Quick Hits 3.9.11

Quick Hits 3.9.11

- The Nike Swim Miami will have a new venue and a live web broadcast! (Daily News of O.W.S.)

– Friend-of-the-blog Adam B. qualified for the big dance of American open-water swimming with a 10:05 1000 Free at Virginia Senior Champs. Congrats!

– The Princeton men’s swim team recently passed 100K views on YouTube for their lip-syncing tribute to a teammate stricken with MRSA. This almost makes me nostalgic for my time at DeNunzio. Almost. I will say this, though: C. Rob Orr is a genius and a great man. Additional coverage from the Daily Princetonian.

UPDATE: Princeton captain Colin Hanna and Daniel Hasler (the sick teammate) appeared on today’s Swimming World Morning Swim Show. Great story.…

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Swimming Slow vs. Swimming Fast

Swimming Slow vs. Swimming Fast

“You’ve got to swim fast to swim fast.”

That’s Rob Orr, long-time Princeton men’s coach, doing his best Yogi Berra impression.

“Swim slow to swim fast.”

That’s the title of an instructional video that generated some lively discussion on the USMS discussion forum this week.

Who’s right? Well, I guess it depends. How’s your technique? If you’re already relatively “fast” (which usually means efficient), you probably have good technique and would benefit from swimming “fast” (as in hard) to simulate racing.

But if you’re not already an efficient swimmer, you probably should be focusing more on slow, mindful drilling than on sprint sets.

It sounds like a chicken and egg problem, but it’s not. If you can’t swim slow (correctly), you won’t swim fast (period).…

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