Melanie Margalis on Why It’s So Impressive to Sweep the IMs at the Same Meet

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 Olympic champion Melanie Margalis, the IM savant who is enjoying being a swim fan for once. Margalis swim nerds it up, delving into why it is so difficult to have both your 200 IM and 400 IM fire on the same level at the same meet, how to improve a single stroke in your IM, and what she saw from double gold-medalist Yui Ohashi.
Margalis also recalls multiple stories from Olympic ready rooms, world championships, and NCAA meets, including when she thought she’d be anchoring the Olympic 4×200 free relay. Coming in at just under an hour, we cover a lot of ground!


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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Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Yes! Thanks for bringing this.

1 month ago

Looking forward to hearing her discussion, but questioning the headline given that the last time two different women won the IMs was 1992.

Reply to  iLikePsych
1 month ago

Yeah swimswam just posted an article on that less than 24hrs ago too (link below) – not saying that fact makes it easy to do, or unworthy of respect. Winning any Olympic event is an incredible accomplishment. But it is kind of a weird double standard here with the two articles I think.

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

I think she might have meant to say for her, it is tough to do well in both, but when headline stat is that it has been 7 quad cycles that the same woman has won both IM, not a good look. For her yes! But happens a lot!
Same with 400/200 free..Titmus 2020, Katie 2016, Allison almost did it in 2012. My memory fails before that….

Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

The ever-ebullient Melanie Margalis crushes it here too like in the pool & the ISL. Always love seeing her smile & upbeat, positive attitude. A shining example of true sportsman / woman-ship. Thanks for yet another outstanding SSPC!

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

She left ISL during before finals and didn’t sign up this year….

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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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