Los Alamos Aquatomics

The Aquatomics, formed in 1963, is one of the oldest USA Swimming Teams in New Mexico. We promote both Age-Group and Masters swimming. Although the Aquatomics are a competetive swim club, the Aquatomics hold that swimming is a life-long sport.

We therefore provide a program to accommodate persons of all ages and skill abilities. Our age-group program covers a broad range of ages and abilities from for those young swimmers who have just learned to swim to elite competetive teans. The Masters program picks up where that leaves off with swimmers from age 18 to ???.

Operating as usual

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmers Have Done The Work Despite The Pandemic And Are Ready To Race 04/19/2021

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmers Have Done The Work Despite The Pandemic And Are Ready To Race

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmers Have Done The Work Despite The Pandemic And Are Ready To Race Swimmer Fayrouz Mourad pulling a five-gallon bucket on a bungee cord strapped to her waist for a breaststroke set with Susanna Price along for the ride. Courtesy photo Owen McLaughlin watching the …


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[11/16/19]   Come to our Waffle Breakfast!!
Hot waffles, eggs, grits, bacon, sausage. Coffee, juice, tea! All for $8!!
Today, Saturday, the 16th, until 10:30am.

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Team photos! See them and download them all at https://www.flickr.com/groups/aquatomics/



A few dryland exercises especially for breast strokers.

4 Novel Breaststroke Core Training Exercises https://buff.ly/2ktsjdK #swimming



A new twists on "reverse" IM.

Swimming forwards is just too easy



Another drill...

Revisiting this drill today. For more videos on freestyle catch, click here - http://gosw.im/2fZkaqd
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Keeping a straighter line from the fingertips through the forearm, can help developing swimmers understand the idea of creating a larger surface with their arm to pull with.

Why do it:
While advanced swimmers can initiate the catch with a slight wrist break, it's important for developing swimmers to understand that creating a surface, from fingers, through the forearm, and then biceps and upper arm, will give them the most effective push on the water.

How to do it:
1 - Instead of wearing the paddle like you typically would, grab the paddle over the top.
2 - Swim freestyle as you normally would, but FEEL if the base of the paddle is pushing into your forearm.
3 - Try to maintain a straight line from the top of the paddle, through the forearm.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Exaggerate the wrist bend to feel the paddle pushing into your forearm. Then, try to see if you can keep the paddle touching only lightly. Always reach full extension on each stroke, to allow yourself the opportunity to learn a full pull.

usms.org 05/03/2017

How to Find the Sweet Spot in Swimming Efficiency

Some good thoughts here...

usms.org Your distance per stroke tells only part of the story in terms of your stroke.



I know I could use this drill...

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To really sprint in freestyle, you're going to have to develop a strong kick. Focusing on how much you use your legs can really help this.

Why do it:
Learning to drive your stroke from your kick is one option to really swimming fast. Because many swimmers focus so much on the pull, switching your focus during sprints to the kick can help you develop a new tool.

How to do it:
1) Start with a length or two of freestyle using very little kick.
2) Just as with any descending set, as the lengths go by, start to increase the intensity of the legs.
3) Continue to drive the stroke from the legs and allow the arms to match whatever rhythm that develops.
4) On the fastest swim, rather than focusing on the arms, shift your attention to over-kicking to drive you forward.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
This is really a mental drill as much as a physical drill. Pinpointing all your attention to your legs during fast swimming will help you increase the effectiveness of your kick. If you spend most of your time thinking about your pull, switch the focus to the legs every once in a while to make sure you're leaving nothing to chance.


I think we have all been there...


What's your favorite photo from the meet? Our photographer says this is his favorite because it captures the action and athleticism of competitive swimming -- and because it is a difficult image to capture well. You can see, download, and print all our team photographer's captures from https://www.flickr.com/groups/aquatomics/pool/


Aquatomics: find full resolution photos of meet action on Flickr!



Root for the team at the Bill Hudson Memorial Invite!!

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Hilltopper Swimming and Diving

Did you catch the HS Swimming action at the Bill Hudson Memorial Meet today? Find photos on Flickr!

flickr.com Los Alamos Hilltopper High School Swimming and Diving Photos

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Swimming Workouts: The 36 Ultimate Practices for Swimmers

Need workout ideas for "extra" days when there may not be an organized practice?

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U.S. Masters Swimming

Always work the walls!

Consistent attention to detail pays off in speed.


U.S. Masters Swimming

A few pointers...

Need help with your breaststroke? Watch our Breaststroke Arms Missteps video.



Here's another freestyle drill that emphasizes the catch!

Watch more Joao de Lucca freestyle videos here - http://gosw.im/1Ue6BRB

To celebrate our friend Joao de Lucca qualifying for the Rio Olympics, we'll look at his drill for developing his catch.

Why do it:
Don't miss the beginning of the catch, and this drill will help you focus on the initial step.

How to do it:
1 - Start by making sure you're head is in the neutral position, eyes looking downward, both hands forward.
2 - Initiate a catch by dropping the hand and forearm into the catch position.
3 - Keep the elbow very high, close to the surface as you initiate this catch.
4 - As soon as you feel the catch, let go and send the hand back forward back to position 11.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Don't depend on the power of the catch to move you forward, but keep your kick consistent to create momentum.

Keep the head down, but when it's time to grab a breath, quickly turn the head at the initiation of the fingers dropping, get some air, and turn back to the head down position.



Following Missy

Unbelievably stoked to welcome Missy Franklin to the GoPro family! As she gears up for her biggest summer yet, she was gracious enough to allow us to film a two-part series, "Finding Missy" as we follow her from her college days in Berkeley, then back home as she takes her training up another notch.
Hear from Missy about joining the GoPro team: gopro.com/news/missy-franklin-joins-the-gopro-family

theraceclub.com 03/18/2016

Swimisodes - Breaststroke Kick - Speed Drill

Gain some speed...

theraceclub.com Having great speed in her breaststroke kick is one of the techniques that led Olympian Rebecca Soni to gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Learn Rebecca’s favorite breaststroke kick drill which helped build her great legs to maintain ...

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11 Things I Never Knew About Swim Meets

A swim mom's new perspective after taking the plunge into competitive swimming...

swimswam.com After being a swim mom for 15 years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about swim meets. Then, I decided to take the big plunge and dive in.

swimmingworldmagazine.com 01/25/2016

The Sport of Swimming is Valuable--Here's Why

The benefits are worth the investment.

swimmingworldmagazine.com Maybe it's just me, but I feel like everything today--both the tangible objects we buy and the intangible services to which we subscribe--is evaluated in terms of initial cost and eventual return.

blog.p2life.com 01/21/2016

5 Skills to Master to Swim Faster

A few pointers...

blog.p2life.com Improve your performance with these 5 skills to master to swim faster!

www.usms.org 01/19/2016

Five Focus Areas for Continual Improvement

Something to think about...

www.usms.org Swimming is a big part of our lives, but it’s not the only thing we think about. Thoughts about family, work, and what’s for dinner can float through our heads as we float through the water. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; swimming is a great way to relieve stress and relax, even while we’re wor…

swimswam.com 11/03/2015

Dear Swimming, The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Every swimmer and swim parent should read this.

swimswam.com "I held onto you because no matter how much you broke me down, you’ve made me so much stronger emotionally, intellectually, and academically. And I wouldn’t trade that strength for anything."

usaswimming.org 10/23/2015

10 Ways You Know You Swim Too Much

So true!

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Turns are even more important in short course season! How well practiced are yours?

Working on short, specific segments of your races allows you to really focus deeply on the details.

Why do it:
Learning tight tucks, and quick spins, while hitting the wall with a perfect finish is a great way to put additional focus on your turns.

How to do it:
1 - Start in a shallow end of the pool, just a bit away from the wall.
2 - JUMP with force toward the wall to immediately initiate a turn. No time for even a single stroke.
3 - Get off the wall as quickly as you can and work on a great push.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
While this is a very quick, and simple drill, the ability to learn how to initiate and flow through a high speed turn is essential. Without having to worry about hitting the wall on an "off" stroke, or too long of a glide, swimmers can be more aggressive in this micro segmented training, and put more energy into that specific aspect.

Make sure you practice all turns in this manner, to work on cleaning up the head position, tuck, and feet. Keep it very aggressive too.



Where are your eyes looking?

Using the markers on the bottom, plus something you may not have thought about, can speed you through your turns. Stop looking at the end, and use what was already designed into all competitive pools to your advantage.

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Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team

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triathlon.floridaswimnetwork.com 05/28/2015

"When You Say You're a Swimmer"

What does it mean to YOU to BE a swimmer?

triathlon.floridaswimnetwork.com "When You Say You're a Swimmer" - An ode to competitive swimming in 60 seconds. - Arena Water Instinct - Swim videos on watch.floridaswimnetwork.com



How's your pull?

If you're still searching for the ideal breaststroke pull, and most everyone should be, don't be afraid to go to extremes.

Why do it:
Breaststroke continues to show us the most variations in successful styles. Make sure you're exhausted all types when developing your individual technique.

How to do it:
1 - Start with the smallest pull possible, it may feel like you're only sweeping your wrists out.
2 - On each stroke, or every couple strokes, allow the hands to get a bit wider.
3 - Continue to allow the stroke to get wider, until your hands feel like they'd be touching each lane line.

How to do it really well (the fine points):
Getting caught in the same old stroke can be harmful to your potential. Understanding that different people will have different strengths, and finding yours may be the answer to a more successful career.

Work with your coach closely on this one. Count strokes per length, get your times, and check your heart rate. The best stroke will always be an individual combination of width, frequency, and power. Keep searching.


Ever wonder what it would be like? Are you up for the challenge?

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It's all about avoiding a stall and always driving forward...

If you're working on creating a clean breaststroke, sometimes you have to start at the end.

Why do it:

Cleaning up the recovery of the kick can help you to avoid resistance at the exact point there is the MOST resistance in swimming... the recovery of the breaststroke kick.

How to do it:

1 - This is actually a very simple point, but does take some concentration. When you finish your breaststroke kick, make sure you have your toes together. Simple.

2 - When you start to recover the legs to set up the kick, keep your toes together for as long as you can before allowing them to separate for the kick.

3 - Initiate the draw of the feet with the toes together.

How to do it really well (the fine points):

This focal point only lasts for an instant. Rather than allowing the feet to recover outside of the body, this helps to bring the feet up behind the body, in water that's already being pulled along by the body. The goal is that the feet are exposed to the water ONLY when they sweep out to grab water for the kick.

To really do this well, make sure that at the end of each kick, the toes are hyper-pointed. Keeping the mind focused on the toes from the finish of the kick, to the initiation of the recovery, creates a cleaner line at the back, allowing the body to escape from vortices and turbulence that can be created from a loose finish.




Los Alamos, NM

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