In this video lesson, Swimming Instructor, Phillip Toriello, teaches how to finish a backstroke race, by conserving your energy throughout the race so that you can sprint at the finish.
Video Transcript: "PHILLIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village, I'm Phillip Toriello from the Avila Bay Athletic Club. Much like with any race, you're going to be gauging and noticing the people on the side of you. So really, that's going to impact and have a huge effect on the timing of your finish and how fast you're going through your race. The most important thing to focus on, however, is that energy conservation. If you're on the middle of your race, you don't want to spend your energy just trying to catch up to the person in front of you but instead conserve that so you have more energy at the end while they may not. As far as your finish is concerned, you're going to be timing it just at the end of that race. So, for example, if you see someone next to you and they're just there, you just may have to push that envelope a little harder and push all the way through that finish line. Your backstroke flags are going to be a true indication as to how far that finish line is. So, I highly recommend during that portion those last five yards that you are turning it on and racing through that finish line. But please bear in mind that that wall will be coming up fast and you don't want to be knocking your head or throwing your fist into that wall."
In this course, Swimming Instructor Phillip Toriello gives 15 easy video lessons on How to Swim Competitive Backstroke. The backstroke, sometimes called the inverted freestyle, is a stroke that is swum on the back.