Swimmers ‘Ripping’ Through Conditioning, Water

Andrew Fisher and Coleman Mosley
Staff Writers

Dry Land Conditioning. Sounds weird, but it’s totally essential for the nearly 30 members of the boys and girls swim team. The swim team started practice at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium with the girls season official start on Monday, Oct. 26 and the boys Nov. 9.

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Bryce Frey, seen here last year, swims the 100m Butterfly. The team’s first meet is on Nov. 23 at Angola High School. Photo by Alex Luther

 Coach Ben Caywood is a firm believer in pre-season conditioning being beneficial for swimmers.

“Conditioning is helpful because it helps to injury-proof your joints, and it also helps to boost endurance. This is important because there were a lot of complaints about sore joints last season. It also improves overall team spirit,” said Caywood.

Caywood has implemented many exercises that help to work out the different parts of the body while swimming. This is achieved by doing interval workouts, which is when one workout is done for a minute and as many reps are attempted within that minute. These workouts can range from benchpressing to doing planks.

These workouts don’t come out of nowhere though. Caywood used his past experiences as a swimmer to develop these workouts. He also talks to the strength training teacher, Mr. Martin, about which workouts would be beneficial.

Caywood also hopes that pre-season conditioning will help the Swim Team’s overall performance. He plans on increasing the number of meets that both teams have, increasing the boys wins from 9 to 12, and the girls wins from 8 to 9.

The team’s female senior captain, Chloe Reneau, also believes that the pre-season conditioning is a great way “to start preparing our bodies for the upcoming workouts,” and to “provide us with stamina and the chance to get to know one another.”

Although Reneau agrees that current workouts are very helpful in preparing for the season, she wishes that there would be more cardio and full body exercises, such as bear crawls, involved.

“My goal is to go out great this last year and be the best swimmer that I can possibly be. Dry land is definitely helping me accomplish that,” she said.

Senior swimmer Keaton Conley agrees with Reneau because some swimmers don’t take part in other athletic activities during the eight month break time between swim seasons.

“Conditioning helps us get back into shape after a long period of doing nothing,” Conley said. 

Junior swimmer, Sebastian Rengifo, agrees that conditioning is helping. He’s noticed that overall stamina seems to have improved since conditioning started, and that conditioning has helped the social aspect. Sebastian said the main point of conditioning is “to help make sure that our bodies don’t get so sore once we get in the pool.”

Sebastian credits preseason conditioning for his steady improvement in the pool. 

Overall, it seems as though swimmers believe that the pre-season conditioning helps to prepare them for the upcoming swim season. And, as Coach Caywood says, “What is the point in being fast in the pool if you’re not ripped?”

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