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Swim Across America Follow-up: Tara Friedman, Heather Rodriguez

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 5:00:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Swim Across America, in competitive swimming, in Swim Tips, in triathlon, in training

SwimLabs was a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America - Denver event which raised over $200,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  A grand total of 250 swimmers, 16 Olympians, and countless volunteers helped make this first Denver swim a success.

The biggest individual fundraiser for the event was Tara Friedman, an employee of Children’s Hospital, who raised over $12,000 for her 5k swim. Tara’s accomplishment is even more remarkable given that she started swimming lessons less than two years ago, when her four-year-old son was taking lessons at SwimLabs. 

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SwimLabs Stories: Forty Minutes

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 5:06:03 PM by Rachel Petersen in training, in race, in technique, in SwimLabs

Why SwimLabs? Forty minutes.  I cut forty minutes off of my 10k swim after working at SwimLabs.  

My stroke dramatically improved as I eliminated inefficiencies. I incorporated a two beat kick. For the longer distance, this helped save energy. I had a few lessons at SwimLabs and Mike helped me add more reach, power, and rotation to my stroke. As I practiced and when I raced, I cycled through the list, e.g. reach, finish, and quick breath, so that my overall stroke improved.  

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Ironman & SwimLabs: Introduction to the Triathlon Part II

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 4:00:29 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Ironman, in triathlon, in training, in Swimming Community

To celebrate SwimLabs’ partnership with Ironman, we’re posting a series of blogs on triathlon training at SwimLabs. The first blog is an interview with Louis Cicchino, a top-ranked amateur triathlete and triathlon coach / owner at Accelero Endurance. Louis has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Metro State University, a Certified Training Certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Louis is also an instructor at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch and conducts open water clinics at Grant Ranch. Interviewer Laura Dravenstott is an instructor at SwimLabs. This is part II of the interview. Find part I here!

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Advice from the Best: Improve Your Sprinting

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 10:15:10 AM by jennymann in athletes, in focus, in freestyle, in General, in olympian, in sprinter, in SwimLabs, in swimmer, in Swimming, in technique, in training

By Dillon Virva (2016 Olympic Trials 50 Free Finalist, 22.06 lcm)

When talking with sprinters, you will hear them describe swimming and racing as if they were art enthusiasts speaking about the Mona Lisa. They can describe every nuance of their race, down to the smallest movement or detail.

The important thing to know about sprinting is that there is not just one way to sprint. However, the best sprinters in the world are able to hone in on that style, under extreme circumstances and pressure.

With so many variations in styles and approaches to the splash and dash, I wanted to share three key factors that help me achieve success under pressure:

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Olympian Jason Lezak Visits SwimLabs

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 12:31:47 PM by jennymann in Competition, in fitness, in Inspiration, in jason lezak, in motivation, in olympian, in Olympics, in SwimLabs, in swimmer, in Swimming, in training

“I did not have a smooth journey to the top. I made plenty of mistakes- but I always learned from them.”

Jason Lezak, eight-time Olympic medalist and owner of the fastest 100M free relay split of all-time, spent a day at SwimLabs Highlands Ranch on May 31. Lezak spoke to swimmers, parents and coaches about his unique journey before offering critique and feedback to swimmers and recording for the video library.

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