SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the top American men’s breaststroker one year from now:
Question: Who will be the finals breaststroker on the American men’s medley relay at the Tokyo Olympics?
- Andrew Wilson – 63.6%
- Cody Miller – 11.9%
- someone else – 10.5%
- Michael Andrew – 6.9%
- Ian Finnerty – 4.8%
- Devon Nowicki – 2.3%
Andrew Wilson has been #1 among Americans in the 100 breast for the past two years, so it’s not terribly surprising to see him dominate this poll. Wilson ran away with it, though, earning 63.6% of the votes – more than 50% more than anyone else.
2016 U.S. Olympian Cody Miller was second with 11.9%, coming off an up-and-down Pan American Games in which he took a silver medal but ended up disqualifying the American mixed medley relay team.
Maybe the most surprising outcome of this poll? Swimmers not named in the poll gained more votes than anyone but Wilson and Miller. “Someone else” took in 10.5% of the votes, more than 2018 national champ Michael Andrew (6.9%) and World University Games champ Ian Finnerty (4.8%).
Usually, SwimSwam voters tend to like younger swimmers, but the 19-year-old Andrew finished only fourth in this poll. No doubt, though, the “someone else” category for many probably included 16-year-old Josh Matheny, the World Junior Championships breakout star.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters which World Junior champ on the boys side is most likely to win an Olympic medal next summer:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner