Foothills Masters Swim Team - The Ridge Pool
The philosophy of the Foothills Masters Swim Team is to provide fun, fitness, and optional friendly competition in a positive environment of athletic encouragement.
We welcome anyone (at least 19-years old) who wants to improve his or her swimming, regardless of your previous swimming experience. Swimmers are assigned to lanes with others of similar ability, and workouts are adjusted according to the experience and ability of swimmers in each lane. Our swimmers come in all age groups, and include:
If you are just beginning to swim or have been out of the water for a long time,
please check with the coach for recommendations on the appropriate way to get
started. Please consult with your personal physician before starting any new
|USMS||United States Masters Swimming, the governing body for Masters Swimming competition in the USA.|
|COMSA||Colorado Masters Swimming Association, an affiliate of USMS, and the governing body for Masters Swimming in Colorado. COMSA membership is strongly recommended. The modest membership fee includes a subscription to SWIM Magazine, authorization to enter swim meets, insurance, lake swim training, and a subscription to the COMSA Newsletter.|
A chunk is a standard distance used to guide swimmers of different
ability so that all will finish approximately the same amount of work in the same amount of time.
A freestyle chunk (in yards) will take approximately 6 minutes (about 7 minutes in sc meters).
For example, if the coach said to do a half-chunk of backstroke, the fastest backstrokers might do a 300, medium speed swimmers would do 250 or 200, and the slowest backstrokers might only do a 150 -- if everyone does it right, they should all finish at approximately the same time.
For a complete chart of Chunk calculations, click here.
A stack is a number of repeats that will allow
people of differing abilities to finish at about the same time. Your stack is
your chunk divided by 100. In other words, if your chunk is 500, your stack
is 5. If your chunk is 350, your stack is 3½.
For example, if the coach said to do a double-stack of 50s with 10 seconds rest, the fastest group might do 11 x 50 on :35 (yards), while the slowest group might complete 7 x 50 on a 55-second sendoff. Again, everyone should finish at about the same time.
For a complete chart of Stack calculations, click here.
|"Texas"||Since "everything's big in Texas", a "Texas" swim is one where you add a bit to the start and finish of the designated distance, usually in order to emphasize turns and turn technique. For example, a "Texas 25" would start going into the wall, executing a turn, swimming one length, and then executing a final turn -- a two-turn length. A "Texas 50" would consist of a turn, a regular 50, and a final turn (for a total of 3 turns).|
Etiquette for Lap Swimming
Use good common sense and courtesy. If you have questions, ask the coach or lane leader. The golden rule is in effect; “Act as you'd like others to act.”
Special Events and Workouts
100 x 100 New Year's Workout, early January each year.
Visit the Colorado Masters Swimming Association website (www.comsa.org) for a complete schedule of meets and other competitions.
No other announcements at this time.