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This past weekend TFWSS swimmers Zach Hair and Hunter Chiles competed for their high school at the UIL District Championships and will be advancing to Regionals in two weeks, where they hope to make State. Good luck guys! Here is Zach's 100 back in which he placed 2nd! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7jHD5XCDaI&feature=youtu.be And here is Hunter's 200 IM in which he placed 5th! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BunCX3Sxf4&feature=youtu.be

Our Technique and Conditioning Class did a one-hour swim-a-thon on December 11th to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth and the results are in: They swam more than 400 laps (~12 miles) and raised over $3,000 for the Boys and Girls Club! The award for most money raised goes to Lily Fields who raised $526 on 43 laps! John Mullender was the Ironman of the group- he swam 54 laps (over 1.5 miles). Thank you to everyone who swam, donated, and counted laps. The Boys and...

Our Technique and Conditioning Class had its intrasquad meet today with the Purple team beating out Blue 159-131. Meet results are below and pictures will be posted soon. Congratulations to all of our swimmers who raced tough and looked great! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5reEVvdc1ncUkNWTUJmb0YwYVU/edit?usp=sharing

While freestyle and backstroke share many similarities (think hip rotation, still head, flutter kick), one big difference between the two is arm speed. Whereas in freestyle you can, and often should, extend the arm out in front and surf on it, backstroke relies on a more constant arm speed. However, the pitfall for many swimmers is getting their arms stuck at their sides after they finish each pull. Here are a couple drills to work on improving your arm's pop out of the water: 1. SPIN DRILL - This is...

No matter what the distance, every race should be a build. And yes, that includes the 50. However, few realize that not only should the total race be a build but each length should be a build. When you push off the wall the first couple strokes are critical, they set you up and should be done slightly slower than the strokes that follow. If you rush those first couple strokes, chances are you'll be slipping and giving up the speed the wall has so generously donated at a faster...

One of the most common weaknesses in swimmers' freestyle and backstroke is doing little-to-no rotation. Getting on your side is critical in free and back as it greatly improves efficiency by allowing you to cut through the water rather than plow through it. In fact, going from no rotation to strong, hip-driven rotation can cut 5 strokes or more off per 25 yards, saving you a lot of energy and cutting a lot of time off. It also saves your shoulders from discomfort and potential injury. So how do you...

World Championships just kicked off and there are already several noteworthy races, including the men's 400 free relay. Though not as awesome as the come-from-behind win by the Americans at the 2008 Olympics, because (spoiler alert) we didn't catch the Russians, this is still one for the ages. Enjoy!... http://swimswam.com/race-footage-mens-4x100-free-relay-final-at-fina-worlds-presented-by-universal-sports-network/

Here is a post from Heather Heefner, one of our instructors and a TCU Masters student in Exercise Science, on the importance of hydrating. People, even including competitive swimmers, don't think about the fluid loss that occurs during swimming because you cannot see it the way you would exercising on land. If you'd like to learn more about the nutritional services Heather can offer you, please feel free to call us or visit her website here . "Hydration is incredibly important when exercising, or even when living in Texas in...

Just read about a great set Olympian Chloe Sutton does from time to time to prepare her for the 800m freestyle. Try this and adjust the intervals accordingly... 32x100m on 1:20 done 8 rounds of: 3x100 holding 1:10-1:12 1x100 fast for time trying to go your goal pace time for your big race at the end of the season If you've read previous blogs, you know I'm not a fan of long sets (and personally I'd probably take this down to 4 or 5 rounds), but this breaks it up...

The following is a great article on drowning and which signs to actually look for. We've been mislead to believe that drowning is something loud and obvious, when in reality it's silent and can be invisible if you don't know what you're looking for. Please pass this along. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html