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ande
January 22nd, 2011, 01:52 PM
Please share your true swimming stories of remarkable feats, inspiring, interesting or unsual.

Today Sat Jan 22nd, 2010 at the end of my blog (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?b=13472) I retold a story I heard UT Men's assistant coach tell the mens team this morning.

Please share yours. I look forward to reading them. Let's gather round the fire and be amazed.

Swim Faster Faster,

Ande

That Guy
January 22nd, 2011, 02:35 PM
Mid-January of my senior year of college, I won a 1000 free with my flip turns. Here's how I did it. I dove in and didn't really look at anyone for the first 200 yards as I settled into my pace. Hey, if you get away from me in the first 200 of a 1000, you're either on a suicide mission or you're just plain better than me. I'm fine with either possibility. Anyway, approaching the 200 mark, I looked around and saw that my opponent in the next lane was about 1.5 body lengths ahead of me and that on the other side of him, my teammate Chris was even with me. Everyone else in the pool was way behind us. My opponent had sort of a sloppy kick. We had heard that they had just returned from their training trip and might be jetlagged. His kick looked jetlagged, if that makes any sense. So I decided to beat him using my turns. I don't know why I decided that, maybe just because it was a way to pass the time in an otherwise boring race. Also I was certain that Chris would never think of something like this, so our opponent would be dealing with two very different strategies at the same time. So I started hitting every turn as fast as I could, stealing about 1 foot with each one. And then I would swim the exact same speed as my opponent to the next wall. He must have found it maddening, I know I would have... I could see that Chris was making progress as well. Slowly I pulled even and then started building a small lead. Just after turning at the 625, all of a sudden I pulled away. I hadn't sped up, I had just broken my opponent's will. For some reason Chris slowed down as well (he told me after the race that he decided to let me go at that point, though I have no idea why) so I was all alone until the 975. WHOA, WHAT THE HELL HAS GOTTEN INTO CHRIS??? He came back at me full throttle and almost ran me down on the last 25. We both went under the school record for the 1000. I lowered it one more time before Chris led off his 1650 with a faster split at our conference championship meet. My name was never on the wall but I did have the 1000 free record for a month.:groovy:

Karl_S
January 22nd, 2011, 03:51 PM
I was inspired yesterday. The pool was closed for my usual lunch-time swim because the university team had a meet against Army. Since I was in that area of campus at that time anyway, I decided to stop by and watch a few races. Among other races, I caught the women's 200 back. What a race! A woman from Army held the lead by about 0.5-0.75 body length for most of the race. She was trailed by one of the women from the home squad. At the end of the 7th length the trailing swimmer put down a fantastic turn. She got a ferocious push-off and stayed down much longer than the leader. When they surfaced the Army swimmer was only ahead by a head. Everyone started screaming and cheering. The home-squad swimmer slipped by right at the end for the win.
I really respect that. Basically she won the 200 back on the 7th turn. That 7th turn is soooo hard and she really nailed it.

stillwater
January 22nd, 2011, 06:36 PM
In college, I was at a meet where the Stanford band (a small portion) came to play during the contest. They added a lot of excitement to boring races. They were quite creative in the songs they played. And they were pretty dang loud.

During the 400 hundred free relay they played the "William Tell Overature" and it fit like a glove.

jaadams1
January 22nd, 2011, 08:09 PM
My swim story is from my freshman year of NAIA National Champs @ the Palo Alto pool in San Antonio, March 1996. I had been unbeaten in the 500 free up to that point so far, including the preliminaries. We dove in for the finals, and right off the dive/first 25 the two swimmers on either side of me went almost a bodylength ahead, and gradually got a little more. This in a way was startling to say the least. I was actually behind for the first time in the 500. We continued that way lap after lap, turn after turn, with no changes of position forward or backward in relation to each other. I was thinking wow, this will be kinda nice...my first swim in college, and to take 3rd place...that great! Going into the 400 point, I then saw my team captain standing tall in our team area of the bleachers with his hands up in the air basically saying "WTF? Get on it boy!!!" I thought about it and came in hard into the wall at the 400, gave a couple SDKs and went for it. The other 2 swimmers ahead of me caught on quick though and also started going for the finish. At the 475, I was still in 3rd place by about 1/2 bodylength, but was determined to try for the win. The true acceleration didn't happen until the last 10-15 yards of the race as I pulled even with the other 2 swimmers. We all 3 nailed the finish like it was a 50 Free final - all basically simultaneous touching. None of us knew who had one the race until we lifted our heads over the bulkhead to see the clock. It was me!!! 4:35.43, with 2nd and 3rd places within 0.10 seconds back. I was out of the pool so fast, jumping around excited, even though I should have been exhausted at this point, it was the best thing in the world to me. To this day, it was my most exciting race I've swum, so much that I remember my time 4:35.43, and splits, 52.7, 56.5, 56.5, 56.0, 53.0. It was also the closest I'd ever had my last 100 split to my first 100 split. My only wish is that someone had videotaped the race, because I would have loved to watch it from an "outsiders" view.

That Guy
January 22nd, 2011, 11:04 PM
Speaking of close 500's, this happened at the 2007 PNA Championships (http://www.swimpna.org/pdf/results/2007/041407_PNAChamps_SCY.pdf):


Men 18-24 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Whitbeck, Dave 24 HMST 4:59.01
27.18 56.70 1:26.17 1:56.66
2:27.38 2:58.09 3:28.85 3:59.90
4:30.09 4:59.01

Men 35-39 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Kays, David 39 PRO 4:59.01P


27.25 56.49 1:26.16 1:56.52

2:27.11 2:57.71 3:28.34 3:58.85
4:29.46 4:59.01





I watched that race from the pool deck. Of course I'd seen ties before, but never in an event that long.




While we're on the subject, I didn't see any of this insanity happen but here's a video of the swimoff tie: YouTube - 2008 EISL SWIM OFF TIE (and where's my :jawdrop: smilie?)

jaadams1
January 23rd, 2011, 09:54 AM
Speaking of close 500's, this happened at the 2007 PNA Championships (http://www.swimpna.org/pdf/results/2007/041407_PNAChamps_SCY.pdf):


Men 18-24 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Whitbeck, Dave 24 HMST 4:59.01
27.18 56.70 1:26.17 1:56.66
2:27.38 2:58.09 3:28.85 3:59.90
4:30.09 4:59.01

Men 35-39 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Kays, David 39 PRO 4:59.01P


27.25 56.49 1:26.16 1:56.52


2:27.11 2:57.71 3:28.34 3:58.85

4:29.46 4:59.01







I watched that race from the pool deck. Of course I'd seen ties before, but never in an event that long.




While we're on the subject, I didn't see any of this (http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=125197&postcount=31) insanity happen but here's a video of the swimoff tie: YouTube - 2008 EISL SWIM OFF TIE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM73uWxjwMo) (and where's my :jawdrop: smilie?)




That 200 Free swimoff was just insane...did they go for a coinflip; rock/paper/scissors; or just swim again!???? HAHAHA.

no200fly
January 23rd, 2011, 12:45 PM
Paul Tietze - greatest relay swim ever.

In the early 70ís SMU and Michigan swam a dual meet in Dallas. At the time, both teams were very strong and evenly matched. The meet came down to the last (4 x 100) free relay. The first three Michigan swimmers gradually built a 1/3 pool length lead and the nearly packed natatorium had quieted - that is until SMUís anchor, Paul Tietze, took the water. Paul was a big guy who blasted from the block and, in what seemed an impossible feat, caught the Michigan swimmer breaking out of the first turn. The entire crowd was on their feet and louder than any swim meet I have ever attended. I donít remember the rest of the race except that Paul finished first and SMU won the relay and the meet. At the time, it was the fastest relay split ever recorded.

I watched Jason Lezak beat Alain Barnard in Beijing and while I had the same feeling about it, I still rank Paulís swim as the greatest relay swim ever.

Jimbosback
January 23rd, 2011, 02:53 PM
That 200 Free swimoff was just insane...did they go for a coinflip; rock/paper/scissors; or just swim again!???? HAHAHA.


In Masters, tie goes to the eldest, right?

:applaud:

jaadams1
January 23rd, 2011, 08:30 PM
In Masters, tie goes to the eldest, right?

:applaud:

Depends on the situation... :bolt:

That Guy
January 23rd, 2011, 09:59 PM
That 200 Free swimoff was just insane...did they go for a coinflip; rock/paper/scissors; or just swim again!???? HAHAHA.

Recycled bits are recycled.

knelson
January 23rd, 2011, 11:10 PM
The SMU vs. Michigan story reminded me of a dual meet my team (MSU) had against Michigan. Michigan was the best or close to the best team in the Big Ten. We were middle of the pack. Anyway, the meet was at Michigan and we actually could win the meet if we won the 400 free relay. We* had the lead until our anchor hit the water. Michigan's anchor was Gustavo Borges. Borges pretty much buried our guy. All I remember is the wind coming out of our sails in a matter of seconds. I'm sure Urbanchek was never even worried. :)

* Just to be clear I wasn't swimming the relay. If I swam at all in this meet it was exhibition!

jaadams1
January 23rd, 2011, 11:24 PM
We had a very similar thing with our conference champs in the Northwest Conference of the NAIA (now NCAA Div 3). The Univ. of Puget Sound had been champs for the past 500 years or so, and we (Linfield College) thought we could unseat them that year. Our coach had done careful planning in order to extract every point out of the meet possible, and this meant for some of us to swim back to back races and win them. Some people were swimming the 200 fly, 400 IM, & 1650 etc. just to take the 10th-16th places to steal points. Everything worked out basically as planned, and we were leading the meet by something like 4 points or so going into the final 400 free relay, and every team knew this. Basically we had to win the 400 free relay, because if UPS won it they would have enough points to overtake us. Well, UPS was a powerhouse and definitely cleaned our clocks in the relay, but we had backup! Whitworth College was also a strong force in the 400 free relay, and the entire pool began cheering for Whitworth to beat UPS, so that we could win the meet. Our coach actually missed the last 2 splits for our swimmers because she was so involved in the big race. That's how it happened, and we ended up defeating the defending champions by a mere 2 points! Sooo, all those points that each person ended up "stealing" all throughout the meet paid off for a total team effort. Sometimes it's not who wins the events, but the strategy implemented to win.

That Guy
January 23rd, 2011, 11:49 PM
Some people were swimming the 200 fly, 400 IM, & 1650 etc. just to take the 10th-16th places to steal points.

My college team used to do that every year at our conference meet. My sophomore year, one of our swimmers trained for the 1M springboard to try to steal points there. He ended up swimming the 400 IM instead though. (If it was me, I'd have given up on the diving idea right around the time the word "reverse" was first uttered :afraid:)

knelson
January 24th, 2011, 02:19 AM
My sophomore year, one of our swimmers trained for the 1M springboard to try to steal points there.

A friend of mine did just that in a dual meet against Indiana. We found out they only had only diver (albeit one hell of a diver--Mark Lenzi) on the travel team so my coach decided to let my friend train as a diver that week. Basically he just had to complete his dives to score points. We ended up winning the meet because of diving. Apparently Doc wasn't real happy on the bus afterward!

stillwater
January 24th, 2011, 10:27 AM
And some say that swimming isn't a team sport.

nkfrench
January 24th, 2011, 08:15 PM
Some people were swimming the 200 fly, 400 IM, & 1650 etc. just to take the 10th-16th places to steal points.

Stealing?! with these events, any point is well-earned.

Although, I have seen meets where a swimmer got drafted to dive to scavenge up points and he was clowning around with it. If I were a referee, I'd caution him about a possible DQ for poor sportsmanship.

That little SMU indoor pool can be very exciting. The echos in there just lift the roof off and people just get stoked.

analazy
January 25th, 2011, 03:22 AM
at open Dutch Masters SCM last weekend
was lucky to meet a Master Jan Willem Heuten, 50-55, with a inspiring story about his Master swimming : learned to swim 6 years ago, started to workout with a group and is doing 3:17.91 200 fly; 23:01.63 1500free; 6:46.26 400IM!:bow::applaud:

ande
February 3rd, 2011, 10:43 AM
I recently asked Kris Kubik what were some of the most impressive swims he saw at USA's 2008 Olympic Training Camp?

He said Lars Jenson did 15 x 100 LCM on 1:10 or 1:15 &
held 57's on all of them.

rtodd
February 17th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Was on business in Newport News and was excited about swimming at the gym pool next door. It was 25 meters but 88 degrees with a ton of noodlers. Somone told me about a better pool one mile away. I checked it out and it was an awesome facility with a 50m pool at the proper 80 degrees. There were two teams sharing it and they looked serious. One team was the Coast Guard team and the other ?? Anyway, after swimming I was telling someone in the locker room how awesome the pool was and he agreed. He went on to tell me how Katie Hoff and Dave Walters swam here. He told me he knows Dave Walters like family. We had a nice chat. That was my brush with Olympic swimmers once removed.

havepoolwillswim
February 18th, 2011, 01:38 AM
I recently asked Kris Kubik what were some of the most impressive swims he saw at USA's 2008 Olympic Training Camp?

He said Lars Jenson did 15 x 100 LCM on 1:10 or 1:15 &
held 57's on all of them.

roughly 50 sec in yards- amazing

:notworthy::notworthy:

45Swim06
July 15th, 2016, 09:29 PM
Hi. I am preparing a yearbook for the Phillips 66 Splash Club's 66th anniversary. Paul Tietze was a standout swimmer with Splash Club and I love your story about Paul. May I use an excerpt of your post in the yearbook? If so, may I have your first name (and your last if you are okay with that)? Thank you for considering.