I am glad you can find the humor in their swimming. This past Monday (usually a long or mid distance day) we had a stroke day assigned in honor of one of our swimmers and you are right it is fun to watch triathletes do these. Our top 2 lanes tend to be populated by the "true swimmers" who have just been turned into distance people. Even some of them baulked at the workout.
Only the second and third lanes did the workout as written, all of the others adjusted it and turned into freestyle lanes.
Today (an IM day) only 4 people showed up. Says alot.
I am in a maintenance mode till nationals since I am doing distance events. But in the evenings I am swimming with the kids and remembering what it feels like to sprint and kick(something I am terrible at but working on).
After Nationals I will make a total switch to the kids team and the coach and I are committed to retrain me as the sprinter I was and should still be according to my lactate test.