Luca Urlando Gets Coaching from Michael Phelps: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Luca Urlando is one of swimming’s biggest rising stars, winning his first national title in the 200 butterfly at the 2019 National Championships.  Luca’s been turning heads for awhile, but his 1:53.8 200 fly at the Clovis Pro Swim in June, breaking Michael Phelps’ legendary 17-18 National Age Group Record, seemed to capture everyone’s attention–even Michael Phelps. Phelps DMed Luca and offered a little coaching advice.

See Luca’s 1:53.8 200 fly NAG race video here.

If you have Michael Phelps messaging you personally, you’re becoming a star. Period.

Urlando is back in the pool for World Junior Championships, swimming a full schedule, including the 200 fly.

PREDICTIONS?

I think Urlando goes off at Jr Worlds, taking titles in…
100 fly – 51.5
200 fly – 1:52.5
200 free – 1:46.5

But who cares what I think.  What do you think? 

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Blackflag82
2 years ago

I like these predictions. My longer term prediction- Milak and Luca are going to have a Phelps/Lochte type rivalry through the next quad with a race to the first sub 1:50

Jiggs
2 years ago

Michael Phelps’ advice for Mel Stewart during breakout year before Goodwill Games 1986:

30 x 100 goo-goo-gaa-gaa on 1:30
50 waaah under :35
50 no breath from blocks
10 x breast feed all out sub 28

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

some fans seem to have been following you since 1986 ….Wow

Science Geek
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

Yes, always a swim geek too

COOL
2 years ago

I’m getting some young peter parker vibes from him.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

Peter Tingle?

Science Geek
Reply to  COOL
2 years ago

Yeah, I like his honest and humble interview. Happy to be cheering for him.

Facts
2 years ago

Luca-Carson is shaping up to be a Phelps Lochte type rivalry. Luca is just like Phelps, an exceptional flyer while Carson is just like Lochte, an exceptional backstroker, and they both overlap in the IMs and the 200 free.

At NCAAs I see Carson doing 200/400 IM along with 200 back. Luca does 200 fly as well as the 100 fly/100 back double. Those appear to be their best short course events.

OGProdigy
Reply to  Facts
2 years ago

So much can change in the next few years. But yes, very exciting to see them so young and hungry. Can not wait for next summers events!

Bruh
Reply to  Facts
2 years ago

You guys forget Luca is 0.4 slower than Carson in the 200 IM sc with a 1:42 from December

Pac Swim Fan
2 years ago

Folks, Gianluca has had a great season and will have a long and happy career. I wish him nothing but the very best but don’t like being disappointed, so:

100 Fly: 51.9 (Silver or Bronze)
200 Fly: 1:53.1 (Gold)
200 Fr: 1:46.4 (Gold or Silver)

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pac Swim Fan
2 years ago

fair predictions without the usual ” crazy times ” we can witness this summer ….

marklewis
2 years ago

He’s the best 200 fly talent to come along since Phelps. He knows the key to the 200 fly is the second 100, and that’s why he holds his stroke so well the entire race.

A 1:52 would be an awesome time with one year to go to the 2020 Olympics.

Teddy
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

Assuming you mean American or else Milak has already come along

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

“He’s the best 200 fly talent to come along since Phelps. ”

Did you forget Milak?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

he did forget …that happens guys ,,,,relax

XDXDXDXD
2 years ago

When is Jr Worlds?

Admin
Reply to  XDXDXDXD
2 years ago

August 20th-25th.

Wow
2 years ago

200 Fly 1:53.20 GOLD
200 Free 1:46.17 GOLD (Foster SILVER 1:46.49)
100 Fly 51.60 SILVER

Pac Swim Fan
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Optimistic (all PBs, no) yet realistic

Rafael
Reply to  Pac Swim Fan
2 years ago

Foster 200 free is a lot more optimistic than what expected of Urlando..

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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