Davis Tarwater added to US Olympic Team

  87 Garrett McCaffrey | July 02nd, 2012 | Featured, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

Davis Tarwater got the call late this morning inviting him to be part of Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games on the 4×200 free relay. This comes after Michael Phelps’ scratched the individual 200 free this morning. Tarwater finished 7th in the 200 freestyle final with a 1:47.02, and his coach David Marsh cited some of Davis’s previous results (including a 48 second freestyle relay split last summer at nationals) as additional reasons to add him to the roster. This choice will make a lot of swim fans happy, as they’ve seen Davis finish one spot away from qualifying for the Olympic team twice (that 200 free final and the 2008 200 fly final) and two spots away in the 100 fly last night. Marsh now has 4 SwimMac swimmers on the US roster.

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Neptune
3 years 10 months ago

Guess anyone close to making the Olympic team should head to SwimMac so Marsh can talk your way onto he team. Bush League.

Ole 99
3 years 10 months ago

I disagree. A lot can happen between now and London. If you have a roster spot to fill, you fill it. Someone could get sick, hurt, etc. Even if he is just a morning swimmer, you want as much depth on the team as possible as insurance.

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

There are a lot of doubles on men’s side. I would like to see 4 fresh guys at nite in the 4×100. Berens is now swimming 200 free prelims same day.

Why not to huge on rest for 4 guys at nite: Phelps, Feigan, Adrian and Jones. Add Scot Robison to the team and go Robison, Lezak, Been and Lochte for prelims.

liquidassets
3 years 10 months ago

That’s a good point. The 400 FR is WAY more vulnerable than the 800 FR. Though from Marsh’s argument, maybe Tarwater could be used in prelims of both relays.

JackedAndTan
3 years 10 months ago

Because then you would be cheating Grevers out of a swim he’s earned

liquidassets
3 years 10 months ago

Lochte needs more rest than anybody than Phelps, and shouldn’t get to swim it just for a medal anyway; as he didn’t all the way through. Lochte should only swim it if he could be one of the top four and swim only finals, which is questionable. The purpose of selecting swimmers for prelims and finals should be optimizing the chances of the evening relay in finals, not maximizing the number of swimmers who get medals. For the former, I’m in favor of adding as many swimmers to the roster as necessary/possible.

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

Apologies, I typed in Lochte. and not Grevers , who of course earned it. point is the same, US should complete to 26 man roster with one more relay swimmer and.logical one is Robison

prairie
3 years 10 months ago

Shouldn’t it just be cut and dry? Phelps scratched, precedent was set with KLJ in 2008, Tarwater’s on the team. What does it mean that Marsh was able to talk Tarwater’s way onto the team?

Neptune2029
3 years 10 months ago

“David Marsh used some of his results from last summer’s nationals (including a 48 second freestyle relay split) as additional reasons to add him to the roster.”

Phil
3 years 10 months ago

I wish they wouldn’t have done that. With Phelps essentially scratching, it’s the right move no matter what. This would be akin to the 400Fr Relay, in which Phelps didn’t swim the finals, 6 spots were taken, but we all know Phelps will still be on that relay. That’s all that should’ve been said/done in this situation.

Ole 99
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly Phil!

I don’t understand all these animosity towards Tarwater.

It’s the RULES.

swimcam
3 years 10 months ago

How can you not be happy for this guy? Can’t hate just cause he caught a break. Congrats Davis! Go get ’em in London.

Duffy
3 years 10 months ago

“This choice will make a lot of swim fans happy, as they’ve seen Davis finish one spot away from qualifying for the Olympic team twice (that 200 free final and the 2008 200 fly final) and two spots away in the 100 fly last night.”

Looks like it didn’t make ole Neptune happy!!
Not sure why. Apparently he thinks Dave Marsh set the whole deal up for Tarwater without Tarwater doing a thing. Funny, when I watched the meet I could have sworn I saw Tarwater actually swim the event and come in 7th. Now he moves up. What’s the problem?

By the way, amazingly, I also saw the other MAC athletes swim their events!

Neptune
3 years 10 months ago

What do past results have to do with the 2012 Olympic Team Trials?

Swim Ma
3 years 10 months ago

Congratulations to Davis Tarwater and thank goodness he has a Coach who is willing to stand up for him…He will just make our team in London stronger.

Craig H
3 years 10 months ago

Didn’t he also finish 3rd in 2004?

3 years 10 months ago

It has to do with the other people being happy for him. It doesn’t have anything to do with how he got on the team this year.. What do you have against him anyways?

Fridge
3 years 10 months ago

It makes me sad to see this kind of attitude. We all have in us moments of brilliance and it’s possible that Davis Tarwater could have his in London. See Ole99.

Mark
3 years 10 months ago

Two swimmers:

A – John Jones, 7th 200 Free, seeded 40th, coached by Joe Schmo, unknown coach from Idaho
B – Davis Tarwater, 7th 200Free, 3rd in 2008, coached by David Marsh, SwimMac

Does swimmer A make the team?

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Based on what happened with Joyce in 2008, yes Swimmer A is selected.

I want to know why David Marsh had to provide supporting facts & figures to whomever selected Tarwater. I thought these were cut and dry selection procedures.

Mark
3 years 10 months ago

My point exactly! If it was so cut and dried, why were extenuating circumstances needed (Oh, he’ll also help out on the 400 Free Relay if you could please pick him). No coach input was supposedly needed.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Never mind ! it’s all fine ….

SwimSam
3 years 10 months ago

Happy for Davis Tarwater!

3 years 10 months ago

Go Davis!!! I’m so happy for you man, you deserve this!

Eddie
3 years 10 months ago

Just what we need another relay only swimmer on the team. Congrats to Davis ….booo to USA Swimming.

Teemleenie
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t care what anyone says, I’m happy for the guy.

Daaaave
3 years 10 months ago

Why the hate and “boo USA swimming?” Yes, it’s unusual, but it’s not unprecedented and no rules were broken. The goal is to optimize Team USA’s performance. Having Tarwater on the team gives the opportunity to have an additional fresh swimmer for the relay at night. This is good for USA swimming.

3 years 10 months ago

+1. What is the harm to the team? He certainly can swim a good prelim leg for the 4×200.. heck, he’s good backup for the 4×100 FR and MR and even the 200 fly in the freak event that someone can’t swim.

Justin
3 years 10 months ago

How could you not be happy for Davis!!?? He’s been trying to make that team for the past 3 Olympic Trials, I personally was rooting for him during the meet…Its not easy being 3rd all the time! Way to go Davis!!

SwimSam
3 years 10 months ago

Although we don’t want it to ever happen, athletes get injured or sick all the time. We want our coaches and staff to put together the best possible team within the rules and have contingency plans in place. Given the chance, I think Tarwater will shine!

rjcid
3 years 10 months ago

Good for Travis! This should make you happy as a fan of this sport.

This man trained HARD for a long time. Yes, others have too. But this sport is unlike others, the Superbowl is every 4 years. He is still elite athlete, but because he swims for US, being 3rd best is not good enough.

But because MP scratched, it was a proper move to move him in. Now he gets to taste the Olympics as he’s desired for so long, who can hate that?

He is part of the US roster and we should be proud of his efforts. Whether he swims on the relay during the meet or not, this goal was accomplished and will forever be an Olympian. Simply Awesome.

This is what sport should be about too, more than just competition and times. It may not have happened for another swimmer, but it happened this THIS one, who everyone loves.

Yay US swimming, Davis, and yay the Olympic spirit. Now he can get a medal to show his family and hopefully enjoy the experience.

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

There is no one more liked and respected by peers and coaches more than Davis. Congrats Davis, we are so happy for you.

hschler
3 years 10 months ago

This is an example of faith and perseverance paying off!! Couldn’t have happened to a better guy!

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Good thing for the sport ! that guy is great and deserves it ! let’s cheeer for him !!!

Jiggs
3 years 10 months ago

The US is allowed 26 male swimmers and 26 female swimmers. What’s the big deal? I only count 23 males including Tarwater. Why not send three more dudes too? My add’l choices would be Mel Stewart, Garret McCaffrey & Braden Keith!!! SwimSwam!!!

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

All jokes aside that is true: 26 names available and with 2 more added for the 1500 tonite, that and Treater leaves us with 25. Add one more relay guy…Robison. You NEVER knowwhat happens health wise and the 4×100 sure will NEED 4 fresh guys at nite to have any chance at gold.

liquidassets
3 years 10 months ago

I agree with adding Robison; although I’m thinking that the reason they added Tarwater was that he could do prelims in both free relays. But I didn’t realize that they hadn’t filled the maximum number of slots in the rosters. Why not fill them all, both men and women? Better to have “too many” and have someone not see action then come up short if someone is sick, more tired than expected etc. Given how vulnerable some of our relays are, and the depth of our talent pool compared with other countries, it makes sense. I’m sure anyone would rather be on the team and end up not swimming, than watching from home.

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget Robison, like Tarwater , is a world class 200 Free guy too as a hedge for more capable legs.

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Didn’t they add Tarwater to the team because Phelps scratched the 200 free and Tarwater was 7th in that event?

It shouldn’t have anything to do with his versatility or how hard he worked or any other factors. People aren’t just added to the team willy-nilly to fill out the roster.

swimcoach
3 years 10 months ago

phelps wins 200. tarwater finishes 7th. phelps scratches. tarwater “moves” to 6th. top 6 make the team. whats the problem?

marsh shouldn’t have had to politic for “his” swimmer; it (the selection) should have been automatic. and i hope troy would’ve considered tarwater (or any swimmer who would be in the same position) without input from marsh (or a swimmer’s coach).

congrats to tarwater for earning the selection.

Nostradamus
3 years 10 months ago

+1

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Correct Swimcoach! you put it plainly for all to see that Tarwater getting into team is about the selection rules, not about Marsh sweet talking etc.

I don’t understand why people make such ruckus about it.

It’s that simple.

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

I completely agree. And because it was mentioned in the article at all, I want to know more about the “politicking” and why it was necessary.

DutchWomen
3 years 10 months ago

Neptune – haters gonna hate

USSwimFan
3 years 10 months ago

I think this was a very rationale decision. Makes sense to me and I don’t understand those who have an issue with it. Davis’ work ethic and personality have no influence about filling this spot. This judgment was based on strictly his performance from this past week, Coach Marsh didn’t have to say anything to persuade the committee, Tarwater’s results speak for themselves.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Exaclty Usswimfan,

it’s about the selection rules only, nothing to do with tarwater’s achievements, work ethics, marsh, etc.

TX Swimmer
3 years 10 months ago

I guess we should now add a new category of Olympic Qualifiers. We can call it the Amnesty Category. We pick the one who is most rooted for by everyone but just barely fails to automatically make it into the team?

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

TX Swimmer,

you do understand the US olympics selection process, do you?

ZYNG43
3 years 10 months ago

Most rooted for?? Sure Tarwater is a talented and deserving swimmer, but there might even be others equally popular in the swimming world who are in the same situation. Tarwater just got a little bit of luck because his event was the one that got a scratch. A true Olympian nonetheless

liquidassets
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe the nay-sayers don’t like that Phelps is opting out of the individual 200 free event, not the relay; and yet Tarwater is being added for the relay not the individual event. You could make the argument that Robison should be added, as the 400 FR is much more vulnerable than the 800 FR. (Then again, Tarwater could hypothetically swim prelims of both relays). But now that I learned that the maximum number of slots hasn’t been reached, (I mistakenly thought they always were) they should consider always maximizing the rosters on both the men’s and women’s side, in order to rest as many folks for relays finals as possible, and in case a swimmer gets sick/injured, or for whatever reason swims much more slowly than expected leading up to the Olympics. If it happens to be someone who got 3rd in an individual event, then all the better. They can’t mess around in prelims, remember the women’s 400 medley relay didn’t even make finals at worlds a couple years ago. I’m glad Tarwater got added and hope it will open the door to adding more swimmers at coaches’ discretion in the future. Bottom line, why not take the maximum alloted??

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Was Tarwater added at a coach’s discretion?

JackedAndTan
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy for Tarwater, the guy deserved a spot. But I understand the “top 6 make the team” argument. Just because Phelps scratches the individual event, he didn’t scratch the relay. Ergo, Tarwater still finished 7th in the relay count. Just doesn’t make sense. Did Phelps have to scratch the individual for Tarwater to make it? If you wanna add guys, add Robison as well.

Suppose both Phelps and Lochte scratch the 200 free individually. Does that mean all 8 from the final make the team?

Suppose Phelps and Lochte swam fast times in-season and declared themselves ready to swim the relay, but didn’t swim trials. Then suppose the top 2 guys from Trials scratch the individual race (because they have other swims to worry about). Does that mean the bottom 6 guys from the final make the team plus the top 2 plus Phelps and Lochte?? Remember, any team member can be added to the relay. There’s gotta be a limit to this rationale

JackedAndTan
3 years 10 months ago

But I *don’t* understand the “top 6” argument

JackedAndTan
3 years 10 months ago

I really could keep going all night with this…

Suppose 4 guys swam really fast in-season times but didn’t wanna swim it individually and thus skipped the event at Trials and made it in other events. Top 6 from Trials make the relay. That must mean 2 people make the team, but doesn’t swim anything since the 4 in-season guys still have the fastest times and are ear-marked for the final?!

Suppose the 100 free final is so slow that US coaches worry the relay won’t make the final. Phelps is already ear-marked to swim the final with his fast in-season swim. The top 2 guys scratch the indvidual race due to other priorities. Still, because the times are so slow, only by swimming the top 4 finishers from Trials can they be assured of a finals spot. Does this mean they only take 4 to the Olympics or still take the bottom 6 (top 6, remember?) even though 4 of them won’t get to swim?!

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

jackedandtan:

Top 6 “argument” is NOT an argument, It IS the US SWIMMING olympics SELECTION RULES.

It is not a made up argument. It IS THE RULES.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Really, NOTHING like the olympics to bring out people….

Dasher
3 years 10 months ago

I too don’t understand the logic. Six people are still on the team for the relay, despite Phelps scratching. It would make sense if Phelps was not going to swim the relay.

Ole 99
3 years 10 months ago

Feel free to read the USA Swimmings selection procedures. That may clear things up for you.

Dasher
3 years 10 months ago

All right – I read the rules. It looks like because Phelps withdrew, the third place finisher, who until then was a relay-only swimmer, now becomes an individual event qualifier. This opens the door to nominate another relay-only swimmer, who in this case was the 7th place finisher. Of course, this is at the discretion of USA Swimming, who could have opted to not take another relay-only swimmer. After all, the top six “finishers” in the event will be in London anyway.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Ole99,

I agree. If only these people ACTUALLY READ the rules!

NWCoach
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t forget the connection Tarwater and Phelps have. They were both at Michigan at the same time and although I am sure it did not influence Michael’s decision to scratch the 200 free, I’m sure getting his old friend on the team was a consequence that he was probably pretty happy with.

3 years 10 months ago

didn’t read the feed/comments. Very busy. Not sure if anyone brough this up: Do you think Phelps scratched to give Tarwater a spot on the Olympic Team? They trained together at U of M. Phelps respects Tarwater. What do you think?

joel lin
3 years 10 months ago

I think it is a factor, and Tarwater missing last time really affected all the Club Wondering guys who loved Davis. I think the bigger point Mel is they SHOULD go to the 26 man maximum with relay adds. I say add Robison. Even if he does not swim, it adds a capable leg in case of health or other unexpecteds .

Dasher
3 years 10 months ago

I think there’s a FINA limit to how many relay-only swimmers each country can take. For six relays (men and women) the limit is 12. So you can’t necessarily fill all remaining spots with relay-only swimmers. I haven’t done the math for the us team this year, so I don’t know how close the team is to this limit.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Dasher,

If I’m not mistaken, there are only 5 relay-only male swimmers (including Tarwater) in the team:
Matt Mclean, Charlie Houchin, Davis Tarwater, Jimmy Feigen, Jason Lezak.

MeanGene
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly what I was thinking – how much did Tarwater pay him off? Maybe he has some good ol college pics of Phelps hitting the bong. Not a big fan of Tarwater, he isn’t nice to everyone – so to his supporters, sure be happy for him. For the people that know the other side of him – hate all you want~

ZYNG43
3 years 10 months ago

Phelps isn’t exactly nice to all his fans a lot of the time… I think its a little disrespectful to the work Davis has out in to say he paid him off. That’s just ridiculous

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Mel Stewart,

I don’t think it’s a factor. AT ALL.

Daaaave
3 years 10 months ago

Mel, the Phelps – Tarwater connection occurred to me as I remember them being training pals four years ago when Stovall snuck in there and I thought I caught Phelps giving a “wtf” look Tarwater’s way. But would he scratch *just* to get him on the team? Doubtful…right? I think it’s more that it takes three tough swims off his agenda in the core part of the meet.

And again, as I’ve said, the goal here is to optimize the success of Team USA – not to hold sacrosanct a set of self-imposed rules even in the infrequent instance they are at odds with that goal. Yes, the top-6 “rule” is *designed* to provide objectivity in team selection and in most instances provides the right guidelines to minimize subjectivity. In this case, given Phelps scratched the individual 200, it benefits the team to add DT.

don
3 years 10 months ago

This doesn’t make sense and neither does what Marsh said. You don’t add a swimmer because you need a another “well rounded” swimmer. And you don’t need 4 fresh guys in the morning and at night, look at the past and that is not how it works. Originally the prelim relay was place ,4,5,6 with either the first or second OT qualifier on the relay also having two swims. Then the fastest 4,5,6 swimmer has a shot to swim at night.I wonder how they are going to work the relay now because you have seven people, not six vying for 4 spots at night. Two are a given, so now there are 5 , not four going for those other two relay spots. But they can only swim 4 in the prelim relay so id you are going strictly by times, you will have Dwyer, Mclean ,Houchin and Tarwater fighting for that shot. But wait, you can’t have that relay and Phelps or Lochte so now it will be one of them = Mclean, Houchin and Tarwater. What happens when one of them swims a time better than what Beren’s or Dwyer have? If one of them goes 146.low, what do you do ?
And I like Tarwater, I was pulling for him but this has nothing to do with that, it is about how a system works.
How is it going to work now?

DSwim
3 years 10 months ago

Great for Davis and USA swimming. He’ll add to the team and give another option for relays. Nobody will see this as anything but a positive. Go get ’em DT!

ZYNG43
3 years 10 months ago

What’s wrong with having 4 fresh swimmers on both?? The night time relay will be Phelps, Lochte, Berens, and whichever of the remaining 4 swims fastest (Dwyer, Mclean, Tarwater, Houchin) I think it works just fine

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Phelps and Lochte should be the only guaranteed finalists in the evening relay. The other swimmers were bunched together at trials. Too close to call. You want the two fastest swimmers on current form in London to join Michael and Ryan. That could be any of them. It’s not guaranteed that Berens will be one of the two fastest at all. That’s why I see Tarwater there as a replacement in case of injury or illness.

REAL
3 years 10 months ago

How does Tarwater get on, when they already have 6 in front of him for the relay, AND Vanderkaay up their sleeve? Everyone expects Vanderkaay to get a heat swim don’t they??

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think Vanderkaay will get a heat swim. However, if he makes a massive improvement and drops a big time in the 400 free he may enter their thought process. But it seems unlikely.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

It is very very unlikely that PVK gets prelims swims.
Dwyer, Mclean, Houchin, and Tarwater should swim the prelims, and the fastest will join Phelps, Lochte, and Berens in the final.

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Why should Berens get a pass directly to the final? Lochte and Phelps make sense. The other swimmers finished bunched together all on 1:56. What, because he finished .08 ahead of Dwyer, and a couple tenths ahead of the next two guys he’s the obvious choice? Hardly. If there are two guys (or more) swimming faster than Berens in a month, including him automatically means the coaches would be opting for a slower relay. Not smart. Ricky did not separate himself enough from the others. Jon Piersma actually won the 200 free at trials in 1996 but he didn’t swim in prelims or finals of the 4×200 in Atlanta because the coaches wanted to put together what they felt was the fasted four at that time. If the coaches want the fastest four swimming at night in London only Phelps and Lochte should get the automatic berths. If Ricky proves to be one of the fastest two in the heats then you include him. Michael and Ryan could use the rest, it should make no difference to the others, as everbody except Dwyer is there only for the relay. They don’t have a packed meet where swimming hard in the morning is going to be negatively impactful in the evening. In fact if it is your only event it often helps.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I think they will now who is fastest among those 5 swimmers during the camp.

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Possibly, but they’ve tended to use the morning prelims to decide the final four evening swimmers. Because swimming well in camp doesn’t necessarily translate to swimming as well when it’s time to step up at the big show.

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Also consider this, those that are swimming their hearts out fighting for a place to swim the relay in finals … more often than not they go faster in the evening. Maybe it’s because of the atmosphere of the finals, maybe it’s because they were able to get a feel for the water and the race that morning. Who knows, but the notion that swimmers who go in the heats and don’t have busy schedules can’t back up at night is false, in fact the opposite is true.

Consider this scenario: what if we go with ASwimfan’s plan and decide to automatically put Berens in with Phelps/Lochte to swim the 4×200 free finals. What if Dwyer and McLean do times that exceed what Berens did a trials? Say McLean leads off in 1:56 flat and Dwyer anchor splits 1:55.6? What then? What if Berens looked sluggish and a bit off in the 4×100 relay heats? Conceivably, if you swim Tarwater thinking Berens for sure in the final then the above heat swims occur he might not end up getting a swim at all to prove he should be there. Piersma part 2. In my mind Tarwater is there as an on deck batter, not necessarily going up to the plate. He’s there to increase the pool of options. That is all. He is not guaranteed a swim. The coaches can put together a relay from any four members of the team. They should do so based on the fastest four there and then, not based on who edged out who by small fractions in Omaha.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Keith,

If Berens, Dwyer, and Mclean all do 1:55 and 1:56 in the relay prelims like you wrote, USA will not progress to final.

REAL
3 years 10 months ago

True regarding Berens. What if he swims 1.47+ in the individual 200. Still automatic for the 4×200 final? Do you give him another shot in the relay heats, at the expense of Tarwater? This occured in Beijing with Australia’s 4×200 reay. Kenrock Monk swam 1.48 in the heats, missed the semis and got dropped from the heats and finals team of the 4×200, even though he finished 2nd at trials! Also last year James Roberts was not included in Australia’s 4×100 relay final, even though he finished 2nd at the trials

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Quite true. Those 5s should be 4s.

Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Real, I didn’t realize that about Roberts and Monk. It just shows that the Australian coaches, will go with the best four at that time not what others may have done at an individual meet. Nothing is guaranteed. Though obviously with swimmers like Lochte/Phelps and Hackett/Thorpe/Klim their clear dominance meant they were always ensured a final swim.

Kirt
3 years 10 months ago

Continuing what REAL said, Nicholas Sprenger (Christian’s cousin), also made it individually (as a result of Hackett scratching) and got dropped. So Australia’s bronze medal relay had neither of their individual 200 freestylers on it.
Roberts was a different case, however. He swam faster than Sullivan in the prelims, and still swam well in the individual, but the Australian coaches decided they wanted Sullivan’s experience on the relay.

Shadowboxing
3 years 10 months ago

To “meangene,” that suggestion is absolutely absurd. Which is made obvious by anyone who was at the coaches meeting when marsh was informed of the decision (sidenote: usaswimming actually sticking to their guns and following the rule book). Also, the reason Tarwater wasn’t at the intro ceremony was because he had already flown home. Not exactly the type of action one takes if you’re blackmailing someone. Anyway, think about your words before you carelessly throw them out in a slanderous manner. Regardless of his antics, DT is a great friend and hero to many in the swimming community and your unsubstantiated claims/accusations are farcical and unwanted.

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