SwimSwam Breakdown: Swimming Decathlon, NCAA Stars, & WADA’s Policy on Marijuana

This week on the SwimSwam Breakdown, we discuss what a decathlon for swimming would look like, NCAA stars Maggie MacNeil, Leon Marchand, and Josh Liendo, and WADA’s policy on Marijuana. See full list of topics below:

  • 0:00 SwimSwam Breakdown Introduction
  • 1:00 What does Leon Marchand‘s 46.6 100 IM tell us about things to come?
  • 3:48 Maggie MacNeil breaks 2 LSU records in her first dual meet – Can she recapture her 100 fly title this year at NCAAs? 10:25 Is a Swimming Decathlon (4x50s, 5x200s, 1000 Free) a viable event for spectators?
  • 17:25 Should WADA take more action on their rules in regards to Marijuana?
  • 27:30 Who are you most excited to see in the FINA World Cup?


  • 33:06 Sarah Sjostrom will swim at the LA 2028 Olympics?
  • 35:29 With Yuri Kisil, can the Canadian men win a medal in the 4×100 Free Relay?
  • 40:20 Michael Phelps thinks Marchand can break the 400 IM, Popovici can break the 200 Fr WRs – Which one goes down first?
  • 42:56 Should the 25K Open Water be at the FINA World Championships?
  • 47:38 Which swim was a bigger deal – Liendo’s dual meet 19.6 or Jordan Crooks’ Practice 19.1?

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Steve Nolan
1 month ago

The 4IM vs 2FR World Record question is a pretty easy one, right? Someone got much closer in absolute terms in an event that’s twice as long, so just like math alone it seems like the better pick. (0.44s for the IM, 1.21s for 2 free.)

But! The 4 IM also seems like an event where someone that’s NOT Marchand could break it, no? Idk, Foster sorta dropped way more time than we’d have expected from him this summer, where there’s maybe no one else in the ballpark of the 2FR other than Popovici. (Tho now that I look at the results, maybe Foster still needs just as big a drop as someone like Hwang Sun-woo would in the… Read more »

Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Things I wanted to say in the podcast but didn’t: It felt like the world was stuck at 4:09 forever, and the floodgates have now opened again.

Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

If the 400IM is at the end of worlds in 2023, instead of the beginning (like this year), Popovici will have the crack at the 200WR first. So if he’s in the form to do it next summer, that would be how the 200free goes down first. Not unfathomable, but we don’t know how the schedule looks yet I believe

Pretty much every other scenario results in the 400IM going first.

1 month ago

Re: The 25k, I like Braden’s Twitter conspiracy theory that FINA doesn’t want Ana Marcela Cuñha to break Phelps’ record of most World titles in one event. AMC (25k) is tied with Phelps at 5 (200 fly).

1 month ago

Sink or Swims

Sarah in LA ? Swim. I can see her dropping the 100fly and only retaining any 100free should SWE be capable of maintaining a competitive 4X100 but should she focus primarily on the 50free; the case is a strong one

CAN M4X100 on Paris podium ? Not out of the question but whilst they are in the potential mix; I lean more to Sink. USA would need to break not to medal; ITA look a solid medal bet so they’re realistically battling for the one remaining medal. AUS should remain thereabouts and GBR arguably has a strong a “top-side” if not stronger than CAN’S. Certainly possible but others still ahead of them.

M400IM or M200FR WR; first… Read more »

1 month ago

wtf did Trenton Julian do and why does no one care anymore

Steve Nolan
Reply to  anon
1 month ago

I tend to forget, but am constantly reminded when he’s selected for yet another international team.

K Chilly
1 month ago

Swimming Decathlon:
Meh, the best swimmers will still rise to the top with the proposed format. What is unique about track decathlon is that the athlete trains to be well rounded. You never look at a pole vaulter and think they could be good at discus or see a shot putter and think they are built for the 100 dash. But when you see a decathlete compete they have mastered all the events technically and have a well rounded body. For swimming the best athletes are already well rounded. If the the decathlon was something like this

100 IM
50 Free
200 Free
1650 Free
1 meter Springboard
Platform Diving
Solo… Read more »

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Reply to  K Chilly
1 month ago

Nice add with the monofin race.

I think having the 100 IM and the 50 free is maybe unnecessary. There is a huge overlap between the best 100 IMers in history and the best 50 freestylers in history.

1 month ago

33:06 Sarah Sjostrom will swim at the LA 2028 Olympics?


With Yuri Kisil, can the Canadian men win a medal in the 4×100 Free Relay?

No. There’s also GBR who seem much more likely to take AUS’s place on the podium than CAN and if RUS/ROC somehow manage to be allowed back for Paris CAN’s chances shrink even further

Michael Phelps thinks Marchand can break the 400 IM, Popovici can break the 200 Fr WRs – Which one goes down first?

400 IM. Marchand is already closer and there’s more places to improve in an IM.

1 month ago

SwimSwam should investigate marijuana’s effects on creating a SwimSwam Breakdown video.

Emily Se-Bom Lee
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1 month ago
Steve Nolan
Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
1 month ago

That potentially having been filmed on 4/20 is very funny.

I feel Retta’s usual utility to this podcast is getting me to turn my head like a dog when they’re confused.

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1 month ago

Actually…the best decathlete in the world DID jump 27 feet! Gold medallist Damian Warner jumped 8.24 in the decathlon in Tokyo and would have won the bronze in the long jump event 🤯

But obviously, point taken, just insert his discus or pole vault instead. Just had to bring that up because 🇨🇦

Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 month ago

okay okay fair. Long jump was just the one field event from the decathlon I felt comfortable citing the distance the world’s best do off the top of my head.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 month ago

If a decathlete does that they should get the medal for the individual event, too.

(With the only caveat being if the individual event has some significantly different weather conditions than the day the decathletes went, otherwise I am 100% serious.)

About Coleman Hodges

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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