Stanford Men Power Kick on Aloha Friday | PRACTICE + PANCAKES

We visited Palo Alto on a Friday morning, where the Stanford men were welcoming in an Aloha Friday. This meant power kick for Dan Schemmel and his cardinal squad. Schemmel took a majority of the men and led them through three rounds of 6×25 with sox and 3 rounds of 6×50 descending by round. Coach Neil Caskey had a single lane of true distance swimmers that got in their kicking early then finished with 5×200 pull, descending 1-5.

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7 months ago

Maybe the Stanford men should practice holding seed times at NCs and actually developing their recruits instead of regressing their development

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

Clam down over there buddy. There is a lot of pressure that goes along with earning a Stanford degree while competing in a varsity sport. Just be impressed by all athletes that compete at a high level while attending top-tier academic institutions. They’re student athletes with an emphasis on student.

Reply to  Irish415
7 months ago

“I didnt come here to play school.” But on a serious note, a lot of these athletes couldnt have gotten into academically prestigious schools on their own and struggle with the classes and swimming because they shouldnt be there and end up doing the ‘easier’ degrees that maybe or maybe wont pay off following graduation

Reply to  mcswammerstein
7 months ago

I was curious. Among the upperclassmen (freshmen and sophomores are all listed as ‘undeclared’), I counted:

3 Computer Science
5 Economics (1 + history)
4 Engineer
1 Physics
1 Human Biology (aka pre-med)

You sure you wanna hang your hat on them getting easier degrees that won’t pay off after graduation?

Reply to  mcswammerstein
7 months ago

This is an ignorant statement. I am not going to name names, but quite a few world class swimmers coming out of high school (even some Oly medalists) were not admitted to schools like Stanford even considering their swimming prowess. I can’t speak for the revenue sports, but in the swimming world if you don’t have the chops academically, you aren’t going to Palo Alto.

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

shame on Minakov for regressing and winning NCs

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

Yes, swimmers should focus on swimming faster and not slower, tell me more mighty genius Andrew

Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

Including relays. The Stanford men had 20/33 swims faster than seeds at the 2022 NCAASs, 61% better.

Georgia was 19/28, 68% better

NC State was 30/45, 67% better

Florida was 28/49, 57% better

ASU was 13/36, 36% better

Indiana was 15/29, 52% better

I could be off by one swim or so on those but basically in 10 minutes I was able to find that Stanford was around the same or better as far as holing seed times than all the teams that finished near them at NCAAs.

Last edited 7 months ago by Riccardo
Reply to  Andrew
7 months ago

shows us your math as they say. I don’t they did any worse than any of the teams near their ranking. Yeah Cal and TX always look better cause they don’t even try at conference but most others don’t do better than their seeds.

7 months ago

Swim swam breakdown withdrawal. Hope it’s on the way.

K chilly
Reply to  Lovetoswim
7 months ago

Please! So much to catch up on! 21.9 for a 50 fly split, Honda and his 200 fly record, the Wolfpack men and their depth, and countless hot takes by the hosts. Looking forward to the next release!

7 months ago

Dan sounds like he’s talking to age groupers lol

Reply to  Queens
7 months ago

I find the woo-ing very motivational

Joel Lin
7 months ago

That facility is the greatest recruiting eye candy to be imagined. Likely the best overall swimming & diving venue in the country.

7 months ago

Questionable taking 2 stokes at end of each lap of kick. Pablo wouldn’t have cut corners like this

Reply to  Meathead
7 months ago

Pablo would go up the stairs 2 at a time…

Reply to  allanjurovich
7 months ago

Then run down and do it again, this time going up the stairs he missed the first time.

DP Spellman
Reply to  Meathead
7 months ago


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