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Erie, PA

High Performance Breaststroke Racing and Starts & Turns Swim Camp Series

Sat, Nov, 13 2021 - Sun, Mar, 20 2022

Penn State Behrend - Junker Center
5103 Station Rd, Erie, PA 16563

Introduction

We are ready to see you again, Erie! This time, swimmers will work on the complex breaststroke mechanics to help you swim faster. Swimmers 9 & Over are invited to join more than one session. Sign up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase our 4 session  bundle! 

Saturday, November 13:
    –> Session 1: Breaststroke Technique (Check in 11 AM, Clinic 11:15-1:15 PM)
    –> Session 2: Breaststroke Starts & Underwaters (Check in 2:15 PM, Clinic 2:30-4:30 PM)

Sunday, November 14:
    –> Session 3: Breaststroke Turns & Underwaters (Check in 11 AM, Clinic 11:15-1:15 PM)
    –> Session 4: Breaststroke Race Strategy (Check in 2:15 PM, Clinic 2:30-4:30 PM)

Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience! Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!

Suggested Participants

The clinicians will lead four sessions for swimmers ages 9 and over in November. March is designed for swimmers with a minimum of one-year of competitive swimming experience all the way up to AAAA times and faster. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not invited without submitting their times or swimming history to Fitter and Faster.

Curriculum

November 13-14: Breaststroke Racing Camp

This swim camp will focus on different aspects of Breaststroke! Over 4 sessions, swimmers will discover ways to swim more efficiently and find different areas to improve their swims! Session 1 will cover Breaststroke technique and drills, session 2 will cover Breaststroke Starts & Underwaters, session 3 will focus on Breaststroke Turns & Finishes, and session 4 is all about Breaststroke Race Strategy! This camp will be led by Olympian Carlos Claverie!

    November 13 (session 1): Breaststroke Technique & Drills

    More than any other stroke, breaststroke is the most varied. Out of the eight finalists at the Olympic Games you might see eight different styles of strokes! A swimmer's timing and ability to eliminate resistance are both hallmarks of an efficient and powerful breaststroker. Participants have the foundation, now they will work with our clinicians on how to utilize core and hip drive to create a fluid and more forward driving stroke.

    • BODY POSITION: The best swimmers in the world learn at a young age about the importance of being patient with their stroke and trusting their "glide position". Many swimmers rush their stroke, create "drag" and exhaust themselves. Olympian Carlos Claverie will work with participants to maintain a better body position for a more efficient breaststroke.
    • KICK: The kick is about 80% of the power in breaststroke. Carlos will work with participants to polish up their kick resulting in the ultimate propulsion forward!
    • PULL: Participants in this session will learn drills to encourage them to keep their hands and elbows high on the water throughout the entire pull, thereby minimizing resistance and maintaining speed.
    • TIMING: A fast breaststroke is all about the rhythm! The proper timing will make your stroke fast, smooth and less taxing on the body. Learn how elite swimmers times their breaststroke for ultimate efficiency.

    November 13 (session 2): Breaststroke Starts & Underwaters

    The start sets up a swimmers race. The more power off the block the better! There are countless intricacies to performing an explosive start, followed by an efficient and dominating underwater pullout into an explosive breakout. Carlos has spent countless hours practicing these skills and will work with swimmers on how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

    • STARTS: Carlos will work with swimmers to find their best position on the block as well as how to powerfully launch off into a tight streamline. Swimmers will also discover their optimal reaction time to get off the blocks fast and ahead of their competition
    • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool. Participants will practice how to utilize this skill in their breaststroke swims!
    • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Swimmers will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate into the lap.

    November 14 (session 3): Breaststroke Turns & Finishes

    Swimmers will identify and work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push-off in the perfect streamline. They will follow up with discovering faster ways on how to break a streamline into a strong underwater pullout and carry momentum all the way to the finish!

    • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers should not just go through the motions of an open turn; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with the clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn.
    • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.

    November 14 (session 4): Breaststroke Race Strategy

    Carlos will work with swimmers on how to develop a race plan for any breaststroke race, whether a 50, 100, or 200. Swimmers will focus on swimming breaststroke with speed and efficiency.

    • TEMPO: Having a slower tempo allows swimmers to conserve energy by taking fewer strokes, while a faster tempo is more tiring but much faster. Changing tempo based on event distance and fatigue level will help participants swim as fast as possible. The swimmers will work with Carlos on different tempos for different breaststroke races!
    • DISTANCE PER STROKE: One way to increase efficiency is to take fewer strokes. However, It may be faster to take more strokes per length, especially in shorter events. Swimmers will play with stroke counts and how it pairs with tempo to hone in on how to adjust distance per stroke for different races.
    • PACING: Especially in breaststroke racing, it’s important for swimmers to get into a rhythm. While a 50 breaststroke is all about a fast turnover and snapping the kick, a 200 breaststroke is almost a different stroke with a strong pull, powerful kick, and long glide. Participants will explore different ways to split each event for faster racing!
    March 19-20: Explosive Performance Starts & Turns

    The fastest that swimmers are ever moving through the water is after the start and after every turn! On Saturday, the curriculum will focus on explosive starts, powerful underwater dolphin kicking, and snappy breakouts. Then on Sunday, participants will work on accelerating through every flip turn and open turn into a well-timed finish.

      March 19, 2022: Starts, Underwaters & Breakouts

      The start sets up a swimmers race. The more power off the block the better! There are countless intricacies to performing an explosive start, followed by an efficient and dominating underwater. Our elite clinicians have spent countless hours practicing starts and underwater dolphin kicking and will work with swimmers on how to be explosive and efficient with each movement.

      • STARTS: Our Clinicians will work with swimmers to find their best position on the block as well as how to powerfully launch off into a tight streamline. Swimmers will also discover their optimal reaction time to get off the blocks fast and ahead of their competition
      • UNDERWATER DOLPHIN KICKING: The fastest swimmers know how to weaponize their underwater. It's the fastest way to move through the water! Understanding the importance of streamlined underwater speed is vital for every level of swimmer.
      • BREAKOUTS: Many swimmers add movement within their breakout that creates drag and destroys all of the power created during their underwaters. Participants will work on timing their breakouts to accelerate to explode into the lap.

      MARCH 20, 2022: Flip Turns, Open Turns & Finishes

      Focusing on having faster turns is an easy way to drop time and win close races. Elite swimmers maintain their momentum through a quick turn and powerfully push off every wall. The clinicians will lead participants through a series of drills to have compact, fast turns in any race.

      • FLIP TURNS: Swimmers will identify and work on what techniques carry their momentum through the turn to get in and out of every wall faster. Participants will also practice accelerating into the wall, using their core and arms to get through the turn, and planting the feet on the wall for a powerful push off in the perfect streamline.
      • OPEN TURNS: Swimmers should not just go through the motions of an open turn; if they’re doing this, they are actually stopping and then trying to regain speed. An expertly executed open turn involves carrying momentum from one lap into the next. Swimmers will work with the clinicians to nail an efficient and quick open turn.
      • FINISHES: Races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second, and many races come down to the last few strokes. Swimmers will reinforce their kick to accelerate into the wall, time their stroke for a perfect arm extension, and keep their head down to out touch the competition.

      ASK QUESTIONS

      Swimmers and parents are invited to ask questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into his training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.

      WATCH THE CLINICIAN

      Observe the clinicians swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.

      PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST

      Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to top speed with one of the best swimmers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

      Take a photo with the clinicians, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Swim Cap!

      Inquisitive, Educated Swimmers are Faster Swimmers! Sign up today!