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50 Freestyle

QUESTION: I am a 16 year old junior in high school, and just finished my third 3 month swim season. I do not swim club year round, only the 3 months of high school since freshman year. My time for 50 freestyle is a 24.91, and I will need to take off about a second to […]

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How to swim faster as a Master’s swimmer

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I have a 60 year old male swimmer who can’t get the idea of changing gears. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Barb ANSWER: Hi Barb, I have a couple of ideas which may help you to improve your swimmer in this area. The first is to focus on making sure the […]

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How to fix Breaststroke kick so both legs do the same?

QUESTION: Hi Gary I am a swimming teacher and also the parent of a keen swimming son.  I have recently started reading your book swimming for parents which I  am finding very interesting. I have a 10 year old student who is struggling with breaststroke.  She is an excellent freestyle and backstroke swimmer, but when […]

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Struggle to improve kicking

QUESTION: Hi Gary, I have a 9 year old female swimmer who has been swimming competitively for about 1 year.  She has been slowly improving but has been struggling to improve her kicking propulsion.  Is there anything she can do to improve her kick to develop more propulsion?  Please advise. Thank you, Victor ANSWER: Hi […]

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Swimming for Parents

The Benefits of Swimming Save people’s lives Healthy recreational exercise Swimming is a sport that requires a long term development program in place and results will not come overnight. The benefits of having kids swim before and/or after school, keeping them out of trouble and busy, etc. Life Skills: Dr John Hogg from the University […]

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What is the best knee width in Breaststroke?

QUESTION: Hi Gary, My daughter is 12 years and has recently begun competitive swimming. My question is what is the optimum knee width for breaststroke? Thx Lamar ANSWER: Hi Lamar, In breaststroke, the knees will come apart to a width slightly wider than the shoulders as the legs are recovering and preparing to kick backwards. […]

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