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  57 Davis Wuolle | June 25th, 2012 | Featured, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

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  1. Nigel Tufnel says:
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    No video Cowboy?

  2. cynthia curran says:
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    Think no swimmer makes the olympics that trained in Orange County. Maybe Chad Latournette or Chloe Sutton or Tyler Clary don’t make. it.

  3. Daaaave says:
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    My non-swimmer friend when the fire went off during the men’s 400IM: “SO UNNECCESSARY! SO UNNECCESSARY!”

    We could feel the heat from our seats.

  4. bobo gigi says:
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    Ok, some views on the first day.
    Men’s 400 IM.
    Great race for Ryan Lochte. I’m a big fan of Michael Phelps but I like Ryan Lochte too and I’m tired of the battle with Michael Phelps the medias try to sell to the people but the attitude of Ryan Lochte at the end of his race was unnecessary. His last 20 meters have been for me pure provocation.
    Ryan Lochte is today the clear favorite in this race for the next olympic games. Hard to bet against him. He’s so powerful and his underwaters are now well ahead of those of Michael. I don’t know if he’s really a better breaststroker than Michael but I think he has lost less energy on the backstroke leg and then had more gas.
    I don’t know how to analyze the race of Michael. After 2010 I wouldn’t have believed he would be able to swim so fast in this race in 2012. I repeat I would have prefered he doesn’t swim this race to keep his energy for other races. But I understand he wants to make history with a third straight olympic title in the same race. His time is great. Perhaps he can improve it a lot in London. I have no idea. He looked very confident after the race. I continue to think if Michael is with Ryan at the beginning of freestyle he wins at the end. But he must be with him after breaststroke and it’s not the case today. I continue to think it would be stupid to swim the race if he feels he can’t win. I don’t want to see him with a defeat on individual in his last competition. That’s why I wanted he keeps all his energy for the 200 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 fly and the 3 relays. And I know the 400 IM is a big risk for him. Can he win the 200 free two days after a big 400 IM? I doubt about that. I’m not sure he’ll win the 100 fly if he swims all other races too. Perhaps I’m totally wrong and he will destroy the races at the next olympic games. We’ll see.
    And some words about 2 disappointed times. Tyler Clary doesn’t really improve. He’s the third best swimmer in the world in the 400 IM but I think he must be sad with his time. Chase Kalisz was a big hope before the race to swim under 4.12 and he hasn’t swum very well in final.

    • aswimfan says:
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      I agree with you about Tyler Clary. I am also surprised that he has plateaued already, especially this after him talking about winning gold in London as per interview with swimswam etc.

      But I disagree with you about Phelps. I think he still feels that he can win the 400 IM in London, otherwise as you said, he would not swim it.

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Yes I know he wants to swim it and he looked very confident after the race but has he still the physic to swim so many races in one week like before? It’s just a question about the possible impact over his other races. He will have to be at her best to win the 100 fly, the 200 fly and the 200 IM. The wins are not guaranteed in these races if he’s tired. I’m just a little worried because I’m a fan and I don’t want to see him with one or two defeats on individual in London.

      • Chris says:
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        I don’t think Clary plateaued, he probably thought he’d have an easy time making the team in the 200 back and 400 im. After all, he’s far ahead of any anyone not Lochte or Phelps, so he might have been trying to focus on catching Lochte in London.

        • aswimfan says:
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          I am still flabbergasted to know that Clary did not really expect Phelps to swim the 400 IM (and hence he thought going 4:08-4:09 was enough to get him to London). Even if he didn’t think so, what about his coach? Shouldn’t his coach have been more wise??

          • Andy Dixon says:
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            Should have listened to Mel Stewart, who’s been calling it before anyone else thought it was even a remote possibility! But I agree, I don’t think Clary took the race lightly, but I think his plan was for a partial taper to get him in that 4:08-4:09 range, and I think he still had plans to contend for gold in London after a full taper. It’s unfortunate now that he won’t have the chance. But I think he’ll have a better than average shot at making the team in the 200 back.

          • aswimfan says:
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            Andy Dixon,
            Tyler Clary (or his coach) should have listened to me :)
            I already predicted (and wrote in swiminfo, speedendurance, etc) that Phelps would swim the 400 IM right after London schedule was published months ago.

    • Rafael says:
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      BOBO I Have a feel both Hagino and Cseh can go 2:09 2:08 on London.. and 200 IM even Locthe a little tired may be enough for him to Beat Phelps.. it will depend how much Ryosuke tires him on back.

      • aswimfan says:
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        I think both Cseh and Hagino can definitely go under 4:09 in London.

        And I think Phelps will beat Lochte in 200 IM just because Lochte has 200 back 20 mins beforehand.

  5. Jean Michel says:
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    Biesel , she is on top of her form ! Gold in London is a lock up for her .

  6. M Dressman says:
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    Nice recap — Loved what Mel said about Gators working hard — there are no short cuts in long course — old school is a good thing — when the dust settles we’ll see what kind of programs prevail.

  7. bobo gigi says:
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    Women’s 100 fly.
    Dana Vollmer is great and we knew it. The only problem for me is about tactics used by some swimmers. It isn’t always smart.
    Why does Dana Vollmer want to break the world record at this meet? She has a so big margin that she could easily qualify with a 57 low. Keep your best for the olympic games! It would be stupid to break the world record in Omaha and then to finish third in London.
    Why do some swimmers swim so fast in heats and in semi-finals? Dana Vollmer could keep her energy for the final. No she has choiced the opposite tactic. Claire Donahue was stupid with her fast heat. After that she hasn’t almost qualified for the final. All these poor tactics remind me Rebecca Soni at the last world championships. She’s the queen of breaststroke and she very often swims big times in the heats and in the semi-finals. What’s the use of making that? Keep your energy for the finals!

  8. bobo gigi says:
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    Men’s 400 free.
    Yes a good race between all the swimmers. But awful times! It isn’t sure there will be an american in the olympic final. Why are USA so weak in this race? It’s incredible. Where are the new talents like there are on the women’s side?

    • Kevin says:
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      I agree BOBO GIGI. What America needs are more erik vendt 0larsen Jensen 8 beat kick work horses in the 400/ 1500 free line up.

      More importantly though, I fell ya on your concern for Phelps so far. I’m worried about it too because I watched both the 4 I M final and then the 2 free semi’s tonight and Lochte is looking like a machine, much stronger on the walls and underwater then Phelps. Not only that, but after watching the 2 free a I noticed Phelps’ stroke isn’t what it used to be back in Beijing. It’s hard to describe obviously but he doesn’t seem to have the length or gallup he had back in ’08. I’m a huge fan of Phelps myself and been following him since he made it to sydney in 2000.

      Our only hope is that Phelps does not have as much of a taper as Lochte which could make some difference. It seems all the florida swimmers are at their peak this meet, and NBC swimmers not doing as well. So maybe if Phelps isn’t fully rested here or missed his taper he will make up for it in London. Also, lochte is pretty inconsistent- he’ll have one hell of a meet per year and look awful at all of the other meet unlike Phelps. Perfect example is how after last year worlds he collapsed and didn’t even swim through the entire Nationals meet in Palo Alto.. We’ll see.

      • Hippo-K12 says:
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        couldnt have agreed more with what u said kevin. i am a big Phelps fan 2. and like i’ve said before, if i were a country…i am def willing to pay millions of $$$$$$$ just to have Phelps on our team & swim the 400/200 IM, 100/200 fly, 100/200 free (or whatever events he’s good at) for us at the Olympics….hehehe **daydreaming**

        God speed Michael! will be watching as always….and cheering u on in front of my TV. 😀 😀

  9. Jean Michel says:
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    BOBOGIGI , where did u see the race live ????

    • bobo gigi says:
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      I’m in front of my computer. And my nights are very short with swimming and track and field to watch. I also knew there were many commercials on american TV but it’s impressive.

  10. bobo gigi says:
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    Women’s 400 IM.
    Elizabeth Beisel is the best in the world and if she’s on her top form in London she can’t lose this race.
    Caitlin Leverenz is great but I think she has no chance to win a medal in this race. The last part on freestyle is too long for her. She must focus on the 200 IM. She’s the favorite for this race at the next olympic games.
    And overall except Becca Mann who confirms she’s a young swimmer to follow I’m very disappointed by the times of some other swimmers. Cammile Adams hasn’t really improved since January. It’s strange when we remind the quotes of his coach who repeated she wasn’t much rested for the meet in Austin. We’ll see if she can qualify in the 200 fly. Maya DiRado was faster last summer. Why hasn’t she improved? Is there a training problem in Stanford? I thought she would swim much faster.

  11. bobo gigi says:
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    Men’s 100 breaststroke.
    Great time for Brendan Hansen. I hope he hasn’t already shown his best. Can he swim a 59 low in final? Perhaps he’ll keep his best for London.
    Who is Scott Weltz? I didn’t know him.
    And Kevin Cordes is really the great american talent on breaststroke for the future. He has destroyed his NAG record. And he can qualify for the olympic games. The second spot is very open.

    • Rafael says:
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      Bobo Gigi, the thing is, as showed on International Media, Van Der Burgh and França are also sure they can go 59 low even 58 high…

  12. Jean Michel says:
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    I repeat my question to BOBOGIGI : how could u watch the races while out of Us territory ???

  13. don says:
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    Why do you guys think that the GSC swimmers were not fully tapered? Lochte and Biesel maybe I would agree, but any others that were not in that class. no I disagree. I would expect PVK to be a little faster but Ialso heard he started resting before anyone on the team and it was a full taper.

  14. Jean Michel says:
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    @ASIWFAN : thanks bro ! BOBOGIGI can’t answer anymore ……LOL

    • bobo gigi says:
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      I can answer another time. I’m in front of my computer. And I repeat there are too many commercials and they are almost still the same. Last time in track and field commercials were every 6 minutes. How can you watch TV like that? I imagine for the 1500 free there will be a stop after 100 meters, 800 meters and 1200 meters. And yes! Back to live for the last 50 meters. But I admit the good thing for you in USA is that it’s at a great hour. 8 PM for the east coast on a big channel it’s cool for swimming.

  15. aswimfan says:
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    I am a bit concerned with how well Lochte and Beisel hold taper/re-taper for London.
    They do not exactly have great record when it comes to holding taper/re-taper (see 2008).

    • gosharks says:
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      I agree with you. Also looking at how Florida typically holds (or doesn’t) a taper between SEC’s and NCAA’s.

    • Liliana says:
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      Agreed. They seem (almost) fully rested.

    • bigNowhere says:
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      Lochte had trouble in 2008 because he made the mistake of drinking the water in China, and got sick. He was pretty sick the day before the 400 IM. If that hadn’t happened I think he would have at least beaten Ceh to get second. I think he’ll hold his taper just fine this time around.

      Beisel swam for her club team back in 2008 so I’m not sure you can apply what happened then to now.

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      Beisel didn’t even swim for Florida in 2008 and was only 15 years old.

  16. don says:
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    Troy’s swimmers swam well The Fast swimmers were flat or added time, something that surprises me at trials. Clary died that last 50

    • aswimfan says:
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      It seems Clary is not fully tapered (because he expects to qualify easily in 200 back, and he did not expect Phelps to swim 400 IM. Shocking, really).

      And it seems GSC’s swimmers all are fully tapered. I don’t know how this affect them in London.

      • don says:
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        Of course Clary would be fully tapered,too risky not to be. He has talked/tweeted about the taper funk and how great tapering was.

        • aswimfan says:
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          If Clary is fully tapered and only went 4:09, I don’t understand how he talked about winning 400 IM gold in London. I hope he’s not that delusional.

          • Rafael says:
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            I think he got some over self confidence.. much like Schneided boasting he could go 21.3 on 50 free.. That can pretty much be the downfall of huge talents..

          • don says:
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            First, it wasn’t 4:09 it was 4:09.92 so lets just call it 4:10, only 3 seconds faster than he was at the Indy GP. I do not think for a minute that a coach like Jon Urbanchek who has been around for a long time would take a chance by not tapering him for this meet. There are too many variables, unknowns to take a risk and if there was any chance of Phelps swimming, you know he had a full taper.And his interviews and tweets indicate that. I don’t think he was totally surprised Phelps swam it.Looking at the times I am more inclined to think everyone on that team is having taper trouble.

  17. TX Swimmer says:
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    Impressive 400IM by Lochte. He swam it like a boss. Dude looked in full control of the whole race and it looked like he just did just enough to win and has a lot more in the tank. I think MP will drop this race in London.
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  18. Nigel Tufnel says:
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    Dear NBC,

    Andrea Kremer is difficult to watch: a bit mean, callus and just not a swimmer.
    She is better than that creepy Jim Gray.
    Please can we just get Alex Flanagan? Fly her in from Federal Way.

    Sincerely, Red-blooded, informed swimming enthusiasts

    Heck, I’d even take Craig Hummer at this point – he could use a promotion.

    • miws says:
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      Summer Sanders should take Andrea’s place. She funny, warm and intelligent with her deck interviews. She knows what these athletes are going through.

  19. cynthia curran says:
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    Well, Clary is the only one of the fast swimmers that swam there as a kid.The last time any swimmer on Fast made the olympic team was Janet Evans, its usually Mission Viejo or Nova but Nova isn’t what it use to be.

  20. cynthia curran says:
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    Bobo GiGi some swimmers like Tran who swam like a bat out of hell because they are poor meter swimmers she wanted to just make the semi and she almost did but got tired in the swim off have to do it. Not certain if Tran will pull that in 100 meter backsroke in the prelims but she will in the semi to get to the finals since she is the weakest meter swimmer. Think Missy Franklin kicks Tran butt in meters will Tran kicks her butt in yards.

    • bobo gigi says:
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      I have never said Cindy Tran was the weakest swimmer in long course. She’s among the 16 best american swimmers in the 100 back. I just talked about her troubles in long course compared to her high level in yards. It’s just not the same sport. And about Missy I’m sure she prefers to dominate in long course and accepts to be beaten in yards. It’s better to do that than the opposite.

  21. Andy Dixon says:
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    I wish SwimSwam was doing ALL the coverage.

  22. Jean Michel says:
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    prelims today available live on Usaswimming . great quality ! check it guys .

  23. Jean Michel says:
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    @BOBOGIGI : Merci de ta charmante collaboration ! ton attitude me fait fait penser a celle de l’équipe de France de Foot …tu vois ce que je veux dire . No comment . hehhehehe

    • bobo gigi says:
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      Yes, finally you speak french! I waited for that! But don’t count on me to speak french here. I refuse it. I work my english. I knew there was something from France behind you. Are you american, english, french or someone who has dual citizenship?
      Back to your comment. Thank you for the comparison with these stupid guys in soccer (like they said in USA). I know it was a joke. These players without education are a shame for France. But I didn’t want to irritate you with my answers. You are outside the USA so you know how it’s difficult to find a live streaming of these trials. And I have no specific answers. Every night I look for links anywhere and it doesn’t work every time. And after the finals last night I was very angry to not watch backstroke races. It was on nbcolympics.com but it doesn’t work outside the USA. So I hope you have found some webcasts of the event. It’s not easy but with much time we can find.

  24. Swim Ma says:
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    Just wanted to speak up and say, Gator Swim Club Swimmers will do fine in London.I do not believe they are fully tapered.Rested yes, fully tapered no.
    I think they will all improve their times in London.

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      No worries. Gregg Troy’s swimmers show up when it counts. Everyone can talk but they have no idea where everyone is at really.

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