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For the record: I don’t agree that a “high” stroke rate is a bad thing. I have my swimmers do the longest stroke they possibly can hold in a rhythmical fashion. You could understand rhythmical as “high(er)”.
E.g. in front crawl you will attain higher stroke rates when being able to hold upper arms in one line during the arm movement. In contrast with a “slower” catch-up (or hip-driven, or whatever you want to call it) stroke.
A long (distance-wise) stroke is good, because of the long power phase. That doesn’t necessarily mean a slow stroke. You can make long strokes at a “high” rate.
Please also define what you consider “high” in your claim.