Swimming From Home: Ray Looze on Best Comeback He’s Ever Seen

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Ray Looze has been in swimming for a long time, having done his collegiate time at University of Southern California and participating in the 1991 Pan American Games. Looze looks backs fondly on his 2 favorite swimming stories from his time competing: the first was winning 2nd place in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships, making a 1-2 sweep in the event for USC. The other was at those 1991 Pan Am Games, when Cuban Mario Gonzalez made an extraordinary comeback to take gold in the 200 breast on his home turf over both American swimmers.

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1 year ago

Didn’t see that comeback, but I find it hard to believe any could have been better than the 2016 NCAA 1650 comeback by Chris Swanson of UPenn- epic in so many ways

Reply to  Gator
1 year ago

That was definitely the best mile race I had ever seen, and maybe one of the most fun races I have watched period.

Reply to  Gator
1 year ago

It was absolutely preposterous. He wasn’t even remotely close until the last 7 yards. I guess the first 25 was pretty close too.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

My favorite comeback, though measured in a meter or less, was when Magnussen (who was known to be a back-half swimmer, not quite to the extent of Chalmers now, but close) came back on Adrian in the 100 free at London, and then Adrian pulled away again the last 15 meters.

He Said What?
1 year ago

I remember the Mario Gonzalez race. Pandemonium in the swim facility with Castro presenting the medals. Rare to see such dramatized national pride. Mario became a national hero that night and he was so young! He stood up to the pressure and came through by defeating the favored American swimmers. The last swimming celebration I remember which was at an equal level of excitement (for the fans in the stands), was Felipe Munoz at the 1968 Olympics, winning the same race in his home country of Mexico. Yes, a Boomers memories, but still valid nonetheless.

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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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