SwimSwam Podcast: Davis Tarwater on Making the Olympic Team After Finishing 7th

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Davis Tarwater, who shared his story of painfully missing 2 Olympic teams before missing a third but then making it after all. Tarwater talks us through how his 7th place in the 200 free at the 2012 Olympic trails turned into a spot on Team USA, and his long, long journey to get to that point.

Davis explains his training as an age grouper, including beating Michael Phelps at Jr Nationals, Swimming at Michigan under Jon Urbanchek and Bob Bowman, taking a year from 2009-2010 to study at Oxford, and finally coming back to the sport to train for a final Olympic push under David Marsh.

Music: Otis McDonald

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2 years ago

A very bright and intuitive person. You are alright Tarwater!

2 years ago

Cool interview and great story he told.

I think the toughest 3rd place I have ever seen was Hayley McGregory’s 3rd place in 200 back in 08. That was her fourth 3rd place in two olympic trials.

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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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