Garrett McCaffrey | June 27th, 2012 | Categories: Featured, US Olympic Trials, Video
Mel, Braden, Garrett, Roque, and a special Olympic guest recap the third finals session of the 2012 US Olympic Trials.
Ariana Kukors, Bobby Bollier, Breeja Larson, Dana Vollmer, Davis Tarwater, Elizabeth Beisel, Elizabeth Pelton, Engine Swimwear, Jessica Hardy, Margaret Hoelzer, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Ryan Lochte, swimswam recap, US Olympic Trials
I haven’t watched the races this time and I hope they will be archived somewhere.
When I see the results I can say it has been a great day of competition.
Michael and Ryan have made the minimum to qualify in the 200 free.
Great time for Missy in the 100 back. But I continue my lobbying. She must forget the 200 free if she wants to win the 100 back. This girl is amazing and has so many things to work in her race. The last 50 are always a show with her. She can break the world record in the years to come. As expected Rachel Bootsma was slower in final but she’s qualified and it’s the most important. Sad for Natalie Coughlin but it isn’t a surprise. She has made a fantastic career. Her 59.58 in 2002 will stay for me as one of the best accomplishments in swimming. Now it can make a little problem for the women’s 4X100 medley relay. This relay has a big margin for the gold medal but the team can change. I’m waiting for the 100 free to be sure but the question to put Missy or Rachel at the start will be tough to answer. If you put Missy on backstroke you are sure to swim ahead of the other teams and it’s very important in a relay but you must find another great sprinter for freestyle. If Lia Neal, Amanda Weir or Megan Romano swim under 53.50 at the trials it’s a good choice. If you put Rachel on backstroke you will probably be on the fourth to sixth place because I believe she will struggle to swim as fast in London. However even with Rachel at the start, with Rebecca, Dana and Missy after USA are well ahead of the other teams in the world. I say that only on a perspective of a world record.
Giant time for the giant Matt Grevers in the 100 back. Camille Lacourt isn’t alone anymore. It’s until now the swim of the meet. Now we’ll see if he’s able to swim this time or a faster time in London because we have already seen in the past many american swimmers who were slower at the olympic games. But it’s a great performance. And overall great 100 back for Ryan Murphy. It’s tough to repeat 3 times a big race for a so young guy. The future is for him.
And about the women’s 200 breaststroke it’s great to see Breeja Larson at this level. And I like her style in the water. She’s still a baby in swimming. The future is bright for her. Again I don’t know if she’ll be able to swim faster in London but it’s already a great accomplishment for her. Just a thing. For me the biggest news isn’t she has beaten Rebecca Soni, it’s more she has beaten Jessica Hardy to qualify for London. I’m absolutely not worried like many people are about Rebecca Soni. She knows what she does. Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni are the american swimmers who have the biggest margin to qualify. Dana Vollmer has choiced to swim fast at these trials. We’ll see in London. Rebecca Soni has choiced to prepare only the olympic games. She isn’t absolutely ready for these trials. The big show will be in London for her.
So has Lacourt actually trained enough this year to challenge Grevers, or is he still spending all his time modelling?
Since last summer he’s focused on training. I think he’s able to swim his time from 2010. We have now two giants as favorites in the 100 back.
I think you forget the Allison Schmitt can probably be a 53 low with a flat start after how fast she was in Austin and I would expect her to be on that relay if she puts up a decent swim here in Omaha.
Agree with you but she will be perhaps a little tired.
Don’t forget about natalie on that 4 x 100 medley relay. She could still bounce back with a good 100 free yet and end up anchoring that one
She will swim 200 free , here and in London ! we shall see who has the best vision prediction with her ! I camp on Her making the 200 free .
I have noticed that Missy wasn’t sure to swim the 200 free in Omaha and she said she did it only because she wanted to be on the relay. I think she didn’t need to prove she deserved a spot. But she has not spoken about the individual. She has a smart coach and I hope she’ll take the right decision. 1 gold medal is better than 2 bronze medals.
Just for information : some races are available on yutube !
But many of them are available on short time, because the nazis NBC would tell youtube to pull them out.
HI Guys, will someone please interview Rachel Bootsma. Missy deserves everything she gets. She is a fantastic young lady, but Rachel beat Natalie to make the Olympic Team and most people had not heard of her. Todd deserves a big congratulations for his work with Missy, but Kate Lundsten also deserves a big congratulations for her work with Rachel. It is great that we have two Olympians who live and train in pl;aces like Colorado and Minnesota.It shows that there are great swimmers and coaches all over the country.
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