Hi Victoria! Here are my notes from the pool deck for our session on March 29.
– You’re a very strong swimmer you have nice long strokes with great reach.
– Nice high-arm recovery.
– You’re crossing the line, which means they’re crossing the centre line of the body. If you get the hands entering the water outside of that centre line you’ll be able to rotate and pull much more efficiently.
– Thumbs are entering the water first and that exacerbates the crossing the line issue.
– Great rhythm with your kicking
– Great body position in the water as well.
– Right now your shoulders are controlling the swim stroke and your hips are following. It should be the opposite, with your hips leading the swim stroke and your shoulders following after that.
Here are some drills that would be good for you:
Heads Up Drill (to address crossing the line and the thumbs)
To improve where and how your hands enter the water, swim with your head above the water so you can see how and where your hands enter. Swim wide with thumbs and fingers entering together and in-line. Try to have your hands enter the water right between your ear and shoulder. Make sure you don’t enter the water thumbs-first.
This will also help you learn to swim wider and “outside the line”. With your elbows and shoulders all aligned at shoulder level, move your hands, fingertips down, in small, quick circular or figure-eight movements. These small littles circles will propel you forward. Do one length of the pool, swim the next length and feel the benefit of the drill, then repeat. Ideally done with a snorkel.
Great swimming today. Feel free to pull me aside at any time on the pool deck to talk specifically about your swim stroke.