There is no denying how the underwater component of a race has become a major piece in the puzzle of what can separate the ‘good’ swimmers from the ‘great’ ones. Swimmers from around the world, on all levels have recognized for some time how ‘the fifth stroke’ can make or break a race and give an athlete a monstrous edge over competitors weaker in the underwater element of an event. But, that doesn’t mean everyone includes the skill at every practice.
Watch as Coach David Marsh of SwimMAC Carolina gives us a simple way to integrate underwater work into our daily workouts and how holding oneself accountable to consistency in underwater practice is the key to getting it right. Marsh reminds us that underwater swimming is the “second fastest way to travel through the water” and swimmers need to “commit to it on every single wall.”
Alongside Marsh in the video is NCAA Division II Champion, Matthew Josa, who underscores what Marsh conveys on the subject. Josa’s reiteration of using underwater dolphin kicking as a powerful weapon carries mega-weight, considering the Queens University swimmer racked up several individual titles at this year’s D II Championships, including brand new records in the men’s 200m IM and 100m butterfly events.