Kathleen Hersey Swimmer Training

A Broken 200s Practice with Two-Time Olympian Kathleen Hersey

Kathleen Hersey is a two-time Olympian who represented the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Games. In London, she placed fourth in the 200m butterfly.

Growing up in Atlanta, she trained at SwimAtlanta under coach Mark Minier. The following workout was done in June of 2008, a couple of months before she would make her first Olympic Games in Beijing.

“Kathleen never shied away from the challenges,” said Minier.

The workout was completed in short course yards.


1000 choice

8×100 IM @1:30

  • ODDS: drill-swim
  • EVENS: swim-drill

8×50 free swim @:45 (Breath 3/5/7/9 by 50)



  • 100 free kick @ 1:30 (kick-board optional)
  • 4×50 kick stroke @1:00, :55, :50, :45
  • 4×25 fly kick (12.5m underwater dolphin kick fast) @ :25

200 recovery to shake it out



  • 600 free swim with snorkel + paddles @7:30/7:20/7:10 by round
  • 3×100 free pull with snorkel @1:15/1:10/1:05 by round


Broken 200s

Four rounds:

  • 1×75 all out @1:10
  • 1×50 cruise @:45
  • 1×50 all out @:45
  • 1×50 cruise @:45
  • 1×50 all out @:45
  • 1×50 cruise @:45
  • 1×25 from a dive, all out
  • 100 easy @2:00

Add up the all-out efforts (75 + 50 + 50 + 25) to get a 200 time.

Hersey did one round of each stroke. Her results: 200 fly = 1:52.40, 200 back = 1:57.20, 200 breaststroke = 2:20, 200 freestyle = 1:47.20

Fun relays + 300 yard warm down

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***Props to Michael J. Stott who originally covered this workout for Swimming World Magazine in January 2009.

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Olivier Poirier-Leroy Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of YourSwimLog.com. He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.

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