuvenated. As far as losing my feel for the water, it slowly came back by the time we made it to our sprints.
There you have it: all my excuses for a bad workout became my reasons for a very important training session and a very good workout. I've got my next few weeks planned out which include one day of doubles. Do me a favor and learn from my mistakes, not yours. My mistake? I was failing at my workout before I even got into the pool, good thing it only lasted the length of the warm-up, but still lasted about 1,200 meters too long.
The Associated Press, Thursday, August 3, 2006; 1:08 PM
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Germany set a world record in the women's 800-meter freestyle relay Thursday at the European Swimming Championships, finishing in 7 minutes, 50.82 seconds. The German team of Petra Dalmann, Daniela Samulski, Britta Steffen and Annika Liebs set the record despite racing during a steady rain. The previous record of 7:53.42 was held by the United States. The team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer and Kaitlin Sandeno set the mark at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Otylia Jedrzejczak had Poland on a world-record pace after the first 200 meters, but her team faded quickly and Germany took over the lead after 300 meters. Steffen finished the third leg just 0.07 seconds ahead of world-record pace, but Liebs swam the anchor leg in 1:55.64, the team's fastest performance, to seal the victory and the record.
"In the end I swam full speed despite the large lead, because I feared someone could catch me," Liebs said.
After three legs, Germany led Poland by 3.11 seconds. France finished third. On Monday, Dalmann, Steffen, Liebs and Daniela Goetz set a world record in the women's 400 freestyle relay. Steffen also set an individual world record Wednesday in the 100 freestyle.
(Annika Liebs swims for SG Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.)
Check out Josh at the Greenwich Mile, great job!
by Sam Stevens
Many have probably been guilty more than once in their lives of an outrageously implausible boast over a Friday night pint which they either lived to regret or couldn’t remember the following morning. And when former Bermuda College lecturer Sean O’Connell announced to a sceptical friend in the Robin Hood over 30 years ago that he wanted to become the first person ever to swim non-stop around Bermuda, there seemed no reason to suspect that this would be any different.