Ed Moses Qualifies for Olympic Trials on 2 Practices in 4 Years

Ed Moses has qualified for the Olympic Trials on only 2 practices in the past 4 years. Moses swam the 100 breast in a time of 1:03.35 at the 2016 Speedo Grand Challenge. Moses will be turning 36 on June 7.


Moses came in 4th in the event behind 3rd place finisher Connor Hoppe (1:03.01). Azad Al-barazi won the event (1:02.07), closely followed by Jason Block (1:02.20).

When asked about his motives, Moses said it was as much about attending his 5th-straight titles (with 4 of those 5 being as a competitor).

“When (Ryan) Lochte asked me if I was going a few weeks ago, I realized I had to do something,” Moses said. “So last week I posted on social media asking what the time to qualify in the 100 breaststroke was and what the last day (for qualifying was). Someone said 1:03.69 and June 20th.

“So I looke up to see if there was a meet and (the meet in) Irvine was 10 days away. So I called up the Golden Road Rebels and asked if I could swim for them since they are just over the hill in Hollywood, and if I could join them at the Irvine meet.

“(Coaches) Mario (Marshall) and Mike (Lucero) welcomed me out, registered me on the team, and called up the Meet Director and asked if they could get me entered.”

The Meet Director was shocked by the offer, pointing out that Moses hadn’t raced in 4 years. Moses says that Marshall corrected him, pointing out that Moses hadn’t SWUM in four years, but that he’d be fine.

Moses said that after that build up, he “obviously had to step up,” so he trained twice and did “like 1500 yards.” He then called up Speedo and asked for a racing suit, showed up at 8am, warmed up for 200 meters, did a 32.5 pace 50, and told his new coach Lucero that he was ready to go (joking he didn’t want to get sore from doing too much more than that).

“I was in heat 1, lane 8, and I took off. It felt real smooth the entire 100 and when I turned halfway the only person I could even see to my side is (Syrian Olympian) Azad (Al-Basari), and I knew he would be quick, so I got excited and just raced the 2nd 50, and saw a 1:03.3 when I finished.

“I was pretty damn excited, honestly. Everyone loves cheering for the old guy.

“But for real, it was great to be on deck and see some old faces and coaches; memories and stories were coming out. The swimming community is so close-knit, it’s like a second family. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow because I didn’t warm down, but it’s still pretty cool to be going to my 4th Olympic Trials as a competitor.”

As for his goals, Moses confirmed that he intends to actually race the 100 breast, not just show up as a spectator. “I can’t tell you how many messages I’ve gotten from friends and fans saying ‘so are we going to Rio?!?!?!’ My answer to them is ‘of course…if you buy my plane ticket!'”

While he’ll be back in the same place racing as he was four years ago, Moses’ focus over the last year has turned to pursuits outside of the pool.

“I’ve been so caught up and busy finishing business school at UCLA. I graduate and get my MBA in 2 weeks. All I was doing was studying and running a business and constantly fitting in work outs, in gym of course. I started a sports statistics software app 8 months ago called StatFuel and have been raising money for it this whole spring. So between school and the company obviously swimming was never an option. But would never miss swimming Olympic Trials as I believe it’s the most pressure packed intense sporting event out there.”

And in his typical west-coast style, Moses summed his excitement up best with a closing “This Trials is going to be siiiiiiick.”

Moses is a former Olympic gold medalist for Team USA. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Moses won a gold medal on the world record-setting 4×100 medley relay, on which he swam breaststroke. Moses also earned a silver in the 100 breast at the Olympics. Previously, Moses swam for the University of Virginia, where he won the 100 and 200 meter breast at NCAA Championships in 2000, and set world records in both events.

After Moses retired from swimming, he started a career as a semi-professional golfer. He also co-founded MoJo Marketing & Media, a creative content consulting company, where he has served as vice president.

He made a comeback for the 2012 Olympic Trials but failed to make it out of prelims in the 100 and 200 breast.

The live results for the 2016 Speedo Grand Challenge can be found here

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Dang, what a story! Would be super awesome if he made it again:)

bobo gigi

“if he made it again.”
You talk about qualifying for Rio? 🙂

By the way, about “Dang”, 2 weeks ago 14-year-old Ethan Dang has swum a new PB in 1.03.62. 🙂

samuel huntington

why mention Ethan Dang?this story is about Ed Moses..

bobo gigi

Why I’ve talked about Dang? Because Hswimmer’s first word was “Dang”.


Keep in mind that this man only started swimming his senior year of high school and made the Olympic team only a few years later. His talent for the sport of swimming is mind boggling.


He broke an NVSL (Northern Virginia Swim League, arguably the fastest summer swimming league in the country) record when he was 15 that still hasn’t been broken by people like Ben Gorski, who’s at Notre Dame now, and Seliskar, when they were 18 and swimming year round for years. He’s incredible


If he didn’t start swimming until his senior year of high school, how did he break a record when he was 15?


NVSL is only from late May to the first week in August. I’m assuming he only swam during the summer months, which makes it even more incredible that he set a record that still hasn’t been broken


I believe the website is wrong, he broke the record when he was 18. And he swam before that, just didn’t do club


LOL @NVSL being the fastest summer swim league in the country. Everyone knows the MCSL (just around the beltway) is far superior.


Contra Costa County rules the summer swimming world. Case closed


False NVSL is where its at


He was definitely 18 that summer in 1998 when he set the NVSL record — just before he started at UVA. He was 20 in 2000 for the Sydney Olympics. The summer of 1998, he had trained his full senior year of HS with Pete Morgan at the Burke facility of CUBU. That was his first year of serious training in high school, and he finished it by going :54 in March. So going 28.8 in 50m that summer (no blocks) was very impressive but not surprising. That same summer he went 1:02 LC 100.


His record has become fabled because of the strange circumstances that always seem to occur for people trying to break it.

2002 – Rick Eddy – A thunderstorm cancelled the breast events at the All Star Meet at the legendary fast (short) Cardinal Hill pool.

2011 – CJ Fiala and Chuck Katis – Katis misses by .08 and Fiala by .28 while timing is done by hand, not touch pads.

2015 – Ben Gorski and Andrew Seliskar – Seliskar qualified for meets that take him away from summer league for all but the first meet of the season for his Senior year. Gorski breaks his hand at the beginning of the summer.

It’s like there is a curse associated with this record.


Not entirely true. He swam age group in New Jersey for Jersey Storm until about 12 then took a few years off. We are same age and I have a few relay medals from JO’s to prove it.


Isn’t Al-barazi’s (1:02.70) time slower than Block’s 1:02.20?


Thanks for fixing it!

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