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"Curl-Burke Masters Freestyle Swim Clinics for
Triathletes and Adult Swimmers
featuring Beth O'Connor Baker
as the Lead Instructor
& Meghan Thiel and Buddy Reed as Coaches
What: Geared more toward beginner/intermediate swimmers/triathletes, this clinic takes place on 2 successive Sunday nights; two hours each night for a total of four hours of exceptional instruction to include Alignment, Balance & Core Rotation and drills to show how to properly and efficiently propel yourself through the water. Only 15 swimmers per clinic to ensure an excellent coach/swimmer ratio, so enroll quickly. See below on how to register.
When: 1) November Clinic: Sunday, November 6, 2011 and Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
2) December Clinic: Sunday, December 4, 2011 and Sunday, December 11, 2011, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
And A New Clinic Style-Just Added!
A REFRESHER CLINIC for anyone who has previously taken the beginner/Intermediate clinic.
Refine your skills, remind yourself of the important aspects of effortless swimming. Work on stroke count, efficiency and move to the next level.
3) ONE NIGHT ONLY: November 27, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Maximum number of participants: 25.
Cost: $50 for Refresher Clinic.
Who: The lead instructor is renowned swimming technician, Beth O'Connor Baker. Among the most elite swimmers & triathletes in the area Baker has worked with are: an NCAA swimming champion, nationally ranked (top 3 in the country) age-group swimmers and multiple winners of regional triathlons. Additionally, Coach Baker's drills have been published in the United States Masters Swimming Magazine, Swimmer. At age 40, she broke more than 35 USMS National and World records and was named one of the USMS 'Masters Swimmers of the Year' for 2001. Her times continue to place among the FINA All-Time Top 10 rankings. Along with her work with Curl-Burke Masters Swimming, Coach Baker serves as the Technique Coach for the American University Men's & Women's Swimming Programs, as well as for Overlee Swim Club, the top team in the Northern Virginia Swim League for the last 4 years.
Coach Baker has over 20 years of experience in triathlon/aquathlon & open water swimming. She's a multiple time All-American in triathlon and duathlon, age-group National Sprint Triathlon Champion, National Open Water champion on a 2 mile cable course and winner/top 3 finisher of numerous local and regional multi-sport events over the years, including the Reston Triathlon, in which she was the Female Champion three times. She still holds the two fastest women's swim splits in the Reston race (20:29, 1981 and 21:08, 1989). In 2007, Coach Baker won the 45-49 Aquathlon World Championship in Ixtapa, Mexico.
Additional instructors include:
Meghan Thiel, Olympic Trials qualifier, four-time American University Swimming MVP, and 2 time Patriot League Swimmer of the Year, multiple event winner at Patriot-League Championships and NCAA Qualifier; triathlete and Director of the Curl Burke Swim School.
Buddy Reed, Head CUBU Masters Coach at the American University site, swam collegiately for Clemson Univ, top ACC performer.
What you'll get:
Underwater videotaping and analysis; a concepts discussion reviewing the important focal points in freestyle and progressive drills in a simple, easy to understand format that will have you swimming fast a lot faster.
Cost: $125/person for November Beginner Clinic and for the December Beginner Clinic.
$50/person for the Refresher Clinic (must have attended a clinic previously to be accepted into this clinic).
To register and pay online, go to:
A confirmation will be sent.
Where: REEVES AQUATIC CENTER-The Reeves Aquatic Center consists of two pools: an eight-lane 25-yard lap pool and a three-lane teaching pool. Enter through the Jacobs Fitness Center to get to the shower rooms and pools. All located in the Bender Arena/Sports Building. There's convenient, free parking in the attached Sports Center Garage. (see www.american.edu for a terrific, interactive map of the campus which will help you find the buildings).
First 15 accepted to ensure excellent instructor-student ratio in Beginner clinics; first 25 to Refresher Clinc.
Contact Beth O'Connor Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Curl-Burke Masters AU