LEAD YOUR LANE
Have you ever noticed how the people who lead their lane the most in practice are the fastest? Huh… I wonder why that is. I realize that leading the lane is scarier than getting your wisdom teeth pulled, but give it a shot. You’ll find that while it may not be easy, it’s more fun that staring at somebody’s toes for two hours. If you’re paranoid that the next person in your lane might catch you and…heaven forbid…TOUCH your toes, ask them to leave ten seconds behind you. You can also just swim FASTER.
You’ll also discover that the people who lead the lane tend to get more attention from the coach. I don’t know why, it just works that way. By getting more attention and advice from the coach, you can become a faster swimmer. (Of course, you first have to LISTEN to your coach and try to do what he or she tells you to do.) You don’t have to lead the lane every day or in every set, but try to give it a shot a couple times a week.