Ray Looze on Lilly King: “I don’t think we’ve seen her best” (Video)

by Spencer Penland 18

June 26th, 2021 Big Ten, College, News

Indiana University held a press conference with some of their 2020 Olympians, as well as head swim coach Ray Looze and head diving coach Drew Johansen. IU has earned a whopping 12 swimming & diving Olympians for Tokyo, 8 of whom represent the USA. Due to these efforts, IU head swim coach Ray Looze has been named to the U.S. swimming coaching staff, and head diving coach Drew Johansen has been named U.S. diving coach.

Here is the complete list of IU swimmers and divers to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics:

Swimmers:

Divers:

Below, you’ll find Olympic Media Day interviews with Looze and Johansen, along with all of the Olympic qualifiers except Vini Lanza, Marwan Elkamash, and Michael Hixon. Looze has the longest interview, where he speaks on IU’s history at the Olympics, and his plans to add to the program’s 69 Olympic medals. He also speaks on how he feels heading into his 2nd Olympics on the U.S. coaching staff, and how it differs from his first time in 2016.

At the end of his interview, Looze is asked about how Lilly King has progressed through the last year, to which he responds she’s looking the best he’s ever seen her. He adds that he doesn’t believe King’s times from Olympic Trials don’t reflect where she’s at right now – “I don’t think we’ve seen her best”

Lilly King speaks on how she’s feeling heading into her 2nd Olympics. It’s brought up to her that Looze says she’s in the best shape of her life, to which she responds “I am glad Ray is saying that I am in the best shape ever. That is definitely reassuring. I am ready to go.” She also says she feels much less nervous heading to her 2nd Olympics, adding that “Going into 2016, I was like a deer in the headlights.”

RAY LOOZE – IU HEAD SWIM COACH, U.S. OLYMPIC SWIM COACH

LILLY KING – IU PRO SWIMMER

MICHAEL BRINEGAR & TOMER FRANKEL – CURRENT IU SWIMMERS

ANNIE LAZOR – IU PRO SWIMMER

ZACH APPLE – IU PRO SWIMMER

BLAKE PIERONI – IU PRO SWIMMER

BAILEY ANDISON – IU PRO SWIMMER

ANDREW CAPOBIANCO – IU DIVER

DREW JOHANSEN & JESSICA PARRATTO – IU HEAD DIVING COACH & IU DIVER

 

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Anti-ilini
1 year ago

Real talk. Is it me or does Ray look like a thin Al Davis Jr.

dresselgoat
1 year ago

My question is why doesn’t she work on her head movement. I’m no WR holder but it can’t help with the forward momentum, right?

Last edited 1 year ago by dresselgoat
Hswimmer
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 year ago

Yeah I’ve always wondered why she does the head bobbing thing

Togger
1 year ago

Not surprising, she’s never been tapered. At Trials she did atlas stones every morning.

50free
1 year ago

Where is the Cody Miller interview? Want to know what place he is not going to get at the Olympics.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Piling on is just so lame. He has an Olympic bronze medal. Let’s see if any U.S. breaststroker can get that this time around.

Swimmer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Had to cheat to get it tho

He said what?
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Grow up, child.

Chris
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

how did he cheat?

NM Coach
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

In 1984…the most consistent 200 flyer was Craig Beardsley (at Trials he was the current American Record Holder) and he got beat by an up and coming youngster – Pablo Morales AND his Florida teammate Pat Kennedy…NO ONE ASKED when his interview was going to be.

In 1988…Pablo Morales didn’t make the team and he was coming off being an 11-time NCAA individual event champion…NO ONE requested to see his interview!

dresselgoat
Reply to  NM Coach
1 year ago

Pablo was great I remember trying to emulate his low head position in my early days

Guerra
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

OK, I know that (as Braden says) I’m noisy and sometimes stir things up with posts that are considered to be outrageous, I’m going to keep this one real. Cody Miller is a great man, father, husband, friend and teammate and he defied incredible odds and crushing personal hardships (more than people will ever know) to win a gold and bronze medal. He touches the lives of anyone that comes into contact with him and as important as the coaches have been to the Indiana University program, his contributions, in and out of the pool, have been just as significant. I wish I was just half the man as Cody is. I wouldn’t care if he went to Texas, Auburn,… Read more »

He said what?
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

What kind of troll downvotes this. Got some bitter nasty people on this site.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

He’s a dad… a new dad. That puts crazy strain on arms and no sleep. When you a new dad, you don’t know how much this effects you till it’s too late.

Cody’s performance at 2021 trials > Cody 2016 Olympics.

Guerra
1 year ago

Indiana University is where your Olympic dreams become a reality! IU has 12 swimmers and divers and two coaches going to the Olympics…by far the highest total of any college program. #GOATCOACHRAYLOOZE

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

They have literally no one from their active college roster going. Compare that with Florida, Cal, and Texas.

HoosierEli
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Uh, did you look at the list? Tomer, Brinegar and Capobianco are all on the current roster…

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Sandpipers > Indiana