Men's 200IM: I think Mr. Markus Rogan (@mahrqoos) summed up perfectly the men's 200IM with his tweet earlier today: "Competing with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte is a bit like being a random third nation during the cold war. You're there, but that's it." I wrote my blog on USA Swimming's website earlier that every single swim fan in the world should mark their calendars for The Rematch on August 2nd, 2012. Because next summer, we could witness the biggest, most-hyped, and epicesterestnessfully AWESOME race in the history of Olympic swimming. Ryan Lochte is, now, the world's fastest swimmer ever -- shiny suits or not. He sliced one tenth off his 2009 WR and beat Michael in the process. Not that Michael has been training consistently. Which sets us up for next summer --- I hope NBC Sports Executives are licking their chops, because they just got a big juicy marketing steak literally handed to them.
Missy Franklin: What else can we say? 1:55.0 lead-off? That's incredible, and she's only 16 years old. Coming into the meet, I said that Franklin would have a big performance -- that she needed to have a big performance. Now she has had two epic relay performances. She's establishing herself, and she is poised to take the reins from Natalie.
James Magnusson: Aussie Aussie Aussi Oi Oi Oi! We saw this coming in the men's 100 freestyle, but still, it's a big win for the young Australian sprinting superstar-in-the-making/now. Personally I thought Nathan Adrian would pose a little more of a challenge and dip under :48 (as did some of our readers) but alas, it just wasn't in the cards tonight. Magnusson didn't beat his 47.4 time that he swam earlier in the meet, which means he doesn't get my "GREAT" status, but this was pretty much great.
American Women: Though no American swimmer made the final in the women's 200 fly (see: UGLY) the rest of the women did well. Soni looked smooth and could be poised to break a SECOND world record tomorrow. The 800 free relay was very solid, including a strong swim from Knutson. Vollmer and Coughlin slipped in the final in the women's 100 freestyle, and hopefully will improve placement tomorrow. Solid day, women!
Women's 200 Fly. Like Desantis said earlier, "I boycotted the 200 fly because no Americans made the final. I felt like it was the sportsmanlike thing to do." Indeed.
Backlash Against Felipe Silva: Check out this Swimming World article by John Lohn, who has been doing a tremendous job covering the World Championships thus far. SWM broke the story about the Silva butterfly kick at the end of the 50m breaststroke -- a race which he won. Since, there's been an incredible backlash against him. The truth of the matter is this: If you can find a loophole in the rules, swimmers use it to their advantage. Most breaststrokers do a butterfly kick at the end of a race. Because you won't get DQ'ed for it. Jeff Commings, the correspondent who brought this issue to light in the first place, was merely advocating for improved rules, namely, the implantation of video playback in swimming.
Which brings another issue to light: Should swimming use video playback to determine DQs? Most major sports have already used the technology. It's there. It exists. And if it aids in determining a more accurate result, why not use it? I'd love to hear your thoughts below, because I think this could be the next big issue in the swimming world (outside of the drugs, suits, etc, etc etc).
What do you think?