Swimming World Presents “Special Sets: Getting Ready to Race”

Swimming World January 2020 - Special Sets - Getting Ready to Race - Carol Capitani by Taylor Brien and George Kennedy by Johns Hopkins University

Special Sets: Getting Ready to Race

By Michael J. Stott

As college swimming rolls into its championship season in February and March, meet warm-ups take on even greater importance.  Between Carol Capitani at Texas and George Kennedy, who is now an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland after retiring as head coach of Johns Hopkins after the 2015-16 season, the two coaches have 38 years of college head coaching experience. In that time, each has employed general and specific swimming warm-up elements to elicit successful meet performance.

Capitani has led her Lady Longhorns to seven Big 12 championships, a 58-11 (84.1%) dual meet record and six top-five NCAA finishes in her seven years in Austin. “I always find it interesting that even at this level, some athletes still have no idea how to warm up properly for regular or even championship meets,” says Capitani. “It is a good reminder that we are in the education business, and our goal is to help our athletes become as self-sufficient as possible and to learn how to warm themselves up through trial, error and paying attention to how they feel in the water!

Kennedy guided his Hopkins team to 28 top-10 NCAA finishes in 31 years (with 15 top-fives). He agrees with Capitani that warm-ups in college are a continuing educational process. “I work to inform the athletes on the components and get them to try different warm-ups in practice. As coaches, we would encourage the athletes to get back in the water before their races. Event order mattered. If swimming the first event, we would have swimmers do more early on. If they had late events, we would urge doing less during general warm-up and more right before the race.”

To access the sets coaches Capitani and Kennedy use for warm-ups and warm-downs,
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