Day 7 Finals Recap Presented by Engine

  24 Garrett McCaffrey | July 01st, 2012 | Featured, U.S. Olympic Trials

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bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

Missy Franklin has won around 2.06 like I had predicted. She wasn’t fully tapered for these trials. Be patient for the world record. If she has a smart schedule with at least the 200 free out of it she will not be too much tired and she’ll destroy the world record. I see her in 2.04.10 in London. Very sad for Elizabeth Pelton but I have noticed she doesn’t improve for 2 years anymore.
Michael Phelps hasn’t swam a beautiful race with a bad start and a slow first 50 but at the end he has won. His last 50 were great as usual. I repeat he will have to drop 1 or 2 races of his actual schedule if he wants to win this race at the olympic games. If doesn’t it he could swim this race very tired against fresh swimmers and he could lose. I don’t want to see him with a defeat for his last race on individual.
Last year after the junior national championships I had predicted Katie Ledecky would dominate distance freestyle events very quickly. And she hasn’t been disappointed. Before the final I had written she had to start fast. And she did it. She has swum a perfect race. I don’t know if she’s able to swim faster in London but I hope it. Next year she’ll win the 800 free and the 1500 free at the world championships. I’m very happy for Kate Ziegler too. She deserved a second chance after a bad experience in 2008. I think she she can swim much faster in London. And great time for Becca Mann again. She has made a fantastic meet and she can follow the steps of Katie Ledecky. Unlike the men’s side the future looks bright for american distance freestyle races on the women’s side.
Cullen Jones has been great in the 100 free so we knew he could win in the 50 free, his best event. Anthony Ervin has been fantastic. To swim these times only a few months after his comeback is incredible and shows us his giant natural talent.
Jessica Hardy is full of confidence on freestyle now. She must forget breaststroke in the future. And what to say about Dara Torres? Yes she’s much older than her opponents but like Anthony Ervin what a giant natural talent. She has a smooth stroke. If she takes a good start she’ll qualify.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Craig Lord is so knowledgeable in swimming, and I admire his feisty crusade against rubber-suits even though at times it seemed to be hopeless.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

So no WR so far.
I thought one WR was to be broken (women 200 back), but there were many who predicted 3,4,5 WRs in this trials.

I think many people still have not realized what rubber-suits did to WRs.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Has there been any US trials where no WR was broken?
Was there any in 1996?

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

Yes no world records so far and it’s not in the women’s 50 free or in the men’s 1500 free it will happen. And I agree with you about some very funny predictions from many swimming fans. These stupid magical suits have been a disaster. But overall the times have been good except the men’s 100 free, the men’s 400 free, the women’s 100 free and the women’s 200 fly. The goal is to swim fast in London. The world records will be in London.

Rafael
3 years 10 months ago

Which WR will fall by us swimmers? I am sure of the ones by no US swimmers..

Magnussen 100 free, Sun Yang 400 free and 1500 free. Any else for US and non US swimmers?

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

You forget Camille Muffat in the women’s 400 free, Rebecca Soni in the 200 breast, Missy Franklin in the 200 back, Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte in the 200 IM, Camille Lacourt or Matt Grevers in the 100 back, Rebecca Adlington in the women’s 800 free and USA in the women’s 4X100 medley relay. The most predictable in this list for me is Missy Franklin in the 200 back. She will destroy it.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Yes, the most likely and strongest possibility is Missy in 200 back. And I agree with you: she will pulverize the record.

BillyGK
3 years 10 months ago

Does anyone think the pool was slow? Some folks are saying that it was…..

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

It’s the exact same pool like in 2008, I believe.

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

I knew there were many commercials on american TV. I knew there would be commercials during the women’s 800 free but in front of my computer it was very hard to support. It’s unbearable. Is it impossible to have 10 straight minutes without commercials on NBC? And the race with Katie was so great to follow. No respect for the swimmers and for the people who watch.

Dasher
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed. Infuriating. Men’s 1500 tonight will be the same.

Kevin
3 years 10 months ago

Come somebody fill me in on the U.S. Olympic team training schedule and locations leading up to London? After Omaha, are they going back to Stanford in Palo Alto CA for two weeks? Or are they going straight to Europe?

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

I know the american team comes to my country France in Vichy from 15 to 23 July.

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

Ok from July 15 to July 23. My english continues to improve.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Some of the aussie team are already in Montpellier, and the sprinters will compete in Paris Open.

Can’t wait for the Paris Open!

Bobo, is paris open going to be webcast? any livestream?

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

The Paris Open is live on eurosport July 6 and July 7 at 6 PM (french hour), noon (EST in USA). It’s on eurosport so I think there will be many links on the web.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

I would put women 400 medley on the top list of WR to be broken ! why ? because they allready got that WR on short course ! and because it’s the best team Usa has ever assembled on women’s side on 400 medley : It can be this composition :
1) Rachel Bootsma , Rebecca Soni , Dana Vollmer , Missy Franklin
2) Missy Franklin , Rebecca Soni , Dana Vollmer , Jessica hardy

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

For me Missy has the best chance to break the world record in the 200 back.
And yes the world record in the women’s 4X100 medley relay can be broken and in my opinion has to be broken. This world record is very high because of these stupid magical suits. And the american team deserves to have it. But it will not be easy. Last year the team has almost made a perfect race and hasn’t beaten it. But it’s definitely possible.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly !!! Usa TV commercials are probably the worse in the world ! We don’t have tha tin europe …thanks God ! The 800 free was cut just after 150 meters for commercials ! How can that be ??? it’s just insane attitude towards swimmers and watchers , fans , ….

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I agree!

BillyGK
3 years 10 months ago

Americans don’t like the commercials either…….but there is nothing the public can do about it.

john26
3 years 10 months ago

Yes there were noWRs but even if the suits werent banned in 09, and everyone was wearing them here, i feel that the only records that wouldve fallen were the m100back, w200free, w100fly… Overall there were so much young talents emerging and old guards crumbling that overall it wasnt an especially fast meet.

DanJohnRob
3 years 10 months ago

If Bootsma swims the 400 mr final, do you think that means coughlin gets the call for 400 mr prelims?

Also, do you agree with me that Lochte has no spot in the 400 fr with 6 men chosen at trials + Phelps?

Do you think Vollmer will get a prelim spot on 400 fr prelims because it would be better for Schmitt to race only in final? She was one of only 2 US women to break 54 this season.

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