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The SwimSwam Podcast

SwimSwam
475 episodes
In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

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Sierra Schmidt Explains Move to Arizona, Training with Father in Pro Transition

We sat down with Sierra Schmidt , the Michigan All-American who recently moved to Scottsdale , where her parents just bought a house, to train with her father in the lead-up to Olympic Trials. Schmidt eloquently explains that she's excited to continue her career as a pro, sharing that she believe…

Brian Thomas on George Washington Men's 2021 Atlantic-10 Team Title

We sat down with Brian Thomas , the head coach of George Washington University , whose men's team recently brought home the 2021 Atlantic-10 Conference team title. For those counting, GWU earned five straight event wins (200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay) on the last day of …

Founder and CEO Tristan Lehari Breaks Down All-New Tritonwear App

Tristan Lehari , Founder and CEO, says, ‘’ Data collection and accuracy have always been the cornerstone of what we do at TritonWear , right from the very beginning. But we have also always known just collecting data is not enough, we need to help people utilize it. We are extremely excited to ann…

Robert Pinter on Moving from Gator Swim Club to Assistant at South Carolina

We sat down with Robert Pinter , Jeff Poppell's first hire as the head coach of South Carolina. Pinter talked through the tough decision of leaving as the head coach and owner of Gator Swim Club but reiterated that it was the right decision for him. Getting to be a part of Poppell's vision and reb…

NCAA Swim Champ & CrossFit Pro Colleen Fotsch Trying for Olympics in Bobsled

We sat down with Colleen Fotsch , the swimmer turned cross-fitter turned bobsledding Olympic hopeful. If you didn't get it from the first sentence, Colleen has had a long and fruitful athletic career so far and at age 31, she's still making headway. Fotsch swam for Cal from 2009-2012, helping the …

Katie Ledecky’s Stanford Olympic Training Camp Is the Secret Sauce

Olympic and World Champion distance swimming icon  Katie Ledecky  has the secret sauce, and it’s in the details of Stanford’s Olympic training camp. What I find most interesting is that during the pandemic Ledecky trained with teammate  Simone Manuel ,  and often it was only the two of them, mano a…

NCAA All-American Paul DeLakis on 40x100 SCM Best Average with Caeleb Dressel

We sat down with Paul DeLakis , who recently announced his retirement to pursue a career in optometry . DeLakis took us through his whole swim career, particularly making the transition from being a high school student-athlete to a collegiate student-athlete. DeLakis offers sage wisdom to those w…

Evie Pfeifer Breaks Down Decision to Swim Another Year for Texas in NCAA

We sat down with Evie Pfeifer , who announced the big news that she will be taking her 5th (and extra) year of NCAA eligibility with the Texas longhorns. Evie explained that she wants 4 NCAAs and especially after her stellar swims at this year's championships, is ready to come back and work for mo…

Playboy Model and Baywatch Star Talk Life Lessons and Best-selling Book

Are you looking for a book that blends together great stories, leadership strategies and your love of swimming?  Look no further than  Take Your Mark, LEAD! 10 Ways to Lead Yourself and Others Like a Champion . With a compelling Foreword written by Bob Bowman and endorsements from top champions ,…

Andrew Seliskar on Signing with Swimwear Brand Speedo

We sat down with Andrew Seliskar , the NCAA Champion and World Champs medalist who recently signed with Speedo . We discuss Seliskar's last year leading up to this point, including competing in the ISL, backyard lifting in Berkeley, and rolling deep with the Cal bears at recent Pro Swims. Seliska…

Ryan Wochomurka Lays Out his Vision For Auburn Swimming

We sat down with Ryan Wochomurka , the recently announced head coach for the University of Auburn's swim and dive program. Coach Wochomurka walks through how he views Auburn, his alma mater and somewhere he's been familiar with since age 17, and what he sees as the path for the Tigers moving forwa…

Rachel Nicol Gives Perspective on Another Setback for Canadian Olympic Trials

We sat down with Rachel Nicol , the 2016 Olympian for Canada who has, like every other Canadian, once again been forced to wait another month for the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials. Nicol describes the exhaustion that has come with not only going through a pandemic while trying to train for the Ol…

Terry Fritch, Kiley Wilhelm on Making Olympic Trials While Training Solo

We sat down with Terry Fritch and Kiley Wilhelm of Life Time North Carolina. Kiley recently made her Wave II Olympic Trial cut in the 100m backstroke , dropping nearly 2 seconds to go 1:00.9. Wilhelm and Fritch both give their perspective on transitioning from SwimMAC to Life Time and what train…

How Fast Will Caeleb Dressel Swim At U.S. Olympic Trials?

Olympic swimming champion Caeleb Dressel   notched fast swims at the Mission Pro Swim , signaling he is on course for a great U.S. Olympic Trials in June: Dressel Mission Pro Swim Times: 50 free  - 21.83 100 free - 48.82 (prelim swim, scratched the final to fly home early) 200 free - 1:…

James Guy, Tom Dean Weigh Britain's 4x100 & 4x200 Free Relays Against the World

We sat down with newly minted 2021 Olympians and training partners James Guy and Tom Dean to talk about the recent British trials and the trails for British swimming to come. Guy gives us some context on his meet specifically, saying he took out the 200 fly way too hard and it took a toll on hi…

McKenzie Coan and Colleen Young on Break Down Para Olympic Qualification

We sat down with American record holders and Paralympiac medalists McKenzie Coan and Colleen Young after having their first of two qualification meets for the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics recently in Lewisville, Texas. The two roommates (who are training together currently at the Olympic Training C…

Will Olympic Champion Anthony Ervin Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Anthony Ervin , the oldest individual Olympic gold medalist in swimming history, emerged at the Mission Pro Swim. Honestly, I wasn't sure if he had retired or not, but I was not surprised to see him in action.  We all know Anthony's different, following the warrior poet's path, racing for a higher …

Anthony Nesty on Plans for Heading Both Men's and Women's UF Swim/Dive Programs

We sat down with Anthony Nesty , the newly appointed head coach for the Men's and Women's Swim/Dive teams at the University of Florida . The team was newly re-combined after Jeff Poppell left as the head women's coach for the University of South Carolina (see our conversation with Jeff here ).…

Duncan Scott Goes In-depth on Britain's Olympic Relay Medal Chances

We sat down with Duncan Scott , the Brit who's coming off a huge performance at the 2021 British Olympic Trials where he set 3 national records in the 100 free, 200 free, and 200 IM. Scott analyzes each of his races in detail, telling the audience how he executed each to a tee. Scott then zooms ou…

Jeff Poppell Explains Move to Head Coach at South Carolina

We sat down with Jeff Poppell , the recently announced new head coach of the University of South Carolina . Poppell explains why he chose to leave his post at Florida, where he'd been having success over the last 3 seasons as head coach of the women's team. Poppell wanted to stay in the SEC, but …

Hollie Bonewit-Cron on Miami (OH) Men's Dominant Victory at the 2021 MAC Champs

We sat down with Hollie Bonewit-Cron , head coach of the men & women's teams at the University of Miami (OH). On the men's side, the host Miami Redhawks claimed victory at the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championship, defeating the defending champions, Missouri State, who finished in 2nd place. B…

Terry Ganley on Growing as an Educator over a 44-Year Coaching Career

We sat down with Terry Ganley , who recently announced her retirement from the University of Minnesota after serving as a coach for 44 years. During her tenure at Minnesota, more than 100 women’s student-athletes have earned All-America recognition, totaling 450. The Minnesota women were also a …

Will Olympic Champion Nathan Adrian Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Will 5-time Olympic champion Nathan Adrian make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team? It's a fair question. He's on the march toward his 4th U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, and I'm bullish on his performance for two reasons: Back at the 2019 World Championships, 5 months after recovering from cancer, Natha…

British Swimming CEO Jack Buckner Managing the Olympic Effort Through COVID

British Swimming's CEO, Jack Buckner , dropped in on the SwimSwam Podcast to discuss the successes and challenges he has had to face on the run-up to this summer's Olympic Games. This interview was my first conversation with Jack. He's very likable, no-nonsense, and comfortable in his own skin--…

Day In The Life of NBC Sports Voice of Swimming Rowdy Gaines At The Olympics

Three-time Olympic Champion and NBC Sports Voice of Swimming , Rowdy Gaines , has the dream job. Who wouldn't want a front-row-center seat at the Olympic Games?  The 2021 Olympic Games (and the U.S. Olympic Trials) will mark Rowdy's 8th turn in the chair. What I want to know is what's it reall…

Lydia Jacoby on Being an Olympic Contender as a High Schooler

We sat down with Lydia Jacoby , the 16-year-old who made headlines at the Pro Swim in Mission Viejo by becoming the #3 all-time US 17-18 in the 100 breast (1:06.38). We discussed her ascension to becoming an Olympic contender, something she's certainly thought of but isn't putting pressure on he…

Chris Ritter, Founder of RITTER Sports Performance & Creator of SURGE Strength

Chris Ritter , the founder and CEO of RITTER Sports Performance and creator of SURGE Strength , drops in on the SwimSwam Podcast with Gold Medal Mel Stewart. The importance of having a repeat-able and adaptable process for your dryland training has never been realized more than this past year…

Why is Dave Salo an Assistant Coach at Orange Coast College?

We sat down with legendary coach Dave Salo , who recently announced that he would be dawning the role of assistant coach at Orange Coast College. Salo explains that after so long of being a head coach, he's excited to coach without all of the extra worries that come with heading a Power-5 Divisi…

Claire Curzan Breaks Down Going 56.20 100m Fly

We sat down with Claire Curzan , the 16-year-old swimmer for the TAC Titans who turned heads when she dropped a 56.20 100m fly 2 weekends ago in Cary, North Carolina. Swimming fans had already been looking forward to this meet, as Curzan and fellow age-group star Torri Huske were slated to race in…

Andrei Minakov on Making his First Olympic Team

We sat down with Andrei Minakov , the Russian sprinting sensation who just qualified for his first Olympic games in both the 100 free and 100 fly. Minakov takes us through the Russian Trials as well as how he's adjusted to studying at Stanford (remotely from Russia). We also get into some throwbac…