Day 2 Finals Recap, Presented by SwimOutlet Team Division

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Eric
9 years ago

This race was freakin’ awesome. My voice is hoarse from yelling at my computer. My kids and dog saw a different side of me this afternoon and my wife is mad at me. Happy Olympics everyone!

Jg
Reply to  Eric
9 years ago

Eric -that is bad. Time to do a re think.

Eve
9 years ago

Garrett I believe as far as Phelps goes it is about poking the tiger. (reference to an 08 SI article about the 100 fly)

9 years ago

THAT WAS NOT MAGIC.

That was like, black magic. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. I has a sad.

Reply to  junker23
9 years ago

But yeah, Australia swimming horribly was the only consolation I take from that race.

If you just told me the final result, that the US would come in 2nd and Australia wouldn’t medal I would be ecstatic. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut seeing how they led the entire way…total nut punch.

Jake
9 years ago

Hi Garrett and Braden! Great Day 2 Finals Recap! Looking back upon the results of the Men’s 4X100 meter free relay, there was one question/concern that popped into my mind. Do you think USA’s outcome for the relay would have been different if the coaches decided to switch the order around for the relay or possibly put Grevers on instead of Lochte? I was thinking about the order after the race and thought about potential lineups. Here’s the lineup that seemed the best, in my opinion.

Michael Phelps
Ryan Lochte/Matt Grevers
Cullen Jones
Nathan Adrian

I understand that the coaches’ decision about the order and who to put on the relay was very difficult, and so… Read more »

Reply to  Jake
9 years ago

This is random as all hell, but I’m guessing you’re like 14 years old. I say this only because I wrote just like that on the internet when I was 14.

Up until basically this relay, I never thought relay order mattered too much. I’m pretty sure you’re on to something though, this didn’t seem too optimized.

Brian
Reply to  Jake
9 years ago

I would have suggested the same lineup, minus Lochte and insert Lezak.

Brian
Reply to  Brian
9 years ago

^Same lineup as they had in the relay.

9 years ago

Guys don’t seem too optimistic with Lochte’s chances in the 200 Free. He’ll have to be in the mix. I don’t think I can handle it if he’s not.

And I really wish I was able to gauge Grever’s walls from these broadcasts. All the TV coverage immediately goes to the underwater camera after each wall and it just messes up my perspective.

ZYNG43
Reply to  junker23
9 years ago

I hope he medals after seeing Yang, Agnel, and Park in the freestyles

Justin Thompson
Reply to  junker23
9 years ago

Probably the best 200m free field of any Olympics even without MP in it. I think between Agnel, Park, Sun, and Lochte it’s anyone’s race. There’s a chance, although very slim, that Lochte doesn’t medal in this race, but on the other hand he could win it. That’s how tight I think it will be. Also, I predict MP goes faster than the gold medal winning time in leading off the 200M Free relay!

Ole 99
Reply to  Justin Thompson
9 years ago

Hope I’m wrong, but I think the 200 Free will come down to Agnel and Sun. I like Agnel for the win. For Lochte to win, he will need to employ the same strategy that won him the event last year at Worlds. He has incredible turns, but the other guys seem to be faster in the open water. Not sure he’s going to catch anyone sleeping on him like what happened last year.

One thing that should be noted. As great as Sun’s 400 free was yesterday, it was only 0.1 faster than he swam in 2011. Certainly doesn’t mean he won’t break out in the 200 free tomorrow just something to keep in mind.

aswimfan
Reply to  Justin Thompson
9 years ago

People have short memory.
Athens 2004 had Thorpe, van Der hoogenband and Phelps.

Reply to  aswimfan
9 years ago

Well, this one has Biedermann, too. This year’s is a lot deeper, if less accomplished at the top. (Though, I mean, they’re not too shabby.)

SwimSam
9 years ago

Wish it had turned out different. Proud of our guys in that relay, including the morning crew for stepping up as well. Grevers is going to be special tomorrow night!

9 years ago

Adrian and Phelps did a magnificent job. Wishful thinking putting Lochte at the end. He even stated in the post race interview that the 100 Free wasn’t his specialty (?!). The US coaches can’t enter non-specialty 100 freestylers into the Olympic relay and expect gold. That’s like putting an offensive lineman at quarter back during the fourth quarter – not really, but something like that. He was so disappointed and you could see he felt like he let the team down.

nostradamus
Reply to  CUBUSwimmer
9 years ago

with that logic grevers also shouldn’t have been considered for the relay spot. so then we’re down to berens, feigan, and lezak. who all would have lost anyway. i think second place was the best possible outcome.

Billy
9 years ago

Ryan Lochte did his best but could not hold off Angel who was on fire. It was a great race, but Lochte’s losing the lead may have cost him a ton of endorsement money.

If he had held the lead, his notoriety would have skyrocketed.

At least we are not the Aussie team who are getting blasted in the Australian newpapers…………

Rafael
Reply to  Billy
9 years ago

The aussies are getting blasted everywhere.

Billy if you had greevers and lost, the chat here would be “If we had locthe, we would have won, stupid coaches”.. Some people can´t accept loss and cannot aknowledge that there is a “Rest of the world” on Swimming

Billy
Reply to  Rafael
9 years ago

The French won the race fairly. More power to them.

You don’t see me complaining about what American swam the anchor leg.

It’s a big swim meet, not life and death.

About Garrett McCaffrey

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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