2014 US National Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Results

  247 Tony Carroll | August 09th, 2014 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

2014 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 3 – FINALS

Click here for the full preview of the day 3 finals at the 2014 US National Championships in Irvine, California.

Katie Ledecky had the crowd on their feet this morning with a 3:59.89 performance in the 400m freestyle. The world record stands at 3:59.15 and if she’s faster tonight she could be around that mark. Her splits were extremely even this morning, but she fell off the world record pace after 300 meters.

Tonight there’s no doubt she’ll be going for that world record, or at least the American record that she set last year the 2013 World Championships in 3:59.82. She was seven one-hundredths off that time in prelims, so there’s tons of room for that record to fall.

If she breaks the world record tonight, she’ll be the first swimmer since Janet Evans to hold world records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles.

Matt McLean was your fastest qualifier this morning for the final clocking in a 3:49.32 to lead a very close field. Everyone in prelims was within three seconds of each other so tonight’s race should shape up to be a dog fight to the wall.

McLean won the 200m freestyle earlier in the meet so there’s no question whether or not he’s well rested. He’ll be a factor tonight, but one man you can’t count out is Conor Dwyer. Dwyer hasn’t been spectacular this meet only throwing down a 1:47.18 to finish behind McLean in the 200 free, but rested or not Dwyer is a racer.

Dwyer isn’t as fast as he always is, but granted that he has a spot on the team already he doesn’t need to be fully rested and should be come Pan Pacs. Throw Michael McBroom who won a silver medal in the 800m freestyle at last year’s world championships, Michael Klueh, and Ryan Feeley into the mix and this final should be a good back-and-forth battle to the wall.

Micah Lawrence has been on fire this meet in the breaststroke events. She won the 200, her specialty, and even took home a bronze medal in the 50 behind both Breeja Larson and Jessica Hardy. There’s no denying that Jessica Hardy has the speed to win this final. She should be out like a rocket and give it everything she has to hold on heading into the wall.

Breeja Larson had a similar strategy this morning. She held off a little on the first 50, but didn’t have too much speed coming home. She finished second in the 200m breaststroke so this middle ground in the 100 might be where she steps out to shine. Silver in the 50, silver in the 200, and fighting with a sprint breaststroker and a distance breaststroker should make things extremely interesting tonight.

Lawrence will have the middle lane after swimming a 1:06.97 this morning to be the only swimmer under 1:07. Flanked on both sides of her will be Larson and Hardy. All three have different strategies, which should make for a great race.

Kevin Cordes is going in as the defending national champion in this event, and without a doubt has the upper hand after a great prelim 200m breaststroke swim and a solid second place finish behind newcomer Brendan McHugh in the 50.

McHugh is the dark-horse going into this race, but definitely could be a huge factor. The two raced this morning and ultimately Cordes came out on top, but  McHugh was only about half a second behind him to be the second fastest qualifier so far.

The race will be between these two swimmers in the middle of the pool. Cordes should be able to dip under the 1:00 barrier again, and if pushed, McHugh may follow him.

This backstroke final is pretty much just a Cal backstroke set. Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, and Elizabeth Pelton will all be battling it out in the middle of the pool. They’re all very familiar with racing each other which should make things extremely interesting tonight.

Olivia Smoliga was with the three girls tonight and she’ll be in lane number three. She finished ahead of Pelton this morning in the overall rankings, so she’s in a great position to spoil the Cal 1-2-3 podium sweep.

The men’s 100m backstroke has arguably the most depth out of any final at these championships. There are five swimmers who have represented the US in LC international competition, and the other three aren’t slackers either. Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers, Nick Thoman, David Plummer, Eugene Godsoe, Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley, and James Wells will be your championship finalists.

These are all big names, and all these swimmers have a shot at doing something big tonight. Coming in hot however is David Plummer after a 50m backstroke win last night. Plummer will be in lane five with Matt Grevers in lane four and Michael Phelps in six.

Grevers was the fastest qualifier, but you can bet he had a nightmare this afternoon of he took a after prelims nap about a charging Michael Phelps running him down on the last 50. Coming home, Phelps was fast. So fast in fact that he negative split his 100m back race.

The splits themselves don’t do justice to this. For anyone who watched the race, it seemed as though he was swimming against a field full of anchors coming home. He kicked it into a fifth gear and just flew home.

With Phelps’ back half speed he’ll be a major factor in this race if he can start that first 50 a little faster than he did this morning. Ryan Murphy was the third fastest qualifier ahead of Phelps and will have an opportunity to get on the podium again after he earned himself a silver in the 200m backstroke final behind Tyler Clary.

 Special thanks to SwimSwam contributor Mitch Bowmile for the preview above. 

 

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 4:04.05 – Katie Ledecky 
  • Meet Record: 3:59.89 – Katie Ledecky – 2014 
  • World Record: 3:59.15 – Federica Pellegrini – 2009
  • American Record: 3:59.82 – Katie Ledecky– 2013
  • US Open Record: 3:59.89 – Katie Ledecky -2014
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 4:09.00 – Amber McDermott 

WITH A NEW WORLD RECORD OF 3:58.86, IT IS KATIE LEDECKY!!! Ledecky attacked the front half as she normally does, going out under WR pace. She stayed pace under the whole way, but the crowd was anxiously watching her splits as she approached the 300 and 350 mark. Pellegrini anchored her final 100 of her world record swim in 2009 with a 59.2 final 100 split. Ledecky had to close strong to break the record. The crowd went nuts when she touched the wall under 3:59. That time will stand as the new World, Junior World, American, US Open, National Meet, and 17-18 NAG Record.

Cierra Runge finished second with her time of 4:04.97, which is an amazing time from her. That is a three second drop from her morning swim. With two 17-18 year old swimmers, the US distance group is going to be hard to compete with.

Leah Smith was third with her time of 4:06.28, followed by Elizabeth Beisel in fourth at 4:07.46. Becca Mann finished in fifth at 4:07.76.

Lindsay Vrooman was sixth with her time of 4:09.38. Rounding out the top 8 in the women’s 400 freestyle was Gillian Ryan and Sarah Henry at 4:11.19 and 4:12.15.

Amber McDermott won the B-final of the women’s 400 freestyle with her time of 4:08.90. Jordan Mattern finished second at 4:09.66.

The 2014 Junior National Championships High Point Award winner, Madison Homovich, won the C-final of the women’s 400 freestyle at 4:12.77. That was almost a five second drop from her morning swim.

MEN’S 400 FRESSTYLE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 3:45.89 – Connor Jaeger
  • Meet Record: 3:43.53- Larsen Jensen -2008
  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Beidermann – 2009
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen -2008
  • US Open Record: 3:43.53- Larsen Jensen -2008
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 3:51.14 – Nicholas Caldwell

The men’s race wasn’t quite a world record performance, but they did put on a good show for the crowd. Michael Klueh took out the race pretty hard and lead through 200 at 1:52.92. Michael McBroom came on strong during the third 100 to re-take the lead. He led through the final 50, but he had a tough battle with Matt McLean down the final strech. At the touch, Michael McBroom got his hand on the wall to win the race with his time of 3:47.19. Matt McLean finished second with his time of 3:47.30. Connor Jaeger finished fourth with his time of 3:49.42, and Reed Malone dropped close to a second to finish fourth at 3:49.67.

Michael Klueh was fifth at 3:50.82, followed by Sean Ryan in sixth at 3:52.30.

Ryan Feeley and John Lewis round out the top 8 of the men’s 400 freestyle at 3:53.82 and 3:55.54.

Frank Dyer won the B-final of the men’s 400 freestyle with his time of 3:50.54. Janardan Burns was second at 3:50.99.

Grant Shoults won the C-final of the men’s 400 freestyle with his time of 3:52.78. That is a two and a half second drop for Shoults.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 1:06.16 – Breeja Larson
  • Meet Record: 1:05.34 – Rebecca Soni – 2009
  • World Record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte – 2013
  • American Record: 1:04.45 – Jessie Hardy -2009
  • US Open Record: 1:04.45 – Jessie Hardy -2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:07.97 – Emma Reaney 

Micah Lawrence and Jessica Hardy simultaneously won their second events of the meet, tying for the win at 1:06.51. Lawrence won the 200 breaststroke earlier in the meet and Hardy won the 50 breaststroke last night. The final was incredibly close, with the final four all within .23 seconds of each other. Breeja Larson finished third with her time of 1:06.73, followed closely by Emma Reaney at 1:06.74. The top four swimmers are now all ranked top 10 in the world this year.

Katie Meili finished fifth at 1:07.44, followed by Lilly King at 1:08.22.

Molly Hannis and Andrea Cottrell round out the top 8 in the women’s 100 breaststroke at 1:08.82 and 1:09.10.

 Kaylin Burchell won the B-final of the women’s 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:08.65. Katie Olsen was second at 1:08.80.

Bethany Galat, the 2013 Junior National Champion in this event, won the C-final with her time of 1:09.17

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 59.99 – Kevin Cordes
  • Meet Record: 59.o1 – Mark Gangloff – 2009
  • World Record: 58.46 – Cameron Van Der Burgh – 2012
  • American Record: 58.96 – Eric Shanteau – 2009
  • US Open Record: 59.o1 – Mark Gangloff – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:00.82 – Cody Miller

Cody Miller had the swim of a lifetime to win the men’s 100 breaststroke, out-touching last year’s World Championship team members Nic Fink and Kevin Cordes. Miller broke a minute for the first time, winning with a time of 59.91. Nic Fink finished second, securing his spot on the Pan Pacs team, with his time of 1:00.30. Kevin Cordes finished third with his time of 1:00.63, followed by Brad Craig in third at 1:00.63.

DJ Macdonald was fifth with his time of 1:00.83, followed by Zach Hayden at 1:01.00. Brendan McHugh finished seventh at 1:01.10 and BJ Johnson added an eighth place finish at 1:01.84.

Mike Alexanderov won the B-final of the men’s 100 breaststroke at 1:00.91. Marcus Titus was second at 1:01.63.

Connor Hoppe won the C-final with his time of 1:01.84.

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 58.67 – Missy Franklin
  • Meet Record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • World Record: 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth – 2009
  • American Record: 58.33 – Missy Franklin – 2012
  • US Open Record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:00.38 – Olivia Smoliga 

Missy Franklin led the Cal Bears to a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 100 backstroke with her time of 59.38. Rachel Boostma and Liz Pelton were second and third at 1:00.71 and 1:00.76. That should give Pelton a spot on the Pan Pacs roster. Kathleen Baker was first to the wall at the 50 and held on to finish fourth with her time of 1:00.90.

Olivia Smoliga finished fifth at 1:01.08, followed by Clara Smiddy at 1:01.37 for sixth.

Cheyenne Coffman finished seventh at 1:01.57 and Ali Deloof was eighth at 1:02.21.

Melanie Klaren won the B-final of the women’s 100 backstroke with her time of 1:01.81. Sarah Denninghoff finished second at 1:01.99.

Kylie Stewart won the C-final of the women’s 100 backstroke at 1:01.62.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 53.10 – David Plummer
  • Meet Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • World Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • American Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • US Open Record:  51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 53.86 – Eugene Godsoe 

Matt Grevers won the men’s 100 backstroke to secure his spot on the Pan Pacs team. He finished with the third fastest time in the world this year at 52.75. Ryan Murphy finished second at 53.21, followed by Nick Thoman for third at 53.46. That should book Thoman a trip to Pan Pacs. David Plummer finished fourth with his time of 53.46. He dropped close to a second from his morning swim.

b finished fifth at 53.90, followed by Michael Phelps at 53.95 in sixth. Eugene Godsoe was seventh at 54.66 and James Wells finished eighth at 55.41.

Shane Ryan had a fantastic drop to win the B-final of the men’s 100 backstroke at 53.90. Thats over a second drop from his morning swim. Jack Conger was second at 55.26.

The 2014 Junior National Champion in this event, Michael Andrew, won the C-final of the men’s 100 back with his time of 55.73. That ties the 7th fastest 15-16 100 backstroke ever swum.

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DrSwim_Phil
1 year 8 months ago

Anyone catch NBC’s taped-delayed coverage today? 2 hours, and they chose to use 10 seconds of that to deliver a screen with the winners of all the 50’s of stroke. Really? Isn’t the point of the 50’s of strokes to be for TV purposes? And would they have really taken up so much time in the broadcast that was much more heavy on commercials (although this might be a good thing, from a total revenue-to-the-sport point of view) than actual competition?

thomaslurzfan
1 year 8 months ago

Lauren Boyle has swum a 1500 free scm world record today 15.22.68, old one was 15.26.95 by Mireia Belmonte.

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

Ready for more great post-race interviews! My predictions:

“Talk us through your strategy for the dive and underwater phase of the start.”

“How important is it to do well here at Nationals?”

In the event of an upset in the mens 100 breast: “Who are you? You aren’t Kevin Cordes.”

“How important is the turn in the 100 back?”

DrSwim_Phil
1 year 8 months ago

You’re assuming the webcast will work. And currently, it’s struggling…again

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

Works on my lap top but not on my ipad

liquidassets
1 year 8 months ago

All 3 Litheriplets made the C final in the 400!
Kevin 3:53.35, Jay 3:55.22, Mick 3:56.53.
They’ll be in lanes 1, 4, and 6. Mom and dad must be very proud!

Philip Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

Will Kate do just enough to win or take on the WR? I believe it will be the latter and we may see something very special tonight. But the race of tonight for me is the men’s 100 back. So many stars and so many ways it can go. I’ll give Grevers the advantage though and I foresee and sub 53.

Philip Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

Ledecky is not playing around 57 at 100.

liquidassets
1 year 8 months ago

Ledecky looking stronger than I expected; she’s going for it again!

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

Ledecky’s going for it! Come on!

Anon
1 year 8 months ago

Does anyone else just cringe when it switches from the pool anouncers to the webcast commenators?

Philip Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

1:57.7 at 200!

Sean S
1 year 8 months ago

Rowdy saying Katie needs to lay off the front half to get the world record is just idiotic. She doesn’t have the benefit of a floating suit so she needs to be out fast to have any real shot.

ADM
1 year 8 months ago

I like how Rowdy pointed out that when she breathes to the right she can see the crowd

EST
1 year 8 months ago

Come on, Katie!

Philip Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

3:58.86 WR!!!!

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

Holy crap!!! Sub 3.59 !!!!!!!!

C Martin
1 year 8 months ago

Ledeckey SMASH!!!! New world record! 3:58.86!!!!!

law Dawg
1 year 8 months ago

Go home everyone. Katy Ledecky just swam the race of the meet.

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

Atta girl. I do wish she’d stayed on the wall and not jumped out and made a wave until the swimmers next to her made it to the wall. Still, WR! 3:58.8

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

looking at the replay, it wasn’t that big of a wave I guess, and the girls were close enough that it probably wasn’t in their lane when they passed anyway. I think she’s officially a legend now, if she wasn’t before.

acoach
1 year 8 months ago

Should not go Stanford , that will be slow death , maybe just go PRO

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

Cierra makes the team in another event!

klorn8d
1 year 8 months ago

yeah obviously katie is the story but 4:04!!!! that is so fast for everyone but katie and usually would be a strong winning time. GO CIERRA

Adam B
1 year 8 months ago

She’s had a great meet. I almost wish she wasn’t going to Cal. It’s a great school and a great program, but they don’t have much history with distance freestylers.

Pvdh
1 year 8 months ago

Th all due respect to sarah sjostrom. We know who’s the best in the world is.

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t know…that 50m Fly from Sjostrom and the 400m Free from Ledecky are both insane.

1 year 8 months ago

Agreed.I was expecting Ledecky 3:58.I doubt if anyone was expecting Sara 24.4.
Next barrier: Watch Cate Campbell sub 52 in 100free.

mcgillrocks
1 year 8 months ago

Ledecky has improved the textile world record by 1.20%, counting every improvement since Muffat’s 4:01.

Mary Meagher improved the 100 WR fly by 2.19%

Sjostrom improved the SHINY SUIT record by 2.55%.

What Ledecky did is amazing. What Meagher did is legendary. But what Sjostrom did is arguably more impressive than either record.

Eagleswim
1 year 8 months ago

You’re right. The only counter to that in my opinion is how crazy the pellegrini record was when it happened. That was definitely one of the “wow, these records really shouldn’t be this fast” moments

Wahooswimfan
1 year 8 months ago

You really can’t use that basis for comparison with stroke 50s – they are such new events that records have not been around that long, many of the worlds best never even tried the distance when peaked, so as with any new event records are down to come down in large jumps as swimmers start to swim the event. Did Dane Vollmer ever swim the 50 fly when tapered and rested?

SoCalAdvRacer
1 year 8 months ago

I’m sure if you add up ALL 3 of Ledecky’s World Records from this year, there isn’t an argument. IF Sjostrom break 3 World Record this year, then you might have, just might, have a good point.

dmswim
1 year 8 months ago

Also the 50 fly isn’t swum at the Olympics so when athletes are arguably in the best shape of their lives (or at least their 4 year cycle) they aren’t competing in the 50s. I agree Sjostrom’s record is very impressive, I’m just not sure if you can compare it to Mary T’s or Katie’s swims based off of percentage under the previous record.

liquidassets
1 year 8 months ago

Holy crap!! Even with her stroke starting to fall apart slightly at about 325 and she still did it!! I was so focused on her I didn’t even notice who got 2nd– Runge’s solid 4:04.67 will be competitive at Pan Pacs too and USA could go 1-2 there in this event.

DrSwim_Phil
1 year 8 months ago

Rowdy has been in this sport for how long, and still doesn’t know how splits work?

Becky D
1 year 8 months ago

Some sprinters never learn.

KD
1 year 8 months ago

Lauren Boyle better be ready. Ledecky is coming to play in Gold Coast. Wow.

Jg
1 year 8 months ago

Why the aggression? What has Lauren ever said /done to deserve being put up as some sort of oppositional ogre?

JG
1 year 8 months ago

Lauren’s journey is also admirable . I remember Terry accompanying Lauren to NZ trials & beaming when she did 4.11 . Since graduating Lauren undertook training under 2 famed Australian tough coaches Mark Regan & Bill Sweetenham . Now she has done a new programme in Belmonte’s squad .

Who knew before Lauren would be a 4.03 / 8 .18 / 15.44 swimmer?

C Martin
1 year 8 months ago

She just broke a world record and the interviewer is asking her about board games…Lord help us.

Way to go Katie!!!

Lazy Observer
1 year 8 months ago

What, that is, like, a really insightful question. I see a Peabody in this woman’s future.

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

longest hot mic ever

Steve Nolan
1 year 8 months ago

Ooh, we got a live mic situation right hurr? Man oh man, please say something dumb.

Bossanova
1 year 8 months ago

hot mic bro

Aquaman
1 year 8 months ago

Swimswam peanut gallery: slow pool
Katie Ledecky: Not so much

calfan
1 year 8 months ago

100% AGREE.

bobo gigi
1 year 8 months ago

CONGRATS KATIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
😯 😯 ;shock: 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

LET’S CELEBRATE NOW! 🙂

Philip Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

🙂

mcgillrocks
1 year 8 months ago

Questionable taste in music there…I suggest a classic.

bobo gigi
1 year 8 months ago

Sorry but I had promised the swimswam readers that I’d post a song of Justin Bieber if Katie broke the world record. 🙂

TheTroubleWithX
1 year 8 months ago

Her 200 split would’ve placed 4th in the 200 free final.

swimdoc
1 year 8 months ago

The live mic of the idiot announcer is nearly as annoying as the poolside commentator. You could get volunteers from the stands to do a better job.

petriasfan
1 year 8 months ago

How exciting is women’s middle and long distance becoming – can’t wait to see how the European girls go in Berlin and hopefully we’ll get a showcase for Kazan 2015 and Rio 2016 at short course worlds this year. Hopefully the Aussie girls can go a little quicker (they won’t challenge Ledecky) at Pan Pacs. Boyle might possibly be on song for better performances too.

bobo gigi
1 year 8 months ago

C Martin
1 year 8 months ago

This is perhaps better than the actual world record itself

GreenGoggles
1 year 8 months ago

No way Cam 😉

liquidassets
1 year 8 months ago

Runge is stepping up and filling the void left by Chloe Sutton in both the 400/800 and as an added bonus can also do a 1:58 200 for the relay. Very impressive.

swimmer24
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t know about anyone else, but I would like to be a fly on the wall for those scrabble games.

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

That record will hold for a long time. The only one who can break it at this point is Katie Ledecky herself. I predict at some point she may be a 200 free WR holder.

Wahooswimfan
1 year 8 months ago

And probably on the 4 x 100 free relay as a 53+ by 2016

klorn8d
1 year 8 months ago

All three litherlands in the same heat!!

bobo gigi
1 year 8 months ago

ONE OF THE GREATEST WORLD RECORDS OF ALL-TIME!
KATIE IS A LEGEND!
And I have told you that Cierra Runge was the next American big thing on mid-distance! Great performance as well!

Janet
1 year 8 months ago

The interviewer is doing a fine job. Did she take the job away from some aspiring swimmer commentator because the comments seem bitter?

northswim
1 year 8 months ago

400 free mens! Lets see how this plays out.

EST
1 year 8 months ago

Well, that swim started the night off right!! Katie Ledecky is such a special swimmer.

theroboticrichardsimmons
1 year 8 months ago

Ledecky has perhaps the best walls of any distance swimmer I’ve seen. That last walk was legit…3 or 4 fly kicks going out about 8 meters.

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

Let’s go, Connor! I do wish Conor had hit his taper and done this event, I think we could’ve seen a great race. Not that there’s any lack of competition as it is, though… Should be a solid field. Calling Jaeger/3:43.8 for the win.

Sven
1 year 8 months ago

wow, way off. McBroom held on for dear life, solid racing. McLean swam really smart, but I feel like he could have made his move a tad sooner.

hswimmer
1 year 8 months ago

I was hoping Rowdy and other dude wouldn’t commentate again ugh!!!!!!!

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

They commentate every time swimming is televised on NBC or NBC Universal so I would get used to it. People complain about the announcers and pool side reporting, but they only televise swimming a couple of times per year so I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

theroboticrichardsimmons
1 year 8 months ago

He breathes to his right! DRINK!

PK
1 year 8 months ago

🙂

1 year 8 months ago

Rowdy is talking about breathing, what do I do? Chug or Sip, I forget!!?

beachmouse
1 year 8 months ago

How buzzed do you want to get, and do you have to drive anywhere in the next 12 hours?

EST
1 year 8 months ago

Follow those rules and you won’t remember anything soon!

Bossanova
1 year 8 months ago

Sip, unless you WANT alcohol poisoning.

Zanna
1 year 8 months ago

Wow Mcbroom and Maclean 1st and 2nd.

Sean S
1 year 8 months ago

Jaeger 5 seconds slower than his in season time. At this point I think we have enough evidence to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with the pool, so what’s up with some of these swims.

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

Not to mention the 400m Free for the USA men has been historically slow when compared to the rest of the world. Maybe one day we’ll get someone who will be the best in the world in the 400m Free.

klorn8d
1 year 8 months ago

that was SLOW, very tactical i hope

Lazy Observer
1 year 8 months ago

At this point I’m going to have to personally convince Rowdy to retire just so I don’t have to read 100+ comments about him every night.

Roger von Oech
1 year 8 months ago

Bring on Gold Medal Mel. I’ve heard him do commentary, and he’s pretty good. Of course, Mel would prolly be promoting SwimOutlet.com between consolations and A Finals.

1 year 8 months ago

Matt Biondi!!

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

Biondi looks like he’s in good shape! If that dude would have had a good program to swim in after college he would have been Phelps before there was Phelps.

Roger von Oech
1 year 8 months ago

Matt’s best 200 from 1988 (1:47.7) would’ve earned him a berth on this year’s men’s 4×200 relay!

Mcgillrocks
1 year 8 months ago

He graduated from college in 1987 or 88. He kept swimming until 1992, picking up multiple Pan Pac and world titles, and some Olympic hardware.

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

True, but he’s stated several times how difficult it was to get to ’92 because there wasn’t any good post-grad programs.

Lazy Observer
1 year 8 months ago

It is also worth noting that Phelps, as I understand it, set out to attract the kind of national/international attention that would allow for the kind of major sponsorships that now enable these folks to keep swimming. No idea how people stack up against one another as swimmers historically, but a big part of what Phelps did was leverage his era of peak performance to do something interesting enough to generate significant buzz around his sport.

Roger von Oech
1 year 8 months ago

In 1990, Biondi and Tom Jager helped to put together a made-for-TV “Dash for Cash” in the 50 free. 8 swimmers were invited (seeded 1 through 8) and they raced head-to-head two at a time (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc), with the winners advancing to semis, and then finals.

The finals consisted of Biondi vs, Jager. Jager won setting a world record 21.81, and Biondi went 21.85. I believe Jager won $10,000 and a car.

Exciting stuff!

bigNowhere
1 year 8 months ago

I remember those Jager vs Biondi duals! They were fun. And to follow up on the comment about Phelps bringing attention to swimming, etc. That is 100% true, but Biondi was attempting to do the same in his era. Prior to Biondi, it was really unusual for swimmers to compete past college, because there just wasn’t any way to earn a living doing it. Also, they were usually swimming on their own, without a training group.

Part of the problem was that Olympic athletes had to be true amateurs in the old days. That simply isn’t true anymore. I’m not sure when that changed, but I suspect it was in the late 80’s.

I remember reading an interview with Biondi, in which he talked about how hard it was to train on his own for the 1992 Olympics. He even asked Eddie Reese if he could come and train with him at Texas. According to the interview, Reese thought about it, but ultimately said no, because it would “be unfair to his collegiate athletes”, or something like that. I suspect Biondi believes this played a role in why he lost to Popov in 92. Jump ahead to the mid-2000’s and you’ve got a bunch of post-grads swimming at Texas and at a bunch of other places. Things change.

Phelps certainly helped with that, but the overall trend towards post-grad professional swimming was there before him, and would have been there without him.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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