SwimSwam Breakdown: Aussie Trials Preview, Mare Nostrum, & Top NCAA Recruits

This week on the SwimSwam Breakdown, we discuss the upcoming Australian World Champ Trials, what excites us most from the Mare Nostrum psych sheets, and the Girls’ high school class of 2023. See full list of topics below:

  • Aussie Trials Preview: Who to watch, how worlds team will fare
  • Mare Nostrum: What could this tell us about worlds?
  • CIF Champs: could this be a reemergence for USC, who just hired a new head coach and produced an NCAA champ on the women’s side
  • Top 20 HS Girls: Who has the best Recruiting Class so far – Virginia, Texas, or Florida?
  • No Adam Peaty at Worlds – will Arno Kamminga take over as Breaststroke King?
  • Is Joseph Schooling retiring after Sea Games?
  • Since 2018, Men have broken more/same # of WRs than women every year – will that continue in 2022?
  • Will Patrick Callan stay at Michigan?

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1 month ago

Arno Kamminga is a 100-200 guy. His 50 is also solid but a PB of 26.80 is far from enough to contend for gold.

Reply to  olivy
1 month ago

I think Martinenghi is the clear favorite for 50.
3rd fastest 50 breaststroker all time.
went 26.49 this year. Only 5 swimmers, including himself, have been faster than this time before. And 3 of the other 4 (Peaty, Lima, Shymanovich) won’t be at Worlds.

1 month ago

Y’all might want to rethink that womens 4×100 relay after tonight’s prelims.

Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

Retta – on paper US v. Australia is not even…barring a collapse at Trials this week, Australia is the favorite.

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 month ago

In which event?

Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Retta said we were about even with the US in the 4×100 heading into trials.

1 month ago

Bella Sims

1 month ago

Peanut gallery:
Mare Nostrum: there is a good reason why many national teamers don’t go to MN every year. It is called $$$$! It probably cost $5k per athlete to attend. I am sure the studs don’t have to pay. And many, many usa swimmers have gone to MN over the years. Some years the timing just doesn’t work out.

Top 20 class women rankings. How quickly you forget your own stories from a month ago when you write about what a hit and Miss recruit rankings turned out 4 years. Probably the most dependable recruits are International ones….which this list doesn’t include. Other than Sims, it is all a crap shoot how they will perform for one reason… Read more »

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