Pennington Race Clinic: Strokes and Turns
An eight-week development program for competitive swimmers
At a Glance:
Coach: Lynn Shields, who brings more than twenty years of USS, high school, and summer rec swim experience with numerous swimmers in the Mercer County area
Dates: September 13 to November 4, 2021
Time: Monday to Thursday, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Cost: $675.00 for eight weeks
Location: The Pennington School’s Michael T. Martin Aquatics Center
Eligibility: Open to all high school and middle school* aged swimmers who want to improve their racing skills in all four strokes.
*Middle school aged swimmers must first undergo an evaluation to ensure this program is the right fit for their level of swimming and ability.
The primary focus of the Strokes and Turns Race Clinic is to help advance competitive swimmers’ abilities and skill levels to prepare them for the winter season and help them become solid technical swimmers.
The Race Clinic’s technique-based instruction will utilize a combination of drills, interval and endurance training, and tailored coaching that will help create the foundation for each swimmer to enter the winter swim season at a higher level. Along with active training and coaching, the clinic will provide the structure for continued growth, development, and refinement. Swimmers will learn practice drills in and out of the water that they can use outside the clinic to retrain and refresh their stroke technique and, ultimately, become more competitive middle school or high school swimmers.
The clinic will run for eight weeks, from September 13 to November 4. The program will be held Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at The Pennington School Aquatics Center. The clinic focuses on developing and refining stroke techniques and improving starts, turns, and finishes for all competitive strokes. Each week will include drill work on each stroke, technique-building for starts and turns, proper dryland technique, strength conditioning, and good nutrition habits, which will be discussed as part of preparing for a swim season.
This Race Clinic equates to 48 hours of expert coaching and practice time, plus the tools for continued growth. Due to the pandemic, parents and swimmers who register will receive specific visitor instructions with where to park and where (which exterior doors to use) to enter the pool. All visitors must follow our indoor guidelines while in the pool building. The coach will review this with you on the deck.
What each swimmer needs to bring:
- Swim fins — Fins help create momentum, improve the kick, and add propulsion. They are a critical training tool and are required; without them, many of the drills may be difficult.
- Hand paddles
- Pull buoy
- Mesh training bag — All training equipment must be brought to and from practice in a mesh swimming equipment bag. The School is not responsible for equipment left behind. Each swimmer should have their name on their own bag.
- Swim cap
Kick boards are provided.
If you need to purchase any training equipment listed above, we recommend calling The Sport Spot at 732–747–0585 (ask for Gloria Richter, the owner). The Sport Spot is located in Shrewsbury, NJ, and they will also deliver all items directly to your home. You can also order equipment online from SwimOutlet.
Instructor: Lynn Shields
Coach Shields has been involved with the sport of swimming for most of her life. She learned how to swim at the age of four and grew up swimming in the Princeton area. She swam for East Stroudsburg University as a freestyle sprinter and breaststroker. In her senior year they placed top three in the state.
Coach Shields’ coaching career began twenty-nine years ago, teaching swim lessons at Mercer County Community College. With a degree in sports science and athletic training and a minor in health education, coaching became her lifetime passion. In 1991 she started Lawrence Lightning swim team in Lawrenceville. She coached age group swimmers in Princeton for X-Cel swim team for four years, and then started a new USA team, Pennington Aquatics, in 2007. She also coached age group swimmers at Eastern Express for three years. In 2009 Shields served as head coach for the Hopewell Valley High School swim team. For the last fifteen years she has coached a strokes and turns clinic for swimmers at Lawrence Swimming Association during the summer. In 2014 Shields started a stroke and turn clinic at Hopewell Valley Golf swim club.
Shields moved to Lawrenceville with her husband and three children in 1989. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.