Eddie Reese, a zen master in his own right within the realm of swimming, is willing to admit that not even he fully understands the subtle but looming art that is Taper. He is, however, able to take what he’s learned in his multi-decade coaching career and apply it in the best way he knows how. And I for one would not be the person to argue with him.
Coach Reese discussed with us that this is a meet that shows him where his athletes are, and what they will need moving forward in the next 3 weeks leading up to trials. Eddie has a multitude of athletes that could make big moves at trials and have a very good shot at making the US Olympic team, which include (but are not limited to): NCAA Champion Clark Smith, NCAA Runner up and American Record Holder Jack Conger, and NCAA Champion Townley Haas.
We will see the fruits of their labor, as well as the result of Eddie’s sage wisdom when it comes to resting, in just a short few weeks when their talents will be put onto the big stage in Omaha.