Texas Assistant Wyatt Collins Talks Early-Season Outlook

Texas held its annual Eddie Reese Invite last Friday. The annual event, which is sort of like a glorified practice, pits swimmers in races at off-distance events – 300 strokes, 2000 frees, etc., in what assistant coach Wyatt Collins says is an effort to “get the swimmers out of their comfort zones.”

In past years, swimmers have put up some pretty insane, if hard-to-contextualize, swims, including Clark Smith in 2015 splitting his 2000 free at 8:52/8:51.

This year’s event was closed to media, and no times have leaked out, but the Texas Athletics Department and Collins posted a video with a few highlight clips and some early-season thoughts on this year’s team.

Among the tidbits: Collins says that Olympic champion Joseph Schooling has been pushing himself this fall – something he admits that he didn’t to last year.

Schooling didn’t win any individual NCAA event titles last season as a junior, though he was a part of national-record setting 200 medley, 400 medley, and 400 free relays. As both a freshman and a sophomore, he won  the 100 and 200 butterflies, including in NCAA and U.S. Open Records at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

Texas will resume formal competition this coming weekend in its annual tri meet against Florida and Indiana in Gainseville.


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Crooked Donald, see what you did!? You pissed Eddie off and he closed it to media, and then you pissed Schooling off. Your boy Dressel will pay for your tirades come March. 🙂


You act like schooling wasn’t going 100% leading up to the Olympics and still didn’t go as fast as Caeleb did this summer. I sincerely predict Caeleb to beat Joe by at least half a second in the 100 fly


Half a second? There is 0 chance of that happening. Last NCAAs, Dressel had something to prove and he wanted to beat an Olympic champion – Schooling did not. Schooling will now swim with a chip on his shoulder. We will see if Dressel will.


0 chance until it does. Schooling went a pb and Dressel had a horrible race until the last 25 yards. His start wasn’t near what it was at worlds and had long walls every time. Schooling can have as many chips as he wants, this race won’t be as close as people believe b

j pine

I think it’ll be closer than you think

crooked donald

Good point. All us commenters have a direct impact on how the guys swim. It’s strictly a thumbs up/thumbs down ratio that determines their times.


Why didn’t they allow media?? The annual Eddie Reese Invite videos were my favorite…


Maybe in a year where they don’t have the NCAA title as locked up they want to keep some things to themselves for now

The real swim shady

They allowed me in

crooked donald

Wonder why they didn’t talk about a few times this year. Usually, they mention a couple of key times and show the scoreboard for a few races on the video. It’s either the times were slow, or more likely, that the bad experience of the Schooling “practice swim” last summer told them to cool it.


How do you think Texas will swim this weekend?


I believe Texas will win.

crooked donald

Well, Eddie usually rests them a very tiny bit and suits them up for the Eddie Invite to show them they can go fast, so coming off of that, I’m guessing they’ll swim pretty fast. Florida, on the other hand, will be crushed with heavy training, especially Dressel in the weight room, so I’m guessing they’ll be comparatively slow.


I still think you could see the first 18 at a college dual meet this weekend. I knew it would happen at some point this year, just not in October!

crooked donald

If so, he’ll be 17.9 or better at NCAAs

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