INTERVIEW: Hear Why “The Voices” of Juniors Enjoy This Meet So Much

Michael Poropat (left) and Sam Kendricks (right) are the voices behind the microphones at USA Swimming’s national -and international – meets. As we wrap up a week of great swimming at 2014 Speedo Junior National Championships, they took the time to sit down with SwimSwam’s Anne Lepesant.

Poropat and Kendricks explain what goes on behind the scenes in the commentating booth. They also share why they enjoy Juniors every year, and what they noticed in particular this year.



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6 years ago

Thank you, Mr Poropat and Mr Kendricks, you were terrific!

Especially, THANK YOU SwimSwam for the amazing coverage you provided for fans like me. It wasn’t long ago that I was watching the blips on the screen at the Omega website during World Championships, ugh! Now I can easily keep up with all aspects of my sport and interact with experts and fellow fans! Bravo!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Both announcers are very good.
They are passionate guys and it’s contagious.
They know what they talk about and it’s important.
And I like when Mr Kendricks tries to wake up the audience during a race! 🙂

6 years ago

These guys rock the pool decks with enthousiasm , care , passion and love for the sport ! There aren’t many announcers like these on the planet .
Great work gentlemen ! Who will be the announcer this week in Ervine ?

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Jean-Michel, it looks like you are a little too much fan of Anthony Ervin!
You wrote Ervine instead of Irvine! :mrgreen:

About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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