SwimSwam Breakdown: Simone to ASU, Cal Combines Under Durden, & Jr Pan Pacs

This week on the SwimSwam Breakdown, we discuss Simone Manuel moving to ASU to train with Bob Bowman, Dave Durden taking over as Head Coach of the Cal Women, and Highlights from the start of Jr Pan Pac Championships. See full list of topics below:

  • 0:00 SwimSwam Breakdown Introduction
  • 0:50 Simone Manuel is Moving to Arizona State to train with Bob Bowman – will this put USA over the top of Australia in the 400 Free Relay?
  • 10:55 Cal Combines Swim Programs, makes Dave Durden Acting Director of Aquatics – Can Cal maintain excellence on the men’s side and build with the women?
  • 18:00 David Johnston breaks the American record in the 800 SCM free – Who do you favor in this wide-open mid-distance field for Men’s NCAAs?
  • 24:26 US Kept their win streak alive over Australia in Duel in the Pool – what were your thoughts on this wacky-event format?
  • 30:31 We are 1 Day into the 2022 Jr Pan Pacific Championships, but have a lot of highlights – what were your biggest takeaways from Day 1 in Hawaii?


  • 37:33 Kieran Smith announces move to go pro – will he make the 4×100 free relay for Paris 2024?
  • 41:24 With the addition of Josh Liendo, will Auburn’s legendary 200 free relay NCAA record from 2009 finally go down at the hands of Florida?
  • 45:35 With Texas retaining Kreuger, Vines, and Zettle for 5th years, can Texas win an NCAA team title this year?
  • 50:49 Which Top Recruiting Class of 2022 will score more overall during their NCAA career – The NC State men or the Stanford men?

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3 months ago

I vote to make Yanyan the permanent third chair!

3 months ago

I agree that Yale is the weakest link in the HYP dynasty. Going on pools alone, they’ve struggled to get a new pool funded for years. Their two pools are historic, but show their age and are much smaller than Harvard, Princeton, and Brown — which I also think are the only three schools that have the space to host Ivies?

3 months ago

Pretty funny that the topic was David Johnston and the gang spent the whole time talking about Jake Magahey. Let’s give David Johnston some credit for his awesome swim in Australia and at least acknowledge that if he keeps up his current trajectory he is one to really watch at NCAA and Paris 24.

3 months ago

She did a great job!

3 months ago

All this talk about Simone but you haven’t mentioned that high school swimmer Paxton Hall-Yoshida has also committed to ASU

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3 months ago

I’m hoping people get the joke behind this

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3 months ago

I get it. But isn’t his swimming career over because Devi pushed him in front of a car?

Last edited 3 months ago by Yanyan Li
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3 months ago

Yes I know. He’s not swimming anymore. But what are the chances his character, who was a swimmer, would go to ASU the same week that all this is going on? I just think it’s funny

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3 months ago

Lol yes! Nailed it

Not-so-Silent Observer
3 months ago

I think Will Gallant and Ross Dant from ncsu will be big names in the NCAA men’s distance this year too.

Will just won us nationals in the 1500 and was runner up to Finke in the mile at NCAAs.
Ross got 3rd at world trials in the 400 and was a finalist in the 500 at NCAAs.

3 months ago

Never count out the US!

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