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Max McHugh Gives Race Analysis & Strategy Breakdown Heading into Big Ten Champs

Max McHugh Gives Race Analysis & Strategy Breakdown Heading into Big Ten Champs

March 1, 2021

We sat down with Minnesota junior and NCAA All-American Max McHugh, who has looked stellar in what little racing we've seen from him this winter. In the 2 dual meets he swam this semester, McHugh put up 22.6/22.7 on the medley relay (breast), 50.6/50.5 in the 100 breast, and 1:53.7/1:53.1 in the 200 breast. Max says he was suited for these races, but these are still monster times for untapered swims. McHugh goes into what he's been working on in and out of the pool this season and how he's approaching his races headed into this week's Big Ten Championships.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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Freshman Jake Magahey Breaks Down Historic 4:06.7 500 Dual & 200 Free SEC Title

Freshman Jake Magahey Breaks Down Historic 4:06.7 500 Dual & 200 Free SEC Title

February 28, 2021

Florida junior Kieran Smith was already the American and NCAA record-holder with his 4:06.32 from last year’s SEC meet. The fastest swimmer in history in the event, Smith hit the gas early, going out 1.3 seconds faster to the 200-mark than he was in his American record swim a year ago. Meanwhile, Georgia freshman Jake Magahey went out in about the same pace Smith did a year ago. And the distance-oriented Magahey followed the Smith gameplan, dropping his splits into the 24-highs, and even outpaced Smith with closing splits of 24.8, 24.4 and 24.3. Magahey wrapped the race in 4:06.71 – putting him as the #2 swimmer of all-time behind only Smith.

Top Performances All-Time, Men’s 500-yard free

  1. Kieran Smith (2020) / Kieran Smith (2021) – 4:06.32
  2. Jake Magahey (2021) – 4:06.71
  3. Zane Grothe (2017) – 4:07.25
  4. Townley Haas (2019) – 4:08.19

The next night, with Smith swimming the 400 IM, it opened the floodgates for the freshman Magahey to take the SEC title in the 200 free, swimming another come-from-behind race to touch out the competition at 1:32.2. Magahey walks us through his freshman season and what made it such a success.

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Aiden Hayes Reveals He Did Not Meet His Goals at Historic OK HS State Meet

Aiden Hayes Reveals He Did Not Meet His Goals at Historic OK HS State Meet

February 27, 2021

Torri Huske wasn't the only swimmer to break 2 national high school records this week. We sat down with Aiden Hayes, who clocked a 19.20 50 free and 45.47 100 fly just 13 minutes apart from one another (both national high school records). The high school senior also clocked 20.7 in his 50 back lead-off of the 200 medley relay and 43.00 leading off the 400 free relay.

Hayes admits that out of all 4 of these times, he only met one of his goals - 20.9 in the 50 back. Although he was shooting for 18.9 50 free, 44.9 100 fly, and 42.9 100 free, Aiden relinquishes that goals aren't meant to be met every time and overall he was very pleased with his performances.

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Torri Huske Breaks Down Capturing 2 National HS Records in Under 30 Minutes

Torri Huske Breaks Down Capturing 2 National HS Records in Under 30 Minutes

February 26, 2021

US National Teamer Torri Huske made her mark on the final day of the 2021 VHSL Class 6 State meet, breaking two National High School records. 

Huske, a senior at Yorktown High School, began her meet by swimming a time of 1:53.73 in the 200 IM, chopping a tenth of a second off of Dagny Knutson’s National Public High School record of 1:53.82 that had stood since 2009. 

About 27 minutes later, Huske was back in the pool swimming the 100 butterfly, putting up another National Public High School record. Huske touched in a time of 49.95 to become the first swimmer to break 50 seconds during a high school competition. Her time shattered her own record of 50.67 set earlier this month, and 17-18 National Age Group record of 50.19 that was set by Olivia Bray in 2019.

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Kieran Smith Breaks Down Monumental 4:06.32 500 Free, 1:29.48 200 Free

Kieran Smith Breaks Down Monumental 4:06.32 500 Free, 1:29.48 200 Free

February 24, 2021

Kieran Smith tied his 500 free American and NCAA Records on the nose tonight at the SEC Championships, clocking 4:06.32 for the second straight year to defend his title.

Smith said this difference in splitting was by design, reflecting that he needed to be out faster if he wanted to get to that next level. However, Smith is optimistic that there is a good middle ground to be found from his 2 4:06 outings, and he's confident he can find the right splitting come NCAA's to reach a new personal best.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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Lars Jorgensen Breaks Down Kentucky’s First SEC Championship Title in History

Lars Jorgensen Breaks Down Kentucky’s First SEC Championship Title in History

February 23, 2021

The University of Kentucky won its first-ever SEC Championships title after 40 years of women’s swimming in the SEC Conference. Their victory was by a margin of 53 points over the University of Florida. The defending champions, Tennessee, placed 5th.

The Wildcats achieved this victory both with swimmers who arrived on their campus as stars, like Sorenson who became the Iowa state record holder in the 100 yard back (54.61), alongside swimmers who they trained into becoming stars. For example, last year Poole finished 13th in the 200 breast and 24th in the 400IM. Brooks finished 15th in the 100 fly last year and now has jumped up to 9th with a new lifetime best.

Head coach Lars Jorgenson was not present at the start of the meet on Wednesday because of a positive COVID test last week, but he arrived in time to see the team win the SEC Championship title on Saturday. Lars was nice enough to sit down with us and break down what makes the UK team so gritty and full of heart, especially when it mattered most.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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Dave Rollins Recalls Epic Story of Tying for 2021 CCSA Conference Title

Dave Rollins Recalls Epic Story of Tying for 2021 CCSA Conference Title

February 22, 2021

In a shocking turn of events, the 2021 CCSA Women’s championship ended in a tie. Two-time defending champs Liberty earned a 3rd-straight conference title, although they share this year’s title with the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. FGCU outscored Liberty by 58 points on the final night, but ultimately fell a half-point short of singular ownership of the CCSA title. We sit down with FGCU head coach Dave Collins to get his perspective on this accomplishment as well as what he saw from his team to lead to this moment throughout the year.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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Olympic Champion Cullen Jones Announces Speedo Pool Together

Olympic Champion Cullen Jones Announces Speedo Pool Together

February 22, 2021

Olympic Champion and 4-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones is the new philanthropic sales manager for Speedo USA, his longtime partner.  Cullen’s mission is very focused. Under the title and message SPEEDO POOL TOGETHER, Speedo USA and Cullen are helping to get swimmers and swim teams back in the water safely during this challenging period in swimming history.

HOW IT WORKS: This March is the month that Speedo invites you to receive 25% off everything on their website.

MARCH 1ST VISIT: speedousa.com/speedo-pool-together

On that webpage select where you would like the donation from Speedo to go. You can select a Swim team or The Boys and Girls Club of America. The choice is yours!  Shop your gear with the 25% discount automatically applied at checkout- no promo code is required!

At the end of the promotion, March 31st, Speedo will donate 10% of all sales to the selected swim teams or The Boys and Girls Club of America. Pool Together with Speedo USA. There’s never been a better time to support swimming.

Why Boys & Girls Club?

For over 150 years the Boys & Girls Club of America has been a stronghold of youth development. They have become a partner with Speedo as both organizations share similar values and attitudes geared towards hard work, inclusion, positivity, resilience and self-improvement. A donation to the Boys & Girls Club will go to help children who need it most.

Isn’t this just another sale to get people to shop?

Speedo has always looked at how to support the local swim teams in unique ways, and giving directly back to the swim teams who need it most is what triggered them to start this activation. Last September, Speedo was able to launch a similar fundraiser and was able to give back close to $20k  to swim teams/team dealers.

As you know, the recent pandemic has not been good for competitive swimming.  Pools are shut down, competitions are postponed leaving a lot of us feeling like fish out of water. But fortunately, we’re competitors, and our goal is to win—and that’s exactly what the Speedo USA “POOL TOGETHER’ fundraiser is all about.  The more we shop, the more we can help get our sport back up and running.

Aside from the 25% and 10% give back, any other incentives for swimmers and swim teams to participate in this fundraiser?

Yes, the sponsored team with the most donations will be photographed by a local photographer showcasing their favorite Speedo products purchased during the fundraiser.

This will culminate in a digital event wherein the winning team will be featured on-site and will be awarded a 24 hour takeover of Speedo's social channels, plus there will be a prize box with sweet swag.

Speedo USA is a SwimSwam partner. 

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Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

Ryan Hoffer Explains Transition from Taper Swimmer to In-Season Stud

Ryan Hoffer Explains Transition from Taper Swimmer to In-Season Stud

February 22, 2021

We sat down with NCAA champion Ryan Hoffer, who's looking to help the bears defend their NCAA title from 2019. Hoffer breaks down what Cal's limited racing opportunities have been like this season and explains the difference in mentalities between practicing (or even racing in practice) and racing in a meet format. Hoffer admits that when he came to Cal, he wasn't the best in-season swimmer, focusing much more on swimming well once he had a good rest under his belt. However, Hoffer learned how to get his swimming tuned-in to be able to throw down in-season through his time with the bears.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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“Once Upon a Comeback” Doc Film Details Dara Torres’ Eating Disorder

“Once Upon a Comeback” Doc Film Details Dara Torres’ Eating Disorder

February 21, 2021

SEC Network will debut its latest SEC Storied documentary “Once Upon a Comeback,” the story of swimming sensation Dara Torres, on Monday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The film’s debut coincides with the SEC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, with the women’s airing Sunday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. and the men’s airing Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m.

Dara Torres pushed boundaries for both her gender and age, breaking records and forging new paths for women. However, underneath the success was a relentless mounting pressure to look a certain way. A star swimmer at the University of Florida, Torres won nine SEC individual championships, was named SEC Athlete of the Year in 1988 and earned 28 All-American swimming honors – the maximum possible during a college career – all while living with a severe eating disorder. Bulimic during her time at Florida, Torres speaks about this experience on-camera for the first time in-depth. Her journey is not uncommon, just rarely talked about, and highlights the dangers of competing at the highest levels and pushing the limits, both physically and psychologically. 

Torres would go on to win 12 Olympic medals over a 25-year span, participating in five Olympic Games. As a veteran swimmer and mother, her 2008 Olympic comeback is legendary, when at age 41, she became the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal. Now, she is an important role model for all collegiate and Olympic athletes, having navigated the difficult transition from elite athlete to a successful life after sport.

The film was directed by filmmaking duo Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters.

“We began our careers in sports television, Nancy at ABC Sports and me at NBC Sports, and followed Dara’s amazing journey through many National & World Swimming Championships and five Olympic games,” said Lax. “We are in awe of her accomplishments, especially in 2008 when she made her third Olympic comeback as a ‘working mom.’ She is a remarkable inspiration to all of us working moms. Being able to handle the pressure and juggle the responsibilities – and to do it all with such poise and perfection is fairytale-like.”

Collectively, Lax and Winters’ television and film productions have earned them 16 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and multiple CASE, Christopher, Cine Golden Eagle, Davey, Gracie, International Monitor, Telly and Sabre Awards. After building illustrious careers at rival networks -- Winters at ABC producing Wide World of Sports and directing soap operas — and Lax at NBC Sports directing, producing and managing the production of over 500 short films & profiles for the Atlanta, Sydney & Salt Lake City Olympic Games -- they fulfilled a lifelong dream of working together by joining forces in 2002.

An advance press screener is available upon request. Please contact Kimberly Elchlepp atKimberly.m.elchlepp@espn.com and Isabelle Lopez at Isabelle.M.Lopez@espn.com.

About SEC Storied
ESPN Films launched the SEC Storied documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the series has featured films that focus on the SEC’s recent and more distant past, including one of the most-viewed documentaries in ESPN history, The Book of Manning. In 2015, SEC Storied received its first two Sports Emmy nominations for both “Outstanding Sports Documentary” and “Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics” with the film It’s Time: The Story of Brad Gaines and Chucky Mullins.

About SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN launched SEC Network on August 14, 2014. The network televises hundreds of games across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth analysis and storytelling in studio shows such as SEC Nation, Thinking Out Loud and Rally Cap, daily news and information with SEC Now, original content such as TrueSouth, SEC Storied and SEC Inside, and more. Hundreds of additional live events are available for streaming exclusively on SEC Network’s digital companion, SEC Network+, via the ESPN App and SECNetwork.com. The network is also available in more than 135 countries throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia via ESPN Player, ESPN’s sports streaming service in the region.

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Music: Otis McDonald
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