Kelsi Dahlia on World Record While Only Doing Singles, Move to Sprint Training

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 Kelsi Dahlia, the Cali Condor’s star who broke the world record in the 100 fly in the ISL final. Dahlia explains the pain of missing the Olympic team, how she processed that sense of loss, and came back to pool with a sense of purpose to get ready for the 2021 ISL season. Dahlia also talks about her current training plan, which has included 6 practices a week (1 per day 6 days/week, no doubles) in the Louisville sprint group.


Music: Otis McDonald


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11 months ago

Thanks to Kelsi for re-affirming my belief that double-swim days are evil.

Literally No One
11 months ago

Louisville has to be one of the best developmental programs in the country, right?

Reply to  Literally No One
11 months ago

It’s an interesting question. I’d have to think about it – but I think they do better than most at taking non-highschool-superstars and making them collegiate superstars.

11 months ago

Great interview. Class act without a doubt. Such a great champion.

just a side thought on last comment. It would be nice to alter the selection process for sc worlds. However, no matter what, some US swimmers will be disadvantaged and the best might not go. College swimmers are there to swim for their college and do not swim SCM. International meets are an afterthought for those swimmers. It would be a shame for ISL folks to have an advantage and miss out on some of the best US swimmers (I.e. A. Walsh, G. walsh, Huske, Douglass, Curzan, Weyant, Smith, Sims, etc.). I think u get the point. If it’s all about ISL times..we will miss out on many of… Read more »

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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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