Race-Day Trick: Drafting 101

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

Ride the wave

Swimmers create a “bow wave” as they move forward through the water. The faster and larger the swimmer, the bigger the wave. In this example, the swimmer on the left is riding the wave by aligning her head at the other swimmer’s hip. This is a smart drafting position because she does not have to lift her head to follow the lead swimmer.

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