Dana Vollmer expects to be 52 in the 100 free (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Jared Anderson.

It’s been a stellar career resurgence for California Aquatics Olympian Dana Vollmer.

It’s easy to forget that just 10 months ago, Vollmer wasn’t even competing. A two-year break after the 2013 World Championships left Vollmer appearing as a long shot for the U.S. Olympic roster even in the 100 fly, an event in which she won Olympic gold in London with a new world record.

Since her first swim of the comeback tour – which came last July – Vollmer has risen extraordinarily fast. And while she’s set herself up as a frontrunner for a 100 fly spot, her performances at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte suggest that she could once again be a multi-event Olympian.

Vollmer went 53.59 in the 100 freestyle in Charlotte – her best swim in that race since 2009 and easily her best of the textile era.

Previously, Vollmer had only been 54.44 during her career comeback run, a time that wouldn’t have been a factor on Team USA’s 4×100 free relay.

But Vollmer’s swim last weekend jumped her to the top of the American rankings for 2015-2016, and it also put her in the driver’s seat for a key leg on the U.S. relay come Rio. Here’s a look at what the projected relay (based on the top 4 Americans this season) looked like before and after Vollmer’s big swim:

PRE-CHARLOTTE POST-CHARLOTTE
Katie Ledecky 53.75 Dana Vollmer 53.59
Abbey Weitzeil 53.77 Katie Ledecky 53.75
Simone Manuel 53.80 Abbey Weitzeil 53.77
Lia Neal 54.01 Simone Manuel 53.80
3:35.33 3:34.91

Vollmer’s time also puts her #9 in the world for this season. Though catching Australia may be out of the question for any relay in Rio, the Americans now have at least four big talents with a shot to challenge for 52-second splits – proving that all the fan hand-wringing about the state of American sprinting may be a bit premature.

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John
4 years ago

What a super interview. Thank you. Articulate, sensible, humble, informative – and she never said “awesome”!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

Would be great to have Vollmer on that Us 400 free relay .

bobo gigi
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

She has 2 rounds of 100 fly on the same day 1. Not the best way to prepare a relay in which USA will fight for silver or bronze.

Smoothswimmer
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Can we tell the same thing to Penny Oleksiak, Emma McKeon, Sarah Sjostrom, Rikako Ikkee, Chen Xinyi etc who will have exactly the same schedule? After all, they all are needed critically for their 4×100 free final and they will swim the relay prelims as well.
I am confident American top swimmers are not that fragile as you believe they are.

completelyconquered
Reply to  Smoothswimmer
4 years ago

#Bobowned

Rafael
Reply to  Smoothswimmer
4 years ago

Emma Mckeon is needed on prelims ? May I laugh now???

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Well you have to use her or one of the Campbell sisters.

commonwombat
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Sorry but they’re unlikely to NEED to use them to qualify for the final. Elmslie is likely to be the only “relay only” swimmer used for either the heats or final. They can co-opt any others on the team who are qualified for individual events of which Seebohm, Wilson, Ngawati or Coutts would be the most likely suspects. All of these are either sub54 or 54flat swimmers and would produce a time good enough for a fairly central lane at worst.

They MAY give McKeon or C2 a run-out in the heats but barring unforseen circumstances, they’re unlikely to need to do so.

All Swimmers Matter
Reply to  Smoothswimmer
4 years ago

Man, you exposed Bobo!

MrBriefStroke
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

People say the day about Matt Grevers schedule(even though he is no guarantee got that stacked US 100 back), but I bet he will prove to be clutch in a relay if they need him for either prelims or finals. Because what other event would Grevers swim besides the 100 back? Clearly 100 free is his second best event and he’s not going to just say “well I am tired after that semi so I’ll give up my relay spot”

MrBriefStroke
Reply to  MrBriefStroke
4 years ago

People say the same thing*

Devil\'s Advocate
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Bobo will never understand because he was never a swimmer. It’s very possible and not actually too difficult to swim more than one event on the same day, especially with 100s. You way overestimate how much of a toll events take on your body, especially shorter races. American kids grow up swimming 6 individual events at their championship meets that are 3 days long and prelim final (not to mention relays). Swimmers are some of the most highly conditioned athletes in the world, not fragile and easily burned out

All Swimmers Matter
Reply to  Devil\'s Advocate
4 years ago

Bobo is not a swimmer? Then how did he make all these kinds of propositions with such conviction?

I also saw that he kept referring to recovery needed by track runners when claiming swimmers shouldn’t swim more than two races within 24 hours. All the while either forgetting or being completely unaware that running and swimming works physiologically different on the body.

Devil\'s Advocate
Reply to  All Swimmers Matter
4 years ago

Nope, he never swam. He apparently started following the sport in adulthood (his words not mine). He has no basis to make these kinds of predictions without experience to back it up

Admin
Reply to  Devil\'s Advocate
4 years ago

Devil’s Advocate – by espousing that only former swimmers are allowed to be swim fans (and I’m sure the next step would be drawing a line as to what you define as being a swimmer versus not), you are destroying the marketability of the sport. Congratulations.

Devil\'s Advocate
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Not at all what I’m saying. Some of the biggest and my most favorite swim fans out there are not former swimmers (parents). What I’m saying is that Bobo makes many generalizations and assumptions that get slightly annoying after awhile. He never experienced swim meets for himself so he doesn’t really have room to make such bold statements about athletes not being able to swim multiple events a day.

cbswims
Reply to  Devil\'s Advocate
4 years ago

‘It takes one to know one’?!? That tired, faulty, argument been around the block so many times. Sure, if you haven’t swam you may not have that intrinsic familiarity with the sport – but that familiarity does not equal knowledge. Just take opinions for what they are; time will tell if they play out.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

She will probably be entered at Trials in the 100 fly , 100 free , 200 free

thezwimmer
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

maybe the 50, too?

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