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backstroke

1. Swimming
a. a stroke performed on the back, using backward circular strokes of each arm and flipper movements of the feet
b. (as modifier): the backstroke champion
2. Chiefly US a backhanded stroke
3. Bell-ringing the upward movement of the bell rope as the bell swings back and forth
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Beginning as a backstroker and representing England in the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, he won a scholarship to Arizona State University.
A backstroker used these flags to judge how close to the wall she was.
As a mechanical consequence of this style, the backstrokers have to use the catch-up coordination.
We have always had good backstrokers and I think that what happened in 2002 could happen again.
Bumping the head at the end discourages young backstrokers.
Chris, born in South Shields but now living in Wallsend, has emerged from a glut of top-quality backstrokers in Britain to make Montreal.
In the history of the Olympics, only three male backstrokers have successfully defended their 100 title and only one, East German Roland Matthes, has won back-to-back titles in the 200.
He called himself ``one of the top backstrokers in the CIF-Southern Section,'' yet finished fifth at the section final.
The junior, a member of the Rose Bowl Aquatics team, also is one of the top butterfliers and backstrokers in the Southern Section.
The junior is one of the Southern Section's top butterfliers and backstrokers and swims with the Rose Bowl Aquatics national team, which maintains his speed and stamina.