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Alex Parent

Butterfly I think its fair to say that a lot of swimmers can be pretty intimidated by butterfly. Even though it does take a fair amount of strength to perform, to me the most important aspect of getting a handle on butterfly is a good undulating dolphin kick. Taking advantage of kick sets that are focused on dolphin kick will help your butterfly out immensely over time if done properly. When you are performing dolphin kick with a board, make sure that you keep your shoulders relaxed as we are...

Colleen Bent

World Olympic History Homework Week #7 A look at the era in Olympic history when the swimming pool was dominated by the pioneering Japanese. Starting off with a gold in 1928. Video Questions What was the name of the swimmer to win the first Japanese Olympic swim medal. Bonus question: What was the big change to swimming that the Japanese swimmers and coaches figured out after the 1928 Olympics? Fill out your answer using this link by Sunday at midnight: https://forms.gle/6VksniXoqyyA5dVYA

Olivia Wells

GHAC Coaches Thought of the Day with Coach Olivia Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time! He could also be classified as the greatest swimmer of all time. Phelp's mentality, motivation, success and style in swimming is undeniable. He is exciting, dynamic and always pushing his limits. Does he motivate you? Michael Phelps on Thursday, October 25, 2018. NBC | NBCUniversal | Michael Phelps knows what it feels like to achieve his goals. As the most decorated Olympian of all time, he’s earned 23 gold medals, three...

Maria MacPherson

Breaststroke Have you ever noticed how many different breaststroke styles there are... some higher, some lower, some with a narrow pull, some wider pulls... but the one thing the fast swimmers have in common is the timing between the arms and legs. Think "everything pulls in together, and everything pushes out together"... kind of like an elastic band. So, let's practice our timing Standing in front of a tall mirror: *Start in a nice tall streamline (remember, other than the pullouts, breaststroke streamline is not hand on top of hand,...

Colleen Bent

World Olympic History Homework Week #6 Ryan Cochrane was only 19 when he saved the Canadian swimming team from prolonging the medal drought at the Beijing Games. Four years earlier, Canadian swimmers failed to win a single piece of hardware at Athens 2004. It was the first time in 40 years that the country returned home from the Olympic pool empty-handed. As Canadian swimmers headed into the final day without stepping on the podium in Beijing, it looked like the nation would repeat its Greek fate. Questions: What event did...

Alex Parent

GHAC coaches Thought of the Day with Coach Alex Flutter Kick Legs, Breaststroke Arms A major goal with breaststroke technique is to minimize as much of the resistance as we can, to improve our efficiency in the stroke. The 2 main areas we can minimize resistance is: during the glide and during the recovery and this drill will help with both. In order to perform this drill properly you must: - have a constant and strong flutter kick at all times in the stroke - take a very strong stroke...

Cody Bradt

Recap: World Olympic History Homework Week #5 Congratulations to everyone below who participated in our World Olympic History Question Week #5! George Hodgson won his two gold medals in the 400 and 1500 Freestyle. Ava Keira Kaiva Abby Jared Charlie Violeta Joseph Patrick Anwyn Kailyn Deniz Antonio Nicolas Matei Nicolas Owen Stay tuned for our World Olympic History Homework Week #6!

Alex Parent

GHAC coaches Thought of the Day with Coach Alex Breaststroke: 2 kicks 1 Pull Drill This is a great drill to develop and build a stronger kick as well as a more efficient glide. It can be used to highlight areas of resistance in the stroke and weak points in the kick, stroke, or body position. To perform this drill properly you should: - start by taking a normal stroke including the kick and extend into a glide position. -making sure that your head is down, remain in this position...

Drew Norris

GHAC coaches Thought of the Day with Coach Drew One arm backstroke drill with legs crossed over. When you pull with whichever arm for your pull ensure you cross the same foot over/in front of the other. (Ie when pulling with your right arm cross your right foot over the left). When you pull your body is then in position to accentuate the roll as you pull to allow you to complete the finish of your stroke to the maximum extension of your arm and hand as you complete the...

Colleen Bent

World Olympic History Homework Week #5 The year was 1912 and George Hodgson was the only Canadian swimmer at the Games in Stockholm. Despite being the nation’s lone swimmer, Hodgson left his mark as he became the first Canadian to win two Olympic gold medals. Video Article What 2 events did he win his medals in? Fill out your answer using this link by Sunday at midnight: https://forms.gle/4QhWwX92bdi6jcEV7