Tennessee Swimming Takes on the Harlem Shake

  7 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 11th, 2013 | Featured, Lifestyle

Breaking SwimSwamNews!

Ok, maybe not breaking news, but it is funny.

Ed Walsh, British Swimmer and captain of  the University of Tennessee Swim Team, is the first to bring the Harlem Shake to the global swimming community.

Trap – a mix of hip-hop, crunk, house and dub — is gaining momentum thanks to a lot crazy videos (like the one above). Trap has arguably been around since 2004, starting in the Southern hip-hip scene, but the “Harlem Shake” videos are what’s driving the popularity now.

The Harlem Shake is a dance that began in Harlem, New York long ago and went mainstream in 1981. This year, 2013, with the release of the song “Harlem Shake” by American producer Baauer (and all those videos I’m referring to, like UT Swimming’s), the dance has gone viral.

At SwimSwam we were about to make a post encouraging teams to take on the Harlem Shake. Volunteer, Ed Walsh, beat us to the punch, and for that we thank him!  The big question is what UT Swimming Coach Matt Kredich thinks of their effort? Stayed tuned. We’ll ask him in 11 days at the SEC Conference Championships.

You can follow UT Swimming on Twitter here.

You can follow UT Swimmer, Ed Walsh on Twitter here.

Go VOLS!

Comments

  1. Davis Wuolle says:
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    I was literally about to post this.

  2. harlemshake says:
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    Check out the Presidential Edition of the Harlem Shake!

  3. Hungry Hippo says:
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    I heard Tennessee rested for this video

  4. Howdy says:
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    The new harlem shake videos are insane… A business in my field just put one out and then it’s like everyone in the field followed. Have to get on the band wagon :)

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »