Michael Andrew, Reece Whitley Bromance? GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

It seems some swim fans breakdown by Team Michael Andrew or Team Reece Whitley.  Andrew and Whitley battle in breaststroke, but outside of the pool they appear to be great friends. As co-captains of the 2017 U.S. Junior World Championship Team they became leaders of the next generation, roles they embodied with ease.

It’s a long way until 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha. Both should be a threat to make the team, but what will it take to secure a spot in 2020? In 100m breast, to be safe, I think it will take 58.5 or faster. What do you think?

For fun, should Reece go train with Michael? Should Reece commit to a USRPT training camp?  I’d like to see it (and capture video).  I’d also like to see Michael work through a week of Reece’s training. Something tells me they’d both learn a lot from the experience.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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54 Comments on "Michael Andrew, Reece Whitley Bromance? GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com"

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It was crazy to see them go back and forth finishing sentences and whatnot. Two incredible young leaders who both have thier egos in check is great to see. These guys will be around for a long time making swimming look good.

To come from opposite training philosophies, one pro and one off to NCAA. One homeschooled and one not so much. One a 400 IMer and one a 50 guy…. youd think theyd find something to beef about but nah

I don’t think Reece would prefer to be considered a 4IMer lol

I don’t think Reece should ditch a tried and true training method for something that has ZERO results on the world stage in long course.

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I guess 21.7 in the 50 free isn’t a result on the world stage?

… that you know of! the world was thought to be flat once as well

Now hold on, the basic principle of USRPT, which is short reps at race pace with little rest, has been around for awhile. The criticism of Andrews method is how he uses only USRPT and little else. Endurance is important, and while Andrews training has done wonders for his speed, he struggles on anything over 50. For that a kid that has broken NAGS all the way to the 400IM, his lack of endurance seems odd, and his training is likely to blame for that.

I imagine you replied to my comment by accident? I am neither supporting or condeming USRPT. I am just stating that there are likely people out there now that will soon be on the world stage that have trained this. unlike the OP I am a little more open-minded than him I believe.

Steve Nolan

I feel like “struggles” isn’t the best way to describe all his events longer than a 50. He was fourth at Olympic Trials in the 100 breast!!! I would like to struggle that much one day.

Like, everybody’s training method is going to leave them lacking somewhere. Andrew’s is just cranked a bit shorter than most, at least for now. Michael Phelps wasn’t winning any 50s, ya know?

I definitely think Reece should work on speed more but I don’t know about USRPT.


There is a chance he could do wonders in sprints free …….100 free for example . Being 6 Foot 8 could be an advantage ( look at Pieter Timmers – same height – silver medal in Rio at 27 years old )

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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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