SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
The latest poll shows one of the strongest sentiments that SwimSwam readers have ever expressed in our SwimSwam Pulse series, presented by A3.
Who was the biggest surprise to make the U.S. Olympic Team?
- Melanie Margalis, 9%
- Jay Litherland, 83%,
- Townley Haas, 8%
Litherland lit up the U.S. Olympic Trials’ first day and set a tone for a meet of newcomers when he ran down the defending Olympic Champion Ryan Lochte in the men’s 400 IM to secure the second spot for Rio behind fellow Georgia Bulldog Chase Kalisz.
Litherland wasn’t completely out of nowhere – he was 3rd at the American collegiate (NCAA) Championships, and only one of the two guys in front of him at that meet entered this event, but with Josh Prenot having a very hot hand (as he would later demonstrate with an American Record in the 200 breaststroke); two Olympic gold medalist (Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary) entered in the event, and Chase Kalisz as a two-time Worlds medalist in the event, Litherland’s career resume just didn’t stand out.
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