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Thread: Swimming: 2014-2015 National Team (SC Worlds, Pam Ams, World University Games, etc)

  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    Note that Kathleen's 1:54.22 split here, after adding half a second to allow for the flying start to make it 1:54.72, translates very roughly to 1:43.35 in the 200y free, which further improves upon her PB of 1:43.61, and solidifies Kathleen's current status of being the 2nd fastest in this event for March 2016 NCAAs, behind only Liz's best time of 1:42.13 from her freshman season (assuming Missy will be out of the collegiate racing picture by then as expected!)...
    Sincere thanks for all your hard work, UAC!

    Props to Kathleen and all the other Golden Bears. Certainly not complaining, but Baker's versatility will be a challenge for Teri at NCAAs. She'll definitely swim two Friday relays (breast leg on 200 medley and 800 free), but her individual event that day is more problematic: 200 free, 100 breast, or 100 back. All are back to back. 2016 Bears will be extremely deep in the 200 free and some (Acker, Cierra, Abbey) don't have a better third individual event option. Bears will also have depth the 100 back (Bootsma, Bilquist, maybe Pelton), so I think Kathleen swims the 100 breast by default. Also depends on who else is in the hunt for the title and how they stack up in those events. Just don't think Teri wants to no point in the 100 breast when she has scorers in the other day two individual events. Not necessarily a bad problem (chasing another title, have a potential A scorer in three consecutive events) to have.

  2. #32

    Baby Bears doing well on the international stage


    Do agree on Kathleen's versatility presenting a challenge to Teri & Kristen on which events to most effectively use her massive talents to maximize the scoring potential! Fun and not too shabby a problem to have as you had pointed out

    On another note, Abbey's 23.57 free anchor split from the 4x50m mixed medley relay was only 0.02 s slower than Natalie's prelims time, and after adding 0.5s to account for the flying start, her adjusted time of 24.07 translates very roughly to 21.68 in yards.

    This is a notable 0.3s improvement on Abbey's current PB of 21.98 in the 50y free, and would have been worth a 2nd place finish behind only Smoliga's 21.59 win @ 2014 NCAA finals!

    Let's see what our baby Golden sprint star can put up in the 50m free individual rounds starting on Sat! As well as her co-studs Kathleen & Amy in their remaining races


  3. #33

    Swimswam article with mention of Cal baby Bears!


    10 Big Things From Day 2 of 2014 Short Course Worlds

    5. No Hardware tonight for the American women – Today was a rather low-key day in terms of the American women earning medals. We did see Emma Reaney earn sixth in the women’s 50m breaststroke and Lindsay Vrooman claim a seventh place finish in the 800m free final, while Kathleen Baker swam a mega time for her in the 100m backstroke 57.07 to earn sixth. These were all commendable performances, but something felt a little “off” not seeing an American woman on the podium in an individual event tonight.

    6. American youth flourished – Talent did present itself for the American women today with superb performances by the young Kathleen Baker and Abbey Weitzeil. Prior to this meet, Baker’s best time in scm 100 backstroke was the 57.79 she clocked at the last World Cup stop. She has progressively improved her time here, however; starting off at a 57.11 in prelims and ending in a 57.07 for sixth in Finals. For Weitzeil’s part, the she earned fifteenth in the women’s 100m freestyle semi’s with her time of 53.14. Simply amazing on the world stage for these 18-year-olds.


  4. #34

    Hmmm...potential for an All-Bears relay repping the US of A?

    Carmel Swim Club - 4 Dec, 4:55 pm EST

    Be sure to watch for @amybilquist in prelims at World Champs later tonight. She is competing in prelims for the 50 back & 4x100 free relay


    Not sure how accurate the above tweet from Amy's club is (the 50m back won't be contested until Sat!), as the Start List for the Women's 4x100m free relay doesn't currently have a breakdown of the individual swimmers who are entered for their country's relay teams:

    However, would be really exciting if the national coaches do put Amy on a leg of that free relay in prelims (she has officially qualified for just the 50m + 100m back individuals @ SC Worlds)...

    Would be a dream come true (and a preview of things to come) if Team USA were then to field an all- relay comprising of, say, Amy, Abbey, Kathleen and Natalie! Though at least one or more of them would be subbed out for finals in favor of Shannon Vreeland.

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 10-22-2015 at 10:57 AM.

  5. #35

    3/4 Golden Bears relay!

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Would be a dream come true (and a preview of things to come) if Team USA were then to field an all- relay comprising of, say, Amy, Abbey, Kathleen and Natalie!

    Guess we'll just have to settle for 3 out of 4 - Natalie, Amy + least in prelims!

    Women's 4x100m Freestyle - HEATS

    Start List

    4 USA - United States

    COUGHLIN Natalie 1982
    BILQUIST Amy 1997
    KENNEDY Madison 1987
    WEIR Amanda 1986
    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 10-22-2015 at 10:57 AM.

  6. #36

    Doha - Day 3 (Fri Prelims)


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Three Prelims Live Recap


    2014 World Short Course Championships: Day Three Prelims Real-Time Recap

    Notably, although she placed 11th in prelims and did not qualify for finals, the United States’ Kathleen Baker turned in another very respectable swim with a 2:04.99.

    The United States took the top in the morning in the 4×100 free relay as Natalie Coughlin (51.92), Amy Bilquist (53.05), Madison Kennedy (52.52), and Amanda Weir (53.52) teamed up to post a 3:31.02. The swim gives them an almost 2 ssecond margin over the rest of the participating teams, and Natalie Coughlin’s lead-off split just missed her own American record of 51.88 from the 2010 Short Course World Championships.


    Amy Bilquist - 5 Dec, 3:25 pm AST

    Such a great opportunity and experience being on the relay this morning! ���� Loving every second of it here in Doha! #FINA2014DOHA

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-08-2014 at 07:46 AM. Reason: added Amy's tweet

  7. #37

    Doha - Day 3 (Fri Finals & Semis)



    Team USA closes team meeting before Day 3 Finals of #FINADoha2014. On 3... (VIDEO)


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Three Finals Live Recap

    2014 World Short Course Championships: Day Three Finals Real-Time Recap



    Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (26.39), Rikke Moller Pedersen (29.56), Jeanette Ottesen (24.09) and Pernille Blume (24.00) threw down a sizzling time of 1:44.04 for the win. That lowered the previous world record of 1:45.92 set by Denmark in 2013. Team USA’s Felicia Lee (26.37), Emma Reaney (29.42), Claire Donahue (25.33) and Natalie Coughlin (23.80) couldn’t overcome the dominant butterfly leg by Ottesen, but still managed to take second in 1:44.92. That performance crushed the American record set by the U.S. in prelims of 1:46.82.

    Chris Plumb - 5 Dec, 6:43 pm AST
    Congrats to @FeliciaFLee @chloreaney @clairedonahue and @NatalieCoughlin and their American Record in the 200 MR


    SwimSwam - 5 Dec, 6:41 pm EST

    Katinka Hosszu, first woman ever under two minutes in 200 back! 1:59.23! Breaks Missy Franklin's World Record! #doha2014

    Missy Franklin - 5 Dec, 7:22 pm EST

    “@swimswamnews: Katinka Hosszu, 1st woman under 2 minutes in 200 back! Breaks Missy Franklin's World Record! #doha2014” WOW! Huge congrats!


    Update: American Women Make Two Changes on Top-Seeded 400 Free Relay

    The prelims relay:
    Natalie Coughlin – 51.93
    Amy Bilquist – 53.05
    Madison Kennedy – 52.52
    • Amanda Weir – 53.52

    The finals relay:
    Natalie Coughlin
    Abbey Weitzeil
    Madison Kennedy
    • Shannon Vreeland



    : WORLD RECORD for The Netherlands in Women's 400 free relay! 3:26.53. OUTSIDE SMOKE from lane 1

    Team USA downs American mark with a 3:27.70 for second (also faster than old WR of 3:28.22 set by NED back in 2008)

    2014 Doha: 3:27.70
    Natalie Coughlin - 52.25 (3)
    Abbey Weitzeil - 51.57 (2) --> fastest US split
    Madison Kennedy - 51.82 (2)
    • Shannon Vreeland - 52.06 (2)

    That’s an American record, downing the 3:28.46 set by Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Missy Franklin at the 2011 Duel in the Pool.

    2011 Atlanta: 3:28.46
    Natalie Coughlin - 52.59
    • Jessica Hardy - 52.32
    Dana Vollmer - 52.19
    Missy Franklin - 51.36 --> fastest US split

    Note: Abbey's time was surpassed by only 3 of the heavyweights of the sprint world tonight: Femke Heemskerk (Doha 2014 champ in the 100 free), Ranomi Kromowidjojo (London 2012 champ) and (marginally) Jeanette Ottesen (Shanghai 2011 champ)! She was also quicker than Federica Pellegrini.

    FWIW, Abbey's relay split of 51.57 (very roughly) -> 52.07 @ 100m (adjusted for the flying start) -> 46.90 @ 100y. That time would have WON the 100y title @ 2014 NCAAs as is faster than Margo Geer's winning 47.10! Abbey's PB in the 100y is currently 47.59... Bodes well for Cal's relays @ 2016 NCAAs!


    Abbey Weitzeil - 5 Dec 2014
    We broke the world record today in the 4x100 free relay, and although the Netherlands did too and took gold, we still are proud to hold the new American record and to have taken silver ���� #doha2014 #USA

    Canyons Aquatic Club - 5 Dec, 10:12 am PST

    @AbbeyWeitzeil just set her first AMERICAN RECORD as part of the 4x100 relay that swam a 3:27.70! 2nd fastest time in the world ever.


    Cal W Swim/Dive - 5 Dec, 10:06 am PST

    Silver medals in relays for @NatalieCoughlin, @AbbeyWeitzeil & @madisonjkennedy at World SC Champs. #Doha2014


    David Woods - 5 Dec, 12:37 pm EST

    BREAKING: Carmel's @amybilquist, 17, earns silver in 4x100 free relay at worlds. Swam in prelims, gets same medal as USA swimmers in final.

    Carmel teen swims to silver medal at world championships


    RACE VIDEO - Women's 4x100m Free Relay

    btw loved watching Abbey's straight-arm recovery style/technique on the above video!


    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-08-2014 at 07:43 AM. Reason: added video for W 4x100m free relay

  8. #38
    Ruta Meilutyte is only 17!!! Yikes!

  9. #39

    Doha - Day 4 (Sat Prelims)


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Four Prelims Live Recap


    Short Course World Championships Day Four Prelims Live Recap

    Note: a quick glance at the start list shows that the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay will be a 50% affair, with Amy & Natalie on the last 2 legs!


    SwimSwam : Men's 4x50m Freestyle Relay
    Following behind Russia was the United States, whose foursome of Josh Schneider (21.87), Matt Grevers (21.02), Ryan Lochte (20.96), and Darian Townsend (21.70) combined to go a 1:25.55, a new American Record by 0.14 seconds. The previous record had been held by the 2004 Stanford Cardinal's team from the Div. 1 NCAA Championships.

    (uh, thinking the above italicized part might be met with some approval by the audience here )


    Women's 50m Back - Amy had to swim one of the early non-seeded heats, but managed a nicely-paced 27.17 to qualify for semis in the 12th spot! Stephanie pulled off a 27.22 in the top seeded heat to go into semis ranked right behind Amy at 13th. Kathleen didn't end up repping the US (she was originally listed in the entry list for this event), instead Furd alumna Felicia Lee took her spot.


    Women's 50m Free - Abbey improved upon her seed time (24.80) & position (20th) with a 24.27 to next contest semis in the 8th spot! Madison will join her as the 3rd seed after cranking out an impressive 24.07 which is about 3/4 of a second faster than her seed time! They had both achieved times in the Top 8 of the entire field at prelims, brilliant job!


    : Women's 200 IM top 8 Verraszto, Leverenz, Hosszu, Margalis, O'Connor, Miley, Shimizu, Fullerton


    : Mixed 4x50 Free Relay - The U.S. opened and closed this day four prelims session with a relay American record as the squad led qualifying at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

    The team of Josh Schneider (21.81), Darian Townsend (21.58), Amy Bilquist (23.91) and Natalie Coughlin (23.50) blitzed prelims with a time of 1:30.80. That’s just more than a second off the world record of 1:29.53, and beats the American record of 1:33.29 set by Anthony Ervin, Paul Powers, Katie McLaughlin and Kylie Stewart at the 2013 Beijing stop of the FINA World Cup.

    Amy Bilquist - 6 Dec, 2:10 pm AST
    American record holder☺️☺️☺️���� (even if it's just until tonight lol)

    (Warning: massive SPOILERS below for tonight's mixed relay have been warned lol)

    David Woods - Carmel teen Amy Bilquist adds relay gold at world swimming

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-08-2014 at 07:23 AM. Reason: added article on Amy

  10. #40

    Doha - Day 4 (Sat Finals & Semis)


    LIVE VIDEO STREAM (in Hungarian):


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Four Finals Live Recap


    2014 World Short Course Championships: Day Four finals live recap


    : WORLD RECORD! Russia wins men's 200 free relay in 1:22.60!
    USA 2nd in 1:23.47 American Record (SCHNEIDER Josh 21.05, SHIELDS Tom 20.99, FEIGEN Jimmy 20.79, LOCHTE Ryan 20.64)


    Women's 50 back: Amy, looking a bit nervous as she walked out on deck, won't be proceeding to finals with her 11th ranked 26.78 - commendable attempt all the same, and kudos for fighting hard to have made it all the way to the semis! Stephanie Au finished in the 14th spot with her 27.04, also out of finals.


    Women's 50 free: Abbey improves on her very solid 24.27 prelims time, but her 24.23 just misses out on Sunday's finals in the 10th spot. Good news is Madison Kennedy does power into finals as the 2nd fastest seed @ 23.96! (24.07 in prelims)


    Men's 50 fly: Tom Shields, going faster than his top seed time of 22.70 from semis, placed 5th overall in finals with a 22.57.


    Women's 200 IM: Caitlin, 2:07.01 prelims, ends up 5th in the final clocking 2:06.90.


    Mixed 4x50 free relay: + = �� + WORLD RECORD !!!!!

    Team USA killed it coming from behind in the last leg to secure Gold and a new World Record of 1:28.57, breaking the 1:29.53 WR set by RUS last year by almost a full second!!! Believe this is just the 2nd Gold medal for the US in the competition up to this point??! Really stunning swims from our Golden duo, in particular Abbey on anchor thanks to a monster dive & breakout that pulled the Americans ahead, what a split!!!

    Prelims relay splits - 1:30.80 (Old American Record)
    • Josh Schneider – 21.81
    • Darian Townsend – 21.58
    Amy Bilquist – 23.91
    Natalie Coughlin – 23.50

    Finals relay splits - 1:28.57 (New American Record + World Record!)
    • Josh Schneider – 20.94 (3)
    • Matt Grevers – 20.75 (3)
    Madison Kennedy – 23.63 (3)
    Abbey Weitzeil – 23.25 (1)

    Abbey Weitzeil - 6 Dec, 11 pm AST @ Doha �� Qatar
    New World Record in the 4x50 mixed freestyle relay as USA takes Gold �� Had a blast swimming with these guys on such a fun relay ���� #doha2014 #USA #ilookshortforonce

    Abbey's proving to be a key relay player, delivering in the clutch with several fierce relay performances thus far in Doha (though her -0.02 Reaction Time was admittedly cutting it a bit close for comfort lol). Look forward to seeing her spearhead Cal's relays in the coming years (alongside Amy, Kathleen, Katie & the rest of the crew), can't wait!


    Claire Donahue - 6 Dec, 11:05 pm AST
    Great night! Friend @AliAtki wins 100 Breast w/ a WORLD RECORD. Then my roommate @AbbeyWeitzeil anchors a relay to win in World Record fashion


    Team USA breaks World Record in 4×50 Mixed Free Relay to close SC Worlds Day 4

    The U.S. team actually had to come from behind to beat Russia for the gold in Doha. After three legs, the U.S. was running third, with Russia leading and Brazil in second place. But the team’s youngest swimmer, 17-year-old Weitzeil, came up with a huge split, going 23.25 (tied for the best split of any female in the field) to run down both Russian and Brazil for the win.

    All four relays followed the conventional strategy of putting their male swimmers first to get into clean water, with the females anchoring. The Brazilians (Etiene Medeiros, 23.58) and Americans (Madison Kennedy, 23.63) started to close in on the third split, but the order remained Russia-Brazil-US with just one leg to go.

    It was the youngest American swimmer who pulled off the big split to launch the team to the win. 17-year-old high school senior Abbey Weitzeil split a 23.25, tied for best in the field, to run down Russia’s Rosaliya Nasretdinova (23.96) and Brazil’s Larissa Oliveira (23.91). Weitzeil pushed her exchange as much as one can get away with, clocking in at -.02 on the reaction time (typically a couple hundredths of grace are given either way on relay exchanges). Still, she was equally fast through the water as the U.S. came from third place to win by more than half a second.

    ...the two female swimmers, a unique pairing. Kennedy is a veteran, a few weeks away from her 27th birthday. Weitzeil is a 17-year-old high school senior making her first World Championships appearance. One bond they do have in common: both are California Golden Bears, as Kennedy graduated in 2010 and Weitzeil just recently signed her National Letter of Intent to compete there next season.

    Swimswam reader's comment (bobo gigi from France):
    "I don’t care at all about mixed relays but I want to pay tribute to Abbey Weitzeil’s performances in relays overall.
    She proved since last summer she was an amazing team player.
    And this week her best performances didn’t come in individual but from the relays.
    50 free. 24.23
    Mixed 4X50 free relay split. 23.25
    100 free. 53.08
    4X100 free relay split. 51.57
    even if you add around 0.5s or 0.6s, you see she was much faster in the relays.
    It looks like she transcends herself in a team and it’s a great news for the US sprint relays in the future."


    USA: the winning team of 4x50m Mixed Freestyle WR (Post Race Interview)


    RACE VIDEO 1 - Mixed 4x50m Free Relay


    RACE VIDEO 2 - Mixed 4x50m Free Relay - ENGLISH Commentary

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-10-2014 at 07:21 AM. Reason: added race videos of US mixed relay WR victory

  11. #41

    Doha - Day 5 (Sun Prelims)


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Five Prelims Live Recap


    Short Course World Championships Day Five Prelims Live Recap


    Women's 4x50 Free Relay: + + = 1:37.87

    Abbey Weitzeil - 24.23 --> fastest US split after accounting for the others' flying starts
    Amy Bilquist - 24.13
    Kathleen Baker - 24.90
    • Amanda Weir - 24.61

    USA had the 3rd fastest time - behind FRA's 1:37.76, and NED's really impressive 1:35.74 new WR. Ranomi crushed the field with a 23.01 split. Things could get even uglier when they bring in their big gun Femke tonight, she's prob worth another 1.5 to 2 seconds drop over Esmee's 25.09, yikes!!! Old WR was 1:37.04 by DEN in 2013.

    Won't know what the lineup for Team USA will be until shortly before start of finals later in the evening, but dare I hope for + + + ?
    (i.e. Natalie + Amy + Madison + Abbey...)


    Women's 200 Free: Potential recruit Katie Drabot misses out on finals with a 1:56.08 to place 18th overall. She has gone significantly faster with a 1:54.45 from the Tokyo leg of the World Cup series back in Oct, a time which would have qualified for tonight's finals, ranked in the Top 6 behind Pellegrini's 1:54.04.


    Women's 4x100 Medley Relay: +

    Kathleen Baker - 58.46
    Caitlin Leverenz - 1:06.45
    • Claire Donahue - 57.72
    • Amanda Weir - 53.76

    : In a surprise, Team USA missed finals by half-a-second with a ninth-place time of 3:56.39. Since the beginning of this event at Worlds in 1993, the U.S. has missed the podium only once in 1999. Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (57.38), Rikke Moller Pedersen (1:05.90), Jeanette Ottesen (56.91) and Pernille Blume (52.71) put up the top time with a 3:52.90, but will need to drop some serious time to challenge USA’s world record of 3:45.56.

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-07-2014 at 05:17 AM. Reason: updated results

  12. #42

    Doha - Day 5 (Sun Finals & Semis)


    FINA World Short Course Championships: Day Five Finals Live Recap


    2014 World Short Course Championships: Day Five Finals Live Recap


    Women's 50 Free: Madison Kennedy improved on her 23.96 from semis, but was shut out of a podium spot as her 23.86 earned a 4th ranked placing. Ranomi won in 23.32, just off her 23.24 WR from 2013.


    Men's 200 Fly: Tom Shields swam a 1:50.68 (quite a bit faster than his 1:52.64 in prelims), but was denied a bronze medal by less than half a second's gap, coming in 4th.


    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Women's 4x50 Free Relay: + + = 1:37.87

    Abbey Weitzeil - 24.23 --> fastest US split after accounting for the others' flying starts
    Amy Bilquist - 24.13
    Kathleen Baker - 24.90
    • Amanda Weir - 24.61

    Won't know what the lineup for Team USA will be until shortly before start of finals later in the evening, but dare I hope for + + + ?
    (i.e. Natalie + Amy + Madison + Abbey...)
    Amy Bilquist - 7 Dec, 12:30 pm AST
    Excited to be on the finals relay tonight in the 4x50 free ���� #LastOneFastOne #SprintSquad


    Women's 4x50 Free Relay: x 4 = 1:34.61 => AMERICAN RECORD!!! (completely demolishes the old AR of 1:37.27 set by Georgia from 2004 NCAA Champs)

    Also smashes the former 1:35.74 World Record, by over a sec, that NED had set from this morning's prelims. However, NED, riding on an eye popping 22.88 anchor leg from Ranomi, hung on to gold with a new WR of 1:34.24

    Madison Kennedy - 24.06 (3)
    Abbey Weitzeil - 23.40 (2)
    Natalie Coughlin - 23.39 (1) - 0.00 Reaction Time!
    Amy Bilquist - 23.76 (2)

    Way to rep, Big Sis & Baby Bears, you did us all really proud!!!


    Canyons Aquatic Club - 7 Dec, 7:56 am PST
    @AbbeyWeitzeil earns 2nd silver medal in the 4x50 relay at world champs This is another AMERICAN RECORD. 3 relays=3 records. #outstanding


    Carmel teen Bilquist swims to American record, third world medal


    American Women Take Down 10-Year Old American Record in 200 Free Relay Final

    High schooler Amy Bilquist anchored the American 200 free relay to a new National Record on Sunday in Doha, Qatar. Archive Photo via Tim Binning/


    Amy Bilquist - 7 Dec, 9:18 pm AST @ Doha, Qatar
    Great ending to the best experience of my life... Feels great to set an American Record with such a great team ���� #Doha2014


    RACE VIDEO - Women's 4x50m Free Relay (commentary in Italian, I think)

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 12-08-2014 at 07:20 AM. Reason: found & added race video of W 4x50 free relay

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    USA Swimming’s 2020 Olympic Team Starting To Take Shape

    WASHINGTON – We’re 18 months from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, and everyone is starting to get serious about their preparations for the biggest swim meet in the United States. While it’s understandable that very few are looking even further to the 2020 Trials at this point, I couldn’t help but see some of our best 18-and-under swimmers starting to make a statement that they want to be among those headed to Tokyo in less than six years.

    While the names I mention below isn’t inclusive of who could be a part of the USA Olympic team, it is a good representation of the names we’ll be talking about in 2020. Because they’re almost assured of spots on the 2016 Olympic team, I won’t go into detail about Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil here. The names that follow might make one or more finals in 2016 in Omaha, but will make a bigger presence in 2020.

    We have to start with Ryan Hoffer of Scottsdale Aquatic Club. With four national age group records this past week at junior nationals, he’s proving that he’ll do more than just try to make the 400 free relay in 2020. Hoffer has been one of the best junior swimmers in the 50 and 100 freestyle, adding the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke to his growing list. By 2020, could his 200 freestyle also reach elite status? The only wild card is his long course prowess. Hoffer will need to back up last week’s short course performances with some extraordinary swims next summer to keep himself on the right path.

    I have a hunch that Nation’s Capital Swim Club’s Andrew Seliskar will be in the hunt to make the 2016 Olympic team in the 200 butterfly, but might not have the chops to get past Tyler Clary, Tom Shields and/or Tom Luchsinger for the trip to Rio. But by the time 2020 rolls around, Seliskar could be a multiple event threat. Keep an eye on Seliskar not only in the 200 fly, but in both individual medleys, in the next few years.


    Last year, when NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer broke Mary T. Meagher’s national age group record in the 200-yard butterfly in the 13-14 age group, people began heralding her as the Second Coming of Madame Butterfly. That might hold true by 2020, when the 15-year-old gets more experience and training under her belt. With fellow teen Katie McLaughlin of Mission Viejo making a big leap forward this year in the 200 fly, Bayer will need to respond soon with a big long course swim of her own. The United States will sorely need a strong leader in the 200 fly in 2020 to help bring the country back onto the international medal stand.


    Kathleen Baker of SwimMAC Carolina surprised everyone by placing second last summer at the USA Swimming nationals, and most would argue that she’s a serious contender for the 2016 Olympic team. If Elizabeth Beisel or Elizabeth Pelton slip up (or slip literally, in Beisel’s case) in Omaha in 2016, Baker could sneak onto the team. But her time will definitely come in 2020 after a few years of training with Pelton and Missy Franklin at Cal.



    Can American Women Catch Australia In Time For 4×100 Free Gold A Rio 2016 Olympics?

    Can the United States women capture the Olympic title in the 400 freestyle relay for the first time since the 2000 Games in Sydney?

    Just a month ago, the answer to that question was clear: No. When Australia unleashed a world-record clocking of 3:30.98 at the Commonwealth Games, it placed itself firmly in command of the event on the path to Rio. After all, the quartet of Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell was nearly perfect, its components featuring both balance and power.

    There isn’t a weak length for the Australians, as each member has split sub-53 during her career, with Cate Campbell having been as fast as 51-mid. That’s an X-factor that will be difficult to duplicate and given her little sister’s continued progress, going sub-3:30 as a squad is hardly unrealistic, especially by the time Rio rolls around.

    What kind of chance does the United States have at securing gold? Put it this way: The opportunity is a little better than late summer, when Team USA was soundly beaten by the Aussies at the Pan Pacific Championships and was more than three seconds back of what Australia delivered at the Commonwealth Games.

    Now, let’s make things clear: Australia is still the heavy favourite for Olympic Gold! That is not in dispute.

    It’s just that in a few months, it appears the United States has filled one of the two major voids which existed coming out of the summer campaign.

    Thanks to the presence of Missy Franklin and Simone Manuel, the United States has not lacked for bona fide stars on its 400 freestyle relay. While Franklin has been an established star for several years now, Manuel is one of the globe’s biggest rising stars in the sprint-freestyle events. Sure, the statistics currently show personal-best times of 53.36 for Franklin and 53.25 for Manuel, but there is little doubt that each woman will be 52-second performers in Rio. Obviously, that is a much-needed development for the American squad.

    Stage Left: Enter Abbey Weitzeil

    The concern for the United States in the 400 free relay, particularly as it applies to challenging Australia, has been the other half of the relay. From Shannon Vreeland to Natalie Coughlin to Katie Ledecky, among others, questions have abounded over who will fill out the unit. Well, Abbey Weitzeil might have solved a portion of the riddle.

    Recently committed to compete collegiately for Cal-Berkeley, Weitzeil is coming off a sterling month in the pool. Not only did she perform superbly at the World Short Course Championships, where she won three medals in relay action, she followed with an American record in the 100-yard freestyle at the United States Junior Nationals, clocking 46.29 to better the previous mark of 46.62, held by Manuel.

    Whether Weitzeil can translate her short-course success to the realm that matters most remains to be seen, and her personal best of 54.38 in the Olympic version of the 100 free definitely has a long way to go. Still, at a time when Team USA needs a spark and hope for its 400 free relay, Weitzeil fits the bill. There is considerable excitement over her potential and as an 18-year-old, it seems her improvement arc is steep.

    “I wanted to be 46.5 or better, so I definitely hit that and I’m super excited,” Weitzeil told the Los Angeles Daily News about her American short-course standard.

    “I’ve always been working on starts, underwaters and turns, but there is always room for improvement. In the moment, I did the best I could, but there is always going back and training for more.”

    Clearly, Australia still maintains a significant edge on the United States in 400 free relay. Another sub-53 leg will need to emerge in order for Team USA to make things interesting. But if Weitzeil can equally produce in the long-course pool, the gap – to a degree – will have been narrowed. If nothing else, there is more reason for optimism now than a few months ago.

    John26: "If Australia is at full strength, that answer is no. With Franklin’s priority in the backstroke, there is a limit to how much she can improve in the freestyle. I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t hit the 52 mark. Australia at their best basically features 4 swimmers that could generate relay splits faster than the equivalent of 53.0 flat starts. America doesn’t appear to have that in their war chest.
    If America wins in Rio, it will be because Cate’s recovery from surgery leaves her far from relay contention, and Schlanger’s age shows. even still, I’d take the Bronte+McKeon combo over Manuel +Franklin, and the other swimmers behind these main swimmers are basically toss ups"

    longstroke: "If I had to place a bet now I would put It on Australia but it’s not as clear cut as most assume. The USA due to its depth has a knack of unearthing major talent just prior to the Olympics. We shouldn’t forget that 18 months before the Commonwealth Games Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon weren’t on the radar. How good will Simone Manuel and Abby Weitzel be in 18 months and what’s to say the USA will not discover one or two others to add further strength?"

    Barry: "No one will beat the Australian women 4 x 100 Free relay in Rio. You must take into consideration that the mastermind behind the Dutch women relay success, and the development of their female sprinters, Jaco Verharen, is now the national coach of Australia."

    KeithM: "Barring injuries the Aussies should be strong favorites in the women’s 4×100. Granted the US does have promising talents. Manuel went low 53 having just turned 18 and Weitzeil is showing some of the same potential. So the US should improve a great deal however that may not or likely won’t be enough. Australia have a great combination of youth and experience and go more than 4 deep in terms of their arsenal of already proven swimmers. Plus they have Jacco Verhaeren who knows how to make sure his relays are prepared."

    Dave: "I’d say the US has a long way to go to challenge the Aussies. I’m not willing to say that Weitzeil makes a difference until she sees a few more LCM meets."

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-04-2015 at 07:21 AM. Reason: added Swimvortex article

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    USA Swimming Stats - 21 Dec 2014

    A look at the top 7 women in the US for 2014 in the 200Bk. Three are in their teen's and two have earned oly medals.

    200m back (top 7 for 2014): Missy & Liz naturally, with baby Bear Kathleen. Also of note, Erin Voss from the 2016 recruiting class.


    USA Swimming Stats - 26 Dec 2014

    A look at the top 25 qualifiers in the women's 200 Fr, so far, for the 2016 Olympic Trials. A great field:

    200m free (top 25 qualifiers list) has our Missy, Cierra, Camille Cheng & Caroline Piehl on it...along with prospective recruits like Katie Drabot, Stanzi Moseley, Becca Mann & Erika Brown.


    USA Swimming Stats - 26 Dec 2014

    The girls 100 Fr & 200 Br have the fewest 2016 trials qualifiers 18& Under so far. A look at those events:

    100m free (18&under) qualifiers include our dream teamers Abbey, Amy & well as potential prospects Stanzi Moseley, Katie Drabot, Claire Adams, Veronica Burchill, Lauren Pitzer, Erika Brown & Paige Madden.

    200m breast (18&under) qualifiers - Maija, plus recruits such as Emma Cain, Meghan Small, Savanna Faulconer, Allie Szekely, Lindsey Horejsi, Katie Drabot (!), Lauren Edelman, Kenisha Liu, Bailey Kovac.


    USA Swimming Stats - 28 Dec 2014

    A look at the girls 18&Under 100 Fl qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. A look at the future is pretty bright:

    100m fly (18&under) qualifiers feature our 2015 dream class members Katie & Kathleen...with promising recruits like Veronica Burchill, Lauren Case, Vanessa Krause, Cassidy Bayer, Hannah Kukurugya, Victoria Edwards, Eva Merrell, Beata Nelson, Meghan Small, Alyssa Marsh & Amy Okada.


    USA Swimming Stats - 30 Dec 2014

    The US last won Oly gold in the women's 100 Br in 2000, Megan Quann. A look at the 18& Under qualifiers for Trials.

    100m breast (18&under) - Maija's on the list. 2016 & 2017 recruits of possible interest: Lindsey Horejsi, Nikol Popov, Allie Szekely, Emma Cain, Madison Winstead, Morgan Friesen, Zoe Bartel (2018), Kennedy Lohman, Tatum Wade, Halle Morris.


    USA Swimming Stats - 14 Jan 2015

    4- The ave number of major international teams that the women on the 2015 World Champ have been on. Take a look:

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-14-2015 at 09:47 AM. Reason: added qualifiers for several Oly Trials events

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    Doha 2014 - gopro video from Emma Reaney


    Team USA - Short Course World Championships 2014

    from Emma Reaney, Dec 23 2014

    Look at this #gopro video I made of #doha2014. It basically consists of different shots of @ebeisel34 laughing:

    VIDEO =>


    Madison Kennedy - 12 Jan 2015

    Dreaming of practice in the rain, take me BACK to Cal ������

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-12-2015 at 01:00 PM. Reason: added Madison Kennedy's homesick insta

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