• Olympic clinic offered as “a must for any swimmer looking to improve technique and drop time.”
By Sean Pearson
The energy and excitement at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center on Thursday was palpable, as Kachemak Swim Club athletes of all ages lined the side of the pool to soak up some serious swim tidbits.
The swimmers took part in a two-day Fitter, Faster Swim Tour Clinic, where they learned all about what it takes to be successful in the pool. And, while paying attention to any kind of swim instruction is certainly important, getting that kind of information from Olympic swimmers can make one really sit up and take notice.
Olympians Kara Lynn Joyce, Klete Keller and Robert Margalis kept instructions fresh and fun, as they offered in-depth instruction on swim strokes, starts, turns and finishes. They also demonstrated the drills they use regularly at practice to perfect their strokes.
In addition, the young swimmers learned dry-land exercises — needed to build a strong core and keep a tight body line in the water.
One of the favorite activities in the pool came on Thursday, as instructors worked with the swimmers on their turns.
Swimmers were spread across the pool evenly with hands over their heads, and then instructed to “dive” into a forward flip and resurface as fast as they could.
The “competition” continued as slower turners moved to the side of the pool, and the faster ones continued to battle it out. The result was a mix of fun and learning that had water flying in all directions.
Organizers Paul Story and Mo Wilkinson said they were pleased with both the camp, and the turnout.
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