Mr. Dennis Manrique
Detroit 9, Michigan
April 18, 1963
I know that it is very discouraging to train so hard and to
times not improve. I do feel that the cold water that you were swimming
in at Brennan Pools affected your stroke and probably made you lose
of your feel for the water. I have found this frequently is the case
our own boys. When Chet swims in cold water, he loses all feel and
his stroke goes bad.
Under separate cover, I am sending you a copy of the type of
we do. We do not do such distances as you have outlined in your
We concentrate on swimming 200s and under with very few 880 or mile
It is very difficult to say without seeing you swim exactly what is
with your stroke. I would recommend, however, that if your stroke has
bad, switching to another stroke for a short period of time does
seem to help. We have had to do this with some of our swimmers. In some
cases they have found their stroke after being away from it for a
I realize that what I have told you may now be of much help.
do think that you might benefit some it you were able to swim in warmer
water or if you were able to train with shorter distances.
Best of luck with your swimming this summer. If you could
Nakasone or Chet to look at your stroke, I am sure that they could make
some suggestions. I am not able to do this because of NCAA rules.