Meehan: “Now We’re Ready to Go Compete Against the Rest of the World

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

USA Swimming National Team Managing Director, Lindsay Mintenko, and the USA Olympic men’s and women’s coaches, Greg Meehan and Dave Durden, discussed the USA Olympic team in general, along with a few of the specific athletes that Meehan and Durden coach, after the conclusion of the final night of the 2021 US Olympic Trials.

Some of the most indelible images of the last week involved swimmer who had qualified for the team consoling those who hadn’t, even in the moments right after the race ended. Asked about those moments, Meehan said:

I think if you ask National Team alumni their experiences over the years competing for Team USA, it’s not about the times; it’s the experiences. These people love and care about each other. When you get out to that camp setting, spending that quality time together, getting to know the new folks, reengaging with people they haven’t seen in — you know, some of them are really close and they haven’t seen each other in such a long time. 

They’re ecstatic just to be able to do that, knowing that’s coming. For Abbey and Simone in the 50, that was a cool moment. Their schools are what, 30 miles apart, but they never see each other because of some of the restrictions through this year. There is that bond. They had their Stanford and Cal rivalry over the years, but as soon as they finished on that 50 they’re on Team USA. Now we’re ready to go compete against the rest of the world. 

I think you see that throughout the course of the meet. It’s a genuine love and care for their teammates and the consoling of those that aren’t moving on because they really care about them. 

Meehan described what it took for Simone Manuel to make the team after a diagnosis of overtraining syndrome and what the next few weeks look like for her.

 We’re going to take it day by day. Much like everything in the last 18 months, you have a plan and then you adjust the plan, then that plan gets adjusted. So we will have — I have a plan already in place, but we will take it day by day and make some adjustments. I think tonight was so representative of Simone’s competitive spirit. She could have not had a coach for the last year and still done what she did tonight because in that moment she is just so tough. Her mental toughness and her competitive spirit is what makes her truly great. 

That was amazing to see. She just willed herself to that. We’re just going to take it day by day and make sure we are focusing on her health and at the same time trying to maximize performance. 

Durden talked about finally having data points to use in evaluating what the athletes need in the next 5 weeks, after having not had a really big meet in two years.

So the beauty about that now is we have eight days of information on that. We have waited a long time to get that information, but we have eight days of information and it helps us do our job better. I would probably guess every coach would tell you that. It’s like, thank goodness we actually have information now so we can go forward and make our athletes better. 

We have a data point now, so that’s what I’m excited about. I now know, okay, this is what I need to tweak a little bit for Murph. This is what I need to tweak for (Andrew Seliskar). I get excited about the next eight weeks and how it’s going to help me be a better coach. 

Mintenko discussed the challenges that pandemic-related health and safety measure would pose for the team in the weeks ahead, but mentioned one point of good news — fully vaccinated team members would not necessarily be prohibited from competition if they were contact traced.

I do think they have modified their rules a bit. They are now taking into consideration vaccination status. They aren’t going to automatically disqualify you if you are contact traced at this point. That was good news for us. I have a lot of concerns going into the next few weeks. The health and safety of our athletes is always our number one priority. It takes on a whole new meaning this year. 

We have a strict protocol in place during training camp.  That’s why everybody who has been on this pool deck has been asked to be safe when they are on this pool deck.  This virus is still here. It’s out there, and we’re going into an environment where we have no idea what the other population has been doing to protect themselves. That makes me nervous. We are going to do a lot to protect ourselves. But I’m nervous about what we’re going to walk into. 

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GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Yeah right

Stanfords Taper
1 month ago

Oh Meehan, I hope the next eight weeks do help you become a better coach. Hopefully not at the expense of the women’s team.

Coach
Reply to  Stanfords Taper
1 month ago

The head coach doesn’t have much of an effect on the overall performance at the Olympics (other than his/her personal swimmers). I don’t think Marsh wrote workouts for the entire women’s team in 2016. The team performance is very much a collaboration, and personal coaches are very much involved, even if they are not on deck.

Rembeo
1 month ago

Does Greg M actually believe what he says?

Rafael
1 month ago

And What they will do if someone does not vaccinate?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

They can’t force anyone to…

Shane Potsdam
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Japan could easily deny entry to unvaccinated athletes

ACC
Reply to  Shane Potsdam
1 month ago

But muh freedoms

Coachy
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

It’s actually more about the science. But keep being close minded and condescending.

Stewie
Reply to  Coachy
1 month ago

found the anti-vaxxer

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Stewie
1 month ago

millions are anti-vaxxers …u are just not aware of it ….Pfffff

Siobhan
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Yes – the truth!!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Coachy
1 month ago

ask Fauci about crooked science ….he is now confronted with lies …just dig a little …

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

The people digging a little are the same geniuses who asserted it was nothing but a hoax. Then their cure was hydroxychloroquine. Laughingstock

Rafael
Reply to  Shane Potsdam
1 month ago

Or an Airline

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Japan won’t allow entry lol

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

“will do what ever it takes” andrew

Rafael
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 month ago

Except take vaccine as his mom says

Virtus
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Wait is MA seriously not vaccinated?

Rafael
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/06/18/michael-andrew-new-olympian-doubters-scrutiny/

Tina Andrew, Michael’s mother, said Friday her son “doesn’t mind doing whatever it takes, whatever protocols they want, short of having to take the vaccine. He will do everything that is required, but he won’t take the vaccine

The White Whale
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

I’m not surprised, but still disappointed. Don’t act like you’re a team player if you aren’t willing to take this simple step.

Little Mermaid
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

WW, Japan says, all athletes MUST be vaccinated, and MA will not get the vaccine, there will first be a lawsuit in a Japan court (we know how that goes) then Swimswam servers will dissolve and then MA will get awesome headlines, press all over the place,then he will give in and get the vaccine, after the fact! it can be a lifetime movie, the ending MP telling MA get the vaccine man, with closing credits you see MA taking gold on the platform!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

thats a smart informed guy – well done to that family .

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

The Andrews are even more stupid than I realized, and that was an extremely high bar

Anonymous
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

MA already had Covid

Rafael
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

You know there are reinfections right?

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

yes, so lets take a chance at 100% of getting it without the vaccine vs 10% with the vaccine..Ask the athletes what they would do! if they are required to take a vaccine or not compete!

Rafael
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

I cannot understand why you are mad at me. I am saying that Andrew excuse that he had covid to not get the vaccine is not science based

Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

I am actually stating against Andrew excuse

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

All is good! not mad at anyone, I don’t have a mad bone in my body!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

well , u are misinformed like millions of Brazilians

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

It absolutely is. Plenty of studies are coming out showing natural immunity is on par (if not better) than the current lot of vaccines.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

very little infections …u guys are truly been hypnotized by mass Madias’s lies

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

We had 35,000+ lies shoveled by one guy

anonymous
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

There are infections with the vaccine. Nothing is 100 percent. They can check for Covid antibodies from him having Covid. If he has antibodies then he has some immunity. Yes it would be better to have the vaccine to get more immunity against the variants. The sooner he gets vaccinated the better. He is 22 and will do what he wants not necessarily what his mother says.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Except…the reinfection rate is so statistically low (and the seriousness of those reinfections, both in health and in transmission, is so statistically low…) that that really shouldn’t be a factor in this discussion. ZeroCovid just isn’t a reality.

ClubCoach
Reply to  Anonymous
1 month ago

And his father?

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

It’s simple get vaccinated or don’t swim! Any questions!

Antani Ivanov
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

That’s a stupid way of thinking!

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Antani Ivanov
1 month ago

Its reality, did you just crawl from under a rock? Imagine one athlete gets the virus, does the entire team quarantine? sure they will practice together, what are the rules on this? do you know Antani?

More and more colleges and universities in the US are making this mandatory? why are they doing this? because we all think stupid! yea that’s it. maybe for people to continue there lives normally, ghee, wow the only way this country opened back up was for individuals to get vaccinated! other wise we all still be in the twilight zone!

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

Protect from liability, but will be interesting if someone has a negative reaction to the jabs and sues the university.

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Siobhan
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

Yes, and very bad side effects.

Coachy
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

Why would you need to quarantine if you have the vaccine and the vaccine works?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Coachy
1 month ago

it does not work ….its a set up …don’t u see it yet ?

Ole 99
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Hmm. Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Ole 99
1 month ago

Don’t bother. The poster in question who you responded to will tell you he was abducted by aliens.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

What other conspiracy theories would you like to post?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Your brain never tapered

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

the virus had a 0,0036 death rate or infectious rate …except on the News fed by Mass Medias .

The White Whale
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Covid-19 trailed only heart disease and cancer as a cause of the death in this country in 2020, so don’t come in here with your ridiculous death rate “stat.”

ole 99
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

You can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

Plus the death numbers from Covid-19 are wildly understated, as evidenced by the number of surplus deaths from expected. There is no other explanation toward that gap

Antani Ivanov
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

I know everything because I’m one of the Athletes that is going there to compete. The problem is now it is too late to put the rule in because after taking the vaccine you can get sick for a couple of days which is not gonna help at all before the Olympics.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Antani Ivanov
1 month ago

very narrow minded way to think …without evidence or proofs that is

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

Sure, should you get two jabs if you already had covid and if so why 🤣

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

Fair question NT, If I-me already had COVID (within the last year) and was an athlete going to the Olympics or not, yes I would get the vaccine, regardless of the country hosting the games. I would want my family, friends in this case team mates, coaches and myself less of a burden to get the virus and pass it on to others during the competition or any other time, possibly disqualifying them (team) from the competition, come on, you know this happened many times here in the US already in pro sports, Japan is going to have much more crazy requirements. Imagine this happens! then everyone will start the Monday morning crap, Oh they should have gotten vaccinated! always… Read more »

The White Whale
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

Yes, and here’s a link to a CDC website explaining why: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

the CDC is being investigated right now …and Fauci has been proven to have lied all along , since 2017 . All his e-mails have already surfaced in which its obvious he has ties with the Chinese lab & CCP +Zuckerberg from FB .

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Irish Ringer
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

“Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.”

Same can be said about the shot, so should we get a vaccine every 3, 6, 9 months?

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

For one, the Japanese government may not allow the individual to participate at the Summer Olympics.

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

swim faster.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Let them swim. They swam trials without and turned out ok.

Are they any that haven’t had two jabs 💉💉

The White Whale
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

“They swam trials without and turned out ok.”

Yeah, that’s some real unimpeachable evidence right there…

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ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

its all proven ….u just dont like the truth like millions of others …its too hard to face .

Nordic
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

are we back to discussing the us elections?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Nordic
1 month ago

I don’t mind. I forgot how much I laughed around here in spring 2020. Same clowns desperately scampering toward their right wing websites for deflective ignorance

Irish Ringer
Reply to  The White Whale
1 month ago

We are impeaching people for commenting now. 🙂

PWX
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

The Andrew family has made it abundantly clear they are anti-vaxxers.

It’s ironic because there wouldn’t even BE an Olympics happening without the vaccines. But alas, the Andrew family lives in their own reality, which we all have a right to as Americans.

But when it comes to being a guest in a foreign country, I do hope Japan lays the hammer down on this nonsense and disallows unvaccinated athletes from entering. Way too much of a liability, regardless of one’s personal opinion on the matter.

Remember these are the same people who justified the going pro at 14 with “we don’t want Michael exposed to all the sex, drugs, and “liberal indoctrination” of American universities.” So there’s that.

PWX
Reply to  PWX
1 month ago

Clearly Simone, Dressel, King, Murphy et al have all been drastically consumed by all the sex, drugs, and brainwashing they’ve been exposed to at our world-class indoctrination centers. Such wild, unhinged, godless liberals they all are…

(To add, I’m pretty sure Dressel, Lochte, King and countless other former NCAA national teamers DEF lean right, so Tina Andrew can kindly take a seat)

Rafael
Reply to  PWX
1 month ago

I know that talk

Brazil far right and evangelical groups spread the same
I am still pretty miserable to have never seen open orgy and cannabis plantation while looking outside of classes during college and wanting to send leibniz, Stokes, green and other mathematicians to hell (probably cause engineers are never invited)

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Rafael
1 month ago

Whoa, is this still SwimSwam?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  PWX
1 month ago

bring us the evidence of danger …..a 30 page file signed by 30 experts on the subject . I guess u have none to show …only some mass medias stuffs & propaganda . All the evidence of the false Fear agenda has already surfaced long ago …except for the common folk .

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

I guess you don’t believe the body count either.

ole 99
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  ole 99
1 month ago

You have to be abducted by aliens first. Don’t mind the “probe”.

Swimmy
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Anyone could say the same thing to your bogus ideas…where is your evidence the vaccine doesn’t work? My god you’re dense

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Sure, but weird to hear it said by a coach who can’t even have his swimmers ready to compete against the rest of the US.

Brandi
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Too bad they filled this US Olympic Coaching position so long ago. Stanford women really struggled at OTs. Nordmann sisters, Drabot, Bartel, Gormley, Rudolph, Tankersley all under-performed. And even those that made Team USA were not as impressive as usual (Ledecky, Manuel, Forde). There are so many more deserving coaches to lead the US women’s team in Tokyo. Huge bummer!

Coach
Reply to  Brandi
1 month ago

You’re missing Fackenthal (World Juniors medalist) and Goerders (who was 9th in the 50 at 2016 Trials while in high school).

jim
1 month ago

I always wondered – a lot of the make up of the team come from different coaches, not the head coach and not the assistants…does the head coach assume responsibility of swimmers he’s never coached before? They only have 5 weeks to ‘untaper them’ and ‘re-taper them’. Without knowing a TON about each swimmer before now, how tough is it for the coaching staff to put these swimmers in a position to exceed their trials times at the Olympics?

Do they run under 1 practice? Where the head coach dictates what everyone does (when I say 1 practice, I mean the team splits up into their designations of events during the 5 weeks, but they might all warm up together… Read more »

CasualSwimmer
Reply to  jim
1 month ago

I heard that unless your coach is part of the staff, they usually send a training plan or scheme for you to the head coach and his assistants, who then take you in charge and exploit this training. So there seems to be some back and forth with your actual coach, and the staff acts as a kind of proxy I guess

Coach
Reply to  jim
1 month ago

The staff is assigned a group of swimmers to oversee. Each staff member will communicate with each home coach about the respective swimmers in his/her pod. I know when Ray Looze is not on a staff, he sends specific workouts to each of his swimmers for every practice. Other coaches choose to send a rough draft of a 5 week plan. There are almost always several different workouts taking place at the same time.

MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

There is no evidence one way or the other about the attitude of the Japanese government regarding the admission of unvaccinated athletes. However, the political turmoil currently going on in Japan re: vaccinations and the Olympics in general, may very well see some athletes barred from entry tot he country — just my hunch.

Little Mermaid
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

They just need to provide a vaccine card? I have a few extra laying around, just enter the name on it, you can get them anywhere! But then again, they should have the vaccine! Imagine they get it and give it to the team and /or get disqualified not to swim! Just get the damn vaccine!

Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

Australia will smash them like guitars, Andrew, Murphy, dressel and king but who else? Good luck. Probably no golds on the women’s side

eagleswim
Reply to  Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

I think Huske and Flickinger have a good shot at the fly events, and regan is still definitely in the mix for 100 back, and 100 breast is lily’s to lose. I think the women actually look pretty good, I’m more worried about the men aside from dressel

eagleswim
Reply to  eagleswim
1 month ago

feeling stupid for not mentioning ledecky, I really don’t see her losing either distance race.

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

I heard the Aussie’s are winning 15 golds.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

Aussie trolls with delusions of grandeur.

Sam Kerr! The same Aussie trolls who predicted the Australia women’s national football team would win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sam Kerr!

Robbos
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

Wow you have never predicted anything in your life & got it wrong?
What is wrong with a bit of self confidence, Americans have this in abundance & hence succeed.
Sam Kerr is a legend.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Legend of what?

2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
2012 London Olympics Gold Medal
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup title

Sam Kerr
FIFA Women’s World Cup titles – 0
Summer Olympics Gold Medals – 0

Heck, Sam Kerr has never even played in a semifinals match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Talk about delusions of grandeur.

However, the Australians do have a monopoly on arrogance and pomposity.

Admin
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

When you say “do,” of course you mean “do not,” right?

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Nope!

Name one individual who has posted the Americans will smash the Australians?

Robbos
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

I can’t,

But I know one who has called all Australians Pompous & Arrogant.

Robbos
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

She won the golden boot top goal scorer & winner of the player of the year in the US, Australia & now English leagues.
She just won the premier league in England & was runner up in the champions league.
She has been nominated for ballon dor 3 times.

Ever heard of Ronaldo & Messi, no world cups between them, Olympic gold medal not rated very high in men’s football. However, both will go down as 2 of the world’s greatest.

Sometimes there are superstars in football, but their country do not match their ability,

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Sam Kerr is so much more creative and explosive than any American female player it’s not worth discussing. She did screw up a penalty kick in the World Cup and faded a bit in that final game. Otherwise it’s laughably lopsided. She would make every American fan instantly forget about Alex Morgan or Carli Lloyd or Rapinoe or Wambach or the players of yesteryear like Mia Hamm

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Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

Sam Kerr is better than any American player of this generation. If you don’t realize that you’re beyond help

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

Ledecky? Titmus is the favorite in the 200/400, but Ledecky is pretty strong in the 800/1500.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 month ago

The Australian swimmers are notorious for putting up fast times on home soil only to flop at the Summer Olympics on foreign soil.

Joel
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

In 2012, 2016 maybe. But not before that

AnEn
Reply to  Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

Ledecky should win gold in women’s 1500 free and King should definitely win gold in the 100 breast (and if not, Jacoby should probably win). USA also has a very good chance in the medley relay, women’s 800 free, women’s 200 fly, women’s 100 fly, women’s 400 IM and maybe women’s 100 back and women’s 200 breast. I think they will win at least 4 golds on the women’s side. The men should also win 6 or so golds and the mixed medley relay also has a very good chance, definitely should be double digit golds in total. Not sure if they can again get to 16 golds though …

I can’t see the US winning gold in the following… Read more »

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mcmflyguy
Reply to  Swimmertriguy
1 month ago

what a useless comment…

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  mcmflyguy
1 month ago

Aussie trolls are useless.