Swimming World Presents “How They Train: Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Ashley Strouse”

How They Train Ashley Strouse Swimming World June 2019

How They Train: Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Ashley Strouse

BY MICHAEL J. STOTT

A 5-11 rising junior, seven-time state champion and seven-time NISCA All-American at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ashley Strouse is the real deal. At the 2018 high school state meet last November, she finished first in the 200 and 500 yard free (1:45.44, 4:48.70) and the 200 and 400 free relays (1:34.44/23.18 anchor, 3:23.86/49.90 leadoff). All but the 500 were state high school records.

Currently, Collegeswimming.com ranks her first in Arizona and fifth in the nation for the Class of 2021.

A year ago, as a 15-year-old, she showcased her versatility as the No. 1-ranked swimmer in the U.S. in the 1000 and 1650 free (10:06.81, 16:32.82), second in the 200 and 500 free (1:48.11, 4:44.89) and third in the 100 free (51.03).

At the Speedo Junior Nationals West meet this past December, she was runner-up in the 1650 (16:01.20), then 15 minutes later, followed up that swim with a 49.55 100 free. She has also broken several Scottsdale Aquatic Club team records previously held by Taylor Ruck, a Canadian Olympian who notched two bronze medals in the 2016 Rio Games.

“Ashley’s best quality is that she hates to lose. She is a great racer who naturally executes her strategies extremely well,” says her coach, Kevin Zacher. “She never misses a practice, works really hard, is focused and can hold paces really well. She thrives on dryland and strength training, working very hard every day to achieve her high goals.”

Ashley Strouse’s Progression of Time Chart:

Ashley Strouse Progression of Times Chart

 

To access the sets that Zacher uses to stress different aspects of Strouse’s training,
check out the June 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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019 MEN’S SWIMMING

024 OPEN WATER SWIMMING

025 DIVING

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027 ARTISTIC SWIMMING

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034 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH MICHIGAN LAKESHORE AQUATICS
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041 SPECIAL SETS: BREASTSTROKE REVISITED
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043 Q&A WITH COACH KEVIN ZACHER
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044 HOW THEY TRAIN ASHLEY STROUSE
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013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: EXERCISE EQUIPMENT SERIES—MEDICINE BALL AND CABLE EXERCISES
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