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.