Who Is Scott Weltz? Weltz Stuns Omaha on Day 5 (Recap)

  86 Braden Keith | June 29th, 2012 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps, U.S. Olympic Trials

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Night five of the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha are underway, and it’s time to hand out 12-more Olympic spots: including the 6 men who will make up at least part of the American 400 free relay.

There will be no finals from Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte (though they’ll have three combined semi-finals swims) but there is going to be a slew of sneaky-good finals; including the men’s 200 breast and women’s 200 fly.

The crowd is rowdy on Friday night, and for the first time this week it looks like a sell-out. It’s time to get started!

Men’s 200 Breaststroke Final

Who is Scott Weltz? Smart money says that about 100 fans in Omaha could’ve told you who Scott Weltz was until tonight. Not to toot our own horns – but those 100 probably are SwimSwam readers.

But even we didn’t see him coming through in this 200. He looked coming into this meet as though the 100 was going to be his money-race. Weltz, out of UC-Davis, is one of the better swimmers in that school’s history, but was still just sort of on the fringe of national-level swimming. But after taking a big chunk of time off (most of the 2010 season in long course), he absolutely unleashed upon the 2012 Winter National Championships, with a 5-second drop in this race (and a two-second race in the 100).

But even with that mid-season taper, Marin, who trains with the Marin Pirates of all places, he has taken it even further at this meet. His best coming in was a 2:12.37. He’s now the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion with a 2:09.01; that’s the number-five time in the world this year, and the third-fastest American in history.

Weltz ate this moment up. He jumped over the touchpads to exit the pool (unconventional at a meet where swimmers are expected to exit the side, and played to the crowd for about 3 solid minutes before finally making his way to the tunnels. It was fantastic to see. He was only 37th in this race at the 2008 Trials.

The runner-up is another first-time Olympian, and fan-favorite, Clark Burckle from Tucson Ford in 2:09.97. Burckle couldn’t quite match the impressive and surprising closing speed of Weltz, but he was better than the rest of the field as he too overtook Eric Shanteau. That’s a big shock, as Shanteau doesn’t get run down on the last 50 of this event all that often.

He finished 3rd in 2:10.05, with Hansen just behind in 2:10.25. That means that the Americans will send four different breaststrokers to London (maybe danger for the #2 finishers in different events, who are still waiting on doubles to see the final roster size?). Shanteau will only be in the 100 – which seems a bit backwards.

Elliott Keefer had the best meet of his life, and even in 5th swam a best time of 2:11.10, but came up short of the Olympic Team.

Women’s 100 Free Semifinals

The women’s 100 free semi’s continued to dwarf the men’s races in terms of speed, as 14 swimmers dipped under 55-seconds. That means that there were some very good times that missed the final, though I’d still argue that the “key” swimmers safely navigated through. That includes the top seeded Amanda Weir, who despite not having a great year in 2010, has resurged now back training at SwimAtlanta.

She is the top seed headed into finals, followed by Missy Franklin in 54.19. Franklin has been better in her sprint events so far at this meet, which hopefully encourages her to see what happens in the 50 at the end of the meet. Regardless, in the final, she’s going to have to hustle to hold off heat 1 champion Allison Schmitt, who was 3rd in 54.23 – there’s no way Schmitt doesn’t go 53 in the final.

Jessica Hardy also looked as good as she has in this meet by finishing 4th in 54.27; after that the times jumped a bit to Dana Vollmer in 54.43.

It’s great to see Madison Kennedy make it into this final as well, 6th in 54.45. She may be the United States’ best hope, after Hardy at doing something in London in the 50 free: that’s her best time by half-a-second.

And the great Natalie Coughlin will be swimming out of her favorite spot, lane 1, after finishing 7th in 54.48. That too is as good as she’s looked in this meet, and with such a tight final you have to like her chances of making the top 6. On the other hand, she was 7th in the 100 fly final, 7th in the 100 back semi-final, and now 7th here. Lucky triple sevens perhaps are now in play?

Fan favorite Megan Romano was 10th in 54.72, and Margo Geer couldn’t continue improving as she did in the first two rounds to take 12th in 54.85.

Men’s 200 Back Semifinals

As expected, Ryan Lochte didn’t crush the last 50 in this final quite like he did in the prelims – he was only a 28.30 (as compared to a 27.9 last year) – but that doesn’t mean he didn’t put up a masterful swim. Very much in “energy conservation mode” with doubles the next two evenings, Lochte coasted to an easy 1:55.73 to take the top seed overall in the men’s 200 back semi-final.

He and Tyler Clary really separated themselves from the field as the winners of the respective heats. Clary, building off of his momentum earned in the 200 fly final, took a 1:55.88 – backing up his post-prelims claims that he could do a 1:55 tonight.

Those two are a mile ahead of the rest of the field in this race; the next-best is Ryan Murphy, the 16-year old phenom, in 1:57.39. Unlike prelims, that is a best time for him, but he still has a huge gap to go to break into the top three. He is very close to Aaron Peirol’s National Ge Group Record, and will need to drop just over three-tenths in the finals to get there.

Nobody else in the final really seems to have the wheels to get close to those top two. Jacob Pebley, the fourth seed in 1:58.71, and Rex Tullius, the fifth seed in 1:58.79, barely started faster than Lochte finished.

Jack Conger also made his 2nd final in 8th in 1:59.68 – his 2nd final of the day also as only a high schooler.

A couple of studs in NCAA swimming, Alex Lendrum (9th – 1:59.85) and Cory Chitwood (10th – 2:00.03) just missed; Chitwood has three-straight NCAA Titles in this event.

Women’s 200 Fly Final

Cammile Adams played this race perfectly, and the on-fire women’s team at Texas A&M has their second champion at this meet, and second Olympian of the year, as she side-breathed her way to a 2:06.52. That’s a new Olympic Trials Record, clearing the 2:06.75 set by Elaine Breeden in 2008. That puts her 6th in the world in 2012.

That gives Steve Bultman 6 career Olympians for the United States, and two on this team. There’s no way that he gets left off of the staff, despite being relatively anonymous. It would be his first American Olympic staff since 1988, though he’s had plenty of presence at the games – Adams is the 11th Olympian he has qualified for the 2012 Games.

Adams won this race on a monster closing 50-meters, after her in-state rival Kathleen Hersey took the lead on the final turn. That’s not quite as quick as her best time from 2011, but it is a good swim headed into London for her.

Kim Vandenberg was 3rd for the 2nd-straight year, with a 2:08.99. That’s about half-a-second slower than she was in 2008; but still a great swim. This was her last serious shot at the Olympic roster for this meet.

Teresa Crippen has been battling sickness this whole meet, and she did what she had to do in this final – go out just a bit harder – however, she couldn’t finish like she did in the early rounds.

Another Aggie, Caroline McElhany, was 5th in 2:09,90, making three swimmers from the Lone Star State in the top five.

Men’s 100 Free Final

Say a little prayer for the men’s 400 free relay, if you’re so inclined. Nathan Adrian had a solid, but not world-beating, time of 48.10 in the men’s 100 free. That ranks him 4th in the world this year.

That in-and-of-itself is not nearly the anchor the Americans need to take down the Australians in this relay in London. But after that, things got incredibly shaky. Cullen Jones, who actually led this race before fighting through the last 10 meters or so, took 2nd in 48.46. Matt Grevers, after scratching the 200 back, was only 3rd here in 48.55. And Ricky Berens earned a second relay swim with a 48.80 for 4th. Even if you allow about half-a-second for relay takeoffs (generous for the Americans) that leaves them at a 3:12.00 or so, which may not be enough to medal in the relay.

The American men have never failed to medal in an Olympic relay, aside from the 1980 Olympics when the US boycotted it.

Jimmy Feigen took 5th in 48.84, and Jason Lezak was 6th in 48.88. Lezak, at 36-years old, found his way onto another Olympic Team.

Jones will be the Americans’ second individual swimmer, and based on his huge endorsement haul in Beijing, where he was only a relay swimmer, he’ll probably do extremely well in London. Good to see a man who’s dedicated so much of his time to the learn to swim initiative get the payoff.

Scot Robison (48.92) and Garrett Weber-Gale (49.21) took the last two spots; that means both of those swimmers, on the Worlds team, will have to count on the 50 to make the team.

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  1. john26 says:
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    WOW. That was quite a race. Who ever called 1-2-3 correctly in the prediction contest should just take the entire thing :O I can’t believe Shanteau and Hansen didn’t even break2:10 :/

  2. Jean Michel says:
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    Incredible ! new guys to represent Usa on 200 breast ! Scott Weltz a spendid finish !

  3. blee says:
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    Natalie Coughlin makes it into the 100 Free Final! Pretty narrow spread between the finalists (54.1 – 54.6) and it’s loaded with big names – Coughlin, Vollmer, Schmitt, Weir, Franklin, Neal, Hardy, Madison Kennedy. I think Natalie has a shot at an individual berth tomorrow.

  4. Dana Marie says:
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    Hey guys why is American record holder mary descenza not at the trials?

  5. john26 says:
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    Ill be watching if they even mention Magnussen’s name in the NBC broadcast T___T
    They have failed to mention the other heavy hitters so far including: muffat, Sun, Park, Zueva, Agnel, Biedermann

    They do have Sjostrom, Ye, Rice, Matsuda though…

  6. DDU says:
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    USA win bronze medal at olympics 2012 in 4x100m freestyle.No Way USA can Gold medal

    • Rafael says:
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      bronze at best.. Russia and Brazil will put up a fight..

      • DDias says:
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        Rafael, i have my doubts about Brazil having a chance for Bronze Medal in 100 free relay.

        It looks Fratus and Cielo will not swim prelims.We will(probably) have Nicholas Dos Santos opening in (lets hope!) 48 high,De Lucca in 48 mid-low, Chieriguini in 47 high and Nicolas Oliveira in 47 high.Lets hope a 3.13.something make top 8
        Fratus focus will be in 50 where he has a nice shot of Medal.If relay pass, with Cielo, i can not see nothing better than 3.11 low/3.10high with everyone delivering well.

        • Rafael says:
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          3.11 low is probably enough for battling for bronze..

          • DDias says:
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            Lets hope….
            the problem is the need to have everyone delivering well AT SAME TIME.At their bests, De Lucca is near second faster than his individual time(see his NCAA results, he is a great relay guy), Chieriguini the same, and Nicolas Oliveira is our best slot because he likes to take some risks.In 2008 Olympics, Cielo opened in 47.91 but Brazil got DQed because Oliveira false start.

        • aswimfan says:
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          If Cielo and Fratus not swimming the 4×100 free prelims, I doubt Brazil can get into final.

      • Emanuella says:
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        ai ai ai, please don’t give me hope. US was a bit disappointing I guess.

        Lochte and Phelps are probably going to swim this right?

        • Rafael says:
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          Can´t see locthe as a power up for the team.. Phelps ok.. but I won´t expect him to be better than Adrian also..

          • Emanuella says:
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            Lochte might be swimming the prelims. I don’t know.

          • aswimfan says:
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            No way Lochte is given a final swim in the 4×100 free. He was only 48.91!

          • Justin Thompson says:
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            I would take Lochte anyday over Jones in that 4x100FR final. Jones is always the weak link on the relays and has proven to be somewhat of a liability.

  7. DDU says:
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    Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones qualified for 100m freestyle individual events

    • FREEBEE says:
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      CULLEN JONES—-NOBODY on THIS SITE OR ANY OTHER GAVE HIM A SHOT—just admit it—I can—I thought he had a shot at 6th NEVER 2nd—make a splash paid off lmao

      • Justin Thompson says:
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        Great swim for Jones but still a weak 4×100 compared to the French and Aussies. I can see Phelps going a high 47, but I just don’t think any of these other guys can without swimming a perfect race.

      • aswimfan says:
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        Never have I thought Cullen Jones would get individual 100 free spot.

        The US men 100 free is dire than I thought when Jones qualifies and Feigen/Berens not stepping up.

        • FREEBEE says:
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          that is total b.s. Berens and Fiegen have no track record of beating Jones at this distance at high pressure meets like world/Olympic trials–you’re dreamin

          p.s. I agree the U.S. needs to step up with faster times

      • liquidassets says:
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        lol I’ll admit it too; I like Jones but before the meet I was skeptical about him even making semi-finals in the 100 this year!! Taking it out that fast sets him up in the mix in the 50 too; which I previously had thought he wouldn’t final in. He was not a big liability in Beijing; he was top swimmer in the relay prelims that year and only went a little slower in the final. I’m not sure about Lochte; I had expected him to go faster than 48.9 even without tapering. The coaches will have an interesting tough decision about him.

  8. john26 says:
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    The Americans are going to get smashed like Ukeleles

    • FREEBEE says:
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      wow, I wish we had a bunch of dead crows for all the “realistic” haters of US men’s swimming–you were wrong about so many people making the team/making finals—give the US men a chance–I’ll believe in them if you don’t!!! Go USA

      • Rafael says:
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        Medley Relay, Backstroke, Fly (If we don´t see an upset) and Ind Medley are given Golds for the US, maybe 4×200

        200 free are not so easy anymore, breaststroke can´t see any medal for US, same for 4×100 free.. no medal won´t surprise me.

        100 400 and 1500 free.. no medal at all.

        If Adrian does not pop up a big time (21.6 21.7) on 50 free.. Brazil can go for 1-2 with mag as third.. with no real competiton..

      • john26 says:
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        Right. Except that I, too, am American.
        Unfortunately, I am also of a sufficiently eclectic background to be able to view the landscape in a more neutral, and therefore objective perspective.

        Also, please direct me to these incorrect predictions of people making the team/making final. I want to see this list that I have _specifically_ not been public about.

        • FREEBEE says:
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          you’re right–it doesn’t look good for the US as far as the FR sprints– but that is NO REVELATION—you don’t need to boast over your analytical ability and objectivity—-if you want to demonstrate your incredible powers of insight show us a way the US can win—–have some faith in that unpredictable and miraculous things happen in sports all the time—

          p.s. obviously its not your list– there have been many surprises and a lot of consensus winners have not won–thank God for upsets and unpredictability–the US will need it too next month

    • aswimfan says:
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      John26,

      You like to get provoke
      :)

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Maybe in one relay they’ll get beat but overall they’ll own the mens swimming events.

  9. kcswimjk says:
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    “That means that the Americans will send four different breaststrokers to London (maybe danger for the #2 finishers in different events, who are still waiting on doubles to see the final roster size?).”

    Wait, which spots are in jeopardy as a result of having four American breaststrokers? I’m not sure I fully understand the selection process.

    • beachmouse says:
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      Full selection process is here:

      http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1469&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US

      There is a limit of 26 men and 26 women on the squad. Because enough athletes qualify in multiple events, the assumption is that there will be enough roster space to take top 2 individuals in every event and top six in the 100/200 free, but it’s not official until the end of the meet. In the case of the men’s team, it’s very likely that Phelps and Lochte take up so many swims that everyone else in the right places is put onto the team.

      • kcswimjk says:
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        Thanks, Beachmouse. So if the men’s 200 back 1-2 ends up being Lochte/Clary, and the men’s 200 IM ends up being Lochte/Phelps, the redundancy (all three are already on the team) helps ensue that the relay swimmers will actually get on the team, right?

        • Peter says:
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          No, the relay swimmers are in, period. As is the first place finisher in each event. It is only the second place finishers that are in jeopardy.

          • ZYNG43 says:
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            I thought it was the prelim relay swimmers in jeapordy.. like 5th and 6th place in the 100/200 free

  10. Nick says:
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    Looks like Shanteau’s slow reaction cost him a spot in the 200.

  11. tallswimmer says:
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    Selection order:
    Event Winners
    1-4 100/200 Free
    2nd Place Even Finishers based on FINA Points
    5 place 100/200
    6th place 100/200

    So, with 4 Breastrokers, it’s more likely that 6th in the 100/200 wouldn’t make it.

    • Rafael says:
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      But medley and 200 free winners are the same.. so.. instead of six swimmers.. you will have 2 only.. and Adrian will double 100/50 free..

    • Eddie says:
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      they will also send 4 different backstrokers (albeit 3 of them will have other events)

    • tallswimmer says:
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      I think it’s highly unlikely that we’d run into a situation where the full team isn’t take due to the 26 person cap.

    • beachmouse says:
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      Someone on collegeswimming.com says they’ve done the math, and if Lochte and Phelps pick up events as expected tomorrow, they’ll have more than enough space to take all the guys.

  12. FREEBEE says:
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    no mention of Lia Neal??

  13. Adam says:
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    Slightly interesting fact: Matt Biondi’s time from ’88 trials would have placed second in the men’s 100.

    • DDias says:
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      Yeah, i find a bit of let down(100 free final).I was expecting four 48 lows and a 47 high(by Adrian).And Gold Underdog Trophy for Scott Weltz,Silver for Larson and Bronze for Cullen Jones.I was thinking if Cullen Jones was gaining a individual spot, will be in 50 free, never in 100.

      • Justin Thompson says:
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        The fact we have Jones swimming the 100 in London shows you how weak we are in this event. Phelps and Lochte can’t swim in every race and it would be nice to see someone else emerge in some of these other events. To medal you’ve got Phelps and Lochte of course and then Grevers might win/medal the 100 back and Clary may medal in the 200 back, but other than that who else is going to medal for the American men? The 100 breast is probably out as well as the 200 br. The 50/100/400/1500 frees are probably out of the question and the 200fr is no walk in the park even for Phelps/Lochte.

        • DDias says:
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          Justin,
          i think Adrian has a great shot of medal hope in 50 free.But 100 and beyond is unlikely.

          100 breast is wide open.With only King Frog in 58´s, Hansen has a nice shot at Olympic medal.And i think US Medley relay is almost unbeatable.

    • Emanuella says:
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      WOW that bad? Phelps could swim the 100F if he wanted.

  14. The Grand Inquisitor says:
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    Welts did his own low key version of the Juan Carlos black power salute at the awards ceremony – took up his college coach Pete Motekaitis and wore his UC Davis shirt – a quiet protest for the dropping of the Davis men’s team…. And what do you mean by “Marin Pirate of all places”?? Congats to MP coach Warren Lager.

  15. korn says:
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    It was amazing that Weltz stuck around all prelims this morning to swim the 200 im when he was 2:10 in the semis of the 2breast. how many coaches/swimmers were second guessing that?!?!?!?!

  16. drdov says:
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    Clark Burckle won’t be sent to London
    Not enough room

    • Kirt says:
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      There will be plenty of room. If Clary makes 200 back, Adrian 50 and PVK makes 1500, there will only be three more individuals added, plus Jones is better in the 50 and looks to have a shot there.

      • kcswimjk says:
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        I count 17 on the men’s team so far:

        Adrian, Berens, Burkle, Clary, Dwyer, Feigen, Grevers, Hansen, Houchin, Jones, Lezak, Lochte, McLean, Phelps, Shanteau, Thoman, Vanderkay, Weltz,

        Am I missing anyone?

        Still to come: 50 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM, 1500 free

        That’s 9 remaining spots for 5 events, with Phelps/Lochte/Clary likely to take at least 5 of them (Phelps in IM and 100 fly, Lochte in IM and 200 back, Clary in 200 back). Looks like we’re not hitting 26.

  17. The DreamMaker says:
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    Major props to Scott, UC Davis, Coach Pete & Coach Warren! Way to shake up the swimming world! You have made all of us Davis Aggies proud! Way to represent and kill it in London!

  18. DDU says:
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    I’m disappointed 100m free final

  19. TX Swimmer says:
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    I am not surprised by the mens 100 free results. Lets hope Phelps and Lochte will be in 48 low shape when they are fully tapered. Our medal hopes will hinge on those 2.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      The sad reality is we’ll need two swimmers under 48 to get gold and possibly to even medal. Lochte won’t sniff a 47, but Phelps could go a 47.5 if he’s on his A game. Hell he went a 48.10 at the Pan Pacs a couple of years ago on his worst training season of his life.

      • Rafael says:
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        Phelps does not have the same fit level from the past.. not even the same raw speed anymore.. except for the 2 flys.. he is not the favorite for gold in ano other event.. he may not even have the speed to medal in 200 free..

        Hoping Phelps get 47.5 would be more than 0.5 better than his textile best.. I also didn´t find his 48.10 result.. when it was?

        • Chris says:
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          Phelps isn’t a favorite in the 200im/free,400im mainly because of Lochte’s improvements (and the rest). Last year he went a PB in the 200 im, and his 200 free wasn’t far off his best textile, even in his weakened state. In 2010 he swam 48.13 (48.1 something or other) leading off the relay at Pan Pacs, and 48.0 leading off the relay at 2011 WC’s. This year he has been 48.4 in-season (just about fastest ever, including the lzr years), although judging by his times at OT’s, he wouldn’t have been much faster than Jones.

      • aswimfan says:
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        I am amazed that people still keeps saying Phelps will do 47.50

        Doesn’t the men 100 free final has finally shown them how hard sub 48 is?

        When did Phelps even ever swim sub 48 in textile?
        In Shanghai he didn’t have 400 IM and he didn’t train for 400 IM

  20. Brian says:
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    Hah, going to say this now – Called it on Weltz in the 200 BR after seeing his Santa Clara race.

  21. TX Swimmer says:
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    Lochte 32.95 on the breaststroke leg of the 2IM!! That’s gotta be the fastest ever.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      They both swam a good breastroke leg, but it will be interesting to see how he bounces back after the 200 back tomorrow. Tonight he had a lot more rest than he will tomorrow, but hopefully these two can both be 1:54. I don’t see either of them breaking a record tomorrow based on how they’ve swam so far.

    • drdov says:
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      Shanteau’s gone 31.51 in 2009 and 32.48 in 2008

  22. Kevin says:
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    That was a very dissapointing 100 free. I agree with all of you. However, we know Phelps will be under 48 to lead off the relay. Adrian has the capability of breaking 48, and just watch the surprise split of the relay will be Grevers like Lezak was in Beijing, guarantee you he breaks 47.5. But then looming in the shadows to wreck the day, Cullen brotha Jones will dive in. He was a bust in Beijing and he was lucky to have Lezak bail him out.

    I’m hoping Greg Troy grows a pair and dictates who will fill the 4th spot of that relay even though Jones qualified tonight. I’m guessing Jimmy will put up the fastest time in the prelim swim, thus allowing Greg Troy to kick Cullen to the curb to put Jimmy on the relay.

    • Chris says:
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      Well, all the guys in Beijing swam as fast as could be expected (Lezak obviously much faster). Jones had a pb of 48.3/4 at trials, and he split 47.7. Unfortunately for the uninformed viewer, he went in next to Bousquet, who had already split 46.6 in the morning and split another 46.6.

    • TX Swimmer says:
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      When it counted the most Feigen and Grevers got beat by Jones. What makes you certain they will do better than jones come the relay final in London??

    • Jean Michel says:
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      Very good analysis ! Grevers is the man ! he was so fast on the backstroke that i beleive he has the power of his life here . Feigen hasn’t showed yet what he can do truly on Big stage …But i beleive too that Jimmy has 47.90 in him on a relay ! They got one more month to test the relays ( which would be a great idea to test different options of relay teams ) to improve and swim on real taper mode . I beleive that Usa relay is ready to challenge anybody in London . The souvenir of 2008 can be a booster ! Anything is possible

    • Dasher says:
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      Cullen won fair and square, so get over it! Show him more respect- he will be a two time Olympian in London. And who should have swam the relay in Beijing instead of him and split 47.7? Feigen et al should have performed when it counted, under pressure.

  23. FREEBEE says:
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    Jones is Swim/Swam’s (message board) Outcast?

    So let me get this straight. We’ve got two camps. One that doesn’t want Jones to swim because they just don’t like Jones (a vocal minority who ignore his actual times and achievements, past/present). The other camp wants the U.S. to be faster and is worried about the 4 X 100 FR (the majority). The latter I understand.

    I hope Grevers, Berens, and Fiegen (all great guys) will hold a group hug session for all the people who want them to beat Jones in the 100. They just don’t do it when it counts (forget times, dump Jones anyway right?) I would hope we all want faster times for the US. I am shocked that peopled seem to be pissed at Jones like he’s not worthy to represent USA? What did he do?

  24. swimmer says:
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    I think you all are underestimating what lochte is capable of on the relay. Hes cleary not fully rested at trials and hes one of the best racers out there. Add in the fastest underwater kicks in the world coming off of a relay exchange and I think he can be 47. If I had to put my money on who the best relay would be it would definitely be Phelps, Adrian, Grevers (will outsplit jones in prelims), Lochte.

  25. gosharks says:
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    I agree that at this point, it’s not a stretch to think that Lochte could really help the 400 free relay. It’s a given that he and Phelps will be faster in London.

    I would like to propose this question (which Braden has sort of touched on before):

    Has the dominance of Phelps and Lochte been a detriment to the US Men’s Team? Without them, where are we?

  26. Jean Michel says:
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    Grevers , Phelps , Adrian + ( Feigen or Lochte ) : they can create a very strong relay ! I am one of those who beleive impossible to be possible here . In 2008 , when Lezak entered the water , few people on earth would have beleived what he did ! same here … How can we predict what they will show on J-DAY ?????
    They will be ready , nicely coached by Greg troy ! u can bet on that …

  27. Adam says:
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    To make the team in the 200 breast in an upset, it really helps to be named Scott. Usher, Spann and now Weltz.

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The most common question asked about Braden Keith is "when does he sleep?" That's because Braden has, in two years in the game, become one of the most prolific writers in swimming at a level that has earned him the nickname "the machine" in some circles. He first got his feet …

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