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Michelle Blanton
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Attended James Madison University
Lives in McLean, VA
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OPINION: 4th and goal with a foot. Was going for it a lack of honor? Upon graduation, we expect these men to fight side by side to defend our freedom. Was that last play honorable?
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Folks, due to the amount of Advertisements being posted on this community, please I've added a tab for such posts.  All swim cap, swim suit, equipment business/sales/advertisements not posted in the Advertisements tab will be removed.
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Some people call her the bravest girl ever. I’m inclined to agree.
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Thank you for sharing. Education is always the key!
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Love this website for new ideas!  Going to use this drill with the kiddos to help them on their open turns, too.

http://www.goswim.tv/entries/6828/drill-of-the-week-freestyle-pull-buoy-balance.html
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Yes it's a great site 
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In high school, I could get through about 90 minutes of training before running out of energy. A 2-hour early-morning workout without something to eat was too long for me to go without food! A bowl of Shreddies or a bagel was usually enough to get me through the 2 hours. I think that what you eat (and how much you eat) after a morning swim is somewhat more important than what you eat beforehand; but you can only go so far on an empty stomach.
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Working on balance and catch in freestyle?  This drill's for you.  We call it the "spear" drill 

Coaching Tips: Swimming: 3/4 CATCH DRILL - Dave Durden Episode 2
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Great video

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Though the government shutdown has not halted U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, it has put a stop to the $100,000 check military families receive when a loved one dies there, sparking outrage today among some lawmakers. Known as the “death gratuity,” the money is normally paid to the families of America’s fallen soldiers within three days of their death in a combat zone. Lawmakers’ frustration over the delayed payments boiled over on Capitol...
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Wonder Woman Swoosh  (Double-Arm Backstroke)

So, yesterday was backstroke day and one of my swimmers said their "summer coach"  (I cringe, because I coach summer as well as winter...) said double arm backstroke is a terrible, useless drill.  HUH?  

I countered him with "Any drill is useless if executed incorrectly."  

I then demonstrated the difference between bringing your arms straight down to your sides as opposed to reaching back, grabbing water and bringing your elbows down in a "W" formation.  From there, we "swoosh" our hands towards our feet.  When performed correctly, many swimmers' fingertips will actually come out of the water.  This is ok, because when the "swoosh" occurs during regular backstroke, the shoulder has rolled down underwater.

I emphasized that the "swoosh" is where backstrokers get the most power out of their stroke.  We repeated the words "catch, "W," SWOOSH!!"   several times, and one swimmer yelled, "It's the Wonder Woman Swoosh!"  

Old drill, new name (for my crew, at least.)

Here's our boy Lochte showing us his "swoosh."  Best views :30 in
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    English Education, 1993
  • Trinity University
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