Sectionals – Madison Gendreau

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Nico et al;

Good morning

TRC Camper MadiMadi made “ZONES”at sectionals in three events this past weekend, including her back where she dropped over 3 seconds to 34.48. Her other two events they made zone times on were relays she swam on, including a 200 medley relay she swam back for where her split was in the same ballpark. Her Free Relay split she anchored for would also have been a zone time based on here split. Madi was super excited about her times since this was her secret goal come to find out afterwards, it made it that much more exciting for all of us.

We (she) attribute much of her recent progress to the help she has been getting in FL,. much thanks again for what you do !

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New England Age Group Champs – Erin Voss

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Hi Gary,

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.

Susan Voss

CT Senior State Champs – Jessica Conway

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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!!!

Elizabeth Conway

Greetings from Chapel Hill

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Dear Mr. Hall

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.

Thanks for your time and have a great day.


August 29, 2010

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Gary was just great and lots of fun to be around, though he remained clearly on command. Please tell him the Conference Meet went well for the boys (Alana did not go).

Seamus cracked 52 in the 100 free (-2.5 seconds), 1 minute in the 100 fly (-3.5 seconds) and his 100 IM was 2 seconds faster. Both of his relays broke the Club record.

Dillon dropped his 100 Back from 1:13 to 1:05 with no start or walls to speak of and Parker’s breast improved. They can’t wait for the season to start.

We all know where this came from, so thanks so much. Can’t wait for the Dartfish videos either.

All of our best to you,
Jeff Appel

The Race Club Buffalo Style

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The Boyd and Dietrich families, our campers from Buffalo, made a surprise video for us. You should all check it out … it’s awesome!

You can read Gary’s lyrics if you want to learn the Race Club song as well.

July 30, 2010

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Hi Gary:

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.

Ken Libert Read more

May 10, 2010

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Just got my copy and watched it over the weekend. It’s nice!


  • obviously, rock-solid advice from top expert
  • focuses on and reinforces the practical fundamentals — reduce drag, increase power, use of core muscles
  • nice cinematography, fun soundtrack
  • has some useful drill suggestions

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May 9, 2010

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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

May 3, 2010

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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