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Swimming is a competitive and recreational water sport competed in individually or on a relay, however points can be scored for a team. Competitive swimming is seperated into several categories some in open water, others in a competition pool which can take place in a 25-yard 25-meter or 50-meter long pool. There are four competitive swimming strokes, freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.

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swimmer body shaving

Sports; Swimming

The removal of hairs as well as the thin layer of dead skin cells that coat the outer layer of the epidermis to make a swimmer's body more aerodynamic in the water. Full body shaving before a ...

alternate strokes

Sports; Swimming

This refers to front and back crawl strokes.


Sports; Swimming

A swimmer's halfway time in a race. This is measured every 50 meters.

flutter kicks

Sports; Swimming

The legs move independently of each other, not in unison, in an up and down motion.


Sports; Swimming

In a relay race this means that the swimmer who is jumping into the pool after their partner touches base. A flyer leaves the starting block too soon, before their partner has touched the base, and ...


Sports; Swimming

The swimmer swims on their stomach, their back above the top of the water. The swimmers arms are moving in alternating strokes and the swimmers legs are going in a non-stop, flutter kick, kicking ...

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