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Each frame is .1 seconds apart. Brooke Bennett's time for this race was 8:19.67, the fourth fastest time ever.

Notable Features

  • Brooke Bennett displays excellent streamlining with her legs mostly trailing in the "shadow" of her hips.
  • The right arm enters the water bent and very quickly proceeds to an "elbow-up" position.
  • The right arm commences its propulsive phase (somewhere between frames #3 and #4), while the left arm completes its final push. This minimizes any inertial lag between arm pulls.
  • Right arm power is supplied by adduction of the upper arm and the propelling surface is the forearm/hand area. It is possible that in the middle of the right arm pull (frames #5 and #6) that the lower portion of the upper right arm also contributes to the propulsive surface.
  • The swimmer's stroke is very well balanced underwater.

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