Courtesy of Jorge Paulo Pereira of 3 Iron Sports and organizer of the Swim Challenge Cascais.

Every swimmer has their preferred positioning when drafting off a competitor.

Some like to be right behind their foes, occasionally touching the toes in front of them and swimming in the froth of their kick. Others like to tuck in right below their competitor’s shoulders, torso-to-hip so to speak. Others prefer to catch the slipstream of somewhere in between so their head is positioned at the hips or upper legs of the lead swimmer [see photo above].

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