Garrett McCaffrey | June 29th, 2012 | Categories: Featured, US Olympic Trials, Video
5 Time Olympic Gold Medalist Aaron Peirsol joins Garrett and Braden to talk about the night 5 action.
really want to see piersol!
Women’s 100 free. It’s more promising than on the women’s side but open your eyes. I think there will not be miracles. Again and it’s almost every time since 2000 most of the best american swimmers in this race are not pure specialists. They are backstrokers (Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin), one swims longer races (Allison Schmitt), one is breaststroker (Jessica Hardy), one swims butterfly (Dana Vollmer). They swim this race more for bonus and to make the relay. They are tired for most of them after many races so the times are disappointing. It’s the opposite of the Netherlands. They have 4 sprinters who train for that all year. That’s why they will destroy the olympic final in the relay. USA must look for young talents who will focus only on sprint races if you want that an american swimmer again wins the 100 free in a big competition.
Bobo Gigi, Not that I disagree with you.
But the women 4×100 free is on the first day.
Yes I know the relay is on the first day. Except Dana Vollmer who will have the 100 fly in the same evening others will not be tired if that’s what you have understood but I didn’t talk about that. I talked just on the overall level of sprint on the women’s side in these trials and why the american relay hasn’t won since 2000 and why an american sprinter hasn’t won since 1996 if I remember. But I could write the same thing about the men on individual. Except a big surprise there will not be one american on the podium in the 100 free on the men’s side and on the women’s side. If I try to be clear I think it’s strange and a bad sign that 2 of your 3 best swimmers in the 100 free on the men’s side are Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte who are all-around swimmers and that most of your best swimmers in the 100 free on the women’s side are Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer or Allison Schmitt who are absolutely not pure specialists. Michael and Ryan could swim 47.50 or less but they should give up the other races. Missy could swim 52.80 but she should give up the other races. Your biggest talents don’t train for sprint. They shine on other races. The pure sprinters USA have like Nathan Adrian or Amanda Weir are very good for the first and good for the second but they can’t play the medals. I think if the men’s relay isn’t on the podium and it’s possible and if the women’s relay doesn’t win for the third time in a row there will be some changes in american sprint training methods or in a different approach with the young talents. USA can’t accept to be outside the game in the 100 free.
Men’s 200 breast. Who is Scott Weltz? His last 50 were impressive. Very disappointed about Eric Shanteau. But open your eyes, american swimmers will not win medals in this race. And I’m not sure the 2 who will go to London will swim faster and even as fast in one month. I think they were at their top to qualify. How many times have we seen american swimmers who have swum much slower at the olympic games because they hadn’t the same energy one month later anymore? They can perhaps swim a final.
Weltz has been around on the national scene for a little while, and he has fantastic coaches. Maybe one of the most under-appreciated college coaches in the history of the sport in Pete Motekaitis.
Count it right here, you’re going to eat your words. Just like I said he’d make it in the 200.
I didn’t know him like I think most of swimming fans in the world. And it’s good to see new swimmers at the best level. His finish was incredible. And I don’t want to eat my words like you have said so nicely. Is he able to repeat the same thing and perhaps better in one month? That was my only question. I think he was fully tapered for these trials. And don’t forget he will probably have to swim around 2.10 to qualify on semi-finals, 2.09 to qualify on final and then 2.08 to win a medal. It will not be the same road. But perhaps he’s just a big talent who hasn’t finished to surprise us.
Sorry guys! Vimeo is experiencing some issues. Working to get the video up!
Men’s 200 back. Ryan Lochte will only swim the last 50 in his final. He has a so big margin. I think he would be very happy that Ryan Murphy finishes second behind him but it will be impossible. Tyler Clary will finish second. Ryan Murphy will finish third but it would be great for him to swim around 1.56. Next year it will be the beginning of his reign on backstroke.
I really think Ryan can swim a 1:55. I agree he probably won’t beat Clary after seeing him in the semis. But I still think he is capable of 1:55
Women’s 200 fly. Great last 50 for Cammile Adams. And her happyness after the race was great to see. But if she wants to have a little chance to win a medal she has to swim much faster in the first part of her race.
Excuse me, it’s not happyness but it’s happiness. My english continues to improve.
It was so great to see Camille Adams reaction after the race.
She kept crying and laughing at the same time and couldn’t stop hugging Hershey.
I wish her the best in the Olympics, and hoping her could final (medal will be much more harder, what with Liu, Jiaoyang, Hoshi, and Gandy all have taken 200 fly to 2:04 at least).
I maintain one thing ! BOBOGIGI is too pessimistic here on the women’s sprints side ! Usa was half a second behind the dutch last year in the final ! U add now a fast Schmitt to that relay and u got the strenght to challenge the dutch ! i beleive in the future 3 women’s relays all the way .
I still don’t know if you are american, english, australian, or french but if you support USA you are allowed to open your eyes. I’m french and I try to have an international view. The dutch swimmers are unbeatable. They will be much faster than last year. Ranomi Kronomidjojo is faster. And Marleen Veldhuis is much faster. USA would need 4 Missy behind the blocks.
hahahaha 4 Missy…. Schmitt is good too though. Yeah the USA will improve this summer. But the dutch will probably be faster too. We will have to wait and see
jean forgeting that Ranomi ir mora than a second faster also?
If BOBOGIGI finds out where i am from ( and has some physionomist talent for that ) ; i offer him a gift in Barcelona world championships 2012 ! ready ?
I think there’s a little of french behind you but I’m not sure. I have really no idea. You support very much the american swimmers. Excuse me I have no idea.
I’m pretty sure you’re from so cal. I remember you posting something about socal but im not sure.
Love Aaron Piersol! I thought he had a lot of great comments and insight. More Piersol if possible!
As Piersol said , happy to see new guys for the olympics on 200 breast ! For breastroke events, 4 different guys on the squad ! Wonderfull .
What?!? I totally did not know until watching this that McCaffrey is a Mizzou guy! Also good to hear from Peirsol. He’s such a genuinely nice guy and did so much for our sport…
Yes I like Aaron Peirsol. He’s the greatest backstroker of all time. And he’s so cool.
Hah, Piersol looks like a kid in a candy store right now…that excited to talk swimming! Awesome.
It seems strange to me that the US would take the top six from the 100 free final, surely the relay would be faster if they put Phelps and Lochte in.
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