Coaches often try to keep their swimmers focused on maintaining a streamlined body position. This includes keeping an optimal head position, looking straight down, in order to minimize resistance while breathing and kicking.
“I am reminded of the advantages of being streamlined and minimizing resistance when swimming when I observed Italian freediver Alessia Zecchini diving to 107 meters below the surface while holding her breath for more than 3½ minutes [to set a constant weight apnea freediving world record],” observed Steven Munatones.
“Her efficiency of movement is impressive.”
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