Erin swam in the New England 12 and under age group champs. She placed 3rd in the 100 free. It was truly amazing. Her seed time was a 58.98, seeding her around 7th or 8th. She swam the prelims in 56.31 and the finals in 55.54. When you saw her in November her best time in the 100 free was around a 1:01.5! By the way, she took nearly 40 seconds off of the 1000 free and 14 seconds off of her 500 free.
At finals this evening at CT Senior State Champs Jess placed 3rd in the 100 fly with a time of 57.90 (she just turned 13 in Jan – she was the youngest swimmer to make A Finals and place). She had a huge drop in the 200 free she swam 1.57.17 tonight. I think the technique work paid of – her strokes looked so clean great kicking!!!
My name is Griff Helfrich and I had contacted you a couple of summers ago regarding helping out with a camp you were putting on at the University of Miami. We exchanged a couple of emails and talked on the phone, and it ended up that I was unable to attend the camp due to the schedule constraints of my full-time coaching position at the North Carolina Aquatic Club.
Anyway, I am writing to let you know what an inspiration The Race Club is to me in my life and work. The approach to life and athletics you all are teaching and spreading through your work is one I share and which I would similarly like to help spread to athletes of all ages and ability levels around the globe. I am seeking guidance about how to continue to grow and develop as an athlete and coach and I have felt a strong need to let you all at The Race Club know that if there is any way I can be of service to you all in any capacity at all, it would be an honor and a pleasure.
John had to win the 50m backstroke to win the high point title for his age division. His 35.5 in the prelims was his previous best time. Afterwards, I asked him how fast he thought he could swim the 50 back. “Dad”, he said, “That was a dire situation.” I give you credit for getting both boys to raise their stroke rates something they never worked on before, despite their many years of competitive swimming.
I watched Fundamentals of Fast Swimming last night and thought it was excellent. I learned of it through Gary Sr.’s post on the slowtwitch forums. I swam competitively for 17 years and have spent time on and off coaching and teaching. Though I’ve been away from swimming for a number of years, I have recently started coaching again. Unlike my prior coaching experience with teams, I am now working with individual triathletes who do not have extensive competitive swim backgrounds. Though I’m not generally impressed with informational products for swimming, your DVD is an exception. Read more
The sound track alone on this DVD makes it worth purchasing, or at a minimum, borrowing from a friend.
In order to put this discussion into context, I need to disclose that I am not a huge supporter of swim DVD’s. In general, I believe that specific instruction dedicated to the unique attributes of an individual swimmer are far more useful. I often find that swimmers are frustrated, and disillusioned when they see the fastest swimmers in the world swimming perfectly. There are, however, fundamentals that apply to all of us.
The Fundamentals of Fast Swimming DVD with Gary Hall Sr. is marvelous. The underwater photography is brilliant, informative, and inspiring. While I as watching the DVD I found myself occasionally zoning out, remembering my past adventures in the water in vivid detail. When combined with the original score, the magic of weightlessness and seclusion that only come to those of us lucky enough to find ourselves 100% at peace in the water, is revealed. Read more
Thank you very much for everything that you taught me in the past few days. I greatly appreciate all the help, time and effort you put into your day to help me progress in my swimming career.
I enjoyed meeting you and I especially welcomed learning different techniques for my strokes.
I also thank you for my U.S.A. vest and blanket. I love my vest very much. I wore my vest to bed the very first day I received it. I also sleep with my U.S.A. blanket. I hope you enjoyed me as a student.
It was a once in a lifetime experience to get coached by an Olympic medalist.