LumaLanes Performance of the Week: Japan’s Ikee Continues To Dominate 2018

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This week’s Performance Of The Week, sponsored by LumaLanes, goes to Rikako Ikee for her amazing performance in the 100 butterfly during the Mare Nostrum Tour series in Europe this week.

Ikee broke yet another Japanese record at the final stop of the European leg of the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco, clocking in at 56.23 in the 100 butterfly to record the fastest time in the world this year and break her own Japanese record in the event. That moves her past world record holder Sarah Sjostrom in the event, who was 56.35 back in April, and ties her as the fifth fastest performer of all time in the event.

While Sjostrom and Ikee won’t meet at a major international competition this year, both still have their major championships coming up this summer, with Ikee competing at the Pan Pacific Championships and Sjostrom at the European Championships later this summer.

Whether Ikee will finish the season as the fastest in the world is yet to be seen, but the young Japanese swimmer has been absolutely on fire this year. Ikee has broken Japanese records in five different events in 2018: the 50/100/200 freestyle and the 50/100 butterfly events. And with 18th birthday on July 4th this summer, Ikee is likely just getting started with her assault on the Japanese record books.

Congratulations Rikako Ikee on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

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Pre-Register For Eastern States Clinic With Gregg Troy, Caleb Dressel and Tyler Clary

Take advantage of  pre-registration pricing and make your plans to attend the Eastern States Swim Clinic  in Cherry Hill, NJ on Oct. 6-7 at the Crowne Plaza.  Pre-registration prices for swimmers and coaches.  Clinic registration will remain open through the clinic, but register now and to save $$.

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the same time — call (888) 233-9527
The 2018 Clinic proudly offers the following prestigious line-up of speakers and the special opportunity to meet and work with Olympic swimmers Tyler Clary and Caeleb Dressel!

Take advantage of our early bird pricing and make your plans to attend the Eastern States Swim Clinic in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 6 and 7 at the Crowne Plaza.

Mark Schubert: 8x Olympic Head Coach, ’09 USA National Coach, Head Coach Mission Viejo

Gregg Troy: Olympic Head Coach ‘12, Olympic Asst. Coach ‘08 & ‘96, former Head Coach Florida Men & Women

Chris Plumb: Head Coach Carmel Swim Club, Boys’ & Girls’ High School State Champions

Carol Capitani: Head Coach Univ of Texas Women, Big 12 Coach of the Year

Jackie Berning Ph.D: Nutrition Consultant, Author & Educator

Tyler Clary: Olympic Gold medalist ’12, American record holder & NCAA record holder

Caeleb Dressel: 2X Olympic Gold medalist ’16, NCAA, American & World record holder

The Eastern States Clinic is the most comprehensive and personalized coaches’ clinic in the United States. This is an excellent clinic exclusively for the education and advancement of coaches and swimmers.

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The 43nd Anniversary
Eastern States Swim Clinic

Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2018

The Crowne Plaza
2349 W Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 665-6666
(pool sessions at the Jersey Wahoos’ pool)
Sponsored by Sue Davis, Mark Schubert, and Jill Greenleaf

Established in 1976, the Eastern States Clinic is the most comprehensive and personalized coaches’ clinic in the United States. This is an excellent clinic exclusively for the education and advancement of coaches and swimmers.

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National Team Member Hannah Stevens Retires from Swimming

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U.S. National Team member and former University of Misouri standout Hannah Stevens announced on Monday that she would be retiring from the sport of swimming.

The announcement was posted on Stevens’ social media account and highlights recurring back problems as being the major driving force for her retiring. The full announcement reads,

“As many people have heard I have recently made the decision to retire from swimming. Over the last few years I have struggled with back problems and this past year has been no exception. Over the past few months I fought to stay in this sport and the decision to retire did not come easy for me but I feel it is what is best for me, mentally and physically. I have been truly blessed to call the University of Missouri my home for the last four years and am incredibly grateful for the people I have met along the way.

I have too many people that I could thank for the unconditional love and support and please just know I have never taken that for granted. From the kiddie pool at Clearfork to the World Championships in Budapest I have had the time of my life, I thank God everyday for the opportunities he has given me and the people he has put into my life. I can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes me.”

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While at Mizzou, Stevens was a 14-time NCAA All-American and finished third in the 100 back at the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. She was the National Champion in the 50-meter back at the 2017 Phillips 66 USA National Championships and went on to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, where she finished ninth overall.

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Soccer and Water Polo: Kindred Sports Spirits?

Lionel Messi and Filip Filipovic; the most recognizable athletes in their respective sports.

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor

The world’s largest sports tournament is now in full swing, with Russia hosting squads from 31 other nations in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. An interesting comparison to soccer (or football, as everyone outside of the United States calls it) is a sport not nearly as popular: water polo. Polo does not have anywhere near the staying power of soccer, which by all measures—aesthetic, financial, athletic—brings joy and agony to untold millions of fans the world over. Despite obvious differences, these two sports, which have often been linked (polo is compared to soccer; it’s never the other way around), are surprisingly similar.

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Both are international games whose top championships are dominated by certain country’s styles or schools. Brazil has won five World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)—more than any other nation, though the Brazilians have of late witnessed their fortunes sag, following a humiliating 7-1 home loss to Germany in a 2014 World Cup semifinal. The “Samba Style,” a fluid, pass-centric attack that takes advantage of the Brazilians’ superior dribbling skills, was overwhelmed by the Germans’ methodical, pressing attack, which turned a highly-anticipated match-up between two differing styles into a rout.

In the final, Germany captured a taught 1-0 win in extra time over Argentina, giving Die Mannschaft their fourth-ever title (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014). Noteworthy was a European team’s cup win on South American soil, the first time ever.

The Yugoslavian school has dominated water polo for decades, with its recent highlight being Serbia’s 11-7 dismantling of Croatia in the 2016 Rio final. Croatia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, won Olympic gold in 2012; before that, Hungary won three-straight Olympic titles, adding it’s horde of nine golds (1932, 1936, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2008).

Odds makers in this year’s cup favor the Brazilians; however this may be one of the more open fields in recent memory for top football honors. The Belgians, Columbians, Uruguayans and French join Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain as favorites to advance out of group play and into the knock-out rounds. At 7-2, Brazil is a slight favorite over Germany to prevail in a final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. No matter who survives the month-long ordeal, estimates are that one billion viewers world-wide will likely tune into whomever is playing for the cup.

Which begs the question: how does water polo, a niche sport if ever there was one, with barely enough professional teams in the world to sustain interest in between Olympic years, belong in the same discussion as football?

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Crowds at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo Courtesy: Rio Times

First, both are team sports that take specialized skills to master, and which lend themselves to highlight-reel goals (both the bicycle kick in football and backhand shot in water polo often defy belief). And, both are truly international; every continent in the world sends teams to the top international tournaments. From a participation standpoint, water polo, the oldest Olympic team sport, is also the only team sport for FINA, the governing body for all aquatics. This is not to say there’s equivalence to soccer; with roughly 20 nations able to regularly field water polo squads, the pool of participants is nothing like the thousands of professional footballers that now stretch all over the globe—growth fueled by the outsized popularity of the World Cup.

While comparatively small in scope, last year’s FINA World Water Polo Championships in Budapest was well-attended, with regional rivalries highlighting competitive play in both the men’s and women’s brackets. On the men’s side, bitter rivals Serbia and Croatia engaged in one of the year’s more entertaining matches, with the Croats prevailing 12-11 to dethrone the reigning Olympic champions. Hungary and Italy played a compelling match, and the Hungarians defeated a Russian team in echoes of one of the most famous matches in the history of the sport, the legendary “Blood in the Water” semifinal conflict at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

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Fans at the 2017 FINA World Water Polo Championships. Photo Courtesy: M. Randazzo

10,000 to 18,000 attendees at live water polo matches do not compare to the hundreds of thousands of fans who, over the next month, will throng to 12 venues all over Russia for soccer. The passion of polo fans for their sport is noteworthy and—depending on the country—can rival that of footballers. Thankfully, polo does not share the hooliganism that has unfortunately accompanied the explosive growth of the sport.

There’s another parallel—in this case, unflattering—that distinguishes men’s soccer and water polo: the Americans are simply not good enough in either sport to compete at a high level. A series of missteps—including firing head coach Jürgen Klinsmann in November 2016—resulted in a devastating 2-1 loss to a downtrodden Trinidad and Tobago squad, causing the U.S. men’s soccer team to miss out on a trip to Russia. Failing to qualify in 2018 has likely set back the American timetable for competing internationally by a minimum of four years.

The U.S. men’s water polo team finished 10th at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a program-worst 13th (out of 16 teams) in the 2017 FINA Worlds. This is not to say that all is bad for the Americans; in fact, head coach Dejan Udovicic is looking to younger players for a better result at the Olympics. Team USA must first qualify by beating Canada plus a host of South American rivals at the Pan American Games. Unlike soccer, there’s a very high likelihood that the Americans will qualify for the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Another significant difference between soccer and water polo is that polo is considered the world’s most demanding sport. It’s an incredibly physical game, with contact both allowed and in many cases encouraged. The center position in polo is sometime more akin to sumo wrestling, with size and physical strength determining success.

In polo, there’s an understanding that—in order to score—you’re almost always going to pay a physical price. Which is in stark contrast to professional soccer; when there’s a foul—no matter how much contact—players act as if they were shot. It has now become a parody for the sport; though unfair, given just how physical football is, diving does a disservice to a sport often referred to as “the beautiful game.”

Given these considerations, even though The World Cup is a sports spectacle unlike any other, for this commentator, a water polo tournament in Europe is simply more appealing.

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Breaking Down Proper Freestyle Body Position

Photo Courtesy: Steve Frink

By Niki Urquidi, Swimming World College Intern.

If you have ever swum for Coach Jeff Poppell, current associate head coach of the Florida Gators, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “for every one inch you lift your head, your hips sink three inches.” Like most renowned coaches, Poppell understands that establishing proper freestyle body position can drastically improve a swimmer’s stroke.

As the backbone stroke for most training programs, proper body position while swimming freestyle is crucial for overall health and improvement. Let’s take a look at the three major elements of freestyle body position and some drills to help you improve your own technique.

Head

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What better place to start then the top of your head? A good way to visualize the correct head position in freestyle technique is to think of a metal pole running through the top of your head down through your spine. If your head is too high or too low, the pole will bend and cause you to lose efficiency due to increased resistance pushing against you. You want to make sure that your head, neck and spine remain connected and in line with the pole to be as hydrodynamic as possible.

A good drill to help you feel the effect head position has on your stroke is kicking on your stomach with your arms by your side. Experiment with different head positions, and work with your coach to find the sweet spot where your hips stay high and you decrease drag. In all elements of body position, efficiency is the name of the game.

Shoulders

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Correcting shoulder position can translate to decreased fatigue levels while swimming freestyle. We all have those races in which we feel unstoppable as well as those practices where all we want to do is stop. The main difference between these two experiences can usually be attributed to over-rotating or under-rotating your shoulders.

When you over-rotate in freestyle, you tend to drop the arm that is already under water, creating drag and thus getting you nowhere fast. This bad habit can really get exhausting lap after lap. A research study conducted by Stelios Psycharakis and Ross Sanders in 2010 reported that the fastest swimmers rotated their shoulders less than the others in the 200m freestyle.

As Coach Andy Kershaw of the University of Miami explains to his swimmers, you want to keep your rotation small and tight. He prefers to use a body position drill in which you kick with one arm out in front and the other by your side.

To breathe, think of lifting your shoulder only about an inch or two above the surface of the water. This creates a small pocket of air from which you draw your breath, before quickly returning it to the face down position. This drill also helps to teach you to keep breaths small and short, as many swimmers start straying from this when fatigue sets in.

Under-rotating your shoulders is just as detrimental to your energy levels in freestyle. When you under-rotate, you lose a lot of length in your catch, causing you to “spin your wheels” without utilizing your full reach.

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Photo Courtesy: Niki Urquidi. Henry Urquidi demonstrating out of water shoulder rotating drill.

A dryland drill that Coach Kershaw uses to ensure a longer reach consists of standing at arm’s-length from a wall. When your shoulders are square with the wall, reach out that arm so that your fingertips touch the wall.

Then, push your shoulder forward towards the wall, and watch as your hand moves forward to press flatly against the wall. This extra length provided by a simple, small rotation can make a big difference in your freestyle technique – and it’s easy to practice at the pool or at home!

Hips

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The movement of your hips during freestyle can be confusing to teach but easy to learn. While some controversy exists in the swimming world regarding hip rotation, the study mentioned above reported that swimmers tend to increase their hip rotation when fatigued, which leads to slower and less efficient swimming. Psycharakis and Sanders also reported that swimmers rotate their shoulders to a much greater extent than their hips.

In the most basic terms, the goal is to decrease rotation in your hips, because this motion typically lends to over-rotating your upper body. As mentioned, over-rotation is detrimental to your freestyle technique. Think of keeping your hips square to the bottom of the pool while using your kick to keep them afloat.

A drill that enforces this technique is kicking on your side with one arm extended in front of you and the other by your side. This time, when you breathe, pull through with your extended arm, allowing your shoulders to rotate but keeping your hips square. Next, recover the same arm to the front and repeat the motion.

To see this drill and other great drills in action, check out some body position videos!

Not all Techniques are Created Equal

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Photo Courtesy: Brian Jenkins – UVM Athletics

Some coaches may have differing opinions about optimal body positioning. Renowned coach Gary Hall Sr. teaches three different types of freestyle strokes: hip-driven, shoulder-driven and a hybrid of the two. Each type serves its own purpose in training and racing. Hall Sr. recommends using shoulder-driven freestyle in sprints while using a more hip-driven stroke in distance-oriented events. A full description and video of each stroke and how to use it can be found by clicking here.

While many of the body positions mentioned above are used in daily training, every swimmer and is different. The bottom line is that swimmers need to establish an appropriate body position that decreases drag and maximizes efficiency through the water.

Always remember that practice makes perfect. Making changes to a fundamental part of your stroke such as body position might feel strange at first, but continual practice is the only way to diminish bad habits. Choose to work towards building your freestyle technique today!

Commentary: All research was conducted by the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Jazz Carlin To Make Open Water Debut at European Championships; Will Not Swim Pool Events

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Olympic medallist Jazz Carlin will embark on her first major open water test this summer, securing her place in the Europeans marathon squad.

The 400m and 800m Rio silver medallist will be upping the distance at Loch Lomond as part of the European Championships, which will see races over 5k, 10k and 25k.

Carlin will join Jack Burnell, silver medallist at the last Europeans competition in 2016, who has already picked up medals in the Seychelles and Setubal, Portugal on this year’s 10k circuit.

The eight strong team will be taking to the open water in the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain between August 8 and 12.

Team Leader Bernie Dietzig said: “The swimmers we have been able to select for this squad will be really exciting to watch.

“We have the highly experienced open water swimmers with proven experience at performing when it matters, right through to young talent.

“Jazz has worked very hard to transition from the pool to the open water so it will be a great opportunity for her to take on this new challenge.”

Glasgow 2018 will combine the European Championships of seven different sports into one large event. Aquatics will be represented by Swimming at Tollcross International in Glasgow, Diving will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and Synchronised Swimming will take place in a purpose built pool on top of the tennis courts at Scotstoun Sports Campus in Glasgow.

The full squad is:

  • Jack Burnell
  • Jazz Carlin
  • Alice Dearing
  • Polly Holden
  • Caleb Hughes
  • Danielle Huskisson
  • Hector Pardoe
  • Tobias Robinson

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Temporary Venue to be Built for High Diving Events at 2019 World Championships

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The 2019 World Championships in Gwanju, South Korea will be the fourth World Championships to include high diving events for both men and women. Traditionally, high diving involves a cliff or platform suspended over a calm, natural body of water that the divers will leap off of and land in the water feet-first. Men dive from heights of 27-meters, while women dive from heights of 20-meters.

The first two World Championships to host high diving (2013 and 2015) held the high diving events at a natural water location, however the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary saw the creation of a temporary venue built adjacent to the Danube River. This temporary structure created a more traditional and spectator-friendly venue and the 2019 World Championships are following suit.

In Gwanju, the high diving events will be held in a temporary venue constructed at the Chosun University Football Field. This will be one of three temporary venues built for the championships as artistic swimming and water polo will be held in structures at the Yeomju Gymnasium and Nambu University Football Field respectively.

The swimming and pool diving events are slated to be held at the Nambu University International Aquatics Center, originally constructed for the 2015 World University Games.

Visit the official Gwanju 2019 site for more information.

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Paris 2024 Opts for Temporary Swimming Arena; Publishes Signed Joint Funding Protocol

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While the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo may be on the forefront of the minds of athletes, coaches, and spectators alike, the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee has been cruising along in their preparations for when they host the Olympic Games. In the last week, Paris 2024 organizers have met and signed the Paris 2024 Protocol, which outlines the proposed financial budget for the entirety of the Games and restricts public spending to that of the original proposal of $1.8 billion.

Tony Estranguet, the President of the Paris 2024 organization, explained that,

“We want these Games to surprise people – with the celebration and the capacity to meet citizens’ expectations, and also in terms of keeping to the budget envelope agreed. The signing of this protocol is proof of the merits of our approach, and the product of collective work towards an ambition shared by all stakeholders.” 

Of the edits made between the original September bid and the current proposal is the removal of a 15,000 capacity permanent aquatics venue that was to be built along the side of the Stade de France.

The swimming events will now be held in a temporary venue that will still hold a capacity of 15,000 spectators. There will be a permanent arena built for the water polo events that will house 5,000 spectators during the Games, but will reduce to 2,500 following the conclusion of the Games. The arena will also include a 50-meter and 25-meter pool.

The official Paris 2024 Joint Protocol explained the following provisions, stating,

“The Olympic Aquatics Centre will remain a permanent facility, but with a redefined concept to help control costs, while also delivering a stronger legacy for local residents and, in particular, the children of Seine-Saint-Denis. The Games project will ultimately lead to the creation of eight legacy pools, in place of the five originally planned. They will help to meet a real need in a department with a significant shortage of community sports facilities, and where only half of children leave primary school able to swim. This significant and meaningful legacy can be comfortably accommodated within the Games budget. To enable it, Paris 2024 will increase its financial contribution to the project by more than 40 million Euros compared to its bid-phase provision.” 

So far, Paris 2024 continues to keep their budget at a low price with the overall budget for hosting initially estimated to be approximately $8.3 billion, while the 2012 London Games were reported to have cost $12.35 billion.

Click here to read the full updated report from Inside The Games.

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Training in Disguise: Shake up Your Monday Practices With These 4 Games

Photo Courtesy: Kayla Riemensperger

By Kayla Riemensperger, Swimming World College Intern.

Do you ever walk into a Monday practice dragging your feet and dreading diving into the cold water? Or perhaps you have worried yourself sick questioning how challenging the main set was going to be that day. For many swimmers, Monday practices can feel like an all-time low; however, there is a way to make training not seem so mundane and repetitive.

Here’s the good news – there is a concept called training in disguise! By disguising training within fun sets, coaches can still work on imperative skills in the pool without having to write boring sets. One way to do this is through a variety of pool games!

Who knew that you could work on power, breath control, reaction times and many more skills merely through games? Here are four games that coaches can use to disguise learning certain swimming techniques and skills.

1. Running Dives

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Photo Courtesy: Kayla Riemensperger

Rules: Starting at the block end of the pool, have your swimmers line up in a single file line a few feet back from the edge of the pool. Make sure to send your swimmers at least five seconds apart to prevent diving on top of each other. Instruct your swimmers to take off with a running start and dive into the pool while holding tight streamlines.

This game allows swimmers to work on their entries into the water. If their streamline has weaknesses, their arms will immediately come apart on entry. If you want to challenge your swimmers even more, have them attempt to dive through a circular noodle held at a fixed distance from the edge. This really reinforces a powerful, tight entry into the water.

2. Sharks and Minnows

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Rules: Have all your swimmers gather on one side of the pool with one hand holding on the wall. The swimmers on the wall are now your “minnows.” Pick one swimmer to go to the middle of the pool, this swimmer will be your “shark.” When the shark calls for the minnows, all the swimmers on the wall must push off and swim to the other end without being tagged on the head by the shark.

Minnows are allowed to swim to the other end however they may please; however, if a minnow is tagged on the head by a shark, they become a shark for the rest of the game. The game continues until there is only one swimmer left. To win, the last swimmer left standing must make it past all the sharks to the other end.

Warning: This game can get aggressive if swimmers grab onto each other to get to the surface, so it is not recommended for younger ages.

This game can help with underwaters, power, breath control and shoots the heart rate up! It’s also a perfect way to increase competitiveness in your swimmers.

3. Cat and Mouse

Jun 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Morning warm-ups in the main racing pool during Day One of the Arena Pro Series at Santa Clara, at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

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Rules: This game, also known as “catch your partner,” involves a little bit of competition among your swimmers. Pair up your swimmers who are similar in speed and wait on the wall together. On the coaches go, one swimmer takes off three to five seconds ahead of the other.

The job of the second swimmer is to catch the swimmer in front of them. The length of the swim is up to the coaches, but most only play this game with 25s or 50s. If you get caught by the person behind you, then you are given a dryland exercise by your coach.

The dryland exercises can include anything from squats to push-ups, etc. It is also up to the coaches discretion on how many reps the caught swimmers will complete. Have the swimmers do a couple rounds of cat and mouse as a fun way to work on racing speeds.

This game works on speed as well as strength with the dryland component – and it’s fun!

4. Pigeon

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Rules: This game is much better for smaller groups due to limited starting block space. First, have your swimmers stand on the blocks. Next, begin telling an elaborate story. Your swimmers should be listening carefully for the word “pigeon” in your story.

Try to trick your swimmers by saying words that sound similar to the word pigeon. As soon as you say the word pigeon, your swimmers have to react by jumping or diving off the block. The last swimmer to leave the block is out as well as any swimmer who jumps early. Keep playing until there is only one swimmer left on the block as the winner!

This game is perfect for swimmers who need to work on reaction times off the blocks.

Commentary: All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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Stanford Awards Katie Ledecky Prestigious Al Masters Award

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A few days after being named the 2018 Google Cloud At-Large Division I All-America Team Member of the YearKatie Ledecky has won another prestigious award – Stanford’s Al Masters Award.

The award, which is presented annually at the Stanford Athletics Board Awards ceremony, is named after 1924 graduate Al Masters, who served as the athletic director at Stanford University from 1925-1963. The award made its debut in 1963 and is presented to athletes that the highest standards of academics, leadership, and athletic performance.

2018 marks the first year since 2012 that the award was not given to multiple athletes.

To say that Ledecky has made an impact in her time at Stanford is an understatement. As a member of the Stanford Cardinal, Ledecky has been named a Scholar All-American and a Pac-12 All-Academic first team honoree; she was a member of the NCAA National Championship team in both 2017 and 2018; has downed 11 American records, 15 NCAA records, and 6 NCAA meet records; and has maintained a GPA of 3.99.

More about the Al Masters award and Ledecky’s win can be found at Stanford news

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