Race-Day Trick: Drafting 101

  • By Sara McLarty
  • Published Nov 25, 2013
  • Updated Feb 9, 2014 at 10:40 PM UTC

Drafting can reduce energy output by up to 38 percent. These positions will help you swim faster and easier in your next race. 

Follow the feet

This is the basic drafting position. The swimmer on the left of the image follows directly behind the feet of the swimmer on the right and stays within 2 feet for the most benefit. Try not to touch the lead swimmer’s feet and don’t trust that they will navigate the course correctly.

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