Butterfly Start

The butterfly start is fairly straightforward but, as with all components of a race, it is important.  The performance the start could mean the difference between first and last place. 

The Start. The butterfly start is identical to other starts until after the entry.  For the butterfly start, many swimmers like to dive a bit deeper in order to maximize the benefits of an underwater dolphin kick--which can be extremely fast for some swimmers.  Otherwise, the start is essentially the same.  Breakout info is listed below under the turn.  See the Starts archive for more detail.