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Practice the Approach with a Submerging Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

A key aspect of the turn is the approach that the swimmer takes leading up to the wall. University of Tennessee head swimming & diving coach, Matt Kredich, and assistant coach, Bill Boomer, present a drill that uses the lane line to practice the skill of submerging, which is the initiation of the rotation.

Submerging

Drill Summary: Swimmers begin on the side of the pool  and push off toward the nearest lane line. As they approach the lane line, they should be at a depth that allows the lane line pieces to gently roll down their backs as they go under. Once into the adjacent lane, swimmers exhale into a human ball and drop to the bottom of the pool. Finally, the rep is completed by crawling back (not swimming) to the wall.

This drill works on slightly depressing the upper body below the water to double-cut the water, a technique that Coach Kredich says leads to the ability to slide through the water easier.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Blueprint for Turns and Starts.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Help Swimmers Create Water Flow!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An effective way to improve your swimmers’ posture and balance is to tow them along and allow them to feel how the water moves across their bodies. Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head swimming and diving coach, shows you how towing can speed up an athlete’s freestyle stroke.

Assisted Towing

Drill Summary: Strap a cord around the waist of the swimmer and have them get in the water with a board underneath their belly. Begin by having the swimmer extend their arms and legs out and hold that position as the coach walks along the side of the pool and pulls them forward. The swimmer works on sensing the flow of the water over the skin of their body. After a few reps, transition into the swimmer doing a slow freestyle stroke with the aid of the board to feel the water moving against their skin as they complete their stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Freestyle Reimagined.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Use a One Arm Drill to Speed Up Your Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Matt Kredich, University of Tennessee head coach and four time Ivy League Coach of the Year, runs through a drill for the butterfly that isolates arms individually to create a more complete stroke. By whipping the arm forward, swimmers will be able to propel themselves through the water faster.

One Arm Butterfly

Drill Summary: Swimmers swim the length of the pool using a one-arm butterfly technique. The arm that isn’t in use should remain extended out directly in front of the swimmer. Focus on the recovery and look for a ballistic movement (arm accelerating forward to pull the body forward). Make sure to avoid downward entry on the stroke and keep arms straight to generate more momentum. Also, minimizing up and down movement will allow the swimmer to go faster and use less effort in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Butterfly with Matt Kredich featuring Christine Magnuson.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Increase Backstroke Propulsion with This Kicking Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One of the keys to a quality backstroke is the propulsion swimmers get from their kick. Four time Ivy League Coach of the Year Matt Kredich helps swimmers get a feel for the water with this kicking drill that uses different angles in the water to develop peak propulsion.

Backstroke Kicking Drill

Drill Summary: In this backstroke drill, the swimmer pushes off the wall and puts their arms at their hips. From that position, the swimmer rotates their body to the left while maintaining their kick and holds that position for a couple seconds before returning to the neutral position. Then, the swimmer does the same thing to the right. Keep alternating sides for the length of the pool, remembering to stop briefly at the neutral position between switching sides. This drill increases propulsion from the swimmer’s toes and allows them to work on creating balance with their feet.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Backstroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Improve on One of the Key Segments of the Breaststroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

University of Tennessee Head Coach, Matt Kredich, reviews the 4 segments of the breaststroke that include outsweep, insweep, recovery and forward explosion, and the kick and glide. This particular drill focuses on the recovery and forward explosion.

Breaststroke Recovery and Explosion

Drill Summary: The first drill in this segment is to perform breaststroke with a dolphin kick propelled by using fins. Kredich encourages the swimmer to try to feel the resistance at the end of the insweep and to try to get out of that position as quickly as possible with a fast explosive recovery and snapping back to a tight “line” on the surface. Kredich then shares a variation doing breaststroke pulling with a flutter kick with fins. He believes that the flutter kick keeps the lower abs constantly engaged that allows the swimmer to push forward through every part of the stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!




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