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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

liquidassets
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Exactly

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Exactly Phil!

I don’t understand all these animosity towards Tarwater.

It’s the RULES.

swimcam
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

Swim Ma
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Didn’t he also finish 3rd in 2004?

4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Never mind ! it’s all fine ….

SwimSam
4 years 1 month ago

Happy for Davis Tarwater!

4 years 1 month ago

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

Eddie
4 years 1 month ago

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

Teemleenie
4 years 1 month ago

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

Daaaave
4 years 1 month 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.

4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

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

Jiggs
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

gosharks
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

+1

aswimfan
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Neptune – haters gonna hate

USSwimFan
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Exaclty Usswimfan,

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

TX Swimmer
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

TX Swimmer,

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

ZYNG43
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Was Tarwater added at a coach’s discretion?

JackedAndTan
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

JackedAndTan
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

Dasher
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

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

Dasher
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Ole99,

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

NWCoach
4 years 1 month 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.

4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month 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
4 years 1 month ago

Mel Stewart,

I don’t think it’s a factor. AT ALL.

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