20 Question Tuesday: Rowdy Gaines
Olympic multi-gold medalist Rowdy Gaines has become one of the public faces of swimming in his role for NBC, but he’s also got another job, getting back to his love of the water in his new job as Vice President of Aquatics for the Central Florida YMCAs. Gaines is also excited about what he saw at Phillips 66 Nationals, hopes to see in Australia, and expects to see in Rio.
20 Question Tuesday: John Lohn
John Lohn built quite a name for himself working at Swimming World Magazine, and working for its website. Now at SwimVortex, Lohn takes a look back at Nationals, and ahead to the future, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Keri Hehn
Keri Hehn had a couple of close misses at Olympic Trials, and when she didn't make the team in 2008, she thought her career was missing something as it ended. But she didn't let that happen.
20 Question Tuesday: Bill Rose
Bill Rose is hoping his Mission Viejo Nadadores put their best catch and kick forward in the upcoming Phillips 66 National Championships. He shares a few stories about that, and tells us what is on his mind now, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Katie Ledecky
What a summer for Katie Ledecky. Her record swims last month in the 800 and 1500 even caught her a little off guard. The 2012 Olympian talks freestyle, living near DC, and what the future holds in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Elizabeth Beisel
Don’t look now, but Elizabeth Beisel’s career is entering hallowed territory as the talented University of Florida star and Olympic medalist focuses on 2016. She is almost excited beyond words to have signed as a professional with Speedo, and she has a lot of other things on her mind, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Dave Denniston
When Dave Denniston was paralyzed after a sledding accident, he went back in the water – where he'd narrowly missed the Olympic team twice. When Amy Van Dyken Rouen was paralyzed, Denniston was ready to reach out to his long-time friend. He talks about that, and how things have been going in his job as Resident Paralympic Team Coaching Fellow, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: B.J. Bedford-Miller
B.J. Bedford-Miller barely missed out on making the 1996 Olympic Team. She became close to Amy Van Dyken training with her in Colorado Springs, and then made the team and won gold with Amy in 2000. B.J. is planning to go see her brave hero next week where Amy is currently rehabbing. She talks about that, and what she expects from Amy in the future, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Kevin Cordes
Arizona’s Kevin Cordes now has an American record to count to his credits, but he’s looking for more. The transition to long course swimmer is still a work in progress, but he’s not about to back down. He talks about that and more in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Sarah Denninghoff Bennett
Sarah Denninghoff Bennett had made the National Team and then her swimming life came to a halt with a hip injury. She’s back, and what she’s learned along this journey has taught her a lot about life, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Cammile Adams
Cammile Adams keeps improving. The native Texan helped A&M continue its surge upward in the echelon of women’s swimming. The 2012 Olympian isn't about to slow down, either. She plans to give it all she’s got in the run-up to 2016, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Caitlin Leverenz
Caitlin Leverenz could have been more than content with two team NCAA Championships in college at Cal-Berkeley, and all the individual All-American honors as well as an Olympic medal. She’s not done yet, though she is at a different place in her life, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Mel Stewart
Mel Stewart knows a lot about swimming, from being a double gold and bronze winner in Barcelona, to his much read and much talked about SwimSwam.com. He talks about what has him excited about swimming in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Whitney Myers-Burnett
Whitney Myers-Burnett was one of those people you loved to root for, but her narrow misses at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials didn’t overshadow her gold-medal World/International efforts, or her All-American career at the University of Arizona under coach Frank Busch. She explains how all of those experiences led her to what she is doing now in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Rachel Komisarz-Baugh
Rachel Komisarz-Baugh has excelled on the deck just like she did in the water. The former University of Kentucky star and Olympic gold medalist was recently named head coach at Ohio University. She talks about being ready for the challenge of a head coaching job in 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy didn’t really surprise anyone who watches swimming with his amazing first year for Cal. The talented freshman has plenty left in the tank, which bodes well for the future of USA Swimming. He talks about this season and what he hopes for in the future, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Emma Reaney
Emma Reaney of Notre Dame has established herself as one of the nation's top breaststrokers at NCAAs. Reaney talks about what she’s learned, and how she hopes to apply it in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Maya DiRado
Maya DiRado had an NCAA Championship to remember, claiming the 200 IM and 400 IM, and along with Felicia Lee, sparking Stanford to a second place finish. The Stanford senior is hoping her swim career continues to take her to new heights, as she explains in 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Breeja Larson
Breeja Larson had quite a career at Texas A&M. After the 2012 Olympics and her final year as an Aggie swimmer last month at NCAAs, where she claimed another title, she’s looking forward to the future. She talks about that and more in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Dave Durden
Following titles in 2011 and 2012, Coach Dave Durden said 2013 was a “learning experience,” finishing second in the country is something a lot of schools would celebrate. That lofty bar Durden has set was cleared again with Cal winning this year’s NCAAs at Austin. He talks about that and more in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Greg Meehan
Greg Meehan knew during his time competing as a backstroker at Rider that he wanted to teach, and hopefully coach. He started at William & Mary, and then spent two years at Princeton before moving to the West coach as an assistant at UCLA and then head coach at Pacific. From there he ended up at Cal and is now head women’s coach at Stanford. He talks about his own unique journey in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Shannon Vreeland
Over the past three years Shannon Vreeland has claimed gold medals overseas several times. She also helped lead Georgia to back-to-back NCAA titles. The Kansas native talks about what’s up next, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Chuck Batchelor
Chuck Batchelor has had a lot of chances to interview for college jobs. But rather than move on, the long-time Bluefish coach chose instead to help swimmers move onto college and into life, and it’s a role he enjoys, as he explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Kathleen Baker
Just when the world thought the young U.S. talent was cycling through, another group of teens is moving onto the scene. Still a year from high school graduation, Kathleen Baker is known for her backstroke. She is also working on other events, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Alex Meyer
A Day in the Life of Alex Meyer, a video about the open water Olympian done with sponsor Vasa, is racking up the views online. The Harvard alum, who was 10th in London despite a shoulder injury, hopes for more in the future, as he explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Elizabeth Beisel
All we’ve watched Elizabeth Beisel do the past six years is… everything. A two-time Olympian at just 21, after her double-medal performance in London, the Florida Gator is headed to her final NCAAs. She talks about where the journey has taken her and what the future might hold in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Ashley Twichell
Ashley Twichell has had a big month and big year already. Big for winning the BHP Aquatic Super Series Swim the Swan Race in Australia, and then claiming the Midmar mile, and then signing a deal with TYR. She talks about training and her move to the east coast in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Jimmy Feigen
Jimmy Feigen is here, there and everywhere lately. His new video for the freestyle from the “Swim Like a Champion” collection has drawn a lot of press, but he’s also giving clinics nonstop from coast to coast. He talks about his evolution in the pool in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Eugene Godsoe
Whether he’s playing the piano and singing a song that gets 40,000-plus views online, or winning a medal for the U.S., Eugene Godsoe is having the time of his life. But as he explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday, nothing he does well came without a lot of hard work.
20 Question Thursday: Rebecca Soni
Rebecca Soni called it a career Thursday, officially retiring. And what a successful career it was for the most dominating breaststroker of the era. Rebecca, who turns 27 in mid-March, offered up some heartfelt, deep insights into her amazing career in a special tribute for this 20 Question Thursday.
20 Question Tuesday: Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel made 2013 count, from the Phillips 66 National Championships through Barcelona, all the way to the last relay at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool. The Stanford-bound sprinter talks about what she’s learned in the past couple of years in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Christine Marshall
Christine Marshall overcame a lot – including, herself, she admits – to make the 2008 Olympic team and win a bronze medal. Now a graduate of Texas A&M, she has headed east. While she is forging a business career, she’s also recently got back in the water, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Nick Thoman
After an incredible run to gold and silver in London, Nick Thoman came home energized. But just as quickly, he found his battery in need of a recharge. He took a couple of extended breaks. In December, he returned to the pool swimming faster than ever. Thoman talks about that and more in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Claire Donahue
After making the 2012 Olympic team, a series of injuries threatened to turn 2013 into a year that Claire Donahue would just as soon forget. Despite setbacks, the Tennessee native and Western Kentucky University product found herself earning a spot on the 2013 Worlds team as she explains in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Tyler McGill
Well, hello 2014 – Tyler McGill has put together quite a 2011-2013, getting married, winning Olympic gold, becoming a father, and getting hired as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater, Auburn. He talks about that and more in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Christine Magnuson
Christine Magnuson won two silver medals in Beijing, and followed it up with gold at Worlds in 2011. She barely missed the 2012 Olympic team, but came back to win the 50 fly and make the 2013 World Championship team. Now retired, Magnuson has not slowed down one bit, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Ricky Berens
Eight international gold medals and five silver international medals. Not a bad run from 2007 to 2013 for University of Texas alum Ricky Berens. But it’s retirement for the 25-year-old, and he tells us why in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Jim Henry
Jim Henry had a lot of success as an All-American and NCAA team title winner at the University of Texas, where he also coached before moving to Yale. The former Peddie and University of Denver coach is learning a lot building a program at Yale, as Henry explains in this weeks 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Chloe Sutton
As 2013 begins its quick draw to a close, everything is different for two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton. After a lifetime of great memories and great results on the West Coast, she realized the next chapter of her life would require some change so she moved to the East Coast, found a great roommate and is focusing on her turns and flexibility. Sutton talks about that and more in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Garrett Weber-Gale
Garrett Weber-Gale just keeps moving forward. His trip to the Maccabiah Games was life-changing and only affirmed his faith even more. His 2013 marriage has helped him set a course for the rest of his life – along with the MBA he is doing in Austin, Texas. He talks about that and more in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Kim Vandenberg
Kim Vandenberg won bronze with the women’s 4x200 free relay at the Beijing Olympic Games. The UCLA product, who turns 30 on Dec. 13, is still swimming. and she's traveled the world several times over, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Micah Lawrence
Don’t look now, but the 200 breaststroke is once again among women’s events that the U.S. is developing great depth in this quadrennial. Along with Breeja Larson, World Championships bronze medalist and 2012 Olympian Micah Lawrence are among that talented group. Lawrence swam collegiately at Auburn, and now at SwimMAC, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Allison Schmitt
To think Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt had an “off year” in 2013 would be absurd, especially considering she helped lead Georgia to the NCAA Championship following her incredible successes in London. The time off since World team trials has allowed “Schmitty” to recharge as she explains in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Natalie Coughlin
Natalie Coughlin went to visit the troops in Spain as part of an outreach with National Team veteran Kim Vandenberg. Coughlin tells us what that was like, and where she believes her decorated swim career is headed in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Stephanie Peacock
Stephanie Peacock was on track at the University of North Carolina for All American honors. Then she began to struggle with a lingering injury. She recovered in time to take gold at the World University Games. She explains that emotional rollercoaster in this week's 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Maritza Correia-McClendon
Maritza Correia-McClendon looks back on her career more fondly than ever, and now that she has moved to Nike headquarters she is excited about the challenges and opportunities of building her career. She talks about everything going on in her life in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Megan Jendrick
Her gold medal breaststroke performance in Sydney put Megan Quann front and center in the world of swimming. Thirteen years later, Megan Jendrick decided to retire from swimming. She’ll still be very involved in the sport, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Laura Sogar
After claiming the NCAA title in the 200 breaststroke, Laura Sogar came back and won 200 breaststroke silver at the World University Games in Russia, The University of Texas post-grad talks about how she got to this point, and just where she's headed, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: BJ Bedford-Miller
Just when life seems to be in a rhythm, things tend to change, sometimes bigtime. For 2000 gold medalist B.J. Bedford-Miller, finding out how amazing her daughter is, and why – coupled with B.J.’s own career change – got this Olympian headed into a new, exciting direction in life, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Charlie Houchin
All Charlie Houchin does is win medals. Well, maybe not always, but in middle distance freestyle, the Michigan alum has been solid for nearly four years now. He shared a few insights on his incredible run – which he hopes to continue through 2016 – in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Lindsay Mintenko
Lindsay Mintenko had a title-winning career at USC and then won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Now the National Team Managing Director of USA Swimming, she’s thrilled to see the USA Swimming women dominating individual events and relays, as she explains in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
20 Question Tuesday: Susan Woessner
Susan Woessner—a former Indiana University swimmer who completed her master’s degree in social work at the University of Texas—is USA Swimming’s Director of Safe Sport. She took up the position three years ago, though she has been with the sport’s National Governing Board for nearly a decade.
20 Question Tuesday: Katie Ledecky Part 2
The Olympics were a dream that Katie Ledecky first entertained when talking to her coach during a goal-setting session. The Olympic gold medalist tells that story and more, the final of a two-part 20 Question Tuesday.