Michael McBroom, 2011 NCAA Champion in the 1650 freestyle and one of the country’s premier distance swimmers, was certainly on a mission to show the country just what he is made of. He blew away the field in 14:33.43, only 1 second off his school record. This should be a huge confidence boost as he heads into NCAA’s and looks to reclaim his national championship. The race was a one man show, so we would like to think that McBroom will be even faster when he has some competition, and there certainly is not a lack of that as Martin Grodzki of Georgia and Connor Jaeger of Michigan will surely be able to give McBroom a run for his money in Indianapolis. Sam Lewis of Texas was second in 14:54.33 while teammate Jake Ritter was third (15:09.30).
(Many thanks to Michael for his patience during this interview. Michael graciously allowed us to interview him a second time because of a camera malfunction. This is not an ideal situation when your swim team has just won another conference championship and you really want to be celebrating.)