In this episode of the SwimSwam Breakdown, I sat down with SwimSwam Co-Founders Braden Keith and Mel Stewart to analyze what happened in this post-Olympic week of swimming, which was surprisingly a lot. Here’s a synopsis:
- By winning seven medals – four gold, three bronze – at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Australian Emma McKeon set the record for the female athlete with the most medals at a single Games, tying with Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952. McKeon is also Australia’s most successful Olympian, with a total career haul of 11 medals.
- South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker represented just one of two medalists in total at the Tokyo Games hailing from South Africa. However, her Olympic achievements were met with a somber reality check upon returning home, as the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) confirms they are likely unable to pay out Olympic medal bonuses.
- FINA President Husain Al-Musallam has announced that the prize money pool for the upcoming Short Course World Championships in December has been significantly increased. Al-Musallam announced the prize money will total over $2.8 million USD, including a 50% increase in prize money for individuals.
- We sat down with the 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 silver medalist in the 100 free, Kyle Chalmers to get his perspective on the 2020 Olympic Games. Chalmers starts with the lead-up to his trials which was riddled with injury, namely in both of his shoulders. Chalmers admits he couldn’t even train at a full schedule until after the Australian trials.
- Rising Ohio State senior Hudson McDaniel swam a time trial of the 50 breast on Tuesday at the Greensboro site of the Speedo Summer Championships. In that time trial, McDaniel smashed his previous best time of 27.73, roaring to a 26.92.
- The SEC has officially extended an invitation to the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma to join the conference beginning in the 2025-26 academic year, the SEC announced Thursday.
- Mission Viejo 17-year-old Justina Kozan clocked a 2:11.96 to win the women’s 200 IM in Irvine, marking her 4th title of the meet. Her free split tonight was 29.75, which was the fastest split in tonight’s field by nearly 2 seconds and faster than anyone of the 8 females in the Olympic final.