Freestyle Pulling Motion: Pressing Up vs Pressing Back at the end of the stroke

Freestyle Pulling Motion: Pressing Up vs Pressing Back at the end of the stroke There may be an advantage for some swimmers who release their pulling hand earlier at the end of the pull, leading to a higher stroke rate. For others, as we have seen with Olympian freestyler Artyom Michekin, pressing hard out the back of the stroke is a better technique and leads to a faster swim.