Practice + Pancakes: Fastest Man in DII History Highlights Drury Taper Workout

We took a trip to Springfield, Missouri, the home of Division II Drury University. On this day, Drury was getting ready for their mid-season invite and I caught them on a taper Thursday. And Drury does not mess around with taper. For the sprinters, the set given by coach Zach Mertins was simple:

30 min free swim

8×25 @ 4:00

1-2 Off the Blocks

3-8 From a push

This was highlighted by heat 1, which included Karol Ostrowski (NCAA DII record-holder in the 50/100 free, 18.92/41.25), Kham Glass (19.6, 43.8) and Oleksii Khnykin (19.6, 42.8).

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PVSFree
1 month ago

Those were some fast 25’s

JP input is too short
1 month ago

Interesting that Ostrowski is still training (and tapering) with Drury given that he hasn’t swam in a meet this year and apparently is in the transfer portal. Guess we might see him swim for them this year after all?

LOL
Reply to  JP input is too short
1 month ago

And Khnykin ran out of eligibility a year ago.

McG
1 month ago

I like seeing D2 swimming getting some coverage. How about heading to the Columbus Ohio area and checking out some D3 swimming at Kenyon College and Denison University?

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  McG
1 month ago

Right on. There’s a fantastic DIII invitational in Granville this weekend with Denison hosting Emory, Washington University (St. Louis), Franklin and Marshall, and Eastern Michigan.

Admission fee: donations or cash for the Market Street Pantry and the Licking County Food Pantry.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  McG
1 month ago

Well, based on the way they comment, I’m not sure we’d feel comfortable letting Coleman walk on deck at either of those programs.

Meat2
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

example?

Goblin Walk
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Do not come. Do not come

PVSFree
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Woah is there beef between Denison/Kenyon and SwimSwam/Coleman? I haven’t picked up on this at all

swimswamswum
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

I believe Braden is referring to the D3 dual meet rankings article where Kenyon and Denison fans/swimmers? went wild about how their team is better, how their team is training hard, etc. Regardless, totally echo the idea of going to more D3 programs. I’m always impressed by how well programs like Denison, Kenyon, Emory, and more are able to develop talent.

PVSFree
Reply to  swimswamswum
1 month ago

Ahhh I thought Denison/Kenyon had beef with Coleman specifically and couldn’t imagine why

Steve Nolan
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Coleman knows what he did.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  swimswamswum
1 month ago

There have been several instances, that was one of them, where athletes from these teams have crossed some lines. It has been across seasons too.

Some teams just seem to not know how to act when they get press.

THEO
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Boooo. And if the comments scared you away then go interview Emory or JHU

YourLocalD3Swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Coleman is always welcome here at Case Western Reserve, Braden 🙂

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

LOVE THE BEEF!

Nathan Smith
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

I thought Braden wanted swimming to have more friction and rivalries but I guess he can’t handle the heat.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Nathan Smith
1 month ago

Sure I do.

However, some of the student athletes at both schools crossed the lines of decency. Those comments were, for obvious reasons, deleted.

Scotty P
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Should’ve hung out in the MIAA section of D3swimming.com back in the day.

Very entertaining.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

Ha, reminds me of the CAA and MAAC forums on collegeswimming when that was a thing.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  JP input is too short
1 month ago

The golden years. Back when the internet was fun

THEO
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

That is disappointing to hear. Since the comments have been deleted I obviously can’t know what you mean but I trust that if they were deleted it must have been rough… that is embarrassing for the programs. My comment about JHU and Emory still stands! Would love an interview with those coaches. Also more D3 content in general (:

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Definitely crosses a line when one program’s coach has to return stolen team gear and towels to the facility they just left 😂

McG
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Well, that’s disappointing to hear (especially since I swam at Kenyon many,, many years ago). I still can’t get enough practice and pancakes, and I’m sure other D3 programs would welcome Coleman.

Mr. F
Reply to  McG
1 month ago

There is a thirst for D3 Swimming content, and it can only be quenched by Coleman

McG
Reply to  Mr. F
1 month ago

Coleman is the “cowbell” of SwimSwam

swammer
1 month ago

shoulda eaten at Ziggys

Rando Embiggen
1 month ago

Coleman’s videos are always a treat. The “cherry on top” is seeing what his newest facial-and-hair-style combo is! Keep ‘em coming CH!

Hswimmer
1 month ago

Emmanuel college in Georgia someday!

About Coleman Hodges

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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