The goal is to minimize drag that may result from bending the elbow or relaxing the arm.
Welcome back to our last and final segment on freestyle flipturns.
In Part’s I and II, we discussed the approach into the wall and the turn at the wall. This leaves only one major portion of the flipturn left — the breakout.
As stated in Part II, the final position a swimmer is in after the flip is with their feet planted on the wall, their body in a squat position, and their arms overhead in a streamline. Ideally, we want the arms in a streamline before the feet plant on the wall to avoid a swimmer pushing off and still locking in their arms into a streamline.
From this position, there is really a few options for a swimmer: