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.