Day 4 Finals Recap Presented By Engine

  5 Garrett McCaffrey | June 28th, 2012 | Featured, U.S. Olympic Trials

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bobo gigi
4 years 3 months ago

I’d call the day 4 the day of concerns for american swimming. Except Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps others contenders for the qualification were pretty disappointing. I think most of the swimmers are tired at this point of the meet but it doesn’t explain everything we have seen.
There are big concerns for the men’s 4X100 free relay. Nathan Adrian and Jimmy Feigen have the big international level in that race but behind it’s scary. Fortunately you have Michael Phelps for that relay. Perhaps Ricky Berens, Matt Grevers or Ryan Lochte can be the fourth man. Don’t forget the relay will be in London after semi-finals of the 200 free so Australia with already the best sprinters will have swimmers who will be fresh compared to USA and France. The win is today impossible for USA and a podium isn’t sure. And perhaps the biggest concerns, but it isn’t new is about the huge lack of new talents in this race. It’s incredible that only Matt Ellis represents the youth in semi-finals. And he did great. He’s a swimmer to follow but he was very alone. Young american sprinters train too much in yards, long course isn’t the same sport. You should copy the australian sprint training methods. I don’t know them but for a few years now it works really well. Their young sprinters improve very quickly.
Other little concerns are not about Missy Franklin. She isn’t fully tapered and she’s able to swim much faster. But I remind you it’s one thing to swim fast at the start of a relay like she did last year and it’s another thing to be consistent at this level on individual. She doesn’t control her race and I’m sure her training is more about backstroke. Now the fact that she must forget this race on individual to focus on the 100 back is clear. Missy must now work every night and every day her start, her turns and her underwaters until the olympic games and she will win the 2 gold medals on backstroke. The little concerns are more about the women’s 4X200 free relay. Before the trials this relay was by far the favorite for the gold medal in London. I think this relay is still favorite but with a very little margin. Reasons of that are the bad meet of Katie Hoff and I’m very sad for her and the bad meet of Megan Romano and I’m very surprised about that.
And last concerns are about the women’s 200 IM. Before the race Caitlin Leverenz was the favorite for London after his big races this season. But now it’s not sure. I hope for her she isn’t fully tapered because she knew that she had a big margin on IM. I’m very sad for Elizabeth Pelton who attacked the race like she had to do but her breaststroke is awful and she lacked of energy for freestyle. If she works really hard breaststroke with Cal in the next years she can be great in that race because she has the 3 other strokes. But I’m also very happy for Ariana Kukors. I think she can swim much faster at the olympic games.

Jean Michel
4 years 3 months ago

It’s so useless to focus on concerns ! i prefer to see where things are going fairly right ! No concerns about the 800 free relay for women and no concerns about 400 free relay ! It’s gonna be fine by <London .

bobo gigi
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t still know if you are american, english, french or if you have a dual citizenship but if you support USA you have to think to these things. I’m french and I try to have an international view as a swimming fan. You can be very optimistic but you must not be blind. I don’t think there are many american swimming fans who think USA will win the men’s 4X100 free relay.

bobo gigi
4 years 3 months ago

Except Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps other contenders for the qualification were pretty disappointing. I don’t really know if it’s because they are tired after 4 days of competition or if it’s just because they are not fully tapered.
Congrats to Allison Schmitt for her great time in the 200 free. Is she able to swim faster in London? I still think Camille Muffat is unbeatable if her mental works well.
Congrats to Michael! He has qualified for the fourth time of his giant career in the 200 fly. To do it in USA is incredible.

4 years 3 months ago

Are you guys sure that you added up the points correctly for the pick ‘em contest? Cuz I know I got at least 15 points for day 4.


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