Top-notch training coming
Local swimmers invited to swimming clinic
Local swimmers will get the chance to learn from one of the best swimmers in the world on Aug. 7-8 when National Champion Maddy Banic and SEC Champion Joey Reilman, both of the University of Tennessee, will hold a two-day clinic at the Monett Area YMCA.
On Aug. 7, the curriculum will focus on explosive starts and powerful underwater dolphin kicking. Then on Sunday, participants will work on accelerating through every flip turn and open turn into a well-timed finish.
The start is a swimmer’s opportunity to cover as much ground as possible in a very short period of time with great efficiency and momentum heading into a tight streamline. There are countless intricacies to performing a start, and it will only improve with practice.
Banic and Reilman have spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will show swimmers how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.
Proper hand and foot placement on the block can allow a swimmer to drive forward with a lot of explosive power. Banic and Reilman will work with swimmers to find the best position on the block, as well as how to launch their bodies forward efficiently into a tight streamline and enter the water through a small hole.
Underwater dolphin kicking
The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their dolphin kicking. It is absolutely, undeniably the fastest way to move through the water. Whether dolphin kicking on the stomach, side or back, understanding the importance of streamlined, underwater speed is vital for every swimmer.
Many swimmers add movements in their breakout that create drag and destroy all of the momentum created during their underwater dolphin kicks. Clinic swimmers will work on staying streamlined and keeping their heads down on the first stroke to accelerate into the first few strokes.
On day two, the class will feature finishes and turns. Focusing on having faster turns is an easy way to drop time and win close races. Elite swimmers maintain their momentum through a quick turn and have a powerful push off every wall. Banic and Reilman will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race. It’s easy for swimmers to have lazy turns when they are tired, but by learning the correct technique and practicing daily, swimmers can gain speed on each turn.
Swimmer will learn to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline. Swimmers will learn drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill.
Think about the open turn differently. Swimmers should not be making an open turn to touch the wall and swim the next lap. If they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards, enabling a swimmer to carry momentum into the push off.
Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will learn how to use their kicks to accelerate into the wall, time their strokes for a perfect arm extension, and keep their heads down so they don’t waste any time or strokes as they approach the wall.
Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Banic and Reilman questions during a Q&A session to gain insight into their training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.
Watch the clinicians
Observe Banic and Reilman swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.
Put skills to the test
Swimmers will get to practice what they’ve learned by taking their stroke to top speed with two of the best swimmers in the world. They’ll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves. Swimmers will learn to carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Swimmers will practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline. Swimmers will learn drills and exercises to help them master this athletic skill.
To register, people may go to fitterandfaster.com.