Swimming 101: Back to the Basics

Goldminds Swimming 101: Back to the Basics

PHOENIX- Are you new to the sport of swimming? No worries…when it comes to learning something new, there’s always a first time for everyone—even for future Olympic gold medalist!
Before you push off for that first lap, before you take that first stroke, think about one word that will have a bigger impact and a more positive influence on your swimming training and racing than any other: RELAX!
No matter what type of training you are doing-no matter what your swimming goals maybe-no matter what level of competition you are preparing for, relaxation in the water is the most basic, most fundamental, yet most important swimming principle you will ever learn.
So, where to start? Let’s begin with Swimming 101: Back to the Basics. More to this story on page 28, of the March 2015 Issue of Swimming World Magazine by Wayne Goldsmith. Wayne Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading experts in elite-level swimming and high-performance sport. Be sure to check out his websites at www.wgaquatics.com and www.agcoaching.com .

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MARCH TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR NCAA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
ON THE COVER:
The March 2015 Issue of Swimming World Magazine previews the NCAA Swimming Championships. On the Cover: Stanford’s Simone Manuel has continued her reign as sprint queen throughout her first college season. Her teammates, coaches and the swimming world may not articulate what her performances forebode, but everyone anticipates greatness from the freshman at her first NCAAs to be held later this month in Greensboro, N.C. “My parents always say ‘DYB’ before my races,” says Simone. The acronym stands for DO YOUR BEST. She adds, “Weather my best is good or bad, it’s all anyone can ask for.”
There’s no denying that Stanford’s Simone Manuel is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments alone—including setting an American record last year in the 100 yard free three times—support that fact. But her coaches, teammates, family and friends also know that she is… so much More! (See story, page 14, and related story, page 18.)

FEATURES


011 The Perfect Practice Environment
by Michael J. Stott
Whether it’s at the age group, college or post-grad levels, training groups can be an important factor in an individual’s or team’s success.


014 So Much More!
by Annie Grevers
There’s no denying that Stanford’s Simone Manuel is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments alone—including setting an American record last year in the 100 yard free three times—support that fact, But her coaches, teammates, family and friends also know that she is… so much more!


018 Two –Team Tussle
by Jeff Commings
Defending champion Georgia and the University of California should contend for this year’s women’s NCAA Division I team title, with Cal claiming the trophy it was expected to win last year.


021 Prepared to Repeat
by Jeff Commings
California and Texas appear ready to renew their rivalry from last year’s NCAA Division I Championships as the top two teams.


026 Top Team Remain In The Hunt
by Jason Marsteller
Last year’s champions and contenders at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are also among this year’s favorites.

COACHING

007 Technique: Backstroke Breakout

008 Lessons With the Legends: Richard Quick

040 Q & A With Coach Mike Koleber
by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Taylor Abbott and Tate Jackson
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 Dryside Training: On-Land Swim Stroke Movements–Freestyle
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

028 Goldminds: Swimming 101—Back to the Basics
by Wayne Goldsmith
Here are the seven basic swimming skills that are at the core of all great swimming performances. The accompanying Do’s and Don’t’s will guide you to faster swimming.

044 Up & Comers

COLUMNS

006 A Voice For The Sport

030 2015 Swim Camp Directory

045 Gutter Talk

046 Parting Shot

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Author: Maureen Rankin

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Maureen Rankin is a All-American swimmer from the Multnomah Athletic Club and swam at the University of Arizona. She was a member of USA Swimming Junior National Team and a former Coach for the Phoenix Swim Club. She is a USMS Member and serves as Age Group Chair for Arizona Swimming.

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