Step #3: The Snap

So that bumps us into step three, which is the snap. To snap,  a swimmer starts to bend their knees and straighten their legs as they’re forcefully pushing that water backwards with the insides of their feet in the top. The snapping motion is a circle. So, you bring the feet out and around and then back together. That’s why the Breaststroke kick has been traditionally called like a frog kick, because you have the same similar motion to what a frog would do as they’re kicking to get them up and down a pond. A newer component of the Breaststroke kick that some biomechanist have been talking about and kind of harping on is the finish of the kick being lower than the rest of their body. This allows a swimmer, if they do it well, to have a little bit of space between the finish of the kick and then the start of the heels bring up to the bum, which gives you a distance or depth that you can create Up Kick, which is like the back half of the Dolphin Kick. Not all Breaststrokers that are fast on the elite level are doing this Up Kick whip at the end of their Breaststroke kick, but some are. So, one that comes to mind off the top my head that most people know now is Lily King. If you slow down her legs you can see that she goes through all four of these steps. She finishes with the feet a little bit lower than the body line and then from there she whips the feet up to her regular body line and then goes through the four steps again.