Last week I analyzed the Men’s 200 Freestyle in light of Ian Thorpe’s comments (see here). This week I’m looking at the Women’s elite 200 Freestylers. Briefly, Thorpe said that if swimmers can’t go out hard and match his impressive last 50 speed, then they have to go out very hard and survive that last… Continue reading Do Ian Thorpe’s Comments Also Apply to Women’s 200 Freestyle
In 2014 I started getting upset with the standard 2% Short Course to Long Course conversion rates mandated by Swim Ontario. As most coaches already knew, 2% was convenient but horribly inaccurate conversion rate. And it created problems for kids swimming in LC meets when they couldn't meet their 2% converted SC time, even if… Continue reading A Curious Look at 2017 Short Course – Long Course Conversion Rates, And How The US Is So Different From Everyone Else
There's no question that the US Swimming Olympic Trials is one of the most exciting swim meets on the planet. The depth of talent, and the fierce competition between truly world class swimmers is staggering. Add to that the heartbreak of watching previous champions miss the team, and the sheer joy of watching new Olympians… Continue reading Swimming By The Numbers: How Strong is the US Olympic Team?
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… Continue reading My Favourite Swim Race Videos of 2014-2015 (and Some Earlier Years)
This is a continuation of my series on how the elite swim various races. In previous posts, I've analyzed all of the 200 races. There is no question that the 400 is a distance-oriented race, and so we can expect distance-oriented strategies. The purpose of this analysis is to determine which strategies are used by… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: Women’s Elite 400 Freestyle Strategies
This is the next installment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200 by looking at their race splits. This time we're analyzing the 200 backstroke for men. In the 200 free analysis (link) we found that the men and women swam remarkably different races. The top women generally had the… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Backstroke
This is the 2nd instalment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200. This time we're analyzing the 200 backstroke for women. Thanks to a lot of suggestions, and some renewed thinking about the data, I've focussed this a little differently than the 200 Free analysis (link). First off, I've completely… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Women Swim the 200 Backstroke