Barracuda Details

BACK LAYOUT 

Design:

 1) Alignment 
  • -ears, hips and ankles on a horizontal line 
2) Extension 
  • -from the head, through the trunk, hips, legs and feet 

Control:

 1) Water line 
  • -face, front of trunk, thighs, and feet at the surface 


Common Errors: 
  • Thighs underwater 
  • Feet underwater 
  • Face out of horizontal line
  • Lack of extension in trunk 

BACK LAYOUT TO SUBMERGED BACK PIKE POSITION (LEGS VERTICAL) 

Design 

1) Alignment 
  • Of Static Parts - Not Applicable 
  • Of Parts in Motion 
    • head and trunk move from a horizontal line at surface to a diagonal line as hips descend on vertical line
    • legs and feet move from horizontal line at surface, as hips descend, to a vertical over the hips 

Control

 1) Water line 
  • with the toes just under the surface 
Common Errors 
  • Pike not compact 
  • Head / trunk alignment errors; head forward, shoulders/back rounded 
  • Hips footfirst travel under feet as legs lift 
  • Legs off vertical 

BACK PIKE 

Design:

 1) Alignment (compactness) 
  • from the head, through the trunk, to the hips on a line 
  • from the hips, through the legs and feet on a line 
  • the two lines described above as close together as possible (forming the tightest angle - compactness) 
2) Extension 
  • from the head, through the trunk, to the hips 
  • from the hips, through the legs and feet 
Common Errors: 
  • Knees bent 
  • Not compact
  • Rounded back 
  • Head out of line 
  • Ankles/feet not extended 

SUBMERGED BACK PIKE ("V") TO VERTICAL (RAPID) 

Design: 


1) Alignment 
  • Of Static Parts
    • Not applicable 
  • Of Parts in Motion
    • hips and legs thrust upward on the vertical line of the legs 
    • trunk, and head unroll to the same vertical line as the legs 

Control: 

1) Water line 
  • rising rapidly from the toes just under the surface to maximum height possible 
2). Timing 
  • rapid thrust/lift 
  • vertical line, and maximum height reached simultaneously 

Common Errors 
  • Legs rock forward to start 
  • Vertical alignment errors, tilted, piked, arched, head out of line 
  • Head and trunk move toward the vertical line with flat or arched back 
  • Lift not rapid 
  • Insufficient height 

VERTICAL 

Design: 

1) Alignment 
  • ears, hips, and ankles on a vertical line, head downward 
2) Extension 
  • from the head, through the trunk, hips, legs and feet 

Control: 

1) Water line 
  • subject to figure specifications 
Common Errors: 

  • Hips piked 
  • Head out of line 
  • Low water level 

VERTICAL TO SUBMERGED VERTICAL 

Design: 


1) Alignment 
  • Of Static Parts 
    • Not Applicable 
  • Of Parts in Motion 
    • ears, hips, and ankles on a vertical line, descend on same vertical line 

Control: 

1) Water line 
  • hips start as close to surface as possible, toes submerged at completion 
2) Timing 
  • uniform descent until toes submerge 
-IN A BARRACUDA AND HIGHTOWER THE DESCENT IS RAPID. 

Common Errors 
  • Vertical alignment errors (tilted, piked, shoulders out of line) 
  • Travel off vertical line
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