Lots of events to review!
Bizzle, on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008, 2:00 PM, said:
Except for the fact that Lochte didn't even make the team in the 100 back, this is dead on. The 100, there are a lot of people in the world (Meeuw being the main one, but also Tamcock, Rogan, and Vyatchanin) that have a shot at winning that event.The 100 would be a lot more interesting if the US could send 6 people instead of just 2-Lochte, Thoman, Bal and Phelps are all probably able to make finals in the 100 back.Pretty accurate. Crocker is one of two simmers I really hate.In world record time. He went 1:44.10 at Trials making about 5 mistakes and still is a full second faster than anyone else in the world this year.US should win the other two relays handily
Nice 1-2 in the 100 back from the US-would have been a significantly better event if the US could have sent more than 2 though.Phelps obviously crushed the 200 fly and 200 free, although I am guessing (and this is a total guess) he lost his goggles in the 200 fly. We'll see what he says in his press conference later.Having 4 of the top 6 in the world in the 200 free heading into the games, plus the guy who is 2 full seconds faster than anyone else, really helps.
Bizzle, on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008, 2:35 PM, said:
In the 200, Manaudou, Pelligrini, Hoff, Isakovic and Schmitt have all been under 1:56-it'd be surprising if the gold wasn't someone from this group. I've liked how Pelligrini has looked in a few Euro meets-I like her chances in this.In the backstrokes, Coughlin is the class of the world in the 100. Hoelzer, Coventry, Zueva, Manaudou, and Seebholm all will be fighting for the silver medal.In the breaststrokes, Liesl Jones should win both handily, but we thought the same at the last Olympics and she won neither. I think she will win the 100 easilyThe 200 IM will be the best race of the women's side. Between Hoff, Coughlin, Coventry, and Rice, you are probably looking at 4 of the top 8 swimmers at the meet swimming the same event. It will probably take a world record, and it might take a world record to medal. I like how Coughlin's schedule lines up for this-her and Rice will be the most rested for this event. This is going to be awesome to watch.
I miscalled the 200 free during the race-thought Isakovic would get there. She was quite impressive though, she will be a force at Cal.Coughlin got the win because Coventry didn't pull it together in finals-I didn't expect her to show that sort of speed. The 200 back is going to be quite a race.Solid swim for Liesl.Indeed, it was the best race on the women's side-it is tough to imagine how the WR was 2:09.7 not too long ago. Feel real bad for Coventry, but Rice deserved it. Hoff is looking a little gunshy at this point-will be interesting to see how she reacts if she is in a pressure situation in the 800 free relay. Coughlin outsplitting her in the breast is shameful.