Swimming and Diving Practice Begins
Sept. 8, 2008
FRESNO, Calif.- The Fresno State swimming and diving team picked up their gear and hit the pool Monday (Sept. 8) for their first practice of the season after a four-year absence.
Swimmers warmed up with a 600 yard freestyle swim to start, and focused on kicking with a 300 yard kicking drill with the kickboard. The team also drilled on specific stroke technique, breaking down the strokes into steps and practicing streamlines off the wall, focusing on head and body placement.
"It is really good to have athletes in the water for the first time," said Purdy. "We did a lot of stroke drills and work on technique. Swimming is really focused on the core."
Dive coach Taryn Ignacio started practice with a warm-up run, and led the team through intense stretches. In the pool, the divers worked on basic drills in hurdles and jumping.
"I feel really good about this upcoming season," said Ignacio. "The girls did really well in practice. They showed a lot of good form and technique."
Both swimmers and divers concluded practice with land drills out of the pool with various equipment including a medicine ball, which the team used to do partner throws for building strength. Ignacio also led the group in abdominal exercises.
The 'Dogs will open the season Oct. 18 at UC Santa Cruz.
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