Archive for November 2013

My 3 Favorite Support Scull Drills

As requested by one of my Facebook followers, Danielle, here is a post on some support drills to improve technique and height.  If you have any requests let me know. 1.  Support Scull with water bottles. You want to get two empty water bottles and keep the lids.  Place the bottles under the arm close…

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Concussions in Synchronized Swimming

It’s often said that synchro is a safe sport. Well, those people have never been in a pattern that was so close that someone got kicked.  If you take a close look at the photo on the left you can see the swimmers in wide eggbeater to avoid the kicks. Or what about the throw or lift…

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Action Step Your Way to Success

This post will be a bit different from the usual technical post, but I had such a great coaching session on the weekend I could not help, but share it with you. I recently started working with a swimmer I had never worked with before. I kind of thought this might be a one off…

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20 Ways to Improve Synchronization

Synchronization is key to the success of every team.  If your routine is unsynchronized it is difficult for the judges to see and appreciate the choreography.  The list is in no particular order. Some suggestions are easy, others may cause resistance from some athletes. 1. Count in a language where the words are shorter. For…

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My Top 5 Pattern Tips for Choreography

When it comes to choreographing patterns for your routine I want you to consider my 5 suggestions: 1.  Plan Ahead   Plan out your patterns BEFORE practice.  Ideally, you would plan out all the patterns for your routine ahead of time.  Planning ahead will make your practice efficient.  You can even use the initials of…

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Top 4 Olympic Qualifier Tech Teams 2016

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Includes all pattern changes and swimmer positions.