Thursday, 4 July 2013

20. 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Event: 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Date: 2nd July 2013
Location: Brockwell Lido
Cost: £5.75 each
Rules:  Swimmers compete in teams of four, choosing the stroke of their preference; usually the crawl as this is the fastest stroke. Each team member takes turns to swim two lengths of the pool. Some part of the swimmer must touch the wall at the end of each length and at the finish. Most perform tumble turns, somersaulting in front of the wall and pushing off with their feet.
The Event:


Olympic 2012 Gold Medal: 3.33.15, Australia.
Team Lido: 11.23.00

Sarah: 2.48
Clare:  2.59
Zoe:    3.13
Ellie:    3.03

Sarah: We were at Brockwell Lido as part of our annual Lido Day (we swim in as many lidos as possible in one day), and as it was a 50m pool, it was perfect to get a couple of our events ticked off. We roped in Clare and Zoe to help with the relay and gave them a crash course in diving and tumble turns. My main diving 'advice' was 'don't think about it, just jump', which seemed to work well. It's knackering doing the crawl full pelt, but this was a really fun event.   
Ellie: It's so nice to be able to include other people in our events. Swimming has to be one of the most insular and isolating sports to appear in the Olympics. Realistically you can't even heckle your opponents as you compete. The combination of diving (over your friends) , tumble-turning and being in a team made this one of my favourite swimming events so far. Brockwell Lido is such a beautiful venue too...although unreasonably cold, it is nice to vary the swimming pools we are using. Sarah and I gave some 'lessons' on diving to Clare and Zoe and we are so grateful that they wanted to participate. 

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