My name is Sam and I am from this cold place called Ontario in Canada.
I am a high school Breaststroker and I need to drop 1.4 seconds in 2 and a half months in 50m breaststroke short course to get a school record and make it to provincial A final.
I go a 37.15 right now and my stroke looks very much like Kosuke Kitajima (gold medallist in 2004 Olympics). My hands go out of the water and it almost looks like I’m clapping.
I experimented with different types of pull styles and they where all the same time (Have not experimented with it in a swim meet)
I’m 6 foot 1 and about 140 pounds and my breaststroke kick is faster then my freestyle kick.
My dive in pull out gets me to half way in about 5 seconds and my 2nd turn gets me about 1/3 the way.
How can I go faster in the 50 at the end of each race I feel like I have way more to give but I don’t know how my 100 split is about the same time as my 50.
Do you have any ideas?
It would mean a lot thanks.
I have seen many swimmers over the years swim the same time for the 50m breaststroke in the first 50 of a 100m race as they do for their 50m race. This is often because the swimmer tries too hard and tightens up when just swimming a 50, rather than keeping their stroke strong and fluid.
There are two key elements to swimming any stroke quickly and these are both very relevant to breaststroke.
The first is that you need to generate lots of power with both the arms and the legs when swimming breaststroke. To do this, make sure you get a good catch under water and then accelerate your arms on the in-sweep to generate forward propulsion and then recover them forward quickly. With your kick, accelerate your feet backwards so that you drive your body forwards.
The second key thing to do is to reduce your resistance. Even though breaststroke generates the most power it is the slowest stroke because it creates the most resistance. With an underwater arm recovery and leg recovery, there are more resistive forces than any other stroke. For this reason, getting your timing of arms and breathing and leg kick right will help you to reduce resistance. Your coach will be able to help you with this.
If anyone else has ideas to help Sam, please leave your comments below.
The Swimming Expert