Video: LSU Coach Steve Mellor Breaks Down Brooks Curry’s 100 Free From SECs

by Robert Gibbs 7

March 28th, 2020 College, News, SEC, Video

Seemingly every year, there’s one freshman who comes “out of nowhere” to put up some big swims at the end of the season. When Brooks Curry committed to LSU in February of last year as a high school senior, he had lifetime bests of 20.65/45.19/1:40.82. One year later, Curry went 19.30/41.81/1:32/43 at the SEC Championships, earning LSU’s first SEC men’s individual title in about 15 years. Additionally, he was seeded to score 28 points at the NCAA Championships, before they were canceled.

Those NCAA Championships would’ve been happening right now, and to celebrate Curry’s success this season, LSU assistant coach Steve Mellor took some time from home to break down Curry’s 100 free, which he would’ve been swimming today.

A few highlights from Mellor’s discussion…

  • Mellor discussed how Curry carried his momentum really well off the start, using only ten strokes on the first 25 yards.
  • Between prelims and finals, Mellor stressed to Curry the importance of nailing the final turn, remaining composed “and using the physics of the flip turn,” rather than thinking past the turn and just getting home.
  • Specifically, Curry did a great job of connecting all the part of the turn, tucking the head into the chest, minimizing resistance, and getting under his own wake. In Mellor’s opinion, just keeping his composure through that final turn was a key part in Curry dropping a quarter of a second from prelims to final.

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Quality content!

Phil McDade

This is an exceptionally well-done analysis that doesn’t wade into coach-speak (“a great feel for the water…”) but rather makes technical explanations that are understandable.


LSU is up and coming, and the performance of Curry is going to do wonders for their brand

Captain Ahab

The swim coach is correct. The first and most important thing is maintaining your composer and the technique will help your speed and form. I remember watching this race back in February. I just now realized how great of a turn he had at the 75 marks. These videos are good. Sometimes it’s important to slow down these videos for a short period of time in order to analysis and help other swimmers out there correct their technique.