SSPC: Bobby Finke Breaks Down Going 8:59 at the End of 9×1000 in Practice

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges 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.

I sat down with distance savant Bobby Finke to talk about what has been going so right for him in the pool lately. We saw Finke absolutely destroy the American and US Open records last year in the 1,650, registering a mind-blowing 14:12. Well, good news for swim fans: he’s only gotten better since then. Finke tells us what his quarantine period looked like and what training has been like since getting back to Gainesville, including a set of 9×1000 where he surprised even himself on the last one.

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2 years ago

Expected nothing less from a Florida Man.

Reply to  DBSwims
2 years ago

I think when you say “Florida Man” you have a different thing in mind than when most people say “Florida Man”.

papa razi
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

“Florida Man Urinates on Police Car”
“Florida Man Injures Himself When Female Fan Jumps Into His Arms Unexpectedly”
“Florida Man Tears Meniscus While Break Dancing”
“Florida Man Vandalizes Gas Station in Rio, Lies to Mom About it, Costs Himself Millions”
“Florida Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges”
“Florida Man Arrested for Attempting to Meet 14-Year Old for Sex While Her Parents Were on a Cruise”
“Florida Man Suspended for Getting Testosterone Pellets by Gynecologist”
“Florida Man Arrested for Stealing Fur Coats from Nordstroms”

Those were “Florida Man” headlines from the Gregg Troy era that I was able to find while scrolling through SwimSwam. I’m sure there was more. So, I think maybe he… Read more »

Reply to  papa razi
2 years ago

Yeah but Florida man still holds 200IM record, Florida man won 100 fly gold at rio, Florida man beat 100 fly record in 2019, and Florida man just broke 50 in the 100IM. That makes up for “Florida man impaled by trampoline during hurricane after buying 17 for back yard”(real story)

Ga swimmer
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Florida Man did not win gold at rio in 100fly

Reply to  Ga swimmer
2 years ago

He’s claiming Bolles but that doesn’t really count as being from FL if you went to boarding school there.

Reply to  papa razi
2 years ago

Are all of these in reference to Lochte? I don’t ever remember him possessing child porn or soliciting sex from a minor…

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago


2 years ago

Coach Fred Lewis does not get the credit he deserves.

2 years ago

Did Erik Vendt do the famous 10×1000 @ 10 min and went 9:00 on the last one

Reply to  Swammerstein
2 years ago

I thought it was 30×1000 @ 10:00 and he made the first 27-28, missed the 29th but made the 30th.

2 years ago

is that fast?

Reply to  swimguy4910
2 years ago

Lol that time alone could get you a full ride to any college in the US… and he did it after 8 other 1000s. Yeah that’s fast.

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

That does not get a full ride😂

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

8:59 gets you a full ride in D1? Man I got screwed then.

Reply to  DravenOP
2 years ago

If you went 8:59 unsuited in practice after a set like that, yes you definitely got screwed.

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

8:59 will get you a full ride if it’s paired with a 19.0 50, 42.x 100 and you’re quick in a stroke as well…

Good lord swimming is fast now
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

Omg that is wild. I graduated 2005 to 2007 from high school. I was 48 low fly and back. 20.3 50 and 44.0. I got a full ride to a top 10 school (back then). I love how fast swimming has gotten. I have to mention, I only did 5 singles a week so my full ride might’ve been on potential. 6 time NCAA finalist (4 A finals).

Reply to  Good lord swimming is fast now
2 years ago

How did you graduate 2005 to 2007? Who takes 3 years for graduation? That’s a hell of a grad party.

Good lord swimming is fast now
Reply to  Joey
2 years ago

I want to keep anonymity, I was a top recruit with more issues than talent. Way more issues lol

X Glide
2 years ago


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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