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Nerd Notes #1

I consume so much swimming content and try to share it with the world across all of our social media platforms but a lot of times people miss most of the best stuff because there is just too much to cover.

So, I thought I'd try and write a weekly blog post outlining some of the week's best swimming moments, content, and analysis.

BIG SWIMS

Allison Schmitt continues to improve on her comeback trail. 1:56.0 will set her up for a relay bid at the very least. She will be an important part to USA's attempt to win the 800 Free Relay. Schmitt looks great -- I wonder what changes she has made to her nutrition over the years. She looks leaner and meaner than ever before.

Daiya Seto has been crushing PB's all year long. 1:52.5 in the 2 Fly followed by a 1:55.5 2 IM is SILLY right now. I opined on Twitter that nobody is more prepared for the Tokyo Olympics than this guy right here. You can bet the pressure is also immense. This guy has it figured out and I expect 3 individual medals from him...I'm just unsure of what color they will be.

At TYR Knoxville, Penny Oleksiak touched out Simone Manual in the 100 Free with a snappy 53.4. Penny has been very quiet since the 2016 Olympics thanks to injuries and other things like growing up. Even during the inaugural ISL season she seemed to do few events and mostly relays. Her most recent best time has been in the 200 Free, which is a great sign that her base is obviously still alive and well. It's about the finer points, staying healthy, and communicating with Ben Titley and Bill O'Toole. Canadian Swimming is very much looking to build on their 2016 success in Tokyo. Oleksiak is a key contributor on every relay.

The Women's 100 Backstroke is by far the most competitive event in all of swimming right now. We have gone from breaking 1:00 to :59 to :58 lickity-split.  Kaylee McKeown (Australia) just posted 58.5/2:05.8 while Regan Smith dropped a 58.2 and 2:05.9 this weekend. BTW, Maya DiRado, in Rio, won the 200 Back in 2:05.99.

FAREWELL DAVE SALO

After helping to produce 165 (and counting) All-American swimmers at the University of Southern California, Coach Dave Salo is hanging up his stopwatch...at least his collegiate stopwatch. Many are speculating that Catherine Kase (formerly Vogt) will get the opportunity to take over the Trojan reigns.

"I also plan to put in a lot more work on improving my fade-away jumper." - Dave Salo on leaving USC

THE BEN AND CAELEB SHOW

In Episode 9, Dressel dives into 5 Steps to Improve Your 50 Free Time.

Also, would you rather fight five 8th graders or twenty 2nd graders...

 

SILVER LINING BY ELIZABETH BEISEL

SWIMMING HISTORY

After seeing Nike's new shoe destroy running records all over the planet, it was easy to reminisce about the Super Suit Era...

"I was beaten by the swimmer." - Michael Phelps

 

MASTERS SWIMMING

The Swimnerd Masters Team swims 3x per week. If you are ever in need of a swim practice, we typically post ours before every practice (Tue/Thurs/Sat). Generally we do 3K, most of it is SCM. Due to a shortage of lanes right now, most all practices are 25's, 50's, and 75's...perfect for that out of shape former college swimmer that no longer has any equipment...

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

 SWIMNERD ON THE ROAD