NAG Record-Holder Ilya Kharun Swam 60×100 @ 1:02 With Sandpipers (Podcast)

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 NAG record-holder and surprise breakout star of the Speedo Winter Jr Champs, Ilya Kharun of the Sandpipers of Nevada. Ilya takes us through his evolution in the pool and with the sandpipers, shedding light on his monumental drop from 1:56 to 1:42 in the 200 fly in the 2021 calendar year. He also discusses his commitment to Arizona State and training with the Sandpipers’ top group, including a set they did recently, 60×100 on your choice of interval, Ilya choosing 1:02.


Music: Otis McDonald


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Teacher and Coach
6 months ago

I wonder what his target was.

6 months ago

Great creativity behind the set. What is the objective of this type of set?

Reply to  Slade
6 months ago

As a master coach once said: if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.

Reply to  Slade
6 months ago

Is this more creative?

2x through:
3x [2x {3x100s @ 1.02
………..{2x100s @ 1.02

It’s got all sorts of creative brackets and rounds and stuff.

Last edited 6 months ago by HulkSwim
6 months ago

He should stay with Sandpipers through 2024. It worked well for Sullivan

Reply to  Taa
6 months ago

He’s still a very long way from being a medal contender as she was, and Erica would have started college sooner if there hadn’t been a coaching change at SC. Erica also had 2 of the best training partners develop in a way that is no guarantee for Ilya.

He chose a college program that really values LC and competing at an international level. At the end of the day, if making an Olympic team is his number one goal, it’ll probably be a conversation he’ll have with Ron. For now, suggesting that he do that is premature.

Reply to  oxyswim
6 months ago

Dude dropped 14 seconds in a year. I expect him to master time travel by 2024

Ben dover
6 months ago

we do 100x100s @1:00 every sunday at practice, SCM here in italy

Reply to  Ben dover
6 months ago

No, you dont

Here Comes Lezak
Reply to  Mclovin
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Old School. I was a pure speed guy, and the proudest moment of training career was breaking 60 minutes in a 6000 race! Love hearing about sets like this.

Scotty P
6 months ago

Ron Aitken
Master Club Architect.

6 months ago

child’s play. I did 6×50 on 1:00. One round. Ascend 1-6. Start easy and see how slow you can go while still making the interval.

Reply to  dude
6 months ago

One time on taper, our coach had us do 2×25’s as slow as you could go while still maintaining some forward momentum. The team record was a 1:17. Actually really hard to swim that slow and still move forward

Big Mac #1
Reply to  PVSFree
6 months ago

Emiliano llano 2:14.00 50 free LCM at pan-American masters. I think it is impressive at 91 but a 96 year old went 47.63 at the same meet.

6 months ago

Sandpipers is a great team.

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