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.