Practice + Pancakes: USC Beach Practice

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.

SwimSwam took a visit to USC earlier this month, documenting the team’s cardinal and gold intrasquad. Well we couldn’t resist getting some pancakes with the trojans while we were in town, and we picked a good practice to attend. At the beginning of the season, on Saturday’s the team drives down to Manhattan Beach to have a workout on the waves. They start with dryland, where the men and women split into 2 groups and the captains lead the circuits. Personally, my favorite part was the women playing a game of “capture the cap”, a knock out elimination game that tests reaction time and speed.

When in the water, the women swam out and did ocean relays, while the men would swim out and around the bay, then swim back in and run back up the beach. During the ocean swim, we did see a fin out in the open water to our surprise, but luckily it was a dolphin swimming a ways away from us. The morning ended with the SoCal spell out, a USC tradition, followed by breakfast burritos and beach volleyball. All in all, not a bad day to be a trojan.

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Mark Rauterkus

What do you call that thing under the fin?


A foot


Looked larger than a foot in length to me.comment image?ssl=1


A dolph.


Johnny swim man is looking Uber fresh


great video!

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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