I would like to share some of the interesting things I have found out along my synchronized swimming career as an athlete and coach, things that maybe if I had not tried the sport to a certain level, I would have never found out or learned from it. So, this is the insight I would like to give you. I hope you have a good imagination, because you may need it at first before trying and living it out to understand exactly what I mean. For example, when I speak about sensations, you can think about them, but until you try it a few times, you may not get what I mean.
Synchronized swimming is an extremely technical sport, which when done well, it can offer you a lot of resources to grow in the sport and even experiment with new movements or even challenge gravity like elite swimmers do. Because it is so technical, having different points of view to execute the same movement can help the athlete search for their own style.
The more resources and tools we have to grow, the better. The problem doesn’t come at times from the tools, but from the lack of training time, of planning well the objectives and the number of things to work on. So, my suggestion is that you use all your tools and resources on different training techniques until you find the right one for you and your team.
Every water polo goalie knows, “Goalies are Special!”. At water polo training, coaches will give extra attention to these specialists. They will instruct goalies with material specifically designed to help water polo goalies reach their highest potential.
Good and dedicated goalie coaches understand the unique skills and techniques that you’ll need to stop shots cold and trigger your teams counter attack. Here are some of the special goalie skills you’ll be exposed to and practice in the pool:
With arguably the world’s top two backstrokers, Aaron Peirsol and Lenny Krayzelburg, likely to be training together at Irvine Novaquatics a couple of years ago, Coach Dave Salo was excited about what should be an exceptional summer leading up to the Olympics.
Dave Salo was the first to tell you that that summer was different from all the rest. Let’s rephrase that: “It will be an exceptional summer,” Salo said from his office at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Salo, who coaches the Irvine Novaquatics swim team, will be in high gear this summer as he prepares his swimmers for Olympic Trials in July at Long Beach. Not that Salo is a stranger to the routine. He’s been placing athletes on the Olympic team since Barcelona in 1992, including medalists Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol. This time, however, ah, there’s the rub.
It was Salo who coached backstroker and world record holder Peirsol in his high school and age group years and is one of the big reasons why he won a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke in the 2000 Olympics in Australia.
Although not widely used in previous years, the recent wave of sprinters using straight-arm freestyle has triggered a philosophical rethinking of the technique.
In the early 19th century, the British swam in a very polite and peaceful manner. Civilized swimmers entered the pool carefully, without getting their heads wet, and glided gracefully along with their heads above the water. This style of swimming was also preferred in the British competitive swimming leagues, although the early competitors swam with a slightly greater sense of urgency.
In 1844, Native Americans, Flying Gull, and Tobacco, rocked the British swimming empire during a demonstration in London. According to legend, Flying Gull swam 130 feet in 30 seconds to defeat Tobacco and win a medal. Their stroke was described as a “thrashing” style in which the arms moved “like a windmill” and the legs moved in an “up-and-down” motion.
Almost a century-and-a-half later, a spry youngster named Janet Evans rocked the swimming world and obliterated world records in the distance freestyle events using a windmill, straight-arm freestyle recovery. It seemed all at once impossible, yet strangely familiar.
Every sport has its enduring, but totally groundless myths. When it comes to swimming, the all-time champ is probably the one about body fat as an indispensable aid to doing well.
While it’s mostly the sinewy triathletes and runners at my swim camps who have fallen under this fictitious spell, it could be any ectomorphic would-be swimmer. “Thanks for trying to turn me into a good swimmer. But, I don’t have enough buoyancy to do anything except sink like a stone,” goes the lament.
But you do! And this should convince you: Tom Dolan, once America’s best hope for Olympic medals in distance freestyle and a world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley, has a razor-thin three percent body fat. Floating is obviously not the issue.