Beyond the Pancakes: How Queens University Won Mens/Women’s Titles in 5 Years

In Practice + Pancakes, SwimSwam takes you across the country and through a practice day in the life of swimming’s best athletes. It breaks down training sessions, sub sets, and what every team is doing to be at their best. But why are they doing things that way? In Beyond the Pancakes, we dive inside the minds of coaches and athletes, getting a first hand look at why they do the things they do, and where their minds are pointed on the compass of evolution as a swimmer.

When SwimSwam went to visit Queens University, we sat down with head coach Jeff Dugdale to speak with him about Queens’ success since his arrival in 2011. Dugdale breaks down numerous factors to Queen’s success, including their “ultimate” pool (an indoor pool with the breathibility of an outdoor pool), Queen’s lack of a football team letting Olympic sports take higher priority, and the support of their athletic department in chasing Olympic dreams over NCAA success.

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Panther Supporter
4 years ago

I wish Drury University’s athletic department would support their swim teams like Queens does. Locker rooms are pathetic and meals before a meet are a loaf of bread and some deli meat. Disappointing that they do not get the support from the school that they deserve after winning so many National Championships.

Drury Alum
Reply to  Panther Supporter
4 years ago

What’s really incredible is Brian Reynolds has so many National Championships under his belt all while managing the sub-par locker rooms, equipment…etc. Never a complaint…never an excuse. He got all of his victories done year after year.

Observe and report
4 years ago

They’ve had a lot of great assistants over the years as they were building this

Peter Verhoef
John Long
Matthew Johnson
Bob Groseth

It’s gotta take some good program people to help build something like this.

I remember comments people made about David coaching the Queens college kids and that’s why they got better but I don’t know if I believe that anymore. He said he had a hard time balancing Team Elite and the college guys at UCSD. If it was just copy past from the time at Queens then it should have been easier for him considering the power of athletes leading up to 2020 is not nearly what it was leading to 2016. I… Read more »

4 years ago

Because they all 26 year olds who couldn’t make the olympics in their country

ACC fan
4 years ago

Love this guy but the number if “ums” he says is CRAZY!

Jeff Dugdale
Reply to  ACC fan
4 years ago

A sincere thank you ACC fan I going to work on that. I cringed when I heard the “ums”. I will get to work on that. Happy New Year.

ACC fan
Reply to  Jeff Dugdale
4 years ago

Jeff, you are a class act for responding this way! Like I said, lots of love for you no matter the ums and they sure don’t get in the way of your coaching. Best of luck always!

JP input is too short
4 years ago

Having Matt Josa, Nick Arakelian, Dion Dreesens, Marius Kusch, and Paul Pijulet couldn’t have hurt.

4 years ago

Because most of them are like 25 lmao

OG Prodigy
Reply to  Heyitsme
4 years ago

Comes in at the Semester from different Countries

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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