Disqualifications are an essential part of swimming. It's there lurking in the background of every race in every meet. But what's the real purpose of disqualifications? It might not be what you think. Disqualifications are not there to punish cheaters. The purpose of a disqualification is to prohibit certain movements or actions which have the… Continue reading More Than You Want to Know About Swimming Disqualifications
I really don't think I'm overstating this. The breaststroke pullout may be going the way of the dodo bird. On Nov. 29, 2014, FINA issued a ruling (here), in which they change the allowable use of a single dolphin kick following starts and turns. The old version of rule SW 7.1 stated After the… Continue reading The End of the Breaststroke Pullout?
This is the next installment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200 by looking at their race splits. This time we're analyzing the 200 breaststroke for men. The first set of analyses involved the long axis strokes for men and women (here, here and here). We found clear indications of… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Breaststroke