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PHILIP TORIELLO: Hello and welcome to Expert Village. I'm Philip Toriello from the Avila

Bay Athletic Club. The breaststroke finish. The breaststroke finish is incredibly important.

You want to finish strong and you want to drive yourself through that finish line. The

best way to learn about your finish is to work on the different techniques and practice

as far as your glide, your pull and your recovery. These three things are the biggest aspects.

You can gauge yourself as far as the people next to you or you can gauge yourself and

your distance off the backstroke flags. What I recommend is simply doing 25 sprints--25-yard

sprints and really gauging the wall. For example, if I'm right here and I'm popping up, will

my finish drive me through the wall, not just come up to the wall and then I have to reach

an extra inch or two but will the kick from this point drive me through that wall. And

really that's what it's all about. It's about the reach. It's not about coming up shorts

and ending up right here on my kick close to the wall and then having to lean forward.

It's all about timing and how far out I'll be for that last final stretch into that wall.

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