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Webinar: Secrets to Open Water Swim Success


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Topic: Secrets to Open Water Swim Success

Whether you are a seasoned triathlete or a beginner, the swim portion of the race is always the hardest part to control. If you have confidence in the pool but lose technique upon entering the water, then learn tips and drills used by some of the best open water and pool swimmers as taught by renowned open water swim coach Catherine Vogt.  In this hour-long webinar, you will hear specific strategies successful pool swimmers use to reduce uncertainties in open water.  Plus, learn training ideas and practices that will have you paralleling in the pool what you may experience in open water racing.  Catherine will also offer detailed tips to coaches that will assist in minimizing efficiency challenges both in the pool AND open water, along with sharing stories from her tireless work with some of the best open water and pool athletes in the world.

In this webinar, you will gain:

• Techniques used by gold and silver Olympic medalists in the 10K race
• Strategies for mental and physical preparation for any race
• Training ideas and sets to incorporate into your pool and open water sessions 

Purchase this archived webinar here.

Catherine Vogt

Catherine Vogt is currently in her sixth year as an assistant men's and women's swim coach at the University of Southern California. She came to USC after three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, The University of North Carolina (2005-2008). She has served as a USA National Team Coach for Open Water as well as pool staff for multiple years and has worked with numerous coaches and athletes (domestic and international) at the highest level.

Vogt also coached at the 2012 London Olympics, working with former Trojan swimmer and Olympic medalist Ous Mellouli, who walked away with gold in the Marathon 10K and bronze in the 1500m free, as well as American Haley Anderson who took silver in the Marathon 10K. Under Vogt’s direction, Mellouli and Anderson both earned their spots at the Olympics with first-place finishes at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal, Portugal.

Vogt also served as head coach for the 2009 (Rome) and 2013 (Barcelona) U.S. Open Water World Championship teams, in 2009 providing the U.S. team with one silver, one bronze, five top 10 finishes and a team finishing in fourth among 36 nations . In 2013, Haley Anderson won the gold medal in the 5K which was the first medal for team USA at the World Championships.

2008 was a busy season as she served as assistant coach to  2008 U.S. Open Water World Championship team that competed in Seville, Spain. She also coached swimmers to second- and third-place finishes at U.S. Nationals, which qualified them for two of the five available spots on the World Championship team. She then traveled to Beijing, China, as U.S. head coach for the Open Water test event.

Vogt's resume boasts several national-level coaching stints prior to 2008 that include serving as head coach at both the 2006 Pan Pacific Open Water Championships and the 2007 Pan American Games, as well as serving as assistant for the men's coach at the 2007 Pan Am Games. Her position on the 2007 Pan Am Games men's staff marked the first time a female coach was named to a U.S. men's team staff at an international competition. She also was an assistant coach at the USA Swimming National Select Open Water camp in 2006 and 2007, as well as at the 2005 and 2006 Open Water World Championships.

She has coached age group and senior swimmers that qualified and won medals at the World University Games, Open Water National Championships, Open Water World Championships, U.S. Senior National Championships, Junior Pan Pacific Games, World Championship Trials, and U.S. Olympic Trials. Prior to coaching at North Carolina, Vogt coached at the Carteret Currents Swimming Club in North Carolina. Vogt has also coached club teams in Virginia and Mississippi.

She graduated from UNC in 2000 with degrees in education and psychology. She lives in El Segundo, CA and has a daughter, Carson Elizabeth, born Oct. 1, 2010.



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members, Coaches and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: Jan. 15, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST

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