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Mexico, NY

High Performance Freestyle and Backstroke Racing

Sat, Oct, 02 2021 - Sun, Oct, 03 2021

Mexico High School
3338 Main Street, Mexico, NY 13114

Introduction

October 2-3, 2021: High Performance Freestyle and Backstroke Racing Camp –  Sign up for individual sessions or SAVE when you purchase a Bundle! 

Freestyle and backstroke have a lot of similarities in technique.  Working on both strokes together can deepen a swimmer’s understanding of the skills necessary to race fast! Session sizes are limited to no more than 24 participants to ensure the highest level learning experience!

Saturday, October 2: High Performance Freestyle technique

  • Session Times: 
    • 12 & Under: Check in 7:45 AM, Clinic 8 AM- 10:30 AM
    • 13 & Over: Check in 11 AM, Clinic 11:15 AM-2:15 PM

Sunday, October 3: High Performance Backstroke Technique

  • Session Times
    • 12 & Under: Check in 7:30 AM, Clinic 7:45 AM- 10:15 AM
    • 13 & Over: Check in 10:45 AM, Clinic 11 AM-2 PM

Scroll down for more details on the curriculum!

This camp will be led by Elite Clinician and Olympian Clay Youngquist who has detailed technical knowledge and is exceptional at teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Suggested Participants

These camps are 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

October 2 (SATURDAY): HIGH PERFORMANCE FREESTYLE TECHNIQUE

As you know, freestyle is the stroke swam more than any other in races and practices. Creating and cultivating good habits will not only make your swimmer faster but will also reduce the risk for injuries in the long term. Clay Youngquist will be in the water leading participants through a progression of freestyle drills. These will allow them to deepen their understanding of each part of the stroke and help create good habits for fast and efficient freestyle technique.

  • BODYLINE: Your swimmer's freestyle will never be fast without a strong bodyline. Your swimmer will reinforce good posture and engage their core to have a strong foundation for a faster freestyle.
  • ROTATION: Participants will learn to utilize their rotation to form more connection and power out of every pull and kick.
  • KICK: Your swimmer will become a stronger and faster kicker through learning about both the technique and timing of each kick.
  • PULL: The best swimmers in the world utilize an early vertical forearm to put immediate pressure back on the water. Clay will also teach swimmers how to get maximum extension and a powerful finish to the stroke! Learn new drills and exercises to get more power from every stroke.
  • BREATH: All swimmers know to keep one goggle in and one goggle out of the water when they take a breath, but the length and timing are also important! Clay Youngquist will show your swimmer how to make each breath more efficient for faster freestyle racing no matter what distance.

October 3 (SUNDAY): HIGH PERFORMANCE BACKSTROKE TECHNIQUE

Your swimmer understands the core components of backstroke, now begin to master the subtle skills that will help your swimmer compete at a higher level. Participants will practice using their core to create rotation and a balanced stroke, build a powerful pull with a strategic use of stroke rate, and use their kick as a dominant propulsive force.

  • BODY POSITION: Participants will work with clinicians to feel and understand how to maintain a neutral spine and head position for less drag and better full body connection in backstroke.
  • ROTATION: The fastest backstrokers in the world use a powerful body rotation to create more power and increase their tempo. Your swimmer will learn how much to rotate, when to rotate, and how to use it for maximum speed and power.
  • KICK: Have you ever noticed how many swimmers’ knees break the surface when they kick in backstroke? This means that the swimmer is kicking with their knees which is less efficient than kicking from their hip. Maintaining maximum propulsion and proper kicking technique will greatly improve your swimmer’s backstroke.
  • PULL: It is very important for swimmers to bend their elbow very early in the pull so that they can get an early catch for an immediate and powerful press back into the water.

ASK QUESTIONS

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

WATCH THE CLINICIAN

Observe 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 your top speed with one of the best swimmers and coaches in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

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

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