Aquatic center swimmer perfects technique |

Aquatic center swimmer perfects technique

Leah Roots loves to swim. Her earliest memory of swimming in hotel pools while on vacation with her family, was having no interest in playing the water-games her brother wanted to play, but, instead, she wanted to swim laps.

Now, the Park City High School junior not only trains with the high school swim team, but also trains after school with the Park City Aquatic swim team.

As with the other swimmers on his team, coach Mike Werner wants Roots to race not only in her strongest event of the breaststroke, but also butterfly, backstroke and freestyle, so swimmers are versatile and may fine that become stronger with a stroke they hadn’t considered.

Root started racing two years ago and is now hooked to the demanding sport. She played soccer before she swam competitively. "It’s harder than soccer. I was in bed by 7: p.m. the first three weeks I swam," she said.

I’ve learned so much about how to perform strokes correctly, Root said, believing Werner has made her a more efficient swimmer in races.

"She’s a very dedicated young lady, who wants to be as good as she can be," said Werner.

Root works as a lifeguard at the Aquatic Center when she is not working on her race technique.

If Root has a weakness, she admits it’s probably the doughnuts she eats. She said when she swims she can eat whatever she wants without gaining weight. "Most of my friends are on the swim team, and we pig out together," she said. But when she took some time off last summer, she found that conditioning can be lost quickly. Even when she is in her best shape, she said the workouts Werner puts the team through leave her tired and sore, and she loves it.

As the one-hour after-school workout comes to an end, both Root and Werner when asked what they would most like to see at the Aquatic Center. A 50 meter pool is on Werner’s dream list. For Root, she sheepishly admits she would like to see a pool slide at the center, raising an eyebrow of Werner. All work no play

For more information on Aquatic Center community swim programs, call 645-5617.

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