View Full Version : Dara, you are my hero!

July 17th, 2007, 02:35 PM
I saw Dara Torres swim at South Sectional this past weekend in Ft. Lauderdale and I thought I should report.

24.81 in the 50 free at night http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/15146.asp
55.28 in the 100 free http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/15152.asp

It was very interesting to watch her swim. First, she swims BIG. What that heck does that mean? Well, you just have to watch her. She swims relaxed with a very long stroke. Since she is so tall and broad of shoulder she is impressive to watch swim

She swam her 50 breathing every third. That was very interesting since so many (including myself) will strive to minimize breathing in the 50. This is a testiment to how balanced her stroke is.

July 17th, 2007, 02:38 PM
Awesome...thanks for the update.

Jeff Commings
July 17th, 2007, 02:48 PM
Looks like you didn't do too shabby for what I assume was an unshaved meet, Mike. Even if it wasn't, it's still impressive.

Ryan Lochte went 1:02.59 in the 100 breast ... unshaved. Yikes. I think Phelps' best 100 breast is 1:03.

Ryan's really getting that breaststroke stronger. That's the only way he can take down Phelps in the 200 IM.

Rob Copeland
July 17th, 2007, 05:20 PM
For a video interview of Dara and Ryan check out the ISHOF podcastů

July 18th, 2007, 06:38 AM
I actually was shaved. I rested a week and that didn't seem to work too well.

Ryan had some great swims. I was impressed with his 200 free. He was even with Cramer going into the final turn. Lochte visibly picked up the tempo just as he entered the turn, then powered through the underwater to gain a body length lead. I think these are his splits:

26.22 54.36 1:22.37 1:48.74 (26.37!)

Thanks for the podcast.

July 18th, 2007, 06:42 AM
You can see that Cramer had a very respectable swim:

26.13 54.47 1:22.46 1:50.10