Swimming’s TopTenTweets: Rowdy is Right and You’re Wrong

We’re back with swimming’s TopTenTweets, where we round up the best of the swimming Twitterverse. It was a whirlwind week at men’s NCAAs, and many swims defied even our expectations; scroll to see what made the cut!


51.28/58.89 in the 200 breast? Whatever works.


Put him in, Coach!


As always, Simone speaks for swimmers everywhere.




The ESPN barrier might actually be the most important one Dressel broke last week. #JustKidding.


We were all thinking it.



Its life was short and very, very sweet.


This tweet also did not age well. But also, we’re living in the future.


If you somehow missed that ESPN left the GOAT off its list of most dominant athletes of the past 20 years, just know that Rowdy’s take is a much better one.

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4 years ago

Steve Nolan… you are right, their explanation was crap at best. But you missed the one part where it was the most wrong. There were not 34 events in the last olympics if you also say there are 3 more on the way. If you say 34, then there are 6 more on the way, or more correctly say that there are 17 events with 3 more on the way. So, first of all…34 would mean that Phelps or Ledecky had the chance to swim with the opposite gender… they did not. Then to say that they are adding more somehow has an impact on their past performance is such a BAD argument.

Also, let me pose this question….… Read more »

4 years ago

Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer ever. #18majors

dj albertson
4 years ago

Rowdy was and always will be great for the sport of swimming.

4 years ago


4 years ago

I love the Lezak Tweet

Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

The problem with Rowdy Gaines’ commentary isn’t that he’s old and not “with it” anymore — it’s certainly possible to be effective in that trade well into one’s 70s — look at people like Al Michaels, Vernon Lundquist, and Vin Scully.
My issue with Gaines is that he’s myopic, that is, he always takes a very narrow narrative and if there are any noteworthy people or events outside that narrative, they get overlooked. Thus, Gaines’ commentary is repetitive, flat, and dull. A lot of this is due to laziness on his behalf. He could learn a lot from his NBC track counterpart Ato Bolden.
Gaines has been a wonderful amabassor for the sport, and I hope he continues… Read more »

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

I agree

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

He dumbs it down for the casual fan and a lot of races there isnt enough time to get into the details. My problem with him is his observations while the race is going on it makes me think he is watching a different race.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

He’s a back half swimmer, Todd.

Black line
4 years ago

Only thing I’ll agree with rowdy on

4 years ago

awaiting the triggered swimswam comments on how much they hate Rowdy’ commentary…

Reply to  Lucas
4 years ago

wait and see ……..?

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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