Thursday, January 27, 2011

Keep Your Body Straight

The coaches are working on flip turns and keeping your body straight while swimming and while pushing off the wall. Keeping your body streamlined and straight will help you swim a lot faster. The team also continued to practice their backstroke starts.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coach Pam Joins The Dwyer Swim Team

Coach Pam, a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona, is now helping out. Welcome Pam. We took several videos of the athletes, diving and warming up, this Tuesday morning.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dwyer Swim Team - Coach Lexie Helps Out

The Dwyer Swim Team welcomed Coach Lexie Kelly to its pool deck today. Coach Lexie is a former NCAA Division I swimmer who used to train 100 x 100-yard swims twice per day for 5 days in a row (100,000 yards or 56 miles) during her heavy training in her native Redding, California home!

She enjoyed working with the kids and looks forward to helping them improve.

Today, we continued to segregate the kids by ability and experience. By the end of next week, we should have 8 different levels decided so everyone can swim with those of similar abilities.

We continued to push the importance of having proper body posture and positioning in the water ("be a perfect arrow"). The kids also did a little bit of practice doing flip turns (see below for a close-up on doing proper flip turns):

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dwyer Swim Team - Wyatt Swims

Wyatt, a sixth-grader at Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach, was filmed by Michael Strout of Phase One Productions in an early-morning Dwyer Swim Team practice at Huntington Beach High School.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dwyer Swim Team - Swimsuits And Goggles And Stuff

If any new members of the Dwyer Swim Team need swimsuits, goggles or other aquatic gear, Competitive Aquatic Supply has a large supply of reasonably priced products and is conveniently located in Huntington Beach at 15661 Container Lane, Huntington Beach 92649; telephone: (800) 421-5192.

The locker rooms are open so the kids can take showers and get ready for school right after practice.

A little something to drink (e.g., juice) and a little something to eat (e.g., muffin, toast) is also good before practice. They will also be a little more hungry because of their early morning exercise, so please keep that in mind.

After the practice is over, please exit the rear of the Huntington Beach High School parking lot. Please do not exit the parking lot near the front of the school due to the established flow of traffic.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Working On Starts And Turns

The Dwyer Swim Team focused on standard flip turns on freestyle and starts from a standard starting block this early Thursday morning in January with 8 sixth and seventh graders present.

The practice started at 6:30 am as the kids grumbled about getting in the warm water on a cold Southern California morning. Starting next week, we will try to video-tape at least one swimmer each day from pool side so they can begin to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their current swimming technique.

Practices will continue throughout the school year from 6:30 - 7:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dwyer Swim Team Begins

The Dwyer Swim Team began this morning with nine sixth and seventh graders.

The practice started at 6:30 am where the kids focused on their kicking and stroke mechanics. The kids kicked with water polo balls and kickboards and were constantly informed to refrain from bending their knees and to point their toes and keep their body streamlined.

Practices will continue throughout the school year from 6:30 - 7:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

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