By Meghan Satterstrom
To get a coach’s perspective on swimming the 100 yard butterfly, Splash talked to Dave Gibson, former head coach of the Phoenix Swim Club. Gibson has been coaching for 36 years, is an ASCA Level Five Coach and was awarded the ASCA Gold Medal Coaching Award.
He shared his views with us on what it takes to swim the 100 fly successfully.
Not only does Coach Gibson have a lot of coaching experience, he has worked with some very talented butterfliers in his career, including Olympian Ricky Berens, John Wojciechowski, Ashley Evans and Japanese and Asian record holder, Kohei Kowamoto.
“I like my flyers to get an immediate catch/anchor after their hands enter the water –no messing around out in front,” Gibson said. “I also want for them to maintain a pretty flat body position with little undulation and a flat and straight neck when breathing.”
Drill: For drills, Gibson likes his flyers to do a lot of fast underwater kicking, both with and without fins. He feels that ankle flexibility is important and stresses that swimmers should do stretching for ankles, shins and calves during dry land activities. He likes to have swimmers do butterfly with a snorkel and practice drills, kicking and swimming with power towers or tubing.