Practice + Pancakes: Queens University Works Through “Recovery” Day

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After the Pro Swim Series stop in Greensboro, SwimSwam embarked on the East Coast Pancake Tour 2019. This tour will be taking fans to various swimming programs along the east coast for Practice + Pancakes, Beyond the Pancakes, and maybe a few more pancake goodies thrown in.

The next stop on our tour was in Charlotte, North Carolina, where we went to a double with Division II Queens University. Queens has been the NCAA DII champs for the last 5 years, and has become known for producing talent that would challenge for DI national titles, so I was excited to see the kind of work they do for myself.

The men swam in the morning while the women swam in the afternoon, but they both did the exact same workout. The Queens coaching staff believes that when they separate the men and women, there are completely different dynamics, and both teams can develop their own identities as needed. Both teams had a “recovery” workout, but not in the sense that you might think.

The set was 3×75 strong, 3×25 breath control, and then a 400 easy, which they did 3 times with varying equipment. Head coach Jeff Dugdale explains that they believe recovery should be either completely off (not swim), or swimming that gets their heart rate to around 160, thereby flushing their systems and getting them ready for hard work the next day.

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4 years ago

Looks like a great team atmosphere. Love corny coach jokes:)

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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