Weekly Team Email: Monday February 20, 2017

ROSS YANCHER
DAM head coach from 1981 til 1988 passed away Sunday, February 19th at the age of 63. He courageously battled a glioblastoma brain tumor for 14 months.  Ross's family is planning a celebration of life in the near future and will send information through DAM. 
At the December Annual Meeting, it was announced that the Brute Squad Event (which Ross brought to DAM in the early '80's) will be re-named in his honor starting this year.  Lynda and Owen thank so many DAM members for their wonderful support over this difficult year.
The Yanchers can be reached through e-mail:  yancher@aol.com


SACRAMENTO MASTERS Swim Meet 

Meet information and online registration are now available for the Sunday, March 5, masters meet in Sacramento. Hosted by the Spare Time American River Masters (STARM), this one day meet offers 50's, 100's, the 200 IM and 500 free. The meet starts at 10am and will be held at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825. The distance from Davis is about 20 miles and 25 minutes. This is a new masters club hosting their first-ever event. Let's try to get a large squad of our swimmers out there and give them some DAM good support. Entries close at midnight on Weds, March 1.


One Hour Swim and Food Drive

This is the final week of the USMS OHS and there are still ftwo weekend days during Open Lap Swim in which to participate. Just show up on the day of your swim, mark the end of your lane with an orange cone and off you go. Enter the event online here after you swim. Those of you who have already swum please remember to enter your results at the same link. 

We're continuing the food drive for the Yolo County Food Bank through February, as well. This year we'd like to fill three donation bins and reach $1,000 in cash donations. Look for the bin on the pool deck.


Freestyle Stroke Clinic - Sat., Feb 25

This DAM stroke development and improvement clinic is for entry-level and middle lane swimmers. The class, from noon to 2pm, offers one-hour in the classroom and another hour with in the pool instruction. Swimmers will be shown video of current freestyle skills and technique and then have their stroke evaluated and corrected in the pool with the use of drills and coach instruction. The goal of the clinic is to improve stroke technique and teach drills that will enable the continued refinement of the stroke. Swimmers will leave the clinic with a written evaluation of their freestyle stroke and a record of suggested drills for improvement. The clinic is open to the first 24 swimmers to respond. Cost of the clinic is $30. Contact coach Stu at kahnswim@gmail.com to signup.


2017 GRAND PRIX

March is the first of the two '30/30' months in our Grand Prix series (September is the other). DAM swimmers who swim a minimum of 30 minutes for 30 consecutive days, earn five points towards their Grand Prix total. The swims do NOT have to be swum at DAM practices, any regulation pool suffices, as this is an 'honor system' event. Everyone who swims on either the 1st or the 2nd of March is eligible to continue. more info on the 2017 Grand Prix. 

One Hour Swim and Food Drive

The two month-long OHS event has ended. If you swam the OHS, please enter you results online here. If you swam the 30 minute option, please let Mary or Stu know so that you'll be credited with one point for the 2017 Grand Prix.

We're ending our food drive for the Yolo County Food Bank tomorrow, as well. We have filled nearly two and 1/4 donation bins and reached just over $1,000 in cash donations. Please consider adding additional food or money before he YCFB pickup truck arrives on Friday.


2017 Grand Prix Month

March is the first of the two '30/30' months in our Grand Prix series (September is the other). DAM swimmers who swim a minimum of 30 minutes for 30 consecutive days, earn five points towards their Grand Prix total. The swims do NOT have to be swum at DAM practices, any regulation pool suffices, as this is an 'honor system' event. Everyone who swims on either the 1st or the 2nd of March is eligible to continue. More info on the 2017 Grand Prix. 


Other Upcoming Meet Info – 

Cal Aquatics Spring Meet - March 19. This annual meet is held at beautiful Spieker Pool in Berkeley. There are eight lanes for the races and ten for warm-ups. The meet features thirty events, starting at 8:30 am and ending mid-afternoon. Free t-shirts (available in both men's and women's styles) will be given to the first 275 people who enter. Information and registration.

PacMasters Short Course Championships - April 7-9. The Northern California regional championships, hosted by Walnut Creek Masters, will again be held at Campolindo HS in Moraga. The meet sheet and registration information will be available soon.

USMS Nationals - April 27-30. The short course championships will be held in Riverside at a new, state-of-the-art, community college, facility. The entry fee surcharge increases from $55 to $65 on March 7. Final online entries are due on March 27.  InformationSWIMMER preview and registration.


Reducing Resistance 
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The challenge of maintaining stability and control for an airplane, which moves freely in three dimensions, is closely related to similar forces facing swimmers in the water. Because a swimmer is suspended in and not on the water, a change in any one of the three types of motion affects the other two. The three types of rotation needed to minimize resistance and enable control for airplanes and swimmers are Roll, Pitch and Yaw. Imagine three lines running through an airplane and intersecting at right angles at the airplane’s center of gravity.  Rotation around the front-to-back axis is called roll.   Rotation around the side-to-side axis is called pitch.   Rotation around the vertical axis is called yaw.

Swimmers need to be mindful of all three areas when correcting their body positions during the four strokes. To minimize resistance and maximize propulsive forces, try to:

 1) swim as flat as possible from head to toes, even during the extension in breaststroke (minimize Pitch)

 2) avoid over-rotating the hips in free and back (minimize Roll)

 3) resist crossing hands and arms past the body's midline (minimize Yaw)