Practice + Pancakes: Columbia Swim Club Takes on “Holiday 50’s” OTB

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.

As I told you guys in my first video from Missouri, I went to 2 workouts with the club I swam for growing up, Columbia Swim Club. The second one I went to was with the head coach of CSC, the master of disaster himself, Gary Galbreath. Gary is a man who is notorious for challenging sets, and when you step onto his pool deck you know you’re going to do work. This practice was no exception, although it wasn’t yardage that put the kids under the bus.

The set was as follows: 3x 8×50 Off the block

Rd 1: 2 @ 1:00, 2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 2:00, 2 @ 1:00

Rd 2: 2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 2:00, 2 @ 1:00, 2 @ 1:30

Rd 3 (with fins & paddles): 2 @ 2:00, 2 @ 1:00, 2 @ 1:30, 2 @ 2:00

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Swimcoach Ed
6 years ago

my best friend Gary Galbreath, we were college teammates and roommates way back at WVU!!!

6 years ago

I’d love to see Nashville Aquatic Club!! See what the Walsh sisters training is like!

6 years ago

How much time between rounds?

Todd Kramer
Reply to  Anon
6 years ago

We did the set in ‘heats’. One group did a round of 8x50s while the other group swam down in the shallow end, and then they switched back and forth. So the rest was the other group doing the 8x50s.

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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