Ryan Held Aims For NCAA Titles: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Coming off 4×100 relay Olympic gold last summer, Ryan Held is kicking it up a notch.  His NC State teammates fed off his energy from the Rio Olympics and have been bringing it hard in practice all fall and winter.

We’ve all learned to respect Wolfpack Coach Braden Holloway, the 2013, 2015 and 2016 ACC Coach of the Year.   Holloway lead the men’s team to 4th at the 2016 NCAA Champs, and he delivered Held to us in gold medal form last summer.   Rank Holloway for me. What do you think, because I think this coach is among the top-5 on earth.

For Ryan, stepping it up means NCAA titles, but Olympic relay teammate Caeleb Dressel stands in his way.

What will it take to win the 100 (and 50) yard free at the 2017 NCAA Championships?  Are you Team Held or Team Dressel?  I think the sprint frees are Dressel’s in March, but Ryan Held is a huge talent, and like Coach Holloway and his NC State crew, you cannot count them out.

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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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– Braden Holloway is the ‘MASTERMIND’ behind NC State’s historic rising! – Todd DeSorbo (Held’s main coach) is arguably the most innovative young spring coach in the NCAA (maybe the world? Bilis and Held are his products). – Gary Taylor has built one of the most respective distance groups in the nation with Anton Ipsen, Adam Linker (who?), and Hannah Moore leading the charge. – Mallory Houchin and Bobby Guntoro have been a part of this staff since day 1 (correct me if I’m wrong). These two don’t get as much credit as the other three… I hope NC State Athletics Department is ready to pay these coaches… I could see many teams are going after every single one of… Read more »


Any word of offers to the assistant coaches?


I really wish someone had a full video of the Olympic 400 free relay


look it up on youtube…


I haven’t been able to find full videos of most of the races. If it is on youtube (400 free relay), could you post a link?

bobo gigi

The official youtube olympic channel has post some full videos of finals. Unfortunately not all. Why? No idea.
The only full video of the men’s 4X100 free relay final I have found is someone who has filmed his TV. Not ideal but still better than nothing.

bobo gigi

I talked about the only video I’ve found available to the entire world.
Because you have the French TV version on youtube but I think it’s not available outside of France.

bobo gigi

his/her TV


still Mel , after they got all the $$$ in the pocket , why still , not show en entire 400 & 800 free relays ? its just totally absurd . Now , i heard that Rio stadium is left like nothing happened there , even more staggering .


No full video. Just snippets.


You can find them if you search on google. They should show up on the NBC website

Garret Merlino

I bet your feet stick out like a penguin


Yea you are totally correct. You’re probably really good at breaststroke too…


Yea you’re totally right. I bet you’re really big and strong too


Yea you’re quite right. Spoken like someone who truly knows the difference between scm and scy


It’s on NBC Olympics. The same way we streamed the events during the olympics. I do have to sign in though. I definitely wish it was on YouTube like the 2012 olympics.


This is only for people who lives in US unfortunately or if you have a VPN. Always a pain for people outside the US to access the good races.


7 months later and the Olympic Yutube channel doesn’t even give a full race for 2 relays – thats staggering when u think about it .

Dr Deluxe

Thanks for highlighting a great kid…he is for real.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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