Gabe Castaño on Tying Olympic ‘A’ Cut On 5th Attempt of Last Possible Weekend

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Gabe Castaño, the Penn State grad who recently tied the Olympic ‘A’ cut in the 50 free with a 22.01 at the Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California. Castaño describes his Olympic qualification in detail, from going to the Mare Nostrum tour and racing for 10 days in Europe (and not achieving the A standard) to going to California as a last chance effort and racing the 50 5 times over the course of the weekend, only to tie the A cut in his time trial (50 #5) on the last day of the Olympic qualification period.
Castaño also takes us through his humble beginnings in swimming, as he was a late bloomer who didn’t start swimming seriously until high school but went on to become an NCAA All-American for Penn State.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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VA says Jeeeeah
1 year ago

Way to keep after it!

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Great podcast, thanks Coleman! Congratulations Gabe!

1 year ago

Congrats. Go PA Swimming. Great story. Someday maybe we can get beyond the high school vs club thing

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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