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How They Train: Orinda Aquatics’ Charlotte Shamia

By Michael J. Stott

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Of all the thousands of youngsters Steve Haufler has taught in his 45-year career as a swim instructor, it just may be that Charlotte Shamia is his quintessential poster child. Shamia is now 13 and a straight-A eighth-grader at Head-Royce School in Oakland, Calif., swimming for Orinda Aquatics with a love for dance and musical theater.

But it was at age 5 as a beginning swimmer that she was drafted by Haufler to learn butterfly in five minutes in front of 75 coaches! Haufler’s assistants assured him that Shamia had learned the basic skills of air exchange, body position and kick, and possessed the perfect butterfly body with the requisite flexible shoulders and back.

“I began with testing her body for flexibility,” says Haufler. “I had her lie on the deck with a stack of four kickboards under her hips and one kickboard under her chest. I kept her arms straight and positioned them higher than her ears. Her 5-year-old body contoured beautifully into the butterfly landing position. Then, she got in the water, and I taught her the body dolphin (hands by her side and in front), the arm pull and recovery and how to put them together. Pull, swing, body dolphin—success.

“As I came to find out later, Charlotte was very shy in new situations,” says Haufler. That didn’t stop her from joining the 300-member Orinda Country Club team, developing new friendships and a love for swimming. “From the beginning, Charlotte rarely missed a practice and would attend rain or shine. Her humble personality, quiet confidence, coupled with her strong work ethic and a great group of supportive teammates, made her a team fixture,” he says.

Though introverted, Shamia is a good listener and extremely coachable. “From the start, Charlotte has been laser-focused on mastering the strokes, and she never cut corners to go faster in the moment,” says Haufler.

Initially unsure of her capabilities at meets and concerned about beating her friends in practice, Shamia has since cultivated a competitive edge that has led to winning six Orinda Moraga Pool Association and Costra County high-point awards in the 7-11 age groups. In addition, she has enjoyed Junior Olympic success (as a 12-year-old, she swam 27.92 and 1:03.78 for the 50 and 100 yard fly), and she has been the recipient of numerous club sportsmanship and “hardest worker” awards.
Future plans include becoming one of Haufler’s junior instructors.

SOME FAVORITE SHAMIA OCC SETS
Warm-up set: 4x {25 FR zero breaths, 25 BK 15 meters underwater dolphin, 25 BR (distance per stroke), 25 FL with 15 meters zero breath, then EZ FR 30 seconds rest between following set elements:

4x {4 x 50 (descend 1-4) @ 1:10; rest extra :20; 100 IM (descend 1-4 by round @ 2:00)

(The first round of 50s was FL, or KS FL, 2nd round BK, 3rd round BR, 4th round FR)

IMs were done 1:22, 1:20, 1:18, 1:16

• 2x {8 x 50 FL, FL/BK, BK, BK/BR, BR, BR/FR, FR, FR/FL) @ 1:10; rest extra :30; then 3x {75 IM w/o FR @ 1:20; 25 FR @ :50 (3 breaths or less, FAST)

• 3x {25 FL @ :30, 50 BK @ 1:10, 75 BR @ 1:40, 100 FR @ 2:10, 25 FR @ :30, 50 BR/FR @ 1:10, 75 IM w/o FL @ 1:40, 100 IM @ 2:10

• 6x {75 FR @ 1:20, 25 FL @ :40

• ALL FR — 2x {4 x 50 @ 1:15 breath control 3-3, 3-2, 2-2, 2-1; rest :30; 4 x 25 @ :30 w/paddles and fins (technique focus); rest :30; 4 x 50 @ 2:00 w/paddles and fins FAST=50 race time; rest :30; 6 x 25 (distance per stroke)


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Swimming World May 2021 Issue

FEATURES

014 WOMEN’S NCAAs: A NEW NO. 1
For the first time in the history of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships—since 1982—the University of Virginia finished first. It was also the first time it cracked the top 5 with its previous highest finish sixth in 2019.

  • VIRGINIA’S ROAD TO HISTORY
    by Dan D’Addona
  • NC STATE ADDS TO ACC DOMINANCE
    by Dan D’Addona
  • THE TALK OF THE MEET: MAGGIE MacNEIL
    by John Lohn

018 MEN’S NCAAs: THE PERFECT RETIREMENT GIFT
Days before their coach, Eddie Reese, officially announced his retirement from coaching after 43 years, the Texas men’s team won their 15th men’s NCAA national team championship.

  • THIS ONE’S FOR EDDIE!
    by Andy Ross
  • SCINTILLATING PERFORMANCES: SHAINE CASAS & RYAN HOFFER
    by John Lohn
  • PATIENCE REWARDED: MAX McHUGH & NICK ALBIERO
    by Andy Ross

022 NCAA D-II CHAMPS: SOME THINGS NEVER SEEM TO CHANGE
by Andy Ross
A year into the pandemic that has completely changed our world, Queens University of Charlotte brought about some stability to the 2021 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships by sweeping their sixth straight women’s and men’s team titles.

023 NO LIMITS!
by David Rieder
Claire Curzan has been swimming fast since she was a young age grouper and has continued to do so in high school. Last March, she came within 13-hundredths of the American record in the short course 100 fly, and in April, she found herself within 22-hundredths of the long course U.S. best. She’s versatile, she’s coachable, she has international experience, and she’s moved from a fringe Olympic contender to an Olympic favorite. Curzan is only 16, and her promising future couldn’t be brighter.

026 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: WHEN IRISH EYES WEREN’T SMILING
by John Lohn
Ireland’s Michelle Smith—a four-time Olympic medalist in 1996 who received a four-year ban from the sport in 1998 for tampering with a doping sample—has been defined as being a poster girl for cheating, and by her willingness to cut corners and take advantage of performance-enhancing drug use to make the leap from an athlete of very-good skill to one of elite status.

029 50 SWIMMERS, 6 MEDALS
by Dan D’Addona
The Tokyo Olympics will mark the fourth occasion that open water swimming will be contested on the Olympic level, and even a 10-kilometer marathon race can bring exciting moments and dramatic finishes.

030 JOSH MATHENY: RISING STAR
by Matthew De George
From a middle-schooler newly committed to swimming full-time in 2016, the future looks encouraging for 18-year-old Josh Matheny, who approaches the U.S. Olympic Trials for Tokyo in June as a dark horse to make the team in men’s breaststroke.

032 ISHOF: THE ART OF SWIMMING
by Bruce Wigo
This is the story of Hero and Leander, Lord Byron and the birth of open water swimming.

035 NUTRITION: HYDRATION—BEYOND THIRST!
by Dawn Weatherwax
Hydration truly has a daily importance for all kinds of swimmers from age groupers to Olympians to Masters swimmers, but it tends to get more notoriety when the weather gets warmer.

COACHING

012 THE POWER OF POSITIVE COACHING
by Michael J. Stott
Relationships built upon honesty, trust and communication go a long way toward cementing a bond between coach and athlete. Coupling that with knowledge of the individual first and athlete second produces a positive working relationship that can last for a lifetime.

038 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING SWIMMING VELOCITY (Part 1)—STROKE RATE vs. STROKE LENGTH
by Rod Havriluk
Swimming velocity is the criterion measure for swimming performance and is the product of stroke length and stroke rate. This article explains how stroke length and stroke rate vary and how stroke time provides insight into maximizing swimming velocity.

042 Q&A WITH COACH STEVE HAUFLER
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN CHARLOTTE SHAMIA
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

037 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM DRYLAND CIRCUIT
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

047 UP & COMERS: TEAGAN O’DELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT THE MOREHOUSE TIGER SHARKS?

046 THE OFFICIAL WORD

048 GUTTERTALK

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