Technique Tip of the Week

Freestyle- Disappear Behind Your Hand 8/5/14

Why do it:
The less area you expose to the standing water, the better able you'll be to slip through the water with more efficiency and speed.

How to do it:
1)  Start by swimming smooth freestyle.
2)  You'll need to imagine you're swimming down a tube, with your entire body.
3)  Make sure you extend your arm directly forward on each stroke.
4)  Keep your head still and in line.

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Ready to speed up those turns? Great! Here are a few tips.

1.) Stay Fast: Don't slow down when entering into your turn.

2.) Don't Raise Your Head: Keep your head down and in line with your body. When you see the T at the bottom of the pool start your turn.

3.) Tuck and Roll: After you take your last stroke both arms should be down at your sides, and your body should be in a straight line. Duck your head first, and let your body follow. Sweep your hands up toward your face while compressing your body into a tight ball. Tuck your knees up to your chest and spin your feet over your body and onto the wall.

4.) Finish Strong: when you feet are in line with your boyd, push off into a streamline while looking up at the sky. Begin turning onto your stomach while kicking.


2018 Don Burns CDM 1 Mile Swim

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There was a great turn out last year for the Don Burns CDM 1 mile swim! With almost 300 swimmers, a great course, perfect conditions, and 73 degree water this race was a ton of fun! Congrats to all the LBSM swimmers who participated. A special thanks to Coach Lucy Johnson and LBSM swimmer Tom Trapp who came out to volunteer during the race and cheer on the team! Fantastic job everyone! To see results click here!

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2018 Newport Pier 2 Pier

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Congratulations to all LBSM swimmers who have competed in the Balboa to Newport Pier to Pier 2 Mile Open Water Swim! On the North side of Balboa Pier at 10am, the starting horn went off and 349 swimmers sprinted from the shore line into 64-degree water. Swimmers then took a very crowded right turn around the first buoy and headed north, straight towards Newport Pier. The morning fog made it difficult for sighting on the first half of the swim, but as soon as the first group of swimmers hit the 3rd buoy, the fog started to burn off and the Newport Pier was in sight! When swimmers reached the 6th and final buoy they made a right turn and had about a 300-yard swim to shore. Low surf made dolphin dives necessary, but once swimmers reached soft sand it was a short run to the finish line. With the current behind the swimmers, this rough water swim was fast and fun!

Past LBSM Swimmers Mark Christoffel, Carri Cook, Anita Correa, Valerie Hagopian, Kaia Hedlund, Gusti Lind, Merritt Morris, Lyle Nalli, and Julie Ruhlin finished top 3 in their age groups! Great job swimmers!

2018 SPMS LC Championships in Mission Viejo- April 27-29, 2018

This year's 2018 SPMS Championships will be held April 27-29th.  Please express any interest to compete with coaches.

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Great job to all past LBSM swimmers who competed in the past Southern Pacific Master Swimming Championship long course swim meet in Mission Viejo. Swimming 5 events and placing 1st in her age group in the 100 Freestyle (1:03.00) , 200 Freestyle (2:22.35) , 400 Freestyle (5:01.44 ), and 50 Breaststroke (38.99), along with grabbing a 2nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.99), Merritt Morris had a very busy but successful weekend! Coach Lyle Nalli also had some great swims and placed 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (2.19.23 ) and 400 Freestyle (4:51.35) and 4th in the 100 Backstroke (1:14.95). In addition, one of LBSM Breaststrokers John Templin placed placed 2nd in the 400IM (5:54.42) and 3rd in the 200 Breaststroke (3:01.66) just off his goal of sub 3:00.00. For more results visit the SPMS website at

LBSM Members Take on the 2018 Alcatraz Challenge

Any current swimmers please express interest to the coaching staff for 2018!
Congratulations to past LBSM members David Buczkowski, Jill Unze , Deena Bickford and James Bickford for completeing the 2012 Alcatraz Challenge. The race was a 1.5 mile swim in 55 degree water and a 7 mile run. The 1.5 mile swim course began at Alcatraz and finished at the East Beach of Crissy Field located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Presidio Park. The run course followed the Presidio’s popular Golden Gate Promenade, a dirt trail that winds its way along the San Francisco Bay and up onto the east span of the Golden Gate Bridge (about 400 feet of elevation gain in less than a half-mile).  In their divisons David placed 5th, Jill 7th, Deena 13th, and James 18th. Great Job!

Seal Beach Swim June 23rd!


Make sure to sign up for the 49th Annual Seal Beach Rough Water Swim! This swim is perfect for open water beginners and veterans. There will be a 5k and a 1 mile swim starting at the N/W side of the Seal Beach Swim. There will also be a 200, 400, 800 and 1200 yrd swim for age groups swimmers, so bring the whole family!  See you on the beach June 23rd, 2018!

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Aug 12th, 2018 Naples Island Swim

Sunday August 12th, 2018

Sign up for this years Naples Island Swim and SUP

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