Thursday, February 23, 2012
FAIL: USA Swimming has a breaststroke tutorial that clearly violates the rules - I include a GoSwim video that shows how it's legally executed.
Breaststroke - Pulldown and Arm Recovery from Glenn Mills on Vimeo.
USA Swimming has put up a breaststroke tutorial passing itself off as both the correct and legal way to do a breaststroke turn - (see the first video above of the two) - This video is in error and MUST be corrected: [Link].
The second video, from GoSwim, illustrates the correct way to do it. Note: You cannot take two underwater pulls. You can only take one. Your second pull must occur after your head breaks the surface. See the GoSwim video above or the external page link: [Link]
If USA Swimming does not make an erratum post and subsequently put up a rule book example, there will be trouble in London and local pools across America!
The rule book states the following: "... During each complete cycle, some part of the swimmer’s head shall break the surface of the water. After the start and after each turn, the swimmer may take one arm stroke completely back to the legs. The head must break the surface of the water before the hands turn inward at the widest part of the second stroke. ..."
I notified USA Swimming; you should too.Publish Post