Greenville Splash Masters

August News Splash

Greenville Splash Celebrates 5 Years

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Over the past five years Greenville Splash has grown from two swimmers to over 100 swimmers. We have had much success as a team. Our accomplishments have been many including winning over 6 invitational swim meets, placing in the top ten at YMCA Nationals, setting over 60 state records and having a huge presence at many open water events. We have had team trips, socials and special workouts. But our biggest success is aiding swimmers of all ability levels in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while discovering the friendship, camaraderie, motivation and fun of group swimming.

New Coach Michael Mauhar

We welcome Michael to the Greenville Splash coaching staff. Michael grew up in Asheville, NC and graduated from Clemson University. He is an engineer and is a talented triathlete. He grew up swimming and playing water polo. He has become one of the top level triathletes in South Carolina, winning many races and ranking high in his age group. Michael is a current YMCA National Champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

Swimmer of the Month: Michael Roka

Michael Roka has been a huge asset to Greenville Splash. He is affectionately known as one of the baby swimmers and has a cult like following on text messaging. Michael participates in team events including meets and open water races with speed and enthusiasm. He has scored many points for the team at numerous meets in individual events and relays. He has been a fun team player and is always willing to step up to any challenge the coaches give him in meets or workouts. He is a YMCA National champion in the 400 IM and 200 fly. We will miss Michael as he moves to Columbia to enroll in law school at USC.

Big Announcement

Next year Greenville Splash will be sponsoring an Open Water Swim for Charity: The Upstate Splash. So mark your calendars for August 29, 2015. We will offer a 1.2 and 2.4 mile event at Lake Jocassee.

Open Water Practice Swims

Enjoy the rest of the summer with a few open water swims at Lake Jocassee.
We will go on the following days: Aug. 3, 10, 24, Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28 (weather permitting).
We will meet at REI on Woodruff Rd at 8:00am to carpool over.
If you are interested or plan to go please email Leslie Scott:
Aug. 17 we plan to go to Rockhill for an open water practice swim
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Swim Clinics

The Greenville Splash Coaches will be offering adult stroke clinics during the month of September. Swimmers will practice the progression of how to do strokes on land and in water utilizing drills and demonstrations. Each session is one hour.

The cost is $15 for Y members and $30 for non-members. Register at the front desk.

Freestyle: Sept 3 7:30pm Caine Halter, Sept 6 10am GHS
Breaststroke: Sept 8 7:30pm GHS, Sept 10 7:30pm Caine Halter, Sept 13 10am GHS
Backstroke: Sept 15 7:30pm GHS, Sept 17 7:30pm Caine Halter, Sept 20 10am GHS
Butterfly: Sept 22 7:30pm GHS, Sept 24 7:30pm, Sept. 26 10am GHS

Upcoming Events

August 22-24

Growler Invitational SCY Swim Meet, Mt. Pleasant, SC

August 31

Sharkfest 2K Open Water Charleston, SC

Sept. 1 Labor Day

One workout only: Caine Halter 9:00-10:15am

Sept. 12

Lake Murray Dam Swim Columbia, SC

Sept. 21

Swim Around Charleston 12 mile open water. Individual or relay. Entry deadline 8/30

October 12
Bermuda Round the Sound. Be thinking about joining us this year for a choice of 10k, 7k, 4k, 2k or .8k. So far Tyler Scott, Sara Bopp, Casey Oliver, Leslie Scott, Jack Read, James Winkler, Cheryl Reinke, and Craik Davis are going.

Dec. 6-7

South Carolina SCM Championships, Drew Pool, Columbia

Splashing Accomplishments

Tri the Swamp Rabbit at Furman: Outstanding athletic feats from: Kyle Danner (4th overall), Nate Leech, James Winkler, Richard Dacey, Jamie Yarbrough, Don Clardy, Don Misko and Brett Baker.

Ironman Austria: Amazing athleticism from Karel and Marni Sumbal! Karel finished in 9:22 with a 41 minute PR and Marni finished in 10:17 with a 21 minute PR

Clay Jones rocked the Cat Criterion Races with a 1st, 2nd and 4th place finish! Chris Harrigan got a 2nd place finish.

Andrea Beaver was remarkable in her effort to fundraise and ride 252 miles to Charleston for "A Ride to Remember 2014" for the Alzheimer's Association.

Congratulations and best wishes to Bobby and Christie Nachman on their wedding July 10 in Santa Barbara!

Good luck to Michael Roka as he moves to Columbia to attend USC Law School.

Preventing Shoulder Issues by Chris Harrigan

Swimming can be one of the best exercises to promote health and wellbeing. It is a low impact sport, and it works your entire body. Being a decent swimmer can even save your life! Swimming is not without injuries however, and the majority of swimming injuries are shoulder related. The good news is that these can be nearly completely prevented through proper technique. In this article we will show you a simple way to avoid one of the biggest mistakes that leads to shoulder injuries in swimming, and at the same time it will boost your performance in the water.

If you hold your arms out straight in front of you with your hands in the thumbs up position, your shoulder joint sits in a very comfortable position. Now if you rotate your thumbs towards each other and continue rotating them until they are pointing downward, you are impinging your shoulder. This impingement is what you should try to avoid during your stroke while swimming. The most common place for this type of impingement to take place is during the arm recovery, hand entry into the water, and the initiation of the pull.

During the arm recovery, your arm should be as relaxed as possible. Keeping your muscles tense during your arm recovery uses energy and keeps your muscles from having a brief rest period. The muscles around your elbow joint should be completely released to the point that your arm from the elbow down would swing back and forth if someone pushed on it. At the same time your thumb should be facing your body through the entire arm recovery phase. This keeps your shoulder joint in a nice neutral position that should not be impinging at all.

One of the most critical phases of your freestyle technique is when your hand enters the water at the top of your stroke. One little known fact is that very good swimmers consistently manage to enter their hands into the water without catching any bubbles on the palms of their hands. The presence of bubbles on your hand severely decreases the amount of pressure you can apply to the water. Think of it as the difference between locking up your brakes and sliding verses having anti- lock brakes. One of the best ways to eliminate bubbles from your hand is to have your hand enter the water pinky down. Your hand doesn't need to be vertical, 45 degrees will do. Having your hand in this position also keeps your shoulder from being impinged. After your hand is completely submerged, rotate your hand to the flat position before you initiate your pull. This further eliminates any bubbles that may have developed on your hand during entry. Many swimmers enter the water with their thumbs first. This is one of the worst things you can do for your shoulder. It severely impinges your shoulder right when you are initiating pressure against the water. Many swimmers like to enter their hands into the water with their hands flat against the water. While this doesn't impinge your shoulder as bad as entering thumb first, it has a tendency to cause a lot of bubbles to build up on your hand.

When you initiate your pull against the water, your palm should never face any direction but directly behind you. This keeps your shoulder from being impinged and ensures that the energy you exert is used efficiently to move you forward through the water. In addition you should try to keep from "crossing over" during your pull. If you can imagine a plane that runs between your spinal cord strait down to the bottom of the pool, your fingertips should drag along, but never cross, this imaginary line through your pull. Even though your body is rotating side to side as you swim, this imaginary plane still exists, and your fingers should drag along it for your entire pull until you start moving your hand to break the surface of the water to begin your recovery.

There are other areas that you can impinge your shoulder while swimming, but the most common areas have been addressed in this article. Hopefully you will be able to use the information here to both improve your performance and prevent any potential shoulder injuries down the line.