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ERIC SHANTEAU @Shanteau
Always great when swimming is
on the top 10 RT @Sprintsalo:
#uscswimming and #vlad make
number 9 on espn sports center!
A kid next to me has been playing
minecraft on an ipad for hours! I
don’t understand the appeal... Back in my
day we had legos!!
CHLOE SUTTON @csutswim
Hour and a half long quality main
set today. My entire body shook the
whole time... I’d say that makes it a
great practice :)
Wishing my @MattGrevers
a glorious wknd full of goodlooking bros in Vegas! As long as you’re
still a bachelor upon your return, I’m
ERIC SHANTEAU @Shanteau
49.5 100 breast split, again
another barrier that seemed
unbreakable. That’s why I said
what I did this AM. Most exciting meet
Will WE EvER sEE A
POINT: BELIEVE IT OR NOT:
Last March at the NCAA Championships,
Vlad Morozov swam a 50 freestyle relay split
that most of us never imagined we’d see in our
lifetimes: 17.86. The time was a breakthrough,
literally and metaphorically. It broke the 18-second barrier. But it also broke our imaginations:
Could we one day see a 17-second flat start?
And furthermore: Could we one day see 16-second 50 freestyle, relay split or otherwise?
History dictates that times drop. That’s not
rocket science. But how low can we go? Certainly at some point, we will reach a time when
athletes cannot drop lower. Right? But where
is that low point? If you asked me ten years ago
if we’d see a 17-point 50 freestyle, I would have
told you, “No.” Now, we’re almost eight-tenths
away from a 16-point relay split. Sounds insane.
But we could see it.
When Fred Bousquet became the first person
under 19-seconds, it was a huge deal. Eight years
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KATIE LEDECKY @katieledecky
Looking forward to being Division
Marshall at DC St. Patty’s Day
Parade on Sunday! At Irish
Embassy this evening-- pic.twitter.com/
It’s so interesting to watch the first
session of NCAAs. You can figure
out about 90% of how the meet will turn out.
Coming to the realization that there
is fast breaststroke then there’s @
KwCordes fast. #sick
DAVID MARSH @dmswimmac
The hours before the first race at
NCAA’s is some of the most exciting
for the swimmers and always the worst
for the coaches--stay cool guys
RACHEL BOOTSMA @r_bootsma15
I still get nervous watching the replay
of women’s NCAAs on tv even though
I already know what happens
By Mike Gustafson
ago, he went 18.74 – a time that shattered Tom
Jager’s 15-year standing record of 19.05. But
more so, it was a mental barrier broken. This year
alone, two swimmers went 18-point with a flat
start, and a slew of others 18-points in relay starts.
It’s not an impossible time anymore. It’s certainly
rare and noteworthy, but not impossible.
Morozov’s 17.86 relay split proves that there
is still time to be dropped. We continue to lower
the bar. Yes, at some point, we will reach a time
that is impossible to lower. But I believe that, in
my lifetime, I will see a 16-point relay split.
IS AS LOw AS wE’LL gO.
I hear what you are saying: We keep dropping
time. We’ll continue to drop time. But that
doesn’t mean in 50 years from now, swimmers
will be dropping 13 seconds in a 50 freestyle. It
won’t happen because it’s physically impossible.
I believe 17-point is the fastest we’ll ever see in
relay splits. I’m not even sure we’ll ever see a
17-point flat start.
Yes, breaking the 19-second barrier eight
years ago was a huge accomplishment. Yes,
we’ve seen a 17.86 relay split. But let’s remem-
ber that 23 years ago, Tom Jager went 19.05. If
he had a perfect relay start and dive, he could
have pushed the 18-lows in a relay split. And the
jump from 18-low to a 17-high in 23 years isn’t
But to further drop another nine-tenths of a
second is just too much. The leap from 17.86
to 16.99 is not feasible the same way transitioning from a 40-point in the 100 freestyle to
something like a 37-point is not feasible. Unless
someone is born who is 9 feet tall with size
25 feet, I’m not sure we’ll see a 16-second 50
freestyle in a relay.
If you had asked me if I would have predicted
a 17-point relay split, I would have said, “No.” But
upon reflection, it’s not that impossible. We’ve
seen people flirting around the 19.0 or 18-high for
years. With an excellent relay exchange and dive –
which Morozov had – the17-point became a reality. In truth, Nathan Adrian nearly went 17-point
a few years ago at NCAAs. The credit goes to
Morozov. He did something no one else has done.
But a 16-point 50 freestyle? No. Not going to
happen. I don’t want to burst bubbles, but that
isn’t humanly possible.
NOw: PROVE ME wRONg
agree? Disagree? tell mike on twitter: @mikeLGustafson
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2013
Splash - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You don’t know Squat!
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Training: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Concerns
Lessons from the Masters
Best Race Ever
Swim Nut Zeke
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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