Video Interview: Clary explains Back Injury

  7 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 16th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, News, Video

Swimming Video edit – Coleman Hodges 

MEN’S 200 butterfly – 2014 Arena Grand Prix Orlando – Swimming News Reported by Jared Anderson

Joseph Schooling snags 3rd in 200 Fly at the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Joseph Schooling snags 3rd in 200 Fly at the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

The men’s 200 fly will probably go down as the tightest 3-man finish of the weekend. American Tyler Clary and Singaporean Florida high schooler Joseph Schooling battled much of the way before Hungarian David Verraszto suddenly sprang into the dual on the last 50. The three came to the wall dead even, but it was Verraszto that got the touch, going 1:59.59. Clary was just behind in 1:59.63 and Schooling was even closer to him at 1:59.65 in a thrilling photo finish. That’s the second victory for Verraszto this weekend; he won the 400 IM in a huge time last night.

Island Swim Club’s Alec Page led the next pack of swimmers into the wall, going 2:01.03 for fourth place. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales was fifth, Brazil’s Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira sixth, Colombia’s David Arias Gonzalez seventh and another Canadian, Eric Hedlin, eighth.

The B final went to Swim Ontario’s Evan White. The 18-year-old went 2:03.18 to win by a second and a half.

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  1. Anon says:

    It does suck to be injured. It even sucks worse when injuries occur because of the unethical behavior of others. A few years ago, you were on a LSC FIXED hearing panel. The hearing was postponed over and over again because the Review Chair was waiting for a MATURE athlete to be available. The board of review athletes were Kicker Vencill, Peter Marshall, Jessica Hardy and Rebecca Soni. After 10 months of waiting, I was surprised that you were chosen since you were only 21 and not one of the review athletes.

    It’s a good thing that the House of Delegates voted to get rid of the LSC level hearings. Now that you are older, do you feel bad that you were part of that panel? Were you just a pawn in their game?

  2. jiggs says:

    That’s funny that you bring that up. The details were a little different than you describe, but a similar thing did happen to me. At the time I felt very much like a pawn in the game. In my rules however, the pawn which makes it to the other side becomes king.

  3. Anon says:

    That’s the problem – the panel members should not be “crowned”. The panel members should not benefit at all. So you played the game well and benefited, therefore, no regrets? That’s sad!

    While you bask in your glory, there were a couple of athletes squeezed out of the sport. How would you feel if you FINALLY beat Phelps and then admin. changed Phelps time so he would advance and not you? Of course you would file a complaint, but wouldn’t expect to see admin. on the review panel.

  4. Anon says:

    I’m sorry you were a pawn in their game. I’m sorry they put you in that position. Most of the complaints were aimed at one team and since the Head Coach of that team was also working with the elite athletes at FAST that should have been a red flag. This same Head Coach secured a position at Fullerton City College teaching a swimming class so the Elite athletes at FAST had more pool time (another red flag). One of the complaints dealt with the denial of entry of eligible athletes into a senior meet at FAST (another red flag). During the hearing, when a panel member told you that your mother was involved with the senior meets (a definite red flag) you could have recused yourself, but you were young and probably didn’t know any better. (Of course, you wouldn’t want to cause trouble for your mother). Without an athlete, the hearing could not continue. For the victims involved, a continuation would be better than a Kangaroo Court.

    It would be interesting to find out if the board of review athletes were even asked to appear on the panel or was the Review Chair waiting for you to be available.

    For the same reasons you should have recused yourself, Jill Chasson should have recused herself instead of claiming difficulty understanding the complaints and denying a request for a NBR hearing.

  5. Anon says:

    USA Swimming Rules and Regulations 304.2……”or aids, abets or encourages another person to violate any of the provisions of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct”.

    Why do you think the LSC Board of Review Chair recused himself from this hearing and secured the services of a long time attorney affiliated with USA Swimming for decades? Also, why do you think the LSC Review Chair appeared at the hearing to take notes?

    What goes on behind closed doors in a Kangaroo Court? In my opinion, the attorney manipulated the facts, flat out lied, sent false information to USA Swimming, and was there to protect his friends. The female panel member was doing the same. I don’t know what you were told or what kind of instructions you were given. The parties involved can submit information verbally or in written form. Were you even allowed to read the stack of documents submitted at the hearing?

    The ring leader of this tainted process should be sanctioned by USA Swimming. I already know how USA Swimming feels about their average athletes, but I would hope they at least care about their elite athletes. It is abusive and a violation of the code of conduct to encourage an athlete or anyone else to be part of a tainted process. The cycle continues – once these people suck you in, they own you, because they know what you did! Unfortunately, some people have to play the game in their quest for Gold!

  6. Fran says:

    Southern California Swimming has Ricky Berens listed on their website as a Board of Review athlete. Last I heard, he moved to Texas. Does a process appear to be “legitimate” when Olympians names are used. Some committees have high school Juniors as their athlete reps – but whatever helps for that College application and

    Are these athletes being given the tools to make independent informed decisions or are they being “USED” as seat fillers and puppets (Have to have 20% athlete representation)? If a vehicle is running fine, most people do not know or care about what makes that vehicle run – about the specifics – only when they start having problems do they care and investigate.

    • anon says:

      If they are using Berens name for appearances only and he does not participate in the review process, that is an act of deception which is a USA Swimming Code of Conduct Violation.

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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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