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Monday, February 12, 2007

ConocoPhillips Summer Nationals 2006


Texas Longhorn Aquatics and Club Wolverine

The pool at Irvine is a great place to house this event. Outdoors, beautiful facilities. More for the swimmers than the spectators but who cares! The swimming was very competitive and fast. I am so proud of the state of swimming in this country. There were a few givens and a lot of new faces on the podium. A few interesting things came to light.

First, there are two clubs that hold the lion's share of the talent in USA Swimming. Texas Longhorn Aquatics, is a club made mostly of swimmers who came from the UT stables and have continued with their coaches to post grad successes on the World Championships and Olympics stage. Then there is Club Wolverine, which has quite a nice handful of Michigan alumni and is fast becoming the favorite training place for a whole bunch of displaced USC swimmers (among others) who have also made some big marks on the World and Olympic Stage. There were also a few swimmers who trained at these clubs who weren't wearing their caps but the influence showed (ie Eric Shanteau). The coaches at both these schools, Eddie Reese, Kris Kubik, Bob Bowman and Jon Urbanchek, have garnered a ton of respect from their swimmers and everybody else's swimmers too. It will be exciting to see if the proposed Elite National club will cause either of these clubs to lose swimmers at all.

Next, Brendan Hansen. What an amazing Athlete. He set the world record in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke in 2004, and then came back and blasted them again at this meet, resetting the marks at 59.13 and 2:08.74 respectively. He was so hot that 2 weeks later at Pan Pacs, he lowered the 200 mark to 2:08.50. Some Nationals records were set here too. A few of us were noticing that Michael Phelps looked tired and unhappy when he finished his races at Nationals even while setting Championship records. Judging by the World records he set at Pan Pacs, I am guessing he missed his taper for Nationals but brought the heat to Victoria. The huge smiles were back. This summer was the first time either of these men had personal best swims in two years. Not an easy feat when you hold the fastest times in the world.
American Records were set by Amanda Weir, Katie Hoff (a few times)
Championship records were set by Michael Phelps (a few times), Aaron Peirsol, Kate Ziegler, Klete Keller, and the women of California Aquatic and Arizona Ford Dealers.
I had a great time with my friends who came from all over the country to see this meet so close to my home. I got to show off Southern California a little bit. Huge Congratulations to the athletes who made the national teams. And also to those swimmers fast enough to make the Olympic cut times who competed at this meet.