Training Tip of the Week: DPS – Freestyle Finish

Welcome to the “Training Tip of the Week.” Swimming World will be bringing you a topic that we’ll explore every month with drills and concepts for you to implement with your team on a regular basis. While certain weeks may be more appropriate for specific levels of swimming (club, high school, college, or masters), Training Tips of the Month are meant to be flexible for your needs and inclusive for all levels of swimming.

This month’s training tip is centered around Distance Per Stroke (DPS). This is a term that is thrown around a lot in swimming, and for good reason. The greater your distance per stroke, the more efficient you are moving through the water, which ultimately makes for faster swimming.

This week, we are going to focus on another key elements of distance per stroke: the finish of the freestyle pull. You can read other week’s tip related to distance per stroke, front end extension and high elbow catch, by clicking here and here.

A major part of setting up your stroke for a strong finish is making sure you have a consistent high elbow catch, so look at last week’s article for tips to set that up. The stronger your initial contact with the water is, the stronger (and more efficient) your final contact with the water will be.

A common problem with swimmers is either slipping through the second half of their stroke or exiting the water too soon. While everyone’s stroke will be slightly different, make sure your athletes are applying force all the way through their freestyle pull. An easy drill to work on this is finish drill, which is a simple drill that exaggerates the second half of the pull and exit from the water.

Similarly, any drill that slows down the stroke will let the focus shift to the power in the second half of the stroke. While drills like 6 kick switch or 3-6-3 work on body position, they also provide the opportunity to “reset” between strokes and focus on power and length as well.

Video review is great during these drills because athletes can’t always perceive when they are exiting the water early. Underwater filming from the side will let your swimmers see if they are slipping in the last phase of their stroke, and even grabbing your phone and taking video above water will be useful if someone is exiting the water water early. 

All swimming and dryland training and instruction should be performed under the supervision of a qualified coach or instructor, and in circumstances that ensure the safety of participants.

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Swimming Australia Directors Re-Elected Through Tokyo 2020

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Swimming Australia President John Bertrand and long-standing directors Nicole Livingstone and Graeme Johnson have been re-elected as Directors for a further three years following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) today.

Johnson and triple Olympian Livingstone were first elected onto the Board in October 2012, while Bertrand was elected in November 2013.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the re-election of John, Nicole and Graeme is a great sign of stability within our organisation and an endorsement of John’s successful leadership.

“The most professional and best sporting organisations have clear direction and stability at the very top of the organisation,” Anderson said.

“This does not mean maintaining status quo, as we continue to strive for excellence and continuous improvement at every level of our organisation.

Mr. John Bertrand said, “It is a great honour to be re-elected onto the Board of Swimming Australia.”

“Swimming in this country is of national importance. It is part of our DNA in so many ways. But we still have much to do.

“Within our high performance division, we have four key links which must be world class if we are to maximise our full potential by Tokyo 2020, these are; administration, technology, coaching and ultimately of course our athletes.

“This is a team effort. Each link on this journey is work in progress. We make no apologies for that.

“Within community engagement, again we continue to build.

“The newly launched Optus Junior Dolphins is a key link between the incredible learn to swim industry and club land.

“We are on a journey in partnership with our stakeholders from around the country, again, work in progress,” Bertrand said.

The AGM also featured a presentation of a signed and framed swimming cap to former SAL Director Peter Mannes who has served for 14 years as part of the Swimming Australia Foundation Board.

Press release courtesy of Swimming Australia.

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Simone Manuel Not Competing at USA College Challenge, Dealing with Injury

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Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel will not compete on the Pac-12 roster at this weekend’s USA College Challenge. Manuel’s name was included on an initial roster but is not listed on the version currently posted on USA Swimming’s website.

A spokesman from the Stanford athletic department told Swimming World that Manuel is dealing with a “mild injury,” hence her withdrawal.

“Simone is swimming and training at Stanford but is rehabbing from a mild injury that will keep her from competing this weekend. Simone is disappointed she will not be able to participate, but is excited to get back to competition soon.”

Manuel has not competed since winning six medals at the FINA World Championships, including five golds. She is entering her third season competing for the Stanford Cardinal, but since she redshirted in 2015-16, she is academically a senior.

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Emory Women and Kenyon Men Early Leaders in NCAA Division III Swimming

The ballots are in and the votes counted for the CSCAA / TYR Top 25 Preseason Poll for NCAA Division III Swimming. The Emory University women’s team and Kenyon College men’s team gathered the most votes.  The poll aims to measure the top teams in head-to-head competition.

The rankings are voted on by CSCAA-member coaches andscheduled for release November 15, December 20, January 17 and February 7.

Division III Men

Rank Team Points
1 Kenyon 244
2 Emory 242
3 Denison 232
4 MIT 217
5 Johns Hopkins 214
6 WashU 188
7 Chicago 178
7 NYU 178
9 Williams 176
10 Tufts 160
11 Rowan 148
12 Carnegie Melon 139
13 DePauw 117
14 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 114
15 TCNJ 106
16 Amherst 102
17 Birmingham Southern 79
18 Wabash 75
18 WPI 75
20 Pomona-Pitzer 71
21 Conn College 59
22 Carthage 51
23 Saint Thomas 27
24 Swarthmore 21
25 Case Western 14

Also Receiving Votes: Albion 9, Coast Guard 4, Washington & Lee 4, Stevens 2, UW-Stevens Point 2, Pacific Lutheran 1



  1. Kenyon
  2. Denison
  3. Chicago
  4. DePauw
  5. Wabash
  6. Carthage
  7. Saint Thomas
  8. Case Western
  9. UW-Stevens Point
  10. Calvin

Northeast North

  1. MIT
  2. NYU
  3. Williams
  4. Tufts
  5. Amherst
  6. WPI
  7. Connecticut College
  8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  9. RPI
  10. Bates

West Midwest South

  1. Emory
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Washington University (Mo)
  4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  5. Birmingham Southern
  6. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
  7. Washington and Lee
  8. Pacific Lutheran
  9. Rhodes
  10. California Lutheran

Northeast South

  1. Rowan
  2. Carnegie Mellon
  3. TCNJ
  4. Swarthmore
  5. Stevens
  6. SUNY-Geneseo
  7. Gettysburg
  8. Grove City
  9. Ithaca
  10. Ursinus

Division III Women

Rank Team Points
1 Emory 225
2 Williams 215
3 Kenyon 208
4 Denison 198
5 NYU 189
6 MIT 172
7 WashU 167
8 Johns Hopkins 166
9 Chicago 160
10 Conn College 135
11 Saint Thomas 127
11 Amherst 127
13 Washington & Lee 122
14 Carnegie Mellon 99
15 Middlebury 93
16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 88
16 Bates 88
18 Ithaca 72
19 Pomona-Pitzer 56
20 UW-Eau Claire 52
21 UW-La Crosse 42
22 Ursinus 28
23 RPI 19
24 Calvin 17
25 Mary Washington 16

Also Receiving Votes: Wheaton (IL) 11, Rochester 11, Bowdoin 10, SUNY Geneseo 9, Albion 3



  1. 1    Kenyon
  2. Denison
  3. Chicago
  4. Saint Thomas
  5. UW-Eau Claire
  6. UW-La Crosse
  7. Calvin
  8. Wheaton College (Illinois)
  9. Saint Olaf
  10. Gustavus Adolphus

Northeast North

  1. Williams
  2. New York University
  3. MIT
  4. Connecticut College
  5. Amherst
  6. Middlebury
  7. Bates
  8. RPI
  9. Bowdoin
  10. Springfield

West Midwest South

  1. Emory
  2. Johns Hopkins
  3. Washington University (Mo)
  4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  5. Birmingham Southern
  6. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
  7. Washington and Lee
  8. Pacific Lutheran
  9. Rhodes
  10. California Lutheran

Northeast South

  1. Carnegie Mellon
  2. Ithaca
  3. Ursinus
  4. SUNY-Geneseo
  5. Rochester
  6. Grove City
  7. Stevens
  8. Rowan
  9. Susquehanna
  10. Gettysburg

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Big 12 Weekly Preview: Texas Travels to Florida with Indiana, Kansas hosts Tri-Meet

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By Jason Tillotson

The University of Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday to take on the Gators and The Indiana Hoosiers. Meanwhile Kansas will host South Dakota and Missouri State.

Though a mix of conferences (Big-12, Big-10, SEC) are competing, this matchup brings together some of the nation’s fastest swimmers.

On the men’s side, all three teams will be looking to open up their dual meet season with a win. This two-day tri-meet has an unusual format. The evening session on Friday will be long course meters, which is something UF has done in the recent Olympic years but not usually in non-Olympic years. The morning session will likely be contested in short course yards, as has been the case in the past.

You’ll recall Indiana was the team to walk away with the win at this meet last year, with heavy hitters like Blake Pieroni and Ian Finnerty leading the way for the Hoosiers. Both athletes are returning for this season.


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Texas and Florida will most definitely bring their own point-scorers as well. Seniors Caeleb Dressel, the nation’s leader in the 50 freestyle and Mark Szaranek will be looking to start their final seasons with the Gators with a win at The Swamp, while former Bolles teammate and Longhorn Senior Joseph Schooling will attempt to lead the longhorns to victory. This stacked tri-meet will also be the first time we see Dressel and Schooling go head-to-head since this summer’s World Championships, where Dressel was able to take down Schooling in his signature event, the 100 butterfly. Olympic gold medalist Townley Haas from Texas should be able to produce some fast swims, as well as senior longhorn Brett Ringgold.

The women will have their own showdown at the same meet. Texas Freshman Victoria Edwards will attempt catapult her first collegiate season while veteran Quinn Carrozza will be looking for a strong start to her first season as an upperclassmen. This meet will also be the first time we see Lilly King after her word-record setting summer. The lady Gators will be looking to spark some momentum after last year’s disappointing season, where they failed to score any points at the NCAA championships.

Kansas, one of two teams in the Big-12 with only a women’s squad, will host South Dakota and Missouri State. Kansas will be looking to continue their strong season after a narrow win over Liberty last weekend.

WVU, TCU and Iowa state left their schedules blank this weekend in preparation for their respective match-ups next weekend.

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Drury Women and Queens Men Top Pre-Season CSCAA D-II Poll

The ballots are in and the votes counted for the CSCAA – TYR Top 25 preseason poll. The Drury Women and Queens University of Charlotte Men top the first College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America / TYR Top 25 Swimming & Diving Poll of the 2017-18 season. Rankings are compiled by CSCAA-member coaches and released on a bi-weekly basis.  The next polls will be released November 14, 2017.

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The 7 Sins of Swimming

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By Chandler Brandes, Swimming World College Intern.

There is no such thing as a perfect swimmer. As swimmers, we sometimes (although rarely) make mistakes. We may DQ, forget our heat and lane, or even accidentally-on-purpose rip our cap at the exact moment a hard set is about to begin.

Mistakes are inevitable and they happen to the best of us. However, there are seven so-called “mistakes” that should never be made, no matter the circumstances. These mistakes can only be referred to as the seven sins of swimming.

1. Leaving early.


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Five seconds apart. Not three. Not four. Definitely not two. Five. One, two, three, four, five. If you have yet to figure out how to read the pace clock, you can count out loud if need be.

Say it with me: one, two, three, four, five.

The sin of leaving early exponentially increases the risk of committing sin No. 2, which is a sin so evil it should only be punishable by repeated 200 butterflies.

2. Obnoxiously touching someone’s feet.

Jul 17, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A view of the feet of the competitors as they dive in at the start of the women's 50m freestyle final the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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You know how annoying it is when you’re outside on a warm summer night and there are pesky mosquitos all around you that never seem to leave, no matter how many times you swat them away?

That is exactly what it’s like when someone behind you doesn’t. stop. touching. your. feet.

If you happen to be one of those swimmers who feels the need to give their teammate an unwanted foot massage in the middle of practice, you have one of four options:

  1. Speed up to pass them.
  2. Leave the full five seconds behind (See No.1: Leaving Early).
  3. Try leaving 10 seconds behind them. (10 seconds, not nine).
  4. Stop.

Personally, I am a huge supporter of the fourth option.

3. Not letting someone pass you when they obnoxiously touch your feet.


Honestly, I don’t know what’s worse: obnoxiously touching someone’s feet or refusing to let that person pass you. If someone is repeatedly touching your feet, let them pass you. Be nice about it. It’s not an insult if someone is touching your feet and it doesn’t mean you’re slow.

Lane Etiquette 101. Study up.

4. Sprinting warmup.

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I will admit, I used to be one of those people. You know, the person who pretends that warmup is an Olympic final.

That is, until I had a life-changing realization.

I realized that warmup is in fact not an Olympic final. It’s not even a summer league race. It’s warmup, and you’re supposed to warm up, not aim for a new American record. The faster you warm up, the sooner you get to the main set, and nobody should be dying to get to that. (Spoiler alert: the main set will inevitably come, however, no matter how slow you swim during warmup).

5. Forgetting to cut your nails.


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If you catch up to someone, the person in front of them will be even more annoyed if you scratch them in the process (Please refer to No. 2: Obnoxiously touching someone’s feet). Despite being a non-contact sport, sometimes things happen and swimmers run into each other, accidentally lock hands, or scratch one another when swimming backstroke. Just please cut your nails in order to make this experience less painful for all parties involved.

Last I checked, Edward Scissorhands was not a swimmer, and for good reason.

6. Infecting the pool with your illness.


I understand that everyone will probably get sick at least once during the season. Due to shared spaces and close proximity with one another, the chances of your teammates contracting your disease is high enough already and you do not need to speed up the process.

Please do not blow your nose near your teammates. Please do not spit in vicinity of your teammates. Please do not cough in the direct path of your teammates’ faces.

Pro tip: do it discreetly when your teammates aren’t looking.

7. Being the reason your coach is in a bad mood.


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It’s like being the classmate who reminds the teacher of the homework that was due, even though they forgot to collect it. No one likes that person and no one should want to be that person.

Same thing with your coach. Do not be the cause of their bad mood because that will end poorly for everyone. You know your coach and you know what can make them upset.

Don’t ask if practice is over yet, don’t get out to pee in the middle of the main set, don’t have a bad attitude, and definitely don’t come up with lame excuses. Has that ever ended well for anyone? Nope.

Please, no matter what you do, do not be a swimming sinner.

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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Liz Thull Verbally Commits to Illinois State Redbirds

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NEW COMMIT: Liz Thull has given her verbal commitment to Illinois State University. Thull is from Lakeville, Minnesota and swims for South Metro Swim. She’s a senior at Lakeville North High School.

She wrote,

“I chose ISU because I loved the team and coaches, I felt like I fit in there right away. The campus is beautiful and the school is great. I can’t wait to be a Redbird!”

Thull’s best times are:

  • 50 Fly 27.46
  • 100 Fly 58.87
  • 200 Fly 2:07.98
  • 100 Free 54.26
  • 200 Free 1:56.24

At last fall’s Minnesota Girls AA State Championships Thull finished eighth in the 200 free.

At last year’s Missouri Valley Conference Championships Mai Cain led the Redbirds in the 100 fly. She’ll be a senior in Thull’s freshman year.

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East Carolina Earns Verbal Commit From NC State Champ Kathryn Morrison

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NEW COMMIT: Salisbury, North Carolina’s Kathryn Morrison has verbally committed to swim for East Carolina University beginning next fall. Morrison is a NISCA All-American at Salisbury High School. She swims for Enfinity Aquatic Club. Morrison will join Chelsea Marstellar in the Pirates’ Class of 2022.

Her best times include:

  • 50 Back 25.53
  • 100 Back 54.83
  • 200 Back 2:02.61
  • 100 Fly 55.27

Those bests in the 100 back and 100 fly came at last season’s North Carolina High School 1A/2A State Championships. She won the 100 back by a large margin and touched third in the 100 fly.

At the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championships her best 100 back would have finished seventh. Morrison would have been the Pirates’ top finisher in the event. She also would have repeated that finish and been the quickest Pirate woman in the 100 fly. Morrison should be an immediate medley relay contender as well.

Morrison told Swimming World,

“I am thrilled to announce my commitment to continue my swimming career at East Carolina University! I fell in love with the campus and felt right at home! I can’t wait to be apart of the team. I want to thank my friends, coaches, and family that have helped me get here! Go Pirates!!!! ECU’22”

Morrison’s verbal commitments follows that of club teammates Olivia Carter and Tucker Burhans.

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The Unique Quirks of the USA College Challenge

Clockwise, from top left: Dylan Carter, Ryan Murphy, Melanie Margalis & Katie Ledecky

By David Rieder.

Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Kathleen Baker competing against the United States? Sounds weird, doesn’t it?

The fact is, that trio has been at the center of the U.S. women’s dominant efforts at both the 2016 Olympics and at the 2017 World Championships. Ledecky’s excellence is nothing new, while Manuel has developed into one of the world’s premier sprinters and Baker into an elite backstroker.

And this weekend, in one of the year’s most unique swim meets, the USA College Challenge in Los Angeles, those three lead a squad of Pac-12 all-stars into a dual meet against an American team that won’t be nearly as much of a mismatch as the concept suggests.

The top swimmers from one conference against the best of the rest of the country? No contest, right? It wasn’t last November, when an American team crushed the Big Ten All-Stars in Indianapolis, 349 to 247.

But many of the country’s best swimmers currently compete in the Pac-12 and will compete for the conference this weekend in LA. Aside from the aforementioned trio of Olympic medalists, sprinters Abbey Weitzeil and Katrina Konopka, butterflyers Katie McLaughlin and Louise Hansson and IMers Ella Eastin and Brooke Forde highlight the squad.


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Of the entire Pac-12 roster, Forde is the only College Challenge veteran. She actually had a breakout meet at the 2016 edition, winning the 400 IM in 4:02.67—a time which would have been good enough for fifth a few months later at the NCAA championships.

Graduates of Pac-12 schools are not eligible for the conference team, so Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley and Josh Prenot will all compete for the American team—against their coach, Dave Durden, who leads the conference squad.

That Pac-12 men’s team doesn’t have quite the name-brand recognition of the female squad, but Stanford’s True Sweetser and Abrahm DeVine both swam at the World Championships this summer, and Grant Shoults, Dylan Carter, Cameron Craig and Andrew Seliskar all scored individual points at the 2017 NCAA championships.

That group is representing an entity—their conference—they never have before and likely never will again. Conference pride will replace intra-conference rivalries, at least for one weekend.

And that Pac-12 squad, representing the best top-end conference in NCAA swimming, has a real chance at scoring a victory against the U.S. National team.

Well, those from the National team that agreed to participate. Of the 29 named to represent the United States in LA, 14 of them are holdovers from this summer’s World Championships squad. That might not sound like a great percentage, but only six 2016 Olympians swam at last year’s version of the College Challenge.

The American roster is an interesting mix of professionals and high schoolers, with none of the 29 currently swimming in the NCAA. The women’s team is split down the middle, with seven postgrads and seven high schoolers, while the men’s team sees Kieran Smith, Daniel Krueger and 18-year-old pro Michael Andrew mixing with 12 postgrads.


Matt Grevers — Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

It’s impossible to predict the final score of any dual meet, especially one in October, when most swimmers have started to buckle down in training. But a quick roster analysis shows a superior Pac-12 women’s team and an American team that, despite its holes, should out-score the college squad with Murphy, Prenot, Matt Grevers, Tom Shields, Jack Conger and others scoring big.

Looking for storylines and anticipated races, there should be a few. Certainly, it’s always exciting to watch Ledecky any time she’s in the pool, and Grevers and Murphy should provide some excitement in the men’s backstrokes.

The women’s IMs should be exciting, with Eastin clashing with Melanie Margalis and Madisyn Cox—the same two women who beat her out for World Championships spots in the 200 IM this summer.

For the men, how about the 200 free, which could feature Conger, Clark Smith and former Italian Olympian Mitch D’Arrigo for the United States against Carter and Craig? Sean Grieshop and Kieran Smith aren’t quite household names yet, but watching them compete against Prenot and DeVine in the IMs should be exciting.

All in all, some interesting racing—and a potentially compelling team race—at a point in the swimming calendar that typically lacks any meets of national significance. Even if none of the athletes will be in peak racing form, dual meets are fun.

It’s not a high bar to clear, but this year’s College Challenge the best national meet held in the month of October in a long time. If nothing else, watching Katie Ledecky compete against the U.S. for the first and likely last time in her career should be worth a chuckle.

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