SSPC: Top-20 Ranked Recruit Matt Fallon Explains 1:52 200 Breast in Belton, TX

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.

We sat down with national Jr. team member and #8 ranked recruit in SwimSwam’s Class of 2021, Matt Fallon. Fallon competed at the Tigershark Swim Team Santa Claws Classic in Belton, Texas in mid-December, where he went a 53.52 in the 100 breast and 1:52.87 in the 200 breast, the latter putting him at #7 in the 17-18 age group all-time. Fallon explained how he’s been training through COVID, his emphasis on building his aerobic base, and why he likes warming up all the way until 1-2 minutes before he races at meets.

Music: Otis McDonald


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7 days ago

He’s 2021

tea rex
7 days ago

Warmups are always a tough thing with meets. I’ve been in small pools where you “warm up”, then sit around for an hour before your race. And at big meets, you might have to spend a while in the ready room.

Some of my best races were at random mid-sized meets where I just got out of the warmdown pool and walked right behind the blocks. But you don’t always get that privilege.

Reply to  tea rex
7 days ago

Exactly. It’s nice to get out of a secondary warmup inside of 10 min before the start — but that’s not always possible. So it’s best to not be locked into one type of warmup under perfect conditions.

honest observer
7 days ago

If warming up in the pool at the last minutes isn’t a possibility, a few calisthenics beforehand can get the blood going again. If you’re at a pool that happens to have a sauna in the facilities, stepping into that just long enough to warm up — but not long enough to break a sweat — can help, too.

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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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