Practice + Pancakes: Columbia Swim Club Shows Innovative Take on Power Cords

SwimSwam wants to give you an inside look at what a normal day-in-the-life looks like for any given swimmer, and how that differs from team to team or city to city. We send our head of production, Coleman Hodges, to be a fly on the wall at practice, then relay what he discovered back to you over pancakes. Or at least breakfast.

In my hometown of Columbia, Missouri, you know where the pancake spot is. Mom’s house. And if you’re looking for a practice to go along with that, you go to the Mizzou Aquatic Center, where you can find not only the Tigers working hard, but also Columbia Swim Club putting in the yards. Gary is known for his long aerobic (or anaerobic) free and IM sets, but on the day I came, the kids got a break and focused on power and speed.

There were two stations: Chutes and Cords. On chutes, the kids would swim 4×25 fast with the chutes on, then move over and swim a 50 where they were trying to be at 2nd 50 of a 100 speed. The cords were a little more involved.

2 people at a time would put on a cord (attached to the block) and swim to the other end, as fast as they could. Then their partner would pull them back, giving them a resistance swim and a guided swim. THEN the person on the cord would hop out and do it all again, giving it a little bit of a lactic set feel. THENNN that same person would hop out, go over to the empty lane, and rip a fast 50 (and there were some fast 50’s).

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Swimcoach Ed

Gary was my college roommate and teammate at WVU, he’s a coaching rock star!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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