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


wait and see ……..?

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Only thing I’ll agree with rowdy on

Years of Plain Suck

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 to do… Read more »


I agree


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.


He’s a back half swimmer, Todd.

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Torrey Hart

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

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