April 18, 2009
Brian Nabeta is the head coach and aquatics director of the Arden Hills Swim Team, which just became an affiliate.
The Arden Hills Swim Club may conduct one of the strangest swimming workouts in the world, but the kids aren’t complaining—especially after what happened to them at the Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas last December.
Seventeen year-old Katie Edwards dreamed of finishing in the top five. She did even better, winning the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Along the way, she obliterated her PRs. Her time in the 200 went from 2:19.30 to 2:11.22. And her time in the 100 went from 1:03.92 to 1:00.88.
“That took her from ‘good’ to someone who’d score a Top 8 in the NCAA,” says coach Brian Nabeta. “And she wasn’t the only one. We had kids ranked fifty-something who finished in the top sixteen. We had kids who had no chance at finals, yet got close. Out of 37 individual events, we had 33 lifetime bests.
“Other coaches were coming to me saying: ‘Oh, my God, what are you doing?’”
The answer is a hybrid that no one’s ever heard of before: CrossFit swimming.