Day 2 Finals Recap Presented by Engine

  15 Garrett McCaffrey | June 26th, 2012 | Featured, U.S. Olympic Trials

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Jean Michel
4 years 3 months ago

Huge speed for Franklin and Bootsma ! love these girls .

4 years 3 months ago

Hi guys,

great job what your doing there in omaha!
would be awesome to have such interest here in germany.
it’s really noise there and for non native speakers quite hard to understand all what you’re saying.
if you could change that maybe even more europeans would watch 🙂



4 years 3 months ago

Are you the real Steffen Deibler?
Are you going to London? I know your brother Markus is, but not sure about you. Are you in the 4×100 free relay?

If you are, good luck in London!

4 years 3 months ago

If you four guys were a relay, which relay would it be, and who would swim what?

4 years 3 months ago

Medley Relay would be best methinks.
Obviously Mel on fly, Braden strikes me as backstroker, Garrett on breast, and Roque to anchor.

4 years 3 months ago

Roque was a bit of a breaststroker. And Garrett free/fly, I think.

4 years 3 months ago

*Free/Back…I looked it up.

4 years 3 months ago


so Braden to lead in back, followed by Roque in breast, then Mel to do the fly, and anchored by Garrett.

bobo gigi
4 years 3 months ago

Great day of competition! And than you swimswam for your absolutely crazy and great job.
Some views about the races of yesterday.
I repeat I don’t understand some tactics. Why do Dana Vollmer, Breeja Larson and many others swim so fast in the heats and in the semi-finals? Dana Vollmer has almost swum the same time on every race. Remember last year at the world championships when she was amazing in semi-finals and she struggled a little in final. She won but it was close. Remember Rebecca Soni in the 200 breaststroke last year when she swam very fast times in the heats and in the semi-finals. And in final she wasn’t the same at the end. This tactic is useless and for Dana Vollmer it could cost her an olympic title. Keep your energy for the finals!
Other thing about some tactics. Why do some swimmers lose their time and their energy for nothing? For example Natalie Coughlin in the 100 fly or Megan Romano in the 100 back. It would have been better for them to focus on their best races.
On the results. Good race for Claire Donahue in the women’s 100 fly. She continues to improve.
Nothing to say about the men’s 200 free except PVK not qualified for the final. But not a big surprise after his time in the 400 free.
Rebecca Soni is great as usual. The only problem with her is the start. That’s why the world record will be very tough to beat for her. But she’s far ahead of the other swimmers. Jessica Hardy is still the favorite for the second spot because I think she has kept her energy. But Breeja Larson will be a big opponent. She’s a baby in swimming and she continues to improve. Her style in the water is great to watch. And what a deep in the final. Here in France we have no breaststrokers on the women’s side. You are very lucky in USA.
Good time for Brendan Hansen but not a fantastic time. I hope he keeps his best for London. Behind him the deep isn’t there unlike the women’s side. Eric Shanteau will be tough to beat in the 200 breaststroke. And Kevin Cordes has played his game. He had to swim fast in the first 50 and he isn’t far at the end. One more year of training and he will be under 1.00. He’s the future best american swimmer in this race.
Very strange women’s 400 free. Allison Schmitt has perhaps used a bad tactic but I think she wanted to see if it could work because she must be able to answer to Camille Muffat. I still think she can finish second in this race at the next olympic games. In my opinion she’s more now a 100 free/200 free swimmer than a 200 free/400 free swimmer. With the speed she has taken I think her best race is the 200 free. Chloe Sutton is there when it counts. She’s now the favorite for the 800 free. Katie Ledecky must be disappointed but she has swum a great race. She can qualify in the 800 free.
In the men’s 100 back can Matt Grevers swim around 52.50? The olympic gold medal will be around this time. And can Ryan Murphy qualify for the olympic games in this race? I think it will be tough for him with Matt Grevers and David Plummer but if he could swim close to 53.00 it would be amazing for a so young swimmer.
And in the women’s 100 back the level is great. There are so many young talents in this race. It’s an industry. Missy is Missy and she’s fantastic. She has the potential to swim much faster. I haven’t watched her race and I don’t know how were here underwaters. Rachel Bootsma continues to improve. I don’t know if she’s able to swim faster in final but she’s at her top. Olivia Smoliga has swum for the first time under 1.00. It’s always a great accomplishment to do it for the first time. I still hope Missy doesn’t swim the 200 free especially at the olympic games. It would kill her chances to shine in the 100 back. Congrats to these young swimmers, they are very impressive.

4 years 3 months ago

In regards to Megan Romano she has nothing to lose it is after the 200 free and also she did it at NCAA’s 2 free back to back with the 1 back and swam exception in both. I dont know about coughlin though I think she just wanted to see what she could do. Allison knew she was going to London and just wanted to see if she could hold on. To do that and be within the same second of the American record is impressive. As far as Ryan Murphy he has always been better at the two back so I think after his hundred he may be a contender in that event

4 years 3 months ago

Murphy might not make the team in the 100 back, but he could be a 53 low. I have high hopes for him to challenge Clary for 2nd place ion the 200 back

Craig H
4 years 3 months ago

“I repeat I don’t understand some tactics. Why do Dana Vollmer, Breeja Larson and many others swim so fast in the heats and in the semi-finals?”
When I was a 14 year old age grouper I was competing at the first long-course meet of the summer at a local, rinky-dinky pool. The last event of the day was the 1500, which I’d agreed to stick around for and help some friends with the counting. A kid from another local team who’d been swimming for less than a year was getting really pumped up for it–putting on a cap, getting all psyched (if this weren’t the era before suits, I’m sure he would have been all suited up). I asked him why he was being so serious about such a no-pressure swim. His response was, “There’s no point competing if you don’t give it everything you’ve got.”
That kid was Larsen Jensen. It was his first ever 1500, and if I recall he only went about 17:30, but a year later he was the American Record holder in the 800.
To get to the level that Dana and Larsen and these other Gold-medal-level competitors are at it takes not only amazing talent but also a ridiculous drive to compete. Some swimmers can be more tactical with their pacing, but for others it would be sacrilege to waist all the training. What’s that old Prefontaine quote? “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

4 years 3 months ago

Kudos for Brendan Hansen. Not sure about his chances in his individual event(s) in London, but he’ll be of a great help to USA medley relay. On the other hand, too bad for PVK. Such a disappointment for Beijing bronze medalist.

4 years 3 months ago

Medley Relay is Probably now a Lock for Gold for US

On 200 Breast I Think it will be very hard for any medal for US on 100 Breast Shanteau is out of question Hansen will Batle Tateishi, França, Van der Burgh and Scozzoli for who gets Silver/Bronze

4 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t say lock, but he’s definitely helping.


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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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