Daniel Roy Talks New Race Strategy: “Not coming back on anyone anymore” (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • World Record: Anton Chupkov (Russia), 2:06.12, 2019
  • American Record: Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2016
  • Championship Record: Josh Prenot (United States), 2:07.17, 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: Josh Prenot (United States), 2:07.17, 2016
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.89


  1. GOLD: Reece Whitley (CAL), 2:09.69
  2. SILVER: Daniel Roy (ALTO), 2:10.01
  3. BRONZE: Joshua Matheny (PEAQ), 2:11.02

Reece Whitley and Daniel Roy have been battling in this race since they were age group swimmers. Roy had the edge going into the final turn, but Whitley kicked it into gear to win this one, breaking 2:10 for the first time in 2:09.69. Roy wound up 2nd in 2:10.01. That makes Whitley the #6 American this year, while Roy is ranked #5 with his season-best 2:09.50.

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“To be an elite breastroker I need to be a bit more aggressive”.

Chupkov’s 62.22 split says hi.


I guess he didn’t watch Worlds….not only Chupkov, the winners were people that were strong the second half and especially the last 50! I thought Stanford swimmers were “smarter than the average bear” 😂


More and more people will start swimming the 200 BRST like that. Given the tremendous amount of resistance caused by swimming fast it’s the only way that makes sense.


Did not say he was an ‘elite.’ This means really ‘to become.’ Let’s not twist.


He’s talking about himself isn’t he? For other people to be elite breaststrokers they may need to go out slower, but for him he feels he needs to be out more aggressive


How come his best time is swimming it with a stronger back half?



Awsi Dooger

Wise move. Comebacks are for suckers. For whatever reason fans love that strategy but it is detrimental far more often than not. Simply too difficult to cede ground at highest level. Unfortunately too many young athletes can rally through age group level and have zero comprehension that it won’t be available at upper tier. Thankfully we now have the Ledecky, Dressel and Smith types who understand the immense value of taking control early. Brooke Forde is someone who needs to figure it out. Her strategy varies sharply from event to event and race to race. In the best 400 individual medley I’ve seen from her she took it out hard from the outset and looked great the vast majority of… Read more »


What about sun yang, chupkov, Milak etc

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Wouldn’t throw Milak in that category. 52.8 going out in a 200 fly is not pedestrian. He was 2nd to only fly-and-die le Clos at the 100. His previous best he was out very fast and couldn’t quite hold on at the end.


Milak came back faster than Phelps (they both went the exact same time at 100) so I would throw Milak into this conversation!


There are so many exceptions to this statement that it makes me think that perhaps it should be taken with a grain of salt, to say the least.


Dressel, Ledecky, and Smith are able to go out fast in their races because they have a tremendous amount of top end speed for their events. Roy isn’t a sprint breaststroke’s so he’ll never be able to go out fast but easy.


Dressel has a fantastic back half, especially in butterfly, and swims it closer to even pace than anyone else at an elite level…


You obviously didn’t watch Worlds! All the examples listed by Yabo plus many others like Rhapys and Mack Horton on relay (who had the slowest split at 100 and fastest 200 split! All the top 4 male swimmers in 400 even split their races, but you keep with your strategy.


I don’t know about Smith but Dressel and Ledecky do insane volume and have the base to use speed out front and not die on the way back. I doubt any other sprinter has Dressels base


More sprinters could probably use that base

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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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