SwimSwam Podcast: Ricky Berens on Transitioning to College Swimming

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 Olympic and world champion Ricky Berens. Ricky has had quite a quarantine, spending a lot more time at home with his son as many parents have. He also dove in with us about making the transition from high school to college swimming, which he admits wasn’t the smoothest one for him. In high school, he had been the best swimmer in the nation for his age. But when he got to college, he found a whole new world of elite competition which took him a while to ascend to.


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1 month ago

Ricky Berens is the best. Such a nice guy, and what an amazing athlete.

Reply to  HeadTimer
1 month ago

…………………and the greatest swimmer summer league titan Olde Georgetown will ever witness (other than Michael Chadwick). Ha!!!!!

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this podcast. Your interview style is really nice – so knowledgeable, so relaxed. Thanks! (Sounds like you were a solid Olde Georgetown alum, too – maybe just a little less famous than Ricky.)

1 month ago

Will never forget seeing him, Walters and Feigen on deck finishing practices before club/high school meets, what an era of UT swimming. That 4×100 Free was unstoppable

Right Dude Here
1 month ago

In 2011, when he swam the relay in Rome with the power of the full moon…

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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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