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Front Crawl or Freestyle?

Updated on June 17, 2008
 

What's the difference between Front Crawl and Freestyle?

I get this question a lot.

Front Crawl is a swimming stroke. Swimming face down with alternate arm pulls, and recovering arms above the water. The legs kick down alternately from the hips with a taught knee and loose ankle. Breathing is done by turning the head to the side as needed.

Freestyle is a speed swimming term for swim meets. In a freestyle race you can swim anyway you wish. On your front, your back, under water, breast stroke, back crawl, butterfly. The most common stroke used for freestyle is Front Crawl because it is the fastest stroke.

There are 2 times when this is not correct:

1] In an Indivudual Medly event the swimmer swims equal portions of 4 strokes. Butterfly, Back Crawl, Breast Stroke and Freestyle. In this event "Freestyle" means any way you want to EXCEPT Butterfly, Back Crawl, or Breast Stroke as they have already been defined in the event.

2] In an Medly Relay event 4 swimmers swim equal portions of Back Crawl, Breast Stroke, Butterfly and Freestyle. In this event "Freestyle" means any way you want to EXCEPT Butterfly, Back Crawl, or Breast Stroke as they have already been defined in the event.

Other items to note:

"1-2-3-breathe" is a DRILL for Front Crawl

"Bent-Arm recovery" is a STYLE of Front Crawl

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      ryannn 7 years ago

      OMG HAHAHA YOU ARE SOO FUNNY WAIT, YOU DO KNOW THAT FREESTYLE IS FRONT CRAWL RIGHT?! OMG THIS IS SOOO HILARIOUS

      ~ryansc1@mac.com~

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      zac 5 years ago

      he wrote a whole article explaining the differences and yet you tell him hes wrong

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      2 years ago

      Thanks for this great description. I've always been so confused by the difference

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