View Full Version : Who is your fav swimmer?

January 3rd, 2003, 04:56 PM
:cool: Hey i just wanted 2 know who your fav swimmer or swimmers r? Mine r Aaron Peirsol + Lenny Krayzelburg! tell me who yours r!

Ion Beza
January 3rd, 2003, 09:23 PM
Alecia 'GreenHair', who is 12 years old, 5'4" 1/2" tall, and who is outswam in her club by five 12 years olds 4'7" tall:

'my favorite swimmer' is all swimmers who try hard to improve.

I guess people are dazzled by the looks and performances of Aaron Peirsol and Lenny Krayzelburg.

Right now I am impressed with Michael Phelps (US) (51.9 in 100 meters butterfly in Long Course, and a World Record in 400 meters IM in Long Course), Eric Vendt (US) (14:59.xx in 1500 meters Long Course in 2001, and a second fastest ever 400 meters IM in Long Course), Jason Lezak (US) in 100 meters free, Coman (Rom) in 400 meters free, Popov (Rus) in 50 and 100 meters free, Nate Dusing (US) in 200 meters free who positions himself for the 2004 Olympic Trials, Thomas Ruprath (Ger) 51.8 in 100 meters butterfly Long Course, Anthony Ervin (US) in sprints, Pieter van den Hoogenband (Ned) in sprints, Ian Thorpe (Aus) in sprints and middle distance, Grant Hackett (Aus) in middle and long distance, and many, many more who work hard in order to improve their times.

At the Masters Swim level, where people are over the age of 19, I am impressed with Graham Johnston (ex-RSA and now US) in distance, Richard Abrahams (US) in sprints, Jim McConica (US) in distance, 'Tall Paul' Smith (US) in sprints -who is in the process of changing his technique in order to increase the arms turnover, I guess for out touching another tough-as-nails sprinter named John Smith-, Fritz Lehman (US) in sprints backstroke, William Specht (US) in 200 meters butterfly Long Course, and many, many more who work with passion to improve their times.

In November 2002, I took technique lessons with Mickey Murad (US), age 21, who in 2001 swam a 800 meters freestyle Long Course in 8:05 -ranked 28 in the world, in a ranking starting with Ian Thorpe (Aus)-, and I was watching workouts by Aram Kevorkian (US), age 20, who in 2002 swam 200 meters freestyle Long Course in 1:51.

Being in the midst of this, that's my favorite adventure.

January 4th, 2003, 12:21 AM
Shirley Babashoff. No one work out harder than she did. I know this since I once was on a team with her during 1971 to 1973 season before she went to Mission Viejo. Her mother was sort of a stage mom but Shirley had a drive. Also, her brother Jack was a top swimmer too, he place second in the 100 meter freestyle in 1976 at the olympics and brother Billy made nationals and very younger sister Debbie went to Olympic trials in 1988.

Tom Bubel
January 4th, 2003, 11:00 AM
Johnny Wiesmuller- No one else I know could outswim a crocodile! - and be able to do it with his head out of the water the whole time.

Phil Arcuni
January 4th, 2003, 01:24 PM
Don't forget the other swimming Tarzan, Buster Crabbe. He outswam *and* wrestled crocodiles.

January 4th, 2003, 06:34 PM
:mad: I'm not just dazzled by Lenny and Aaron's looks, Ion Beza, I think Lenny and Aaron are good swimmers! What do you have against them? If you want to know who is cute it's Anthony Ervin,O.K.!:p :eek: ;)

Ion Beza
January 4th, 2003, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by greenhairchica
:mad: I'm not just dazzled by Lenny and Aaron's looks, Ion Beza, I think Lenny and Aaron are good swimmers! What do you have against them?

Lenny and Aaron are very good swimmers, they are easily recognizable, and there is nothing against them.

January 4th, 2003, 08:43 PM
:( Sorry Ion, I wasnt trying to be mean! I do agree with you though I do like swimmers who work hard!:( :)

Ion Beza
January 4th, 2003, 10:09 PM
Because you like Anthony Ervin (US) too, I have this little story:

in the year 2000, a few months before the Olympics there was a forum - www.nbcolympics.com -, with a swimming section in it;
before the US Olympic Trials, I predicted that Anthony Ervin will qualify in 50 meters free (and not in the 100 meters free);
he was little-known then at the NCAA level, as a yards tough sprinter;
other posters were stunned by my prediction;
when he qualified, with what is today the third fastest time in history for the 50 meters free, the other posters were thinking that I must be a wizard;

I also predicted that van den Hoogenband (Ned) was going to be during the Olympics in the same class as Thorpe (Aus) in the 200 meters free, at a time when van den Hoogenband was at best -once so far- close to a second behind Thorpe's average of five best times;
in the Olympics, van den Hoogenband raised himself in the same class as Thorpe like I predicted, and won gold over Thorpe by a small margin;

one of the posters in www.nbcolympics.com, was Dan Kowalski (Aus) who won silver (in 1500 meters free) and bronze (in the 200 meters free) in the 1996 Olympics, and gold (in the 4 x 200 meters free relay) in the 2000 Olympics.

This is a fun little story of lucky predictions...

January 4th, 2003, 11:36 PM
My favorite swimmers are Ed Moses and (like Ion) right now, I'm very impressed with Michael Phelps.

January 4th, 2003, 11:56 PM
I think Ion was talking about a certain look, Aaron Perisol fits the blond upper middle classs surfer look from southern Orange County California. I like his looks but I think his main strength is the 200 meter backstroke and not the 100 meter backstroke. Lenny has the eastern European look and has a slight accent that appeals to some women. Lenny I think now has a better chance in the 100 meter since Aaron is weaker there but there is Mr Welsh from Australia another top backstroker that could give both of them trouble. As for Mr Ervin, he's the first swimmer with a minorty background from the United States since Pablo Morales to win gold at the olympics. Anthony is a 1/4 Afro-American and Mr Pablo Morales is Latin from Cuba. Swimming is a sport that at the top level has been dominated by people from a european ancestorial background in the United States. Swimmers like Anthony Ervin and Pablo Morales in the past broke thru the barrier and swam well without coming from the usual background of top american swimmers. On the international level there are many top latin swimmers and swimmmers like a afro-background and asian swimmers.

Tom Ellison
January 5th, 2003, 03:24 AM
Graham Johnston! Year after year, year in, year out, Graham has set new standards and records in Masters Swimming. I believe Graham is the greatest aged athlete in the world today. He does it all. Distance, sprints, all strokes, and is a tremendous off shore swimmer in events held in both warm and COLD water.
On top of his unbelievable swimming records, Graham is an inductee in the ISHOF. Graham is a winner both in and out of the pool. He is a consummate gentleman and leader. His life is a shining example of how a person should live. Graham Johnston gets my vote any dayÖ
Kindest regards,
Tom Ellison

January 6th, 2003, 03:04 PM
My favorite swimmers are all the people in their twilight years who continue to swim and stay young. We have a lady on our team who is in her 70s and on 12/31/02 she completed 100X100 meters (LC) in a little over 6 hours. That is what is truly inspiring to me.

January 7th, 2003, 01:14 AM
She probably can give you and me a run for are money.

January 7th, 2003, 01:40 PM
I have to go with 3 swimmers, One woman 2 men. Pieter vd Hoogenband is it for the freestyle. I think he will be theone to beat on the next olympics.
Next, Michael Gross aka the albatross. Nobody swam or swims a nicer looking bfly. And last but not least Janet Evans. She is the better looking of the bunch!!

I have to tell you that I am a bit partial the Pieter, since I am Dutch myself.

I cannot wait for the 100 and 200 free matchup between Pieter and Ian Thorpe....

Tom Ellison
January 7th, 2003, 01:53 PM
My money (two cents) says Thorpe will blow him out of the pool in the 200...The 100 is up for grabs...
Kindest regards,

January 7th, 2003, 10:05 PM
my favorite swimmer is melvin stewart...

January 8th, 2003, 12:12 PM
Laura Val---world record holder doing PRs at age
of fifty. wow

Matt S
January 10th, 2003, 02:42 PM
One of my favorites is the late "Buffalo Bill" Early, my former teammate at Coronado Masters. He passed away this past July 4th, suffering a fatal heart attack swimming the La Jolla Rough Water Swim. In his late-50's and early 60's when I knew him, Bill was one of the youngest people I ever met, and I swore then that I wanted to be just like him in retirement, seriously competing and having serious fun at USMS activities. I still can't believe he's gone; I thought he'd be chasing the 95-99 age group records. Well, I hope to last longer than age 65, but however many years I get, I still hope I can emmulate his attitude.


January 15th, 2003, 08:16 PM
Mark Spitz would have to be my favorite swimmer of all time. It was watching him in the Olympics that made me interested in swimming and have been swimming competively for the last 30 years. Today I would have to say the my daughters team-mate at NBAC Michael Phelps impresses me as much as Spitz did in the early 70's. Michael has the ability to win more gold in 2004 that Spitz in '72.

January 16th, 2003, 10:14 AM
Duke Kahanamoku --- He broke down the Latin-Afro-American Second generation, Cuban-Asian, European ancestorial swimming gene pool before there was one. And....He raced Tarzan! Peeps dont race the "King of The Jungle" anymore....

Hui Nalu Kahanamoku

And of course, more importantly......he played Water Polo.

Add to the list... Matt Biondi, Schumacher.. and anyone else that swims with a wrestling hat on.

Shinob -- out

January 16th, 2003, 08:26 PM
Well, the Duke was also good at surfing. And he was at the early part of the last century when swimmers didn't train much and therefore was a natural at swimming more than those in the last part of the 20th century that became good by swimming miles upon miles of freestyle and the rest of the strokes.

January 17th, 2003, 10:26 AM
Dara Torres. Watching her medal while achieving the fastest times of her life, during the 2000 Olympics, at the age of 33 really inspired me to get back into swimming.

After an 18 year break from swimming competitively in high school, I decided to see if I could better my high school times. Last season, I was able to do just that. My goal for this year is to better the high school record in the 100 Back at the time of my graduation. I was never able to do it at the time and it has haunted me for all of these years. This season I'm within .16 of bettering the mark and Iím hoping to accomplish the feat next weekend. Okay, so it was a small high school and the time isnít Top 10 caliber but my former teammates at my 20 year reunion this summer probably won't need to know that. ;)