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Can Missy Franklin Catch Michael Phelps?

August 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Assuming Michael Phelps doesn’t race in Rio, he will end his Olympic career with 22 medals. His 18 golds will surely not be caught until I and everyone reading this are long gone, if ever. But it is possible that 22 medals could be caught by an athlete who starts young enough, wins young enough, and has as many opportunities to win a medal as swimmers have.

Enter Missy Franklin. The 17 year old won 5 medals in London (4 golds) and narrowly missed out on two others, placing 4th and 5th in her other two events. Franklin has one major disadvantage in the chase to 22: her program is limited to two strokes, the backstroke and the freestyle, thus limiting the total medals available. Of course, seeing how Ryan Lochte broke down under the challenge of swimming such a daunting program, perhaps it is best for Franklin to pick and choose her spots. Besides, if she keeps her same program that gives her a shot at 7 medals per Olympics.

Considering she finished 6th in the 100 freestyle by a long margin she may want to ditch that (then again, at the 2011 Worlds she swam the second fastest split in the 4×100 relay). She also swam the fastest freestyle leg of the medley relay at the 2011 Worlds. And though she finished 5th in London in the 200 free her relay split at the 2011 Worlds would have won the 200m gold medal there. There’s obviously a lot of difference between a relay split and individual race, but the talent for medals are there.

In 4 years, Franklin will be 21. I am confident in saying she will medal in both backstrokes, the medley relay and the 4×200 relay for sure. As for the other events, let’s investigate further: Read more…

Lochte, U.S. Dominate Pan-Pacs

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

With Michael Phelps dropping out of the 200 IM to focus on the medley relay, Ryan Lochte was the presumed favorite. Truthfully though, even if Phelps had competed Lochte would have cruised to yet another gold. He almost set the world record (which he owns), swimming a 1:54.43 to set the Pan Pacs record, set by Phelps four years ago. For his exploits, Lochte was named the swimmer of the meet and while Phelps still has the higher ceiling, there is no doubt that Lochte is the best swimmer in the world at the moment. The Worlds in Shanghai next year will probably provide a better measuring stick as to which American is truly the best, but if you’re a sports fan at all the 2012 Olympic swimming events will be must see TV.

As mentioned before, Phelps dropped out of the 200 IM to focus on the medley relay, and thankfully so as the US had to comeback to beat Japan. Aaron Piersol (backstroke) and Mark Gangloff (breaststroke) had the US in contention after the first half, but Phelps (butterfly) overtook Masayuki Kishida on the second half of his leg and gave Nathan Adrian (freestyle) a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Speaking of Adrian, he swept the freestyle sprints, winning the 50m with a time of 21.55 seconds. Brazil’s Caesar Cielo Filho finished second and, for now, will have to relinquish his title as fastest man in the pool.

The American men and women swept all the relays.

While this isn’t a huge meet, it was a dominant one for US Swimming and a celebration is in order. So how is the best swimmer on Earth celebrating?

Vegas of course

Lochte Wins 400 IM at Pan-Pacs

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

It was a night to remember for US swimming as a whole, but Ryan Lochte shone brightest as he won the 400 IM with a very impressive 4:07.59 time that saw him be under the world record pace for much of the race. Fellow American Tyler Clary finished 2nd, but surprisingly Michael Phelps didn’t even qualify for the final. This was because of a rule that states a country can have a maximum of two swimmers in the final. Phelps’s prelim time was 4th fastest, but both Lochte and Clary were faster.

In the 100m freestyle, Nathan Adrian set a Pan Pacs record, while Rebecca Soni swam the 3rd fastest time ever in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

Natalie Coughlin won her third consecutive 100m freestyle in the Pan Pacs, and both the mens and women’s 4X200 freestyle relay teams set Pan Pacs records.

Swimming Nationals Day 1 and 2 Updates

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

2008 Gold medalist Peirsol didn't have as much luck last night

Michael Phelps made a triumphant return to the pool, but a 2008 Olympic Gold medalist had problems at the USA Nationals.

Less than two months after some questions arose about Phelps’s recent form the best swimmer in the world clocked in a 1:45.61 in the 200 free, which is the fastest time in the world in 2010 so far. Ryan Lochte, who would be Michael Phelps if not for Phelps himself, had the 2nd fastest time both in the race and in the world this year.

Phelps also won the 200 fly by more than a second, but was unhappy with the race. It was roughly 5 seconds slower than his world record effort, which he set just last year.

Aaron Peirsol, the best backstroker in the world, didn’t have the same type of day. He was upset by Minnesota native David Plummer in the 100 back. Peirsol will still make the team for the Pan Pacific games, but it was the first event at a national championships he hadn’t won since 2000.

In other races, Natalie Coughlin won the 100 back and Allison Schmitt won the 200 free. On Monday, qualifiers were determined in the women’s 100 fly (Christy Magnuson and Dana Vollmer), the mens 400 free (Peter Vanderkaay and Michael Klueh), womens 200 IM (Ariana Kukors and Caitlin Leverenz), mens 100 breaststroke (Mike Alexandrov and Mark Gangloff), women’s 400 free (Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt), and men’s 400 IM (Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary)

The nationals continue tomorrow through August 7th

Phelps Will Wear Old Suit At World Cup

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

The greatest Olympian in history won’t be waiting until January 1, 2010 when the new full-body suits are made illegal to abandon them. He’ll be swimming the 100 free, 100 back, 100 butterfly and 200 IM at the European World Cup event in Sweden.

The new rules will limit suits to just above the knee. “I think it took something out of swimming by having the suits added. It took away from the personal accomplishment.” Phelps said.

One advantage he will have is that the World Cup event is only a 25 meter pool, have of the regulation 50 meter size. Phelps is probably the best turner in the world and will be able to use that to his advantage.

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