Does an alternative training method help or hurt swimmers as they race against the clock and fellow competitors? That question was put to the test by Brooke and Alexis McWilliams as they opted out of time in the pool to instead spend two days this past week hiking more than 15 miles of strenuous trails in Glacier National Park.
That question weighed on the minds of both the swimmers and their coaches as they wondered how the change in practice routine would affect their swims at the Cut Bank Swimming Invitational. When the results came back, both swimmers showed that sometimes a break in the routine is a good thing! Brooke swam three personal best times while placing 1st in 50 breaststroke, 4th in 50 backstroke, and 9th in the 50 free! Alexis won the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke, and placed 2nd in the 100 free, achieving 2 personal best times of her own.
Races of the meet for both girls were their breaststroke events. Brooke continued to refine her technique and gain in speed as she beat out the top competitor from the West for the second meet in a row. Alexis got into her groove and stroked with precision and strength to remain a dominant breaststroke force! Congratulations to both girls on a successful weekend!