Matt Sates Talks World Jr Records, Unleashing the True Power of a Race

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 3x World Jr Record holder and 2020 Olympic semi-finalist, Matt Sates. For 18 years of age, Sates has a plethora of swim knowledge and insight which he was kind enough to share with us on today’s podcast. Sates breaks down all 3 of his world Jr record performances as well as other races throughout the world cup and what he has to do to get the best out of himself in each race. The South African Olympic also discusses training with Chad le Clos for 3 weeks before their Olympic Trials (and racing 20×200 best average), why he purposefully doesn’t lift, and coming to Georgia to compete in the NCAA this coming winter.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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1 year ago

Pretty sharp kid

Saf Afrikan
Reply to  DJTrockstoYMCA
1 year ago

Great interview Coleman. Very proud of Matt and great to see him getting these results. His focus on learning / growing as a swimmer and kick-ass work ethic is going to take him far.

1 year ago

no way this kid doesn’t lift.

Just give the trophy to the condors already
Reply to  NCAA>ISL
1 year ago

All the fast kids lie about that, they all lift, at least light weights

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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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