Monday, September 21, 2009

The Duel in the Pool

Team Ninja was victorious over Team Boleiros by about 20 points. The competition was close after the team events (everyone on both teams swam 50 fly/50 back/50 breast). However, Team Ninja had an advantage with key swimmers in attendance and having 7 swimmers to Boleiros 6. This proved to be the difference in the end. Team Ninja was able to use this advantage during the specialty events (300 free/100 IM/50 Free) and took a lead in to the relays.

The practice design itself was a huge success from a coaching standpoint:
Swimmers had fun...check
Swimmers worked hard...check...they probably worked harder than during a normal practice
Friendly trash talking...check (emphasis on friendly)

The main set was a snake through the pool with every lane a different emphasis. It was designed for fitness with fast elements, breath control, details like starts, turns, and breakouts, and it was difficult to the point where swimmers very tired at the end. They did not stop moving for about 15 minutes.

Here is a short video on the meet.

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