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    shorest swimmers at there

    So, how many of you don't fit the sterotype, over 6 foot if you are a guy or 5'"8 if you are a gal. I'm only 5'4", so how many of us are there out there?

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    I'm a 5'9" guy. And I stopped growing years ago! (Vertically at least.)

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    Short and round

    I am 5'8" and 200ilbs and have no problems.

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    I'll go out on a limb and say most of us don't fit. I'm under 6 and don't give it a second thought.

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    I'm 5'3" and don't have full range of motion in either arm due to an accident that turned both arms, at the elbows, into 'a pecan that had been smashed with a hammer' (thats the way the doc described the break to me) My stroke is even shorter than what it normally would be, BUT, I don't allow myself to think what might be if... thats just waisted energy and I'd rather use that energy to become better with the abilities I have now.

    So would anyone care to estimate what a good stroke count might be for me? When I read posts on stroke count I always wonder what might be a reasonable goal for me..

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    So what is the typical sterotype of a swimmer.

    I am 5'2" with my deck shoes on.
    I try to hold my own and I would never use my size as an excuse.

    You can be just a efficient in the water.

    Size doesn't matter in swimming.

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    There is no doubt that being taller helps make faster swimmers. If you doubt it, just look at the average height of the male swimmers in the 50 or 100 or 200 meters freestyle at the latest world championships. To assert otherwise is foolish.

    This is not to say that shorter swimmers can't be faster than taller swimmers, just that being taller helps. Nor is it an issue that deserves much thought.

    For the record I am 6' in the morning, maybe. I get beat by shorter swimmers and taller swimmers, and sometimes beat shorter swimmers and sometimes beat taller swimmers. I rarely, however, win against the really fast swimmers.

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    I dont fit the stereo type, im only 5'5 130 lbs

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    I fit the stereotype, 6' 2" 180 lbs. I get beat by MANY people shorter and heavier than myself, so that tells me I need to shrink and gain some weight!!!

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    I have had the pleasure of beating and being beaten by Sam and never thought about his height and weight. I didn't even realize he was 2+ inches taller than me! Next time maybe you'll give me a headstart?

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    Fritz,

    I thought you already had a 10 year head start on me! Isn't that enough???

    BTW Congrats at Nats this summer you swam awesome!!

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    big feet help too,act like flippers

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    MALE 5'-7" 175#
    I SWIM 2800 PER WORKOUT, 3X WEEKLY

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    My best friend is 5'4" tall, 34 years old, been swimming since 6 years old, holds a number of our master's team records, and is able to qualify for out national team in several events.
    She swims 1500 free in 19 minutes... She did the postal 5K in 1:11:44
    She did LaYolla rough water gator run (3 miles) in 1:12 (I think, or 1:14) swimming through some major kelp patches.

    Her specialty is 200 and 400 IM.

    In practice, she laps most 6'+ guys, except for 3-4 best ones.

    Did I mention she's my hero?

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    I'm only 5'3". I was even shorter during my peak competitive time, and did very well.
    Wendy

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    I'm 4'6" and weigh 234 lbs. I float llike a cork, but my arms don't reach the water. Help!
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine, not those of U.S. Masters Swimming. But maybe they should be.

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    At least you float and don't sink. I'm a floater myself. On the heavyside but not 234 and only 5'4" my strokes are high.

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    I'm 5 foot 2 inches and I never really let it get me down when I'm swimming. It was really a rush for me to get up on the blocks as the shortest and then to kick some butt and beat everyone!!

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    One of my first coaches told me that "water was the great equalizer" and reminded me that "great things come in small packages like diamonds and dynamite."
    5'1" and I still prefer LC meters.

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    Exclamation Shortest Swimmer!!!

    Mike,

    Oh my God, are you allright???? When I saw you recently you were taller than 4'6" weren't you?
    Glenn

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