SwimSwam Podcast: Missy Franklin, Hayes Johnson Talk Swim Joy in Summer League

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 swimming power couple Missy Franklin (5-time Olympic champion, as if you didn’t already know that) and Hayes Johnson, former Texas Longhorn swimmer and current president of Swimmingly, to talk about one simple thing. Swimming joy.

Hayes and Missy took us through their summer league experiences as youths, and how that shaped the rest of their career moving forward. Realizing that many young swimmers around the country are missing out on their own summer league memories this season, the couple have been conducting a ton of zooms with teams to give them advice and help them through this tough time. They also started their own swim swag store. aptly titled SwimSwag, where swimmers can buy swimmer-specific swag to really bring out their inner swimmer.

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Sunny Cal
2 years ago

I agree…bring back the fun dip to our swim meets!!

2 years ago

please ask Missy and Hayes to remember the undecided /undeclared / all-around swimmers who need an IM hat!

2 years ago

Atlanta adult swim league is the best thing that’s happened to swimming.

Reply to  SwimBoy
2 years ago

Adult swim league relays > 2008 lezak comeback. Don’t @ me.

2 years ago

This is awesome! More Mel…more Coleman… and more Missy and Hayes! These are tough times and this interview was as fun and enjoyable as it gets. Hayes and Missy are a beautiful couple and a class act. Thank you for sharing, for all your work and making my day! P.S. I bet that 100 IM summer league race between Hayes and Curtis Lovelace was a true classic!

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

Coleman, keep up the tremendous work. You do an A1/First Class job!

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

You can for MAsters 🙂

2 years ago

Y’all are making my quarantine much more enjoyable with the last couple months of these, even the ones without Coleman’s flow. Keep it up!

2 years ago

A GREAT interview – worth the time to feast upon the joy, enthusiasm and passion. Mel is the best, Coleman amazing and of course the “Power Couple” endearing. I smiled, laughed and at the end of the interview wanted more! Thank you all!

Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

……………..thank you!

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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