The 2014-2015 season is basically behind us now. Below are some of my favourite racing videos from the year. Since this is my first time doing this annual review, I’ve also added some of my favourites from the past as well.
Unfortunately, some of the races I watched during the World Championships feed are not available outside of the US any more, including any videos from SwimSwam partner Universal Sports Network. Which means I can’t get all of the World Championship videos that I wanted. Also, note that quite a few of the videos are not in English. But since I usually ignore the announcers anyway, it doesn’t bother me.
If you have any other videos you’d like to add to this list, just put a description and the link in the comments. Just be aware that some sources may not be available outside of your region.
One other note. If you haven’t seen it, go to near the bottom of the list and watch the 1976 Olympic Women’s 4×100 Free Relay video. It’s hard now to describe the East German women’s dominance of that time, but they were unbeatable in almost every race. Almost.
2015 World Championships
50 BR Women – insanely close race between 5 women
50 BR Men – Adam Peaty WR in Semi-final
50 Fly Women – Sarah Sjostrom
100 Free Men Semi-final – Ning Zetao – 1st time China wins this one
Couldn’t find an internationally available video of the final.
100 FR women (Incredible Campbell sisters)
100 BK Men – Mitchell Larkin
100 BK Women – Emily Seebohm
100 Fly Women – Sarah Sjostrum – World Record
200 Free women – Katie Ledecky
200 IM men – Ryan Lochte
I watched this race live, but can’t find an international feed!
200 IM women – Katinka Hosszu – World Record (beats tech suit record by 0.03)
4 x 100 MR men – if you ever had wondered if the other countries are starting to catch up to the US…
800 Free women – Katie Ledecky World Record!
Team Synchro – Spain
The Spanish team uses a Led Zeppelin song and some incredible athletics to win the team synchro competition
2015 US Nat’l Championships – Michael Phelps
Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to US Nationals when the Worlds are on at the same time. But, as usual, Phelps attracts attention.
200 Fly – Phelps
100 Fly – Phelps
200 IM – Phelps
2015 FISU Games
Yuya Yajima of Japan – A new way to swim fly? (see my post here)
2015 NCAA Div 1 Championships
The quality and selection of videos from the Div 1 finals was surprisingly poor. There were definitely other videos I wanted to see (e.g. Missy Franklin 200 Free) Note to NCAA – The world wants to see these races! At least from a marketing point of view, please fix this!
M 4×50 yd FR Rel – Texas wins 1:15.86, NC DQd (2nd NC DQ that day, first one overturned)
M 200 yd IM David Nolan 1:39.38
M 50 yd FR Caeleb Dressel 18.67
M 4×100 Medley Relay – Texas 3:01.23
M 200 yd BK Ryan Murphy 1:36.77
W 4×50 FR yd Relay – California 1:26.41
W 4×100 yd Medley Relay – Stanford 3:26.41 (won by 0.01)
W 100 yd Fly – Kelsi Worrell 49.81
Andrew Seliskar – 200 yd BR
I like this one as you can see so clearly the incredible dolphin kick then pull out.
2012 London – Men’s 1500
Sun Yang destroys the field with a ridiculously fast time
2012 London – Women’s 800 Free
Katie Ledecky starts her reign
2012 London – Men’s 200 Fly (race starts at about the 3:50 mark)
Chad Le Clos vs Michael Phelps
2012 London – Men’s 200 IM (race starts at the 3:30 mark)
Phelps vs Lochte
Lochte swims this 21 minutes after the 200 Back final
2012 London – Men’s 100 Free (race starts at the 3:10 mark)
Nathan Adrian vs James Magnussen
2012 London – Women’s 100 Breast (false start at 3:10, race starts at the 5:50 mark)
Ruta Meilutyte vs Rebecca Soni
2008 Beijing – Men’s 100 Fly (starts around 3:00 mark)
2008 Beijing – Men’s 4×100 Men’s Relay
2008 Beijing – Women’s 200 Free
2008 Beijing – Men’s 200 Fly (starts at 2:19 mark)
Phelps swims with broken goggles
2008 – Hill Taylor 50 m Underwater
2005 World Championships Montreal
Ian Crocker vs Phelps 100 Fly ( I was there to see it!)
Grainy, but when was the last time you saw Phelps get destroyed in a 100 Fly?
2000 Sydney – Men’s 4×100 Free Relay – US vs Australia (remember Air Guitar?)
1996 Atlanta – Men’s 1500 – Kieren Perkins from Lane 8
1996 Atlanta – Women’s 50 Free
Amy Van Dyken vs Le Jingyi
1992 Barcelona – 100 Back
Canadian Mark Tewksbury (Hey, I’m Canadian. Of course I like this!)
1988 Seoul – 100 Back – Suzuki vs Berkoff
Underwater kicking was brand new, and underwater strategies were all over the map in this race
Janet Evans 400 FR 1988 Olympics – World Record stood for 18 years
Can anyone find a video for this race? I remember seeing this once. She was magnificent!
1984 Los Angeles – Men’s 400 IM (race starts at the 2:30 mark)
Alex Baumann (Canada!)
1984 Los Angeles – Women’s 200 Breast (race starts at 5:00 mark)
Anne Ottenbrite (Canada!)
1984 Los Angeles – Men’s 200 Breast
Victor Davis (Canada, again!)
1976 Montreal – Women’s 4 x 100 Free Relay (race starts just after the 5:00 mark)
East Germany vs USA
In my mind one of the most exciting relays ever. The doped and overpowering E German women won every individual race except the 200 BR, going 1-2 in 5 individual races including the 100 FR.
1972 Munich – compilation of Mark Spitz’s 7 Golds (notice they didn’t wear goggles)
1956 – Men’s 200 BR – almost all of it underwater
(Scroll down to the picture of 2 swimmers leaning on lane rope)