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

  46 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 07th, 2017 | Gold Medal Minute, News, Video

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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Caroline Estep

“Great Kid”

Until everyone in the men’s final 50 and 100 free field can match the start of Caeleb Dressel…game over. Look at the videos. Everyone in the field is at least a half body length or more behind after the start. And in a 50 or 100 free swimming against Caeleb Dressel…that’s the race.


I like this guy – well poised , intelligent , motivated and talented !! Usa sprinting is in good hands for the years to come . With Dressel , the battle will be ferocious in a few weeks .


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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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