Texas Speed Practice, The Eddie Reese Invite – Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

The University of Texas Swimming and Diving team is one of the greatest collegiate programs of all-time, and that fact was never more evident than last Friday when I witnessed practice.

I’ve known Longhorns Head Coach Eddie Reese just shy of 30 years, and he was my Olympic coach back in 1992, so a call from him is always nice, but when he invites you to practice,  that’s a great call!

Last Friday’s session was one big test set, known as The Eddie Reese Invite:

– 600 IM, 600 free

– 300 IM, 300 of each stroke

– 150 IM, 150 of each stroke

– 100 IM, 100 of each stroke

– 50 of each stroke

The Longhorn Men had to swim at least 4 times fast. They suited-up and Associate Head Coach Kris Kubik was the starter…and my color analyst. (Watch out Rowdy Gaines. Kubik is A-list!)

Jack Conger was clearly a highlight. His 2:38 300 yard backstroke was flawless. Based on that swim, I think Cal’s Ryan Murphy is on notice. I can’t wait to see them face-off at NCAA Champs in the 2-back.

Joe Schooling isn’t suffering any college-freshman-blues. His 2:43 300 yard butterfly was impressive, going sub 55 on his last 100, and in his 150 yard fly he was 47.9 on the way to a 1:14.

I tried to captured every swim, but it was just me behind the camera. Sorry. Lesson learned. Next time I get the call from Eddie, I’m bringing backup.

Many thanks to the Longhorns for inviting SwimSwam down to film.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com.

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[picks up jaw off the floor]

Patrick Brundage

Hugely impressive times, but I loved the fun the guys, Eddie and Kris seemed to be having with this.

I’m also glad this “meet” was invented after my time on the Forty Acres.


Swimming at its best. I really liked this. Thanks a lot.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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