Alexei Sancov Explains Why Dave Salo is “The Dream Coach” (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • Junior World: 1:46.40, Ivan Girev (RUS), 2017
  • Meet: 1:48.64, Caeleb Dressel, 2013
  1. Alexei Sancov, TERA, 1:47.75
  2. Julian Hill, GSC, 1:49.29
  3. Skyler Cook-Weeks, MLA, 1:50.95

Pierce Dietze went out like a madman in the men’s 200 free, flipping at the 50 and 100 walls with splits of 24.43 and 51.78. Top seed coming in Alexei Sancov wasn’t far behind, turning in 52.50, and unlike Dietze, was able to maintain his speed over the back-half to win easily in 1:47.75. That broke Caeleb Dressel‘s 2013 Meet Record of 1:48.64, and is his 2nd fastest performance ever (going 1:47.00 at last year’s European Juniors).

Julian Hill of the Gator Swim Club was the only other guy sub-1:50 in 1:49.29, knocking off his previous best by a second and a half, and Skyler Cook-Weeks had a solid back-half to snag 3rd in a best of 1:50.95. Jake Magahey, the 3rd fastest swimmer ever in 15-16 age group, was 4th in 1:51.04. Dietze ended up fading to 6th.

Jake Mitchell posted a 1:50.91 to win the B-final, putting him half a second outside of the top-10 in the 15-16 age group.

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that guy

his English has gotten a lot better. seems to be doing well in California

Alexei Sancov

Thank you, I’m doing my best! And by the way, it wouldn’t happen without being coached by Ray Mitchell, so I’m very thankful to the Terrapins Swim Team and everything that they have done for me.


got lucky with those green cards too..


Maybe, he is staying with a Russian family.

Alexei Sancov

Thank you! Also, I want to say thank you to the Terrapins Swim Team for everything they have given to me. A special thanks to Ray Mitchell for being such a great coach.


Lesha, you will do good for yourself not reading all this stuff. People are not always nice and friendly here and may say something that has nothing to do with your story and your personality. Make your statement in the pool. Good luck.


Don’t pay attention to the haters boss


Did he just admit Dave Salo to a recruiting violation?


Uhhh that is DOCTOR Dave Salo to you uneducated swim type coaches! Dr. Salo is a genius, light years ahead of mere mortal coaches. Heck fire, he coaches the greatest Hungarian and Russian swimmers and occasionally helps an Americun or two. I say we need to elect him to Congress!!! Or the White House!


The contact period started July 1 for this recruiting class. Now it’s been moved up to Sept 1at start of junior year? I think that the new rule.


When u do a 1:47 Salo is going to come to you. Looks like a good fit

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