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Swimming with the masters


Submitted by Park City Recreation

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and an activity one can enjoy through the later stages of life. This summer, all levels of swimmers ages 16 and over are encouraged to take advantage of the PC MARC's Masters Program at the outdoor lap pool. From recreational swimmers to triathletes, coaches direct varied workout sessions designed to improve technique, strokes and fitness.

The coached sessions meet Monday through Friday from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8 a.m. They are led by a team of experienced coaches.

Kelly O'Brien, a former competitive swimmer, has coached high school and college athletes for the past seven years. She says, "My endurance- and aerobic-based workouts can benefit both the traditional lap swimmer and the elite triathlete."

Another of the swim coaches, Alec Topkis, offers a personalized approach to the workouts and can modify them to be easier or more challenging based on the levels and goals of those participating.

"I am there to help improve technique and speed without pressure to finish the set or go faster than one is comfortable with," he explains. "The focus varies daily to include freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, fly, kicking, speed and endurance."

Topkis, a student at the University of Oregon who coaches youth and Masters swimming, added that the many Parkites participating in triathlons can benefit greatly by joining a couple of Masters swim workouts per week. Those who can't make the Masters Program at its scheduled times can view the workout on a board any time that day at the pool and follow it on their own.

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PC MARC members with a class pass can join the workouts for free, and others can pay a drop-in rate of $9 for locals and $12 for non-residents.

For more information, visit ParkCityRecreation.org or call 435-615-5400.