Mastering the 4 Olympic Swimming Strokes
By Ashley Lewis
Photes from USAswimming.com
is the most universal swimming stroke. The swimmer is on their stomach with one arm extended as the other one pulls through the water while rotating the torso to the side that has the arm pulling. A freestyle flutter kick is used while the arms are pulling.
The freestyle stroke
One arm is extneded as the other arm pulls through the water. The legs are kicking as the arms move.
Arms Extended swum on your stomach with both arms moving simultaneously. A wave-like dolphin kick is added in as your arms move from the extended postition to the recovery posiction. The arms start out extended infront and as you do a downward dolphin kick you pull your arms back and around until you reach with the arms extended again.
The butterfly stroke is
Arms pull down to hips
Arms pull past hips and come around to recovery postion
only stroke swum on your back. The swimmer lies flat on their back with one arm extended and the other down by your side while flutter kicking. While one arms pulls through the water the other is recovering on top of the water. Your body also rotates to the side that has the arms pulling underwater.
The backstroke is the
The swimmers left arm is recovering while their right is pulling under the water.
when the swimmer is on their chest and the torso does not rotate. The arms are extended above the head then pulled back half way and shot back outfront. As your arms pull back your legs do a “frog” like kick. At the end of one stroke your arms will again be extended and your legs will be straight behind you.
The breastroke is
The arms are begining to pull back half way.
After the arms pull half way back, they come together for the recovery.