If there’s anyone who knows how to maximize her resources, it’s Emily Escobedo. Having suffered a high school plateau, Emily understands the frustrations of being a young swimmer looking to improve, making her one of Fitter and Faster’s most empathetic instructors. A decorated NCAA athlete, it’s hard to picture Emily as an “underdog,” but that’s precisely the title that built her reputation as one of swimming’s scrappiest competitors.
Emily completed her college career at UMBC, a mid-major school in Baltimore, where she thrust the swimming program into the national spotlight. Despite her historic career, Emily always yearned to experience the sport from the deck, an urge that came naturally with her passion for teaching.
“I always took great interest in classes where the teachers thought outside the box to make the class fun and engaging. I am a hands-on learner, and I learn best when I am doing. I try to use that hands-on approach when I teach. I want kids to enjoy learning.”
Today, you can find Emily fulfilling that goal in the pool and in the classroom, as she attends graduate school in hopes of becoming a special education teacher. With an effervescent and bubbly personality, Emily makes the learning environment a safe and encouraging place for students, something she accredits to her own experience in swimming. Claiming she had to make a conscious effort to “find the joy in swimming again,” Emily experienced her “aha” moment when she adjusted her mentality.
“I have tried to keep an optimistic outlook on my swimming career. I try not to dwell on the failures, and instead use them as learning experiences to improve. I try not to let the pressure of a big meet get to my head. I think the happiest athletes are the ones that perform the best. Don’t let the fear of failure ruin your chances at success. Dream big, strive for goals, and stay positive until you reach them!”
This wisdom does not supplant hard work and practice, however, as Emily seeks to instill consistent patterns and discipline in young swimmers. Emphasizing the basic pillars of “body line and head position,” Emily hopes to lay a firm foundation before adjusting her teaching to individual needs. With a unique emphasis on kick, Emily believes that “the timing of the kicks is vital to having a strong stroke,” and is itching to share her secrets.
Having been an avid attendee of swim clinics herself, Emily knows how to ensure her swimmers get the most out of the experience, but she doesn’t stop there. Drawing from her coach’s old adage that “Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect,” Emily arms her swimmers with post-clinic plans for improvement.
“These clinics are to help you better understand the mechanics of the stroke and help you to work on your strengths and weaknesses. The only way to get better is to take what you learn, and do it every day in practice!”
Do you want to work on your mental approach to the sport while learning from a technique guru? Sign up for one of Emily’s clinics today!