Kristen Stege Describes the Upside of Switching From Sprinting to Distance

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We sat down with sprinter turned distance ace Kristen Stege. Stege, now a sophomore at Tennessee, just dropped a PB 9:40 1,000 free in a dual meet against Georgia. She made headlines in February when she won the AAC title in the 1,650, which was her first time ever competing in a 1,650. Stege takes us through her last year of swimming and why she has actually warmed up to distance swimming after adamantly opposing it as an age group swimmer.

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Samuli Hirsi
1 year ago

What I gathered from interview she has been training distance program but thought to be sprinter, so it is not like she trained sprint program before? And I wonder what kind of devils those ECU coaches were as now everything is all roses….

SwimFani
1 year ago

Sprinters who can not make in the the glory events switch to boring distance races.

free the MAAC
Reply to  SwimFani
1 year ago

sure, and swimmers that can’t manage to split within four seconds on a 200 become sprinters

Last edited 1 year ago by free the MAAC
Mr Piano
Reply to  free the MAAC
1 year ago

Hey, Townley isn’t a sprinter!

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1 year ago

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bobthebuilderrocks
1 year ago

This kind of stuff is my favorite. I find it so cool how the bodies/physical composition of swimmers can alter in a way that they begin to specialize in different events/strokes. I’ve noticed distance freestylers, IMers, and butterfliers are the most likely to have their specialty change as they grow.

collegeswammer
1 year ago

Swimswam will the SEC pre-meet predictions be coming out soon? My favorite time of the year <3

Hswimmer
Reply to  collegeswammer
1 year ago

I hope they still have it

Dan
1 year ago

Which is more common, sprint to distance or distance to sprint (Tom Jager & Ryk Neethling)?

Thezwimmer
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

Distance to sprint definitely seems like it would be more common.

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

I’d say distance to sprint. See it a lot from older guys who return to the sport. Austin Surhoff is a recent example with his success in the 50 and 100 free after years as an IMer. Justin Ress went from training distance (arguably his best event in high school was the 400 IM, where he was 3:50 in yards and 4:24 in meters) to winning the national title in the 50 back in less than two years.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 year ago

I agree, the two sprint to distance guys that come to mind off the top of my head, would be Casas and Clark Smith.

HJones
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

It has to be distance to sprint. The majority of the age group clubs I know of work with a top-down approach, where the philosophy is that it is critical to ingrain the muscle memory and aerobic base of distance swimming at a young age, or they’ll probably never be able to catch on at all.

Questionable
1 year ago

@Coleman yall should interview Geena Freriks who swam at Kentucky about this same topic.

Bruh
Reply to  Questionable
1 year ago

Ok

Last edited 1 year ago by Bruh
Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Upside of Switching From Sprinting to Distance

100s are my distance event

HJones
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Yea, I really need to work on the back half of my 50.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Chad Sprinter gang says just go faster the first half

Sigh
1 year ago

Incredible story

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