I have a question for any competitive swimmers or coaches (or any former
competitive swimmers). I have a 12 year old who has been swimming
competitively for about 5 years. The swim club that she trains with
has a number of very talented kids (they won state Junior Olympics last
summer and have been one of the top 3 teams in Illinois over the past
few years). Some of the fastest swimmers on the team receive stroke
instruction from a private coach (who is not associated with the team)
in addition to the regular (daily) workouts. I have been told by a
number of other parents that my daughter's stroke mechanics have some
major flaws. Neither my wife nor I have ever swam competitively, so
I assume that they are right. However, I should say that my daughter
does very well and has placed in the top 10 at the Junior Olympics in
a few events this summer (she is of average height, weight, and
maturity for her age). Recently my daughter has approached me and asked
if I'd be willing to pay for her to receive stroke instruction from
a private coach (the same one her friends go to).
The lessons are not too expensive, so that is not a concern of mine.
My question: Will taking stroke instruction improve her times?
Isn't there more than one way to perform a stroke, so that
the optimum motion is different for each person?
Would stretching, lifting weights, running, or riding
a bicycle be a better use of her time?
(post if you'd like or send your answers directly to me)