Mr. Pitch, a coach, and the swimmers of Frick, poolside at Greenway, now PCA. This was PCA's first meet, ever.
Frick's team has been tops in the city for years. School has plenty of swimmers and students. But the pool at Frick has only 3 lanes.
Erik, wearing his new cap and jammers. He generally goes for the briefs.
At the start of the race, all attention of the swimmers on the blocks should be at the starter -- and not elsewhere. Don't worry about the swimmers in the other lane Erik. This isn't football. Worry about the starter and your own lane.
Thanks for listening.
Erik swimming first 100+ yards in 200 free for Frick vs. PCA at Greenway. Time was 2:31.2 at end.
First 50 of Erik's 100 free as a Frick Middle School Swimmer at Greenway against PCA and Arsenal on Dec. 6, 2006. Final time: was a PR, 1:09.21.
Erik's freestyle. Kick is showing. High elbow at entry is good. Finger tips are down.
Erik's freestyle. Good kick. Get in middle of lane. Pushing hand to nearly one's knees is good. Make a quick breath!
Finish race without a breath. Touch the black line, under the water. Touch on the side, a bit more than above. Other hand is back, like shown. Then be happy when the race ends. Finally, get your time from the timers.
Some of the fans at the meet.
Swimmer, Jenny, doing an I.M. turn (back to breast). Tip: Try to stay on side more. Hips have turned so the toes are facing down. Toes should be on the wall pointed to the side when doing an open turn.
The wall is your friend. Give it attention. It will help you win races.
About to do a push-off with the toes facing down, to the bottom of the swim pool.
Push off on your belly. Face is down.
Arms lead the way.
Swimmer and black line on the pool bottom are both narrow as can be. Try to be over the black line in a race. Try to be no thicker than the black line too. Push-off goes well past the T at the end of the black line. Swimmer can't see where he is going as the arms are behind the ears keeping the head down so that the chin is near the chest.
Streamline arms are shown. The test did not allow for kicing after the pushoff. The only measure was for the push and glide.
Legs together would be better so as to reduce drag and surface tension. The depth is so there is no white water as the body moves forward.
Back pushoff has the head facing up, to the air.
After the glide slows to nothing, the legs might sink. Notice the chest is up in the air and out of the water. The hips are high too.
Getting to do a push-off on the back. Toes are up. Hands will be over the head.
The back push off is about to begin and the hands have come together in a streamline before the push-off with the legs against the wall. Go underwater and then push-off. Don't push off over the water. Rather, do what is shown and push-off under the surface of the water.
The back push-off goes out well past the T on the black line. Swimmers should get to the backstroke flags, at least. Going father is okay as well, if there is a strong, speedy kick and streamlined body position at the correct depth.
Side push-off has both arms in a streamline too. The toes are facing to the side, not up nor down. One foot is above the other on the wall. The head is looking to the side.
Side push-off has one arm up close to the air at the surface and the other arm is deeper. The head is still in line with the body and the swimmer does not look at his hands.
In a race, swimmers should kick hard and fast off of the wall. The feet begin before the arms. Hold the arms in the streamline still, until the momentum from the pushoff diminishes. The swimmer in a race should pull first with the bottom arm, the deep arm. In this photo, the first pull should be with the right hand. And, don't take a breath for the first few strokes after a turn.
A push-off on the side takes some getting used to. Balance is needed, much like riding a bike. Erik has his hands pointing out of the water and they should be down deeper, below the surface to keep a straighter line from fingers to hips and feet.
A push-off on the side gives the swimmer a chance to see where the competition is in the other lanes.