Amidst everyone’s favorite Taylor Swift shake-offs, here’s a unique video submitted by a group of SwimSwam readers. Blue Valley High School’s Colin Strickland, Sarah Herzberg, Chloe Breau and Kristina Jewell put together this video experiment to compare various styles of racing starts with physics equations.
The group tried out 5 different starting techniques, including a common track start, a two-foot-forward start and a relay start among others. They had Strickland, a swimmer for the Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City, perform each start 4 times and used slow-motion video capture to grab the necessary measurements to compare the acceleration and final velocity of each start.
Swimmers and coaches should find the concept intriguing, and the slow-motion footage provides some interesting looks at the small and large differences between each starting style. And even beyond the technical details, the concept provides an encouraging anecdote of how the sport of swimming can inspire its athletes to engage both in the pool and in the classroom.
Check out the video above, courtesy of Strickland on YouTube.