The Social Kick Podcast
About this podcast
Welcome to the social kick podcast. Tune every week for up-to-date swim talk to fill your social kick needs!
About this podcast
Welcome to the social kick podcast. Tune every week for up-to-date swim talk to fill your social kick needs!
The Social Kick Podcast
Breaking Down the ISL Draft and the New Auburn Head Coach
The Social Kick are finally back together again, discussing the recent announcements of the ISL Draft and new Auburn Head Coach. The 2021 ISL season is gearing up to be the most interesting yet. With a new and upcoming draft selection process, there is a chance for greater equality within the teams and greater competition all round. It might look confusing at first, but we’ve tackled the format head-on, commenting on the overall process and potential rookie picks. We also discuss the recent appointment of alumni Ryan Wochomurka as the new Auburn swimming and diving coach. Bryan reminisces about his time at Auburn and Ryan’s potential to shape the team into something great for the years to come. Grab a beer, comment your top ISL pick and join us in our fireside chat. thesocialkick.com SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Distance Swimming Training and Distance Mental Training with Felix Auboeck
Austrian ISL star and NCAA Champion Felix Auboeck has continued his dominance in middle-distance freestyle. At the recent 2021 Swim Open Stockholm meet, Felix qualified for his second Olympics in the 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle events. Not to mention breaking two Austrian records in the process. Austria’s swimming star, Felix has trained with the best. Studying at Michigan in 2016-2020, his NCAA history proves he isn’t one to overlook. In 2019, his outstanding comeback after a surprising 200 and 500 led Felix to the long-awaited title of NCAA Champion in 1650-yard freestyle. Moving to train at Loughborough University in 2020, Felix has thrived in a new training regime. A combination of threshold and race pace sets which have pushed both his mental and physical strength. Listen as we discuss his ‘what-if’ preparation for Tokyo, the newly added women’s 1500m and men’s 800m to the Olympic program and most importantly: what it takes to be a world-class distance swimmer. Enjoy our distance clinic with Felix! thesocialkick.com SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
The Most Influential Person In Sport: Dick Pound
The Social Kick are honored to have Dick Pound on the show this week! The first ever President of the World-Anti Doping Agency and two-time Vice President of the International Committee, Dick Pound is a giant in the world of sport. A chartered accountant and lawyer, Dick’s roots are in swimming. Representing Canada at 1960 Rome Olympics and 1962 Perth British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Dick held the Commonwealth record for the 110yards Freestyle. Dick is the longest serving member of the IOC, playing a pivotal part in revolutionizing the Olympic movement in a multi-billion-dollar franchise by negotiating TV and sponsorship deals. His drive and passion in the fight against drugs in sport has led to his involvement in world-wide news stories and controversies. Particularly, his work on the Ben Johnson drug scandal at the 1988 Seoul Games and motivation for change within drug-testing in sport. Be captivated by his knowledge and motivation for change as we discuss his impactful career, Olympic involvement and remarkable cases. Enjoy our chat with Dick Pound! SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Marie Wattel finds solutions
Marie Wattel roars onto the podcast this week after her recent success at the 2021 FNN Golden Tour in Marseille. Marie won the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Competing for France, she trains at Loughborough University in England, a move she made in 2016 after deciding she needed a change in her training following her performance at the Rio Olympics. We chat about her decision to move to England, French trials and how she adapted to training in France over lockdown. Marie also gives an insight into her next steps after graduation and the differences between her training in France and England (including no more 200m Flys)! As she matures as an athlete, watch how Marie Wattel improves her training styles and tackles spaghetti arm freestyle. One thing is for sure, Marie Wattel finds solutions. Enjoy! SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
The Biggest Bear Reece Whitley
Fresh off the block from Men’s NCAAs, breaststroker Reece Whitley joins us on The Social Kick. Reece holds the second fastest ever time in the 200 Breaststroke SCY and has soared onto the international swimming scene over the last few years. Looking ahead to the summer, we discuss his recent performance at NCAAs alongside his Cal teammates (even if he never sees them train), and the impressive roster working towards the 200m Breaststroke final at Olympic Trails. Not just a great athlete but a great teammate, Reece talks about his pride in being a leader for the new recruits joining the Bears and gives us his best, on-the-spot, ISL draft pitch for this season. In the wake of Eddie Reece’s retirement announcement, Reece credits Cal’s dominance in the pool over the last years to the coaching excellence of David Durden and how a good coach holds a lasting magnetism over a team. A hardworking athlete and arguably the best reaction face in swimming, Reece Whitley is definitely one to watch. Enjoy! SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Shaine Casas is the most stunning swimmer on the planet.
Shaine Casas is not just looking to win big at NCAAs this week, he's looking to break records. The 2019 U.S. National Champion in 100m Backstroke joins us on the first day of Men's NCAAs to talk about his mentality and goals. Swimming for Texas A&M, Casas is the 4th fastest swimmer in the 200 Backstroke SCY and only a second away from Ryan Murphy's fastest swim ever. An enthusiastic young athlete, Casas radiates energy and wisdom, bringing it on deck to every practice and meet. Tune in to hear about his Olympic dreams, 'person before swimmer' attitude and impressive shoe collection. Enjoy! SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
World Champion Maggie MacNeil looks to create more history
2019 World Champ in 100m Butterfly, Canadian star Maggie MacNeil joins the show on the eve of NCAAs. SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Unsung Hero- Trailblazing Black Swimmer Enith Brigitha
We chat with a swimming hero, from her home in Holland. Enith Brigitha was the first black swimmer to win an Olympic medal with 2 bronzes in the 100 & 200 free at the 1976 Montreal games, and while such a monumental feat as breaking the podium color barrier deserves the utmost praise, tragically, her 100 free bronze should have been gold. Enith burst onto the world scene as a young 17yr old at the 1972 Munich Olympics, finaling in 3 individual events and 2 relays. She’d come back a year later in 73 to win an individual silver medal at the first ever world championships. She was clearly headed for Montreal to do something big. But just as Enith was ready to peak, the East Germans were making plans of their own, by creating one of the darkest periods in sports history as their systematic doping programme allowed the DDR to dominate world athletics for many years to come, and famously was on full display at the 76 Games where East German women won all but 2 swimming events. Enith was beaten only by 2 East Germans, both of whom an investigation would eventually prove were aided by performance enhancing drugs. 45years later, the IOC still has not disqualified their tainted results, which means Enith still doesn’t have her gold medal. It was a true honor for us to share this conversation with such a trailblazer, deserving of far more credit than she has received.
Jamal Hill is Teaching 1 million People to Swim
Over 300,000 people a year die from drowning globally, mostly in developing countries. 3500 Americans a year die from drowning, mostly from low to middle income and black and brown communities. Contributors factors: access to pools and other bodies of water, fear of water, cost of learn to swim programs. Our guest in this episode, is on a mission to change those stats, and by the way, leave it to a paralympian without full function of his limbs to show the world that anyone CAN swim. Jamal Hill is an American Paralympic swimmer currently competing in the S10 classification (for those of you who aren’t familiar with para classification, we talk about it). He’s a many-time US national champion and currently focused on qualifying for Tokyo. Jamal runs a non-profit called SwimUpHill that teaches a learn-to-swim curriculum called the BOWL / BENCH / BUCKET method that doesn’t require a pool or body of water. Their goal: teach a million people to swim. People if you’re not out there getting it done, listen to the words of this dude and go get after it. He’s awesome. Here’s our conversation with Jamal Hill. SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Gustavo and Gus Borges- Parents Need to Pretend to be Grandparents
Tudo Bem to Brazilian swimming royalty, with 4-time Olympic medalist, World, and NCAA champion Gustavo Borges and his son, University of Michigan sprinter Gus Borges. For those who may not have followed swimming in the early 90s, Gustavo Borges was one of the best swimmers in the world. In his first Olympics he came 2nd to Popov in 92 in the 100free, and backed it up 4yrs later in Atlanta with a bronze in the same race. How big of a deal was he? Two more Olympic appearances later he carried the flag for Brazil in the closing ceremonies in Athens. He was the man. So, what’s it like to be his son and decide you also want to be a swimmer? This conversation should be mandatory listening for all swim parents. It’s a masterclass in how to support your kids to find their passion and if you’re the kid, how to follow in your high-achieving parent’s footsteps without the weight of the world bearing down on you. These guys have been coached by some of the legends of the sport. In 1990 Gustavo moved from BR to the USA to train at the famous Bolles School in Jacksonville Florida under Gregg Troy, then onto Michigan to swim for Jon Urbanchek. When his son Gus eventually became a recruit himself, he was given only one restriction – can’t go to Ohio State. Gus followed in dad’s footsteps to become a Wolverine and swim for Mike Bottom. Needless to say, they’ve picked up quite a few useful lessons along the way, and this conversation, is all about them. Hope you enjoy it. Here’s father and son, Gustavo and Gus Borges. SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbmxjdMDo4UHcB9bEUWsQg LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-kick-podcast/id1478682639 FOLLOW: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialkickpodcast/
Coleman Stewart doesn't set time based goals
Do you ever watch a really fast swimmer and think “wow, how do they do that?” In this episode, we get to talk to one of them. Coleman Stewart. He’s one of the best underwater kickers in the world, proven as an NCAA champion in the 100 backstroke, and from recently stacking up backstroke wins this past season in the International Swim League. It’s no wonder Jason Lezak texted him the night the NCAA Championships got cancelled due to COVID recruiting him to the Cali Condors - he’s a stud in the short course pool and of course became a huge asset for the eventual ISL champions. The Olympics however are long course, so we discuss his strategy for getting on the team, but not before nerding out on what makes Coleman so lightning fast underwater, and also hearing what’s in the special sauce that brought his college team NC State back to national prominence. He’s such a down to earth guy. Felt like we were really talking to the person, not the swimmer. Super fun conversation. Hope you enjoy it.
Marco Koch is ready for 99% of anything in Swimming
Triple World Champion Marco Koch tore up Season 2 of the ISL. He is a favorite to win the 200 Breast Olympic Gold Medal based on his recent form. Or is he? This is a packed event, but also an event waiting for that break through. What is Marco doing to be that star in Tokyo?
Why don't you play basketball or football? Giles Smith joins the show.
Swimming has a diversity problem, so we spent some time getting Giles's perspective on how to bring the black and brown communities into swimming, addressing pool access and water safety, while also hearing about the historical swimmers of color that have inspired Giles and countless others to dream. Giles is proof that sports don’t have to define you – he works in real estate, but he’s found the harmony to get the best out of both aspects of his professional life. Of course, we get in deep on butterfly technique and training, and also some race strategies he’s working on like going no breath at the end of the 100 fly long-course. After a couple years of retirement, Giles is back swimming at the top of his game and doing it with a refreshingly peaceful and positive attitude that will surely leave an indelible mark on the young swimmers he’s inspiring. Hope you enjoy. Here’s our chat with Giles Smith.
Béryl Gastadello Worked for Her Success
Hey everybody. We’re back, with the Queen B herself, our guest today is LA Current Superstar and French National Teamer Beryl Gastaldello. You know her as one of the most versatile swimmers on the planet. After bursting onto the world scene with her breakthrough 2019 season in the International Swim League, Beryl came back in 2020 to one up herself and put the world on notice with a dominant season culminating with a 4th place overall finish in the league MVP standings. Her seemingly rapid ascent to the upper echelon of swimming may have turned a lot of heads, but it was no surprise to her. She’s goofy and brings the laughs, but don’t be fooled by her lighthearted demeanor. When she speaks about her training and what she plans to achieve, it’s with such voracity and intentionality that when you hear her say it, you not only believe she thinks she can do it, she makes you believe she’ll do it. Now, we did run into some audio issues while recoding this one and tried our best to clean it up but there are a few rough moments we hope you’ll push through, as Beryl drops some incredible perspective. This is our chat with Beryl. Enjoy!
Ato Boldon and Gary Hall Jr on Elite Speed
The Social Kick crew is joined by Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Gary Hall Jr. and four-time Olympic medal track star and commentator Ato Boldon. In this show, they discuss: -Pure Speed -If sprinters are born or made -The differences between swimming speed and track speed -Areas both sports can improve and learn from each other
2021 kicks off with youth and speed. We can’t wait to share how this young man is growing our sport, encouraging kids younger and kids of lower rankings to keep at it despite what is thrown at them. We talk about the struggle with Covid and maintaining confidence throughout, and about his race and how it contributes to swimming. Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones- better be following David as he is about to take your 50 free baton and lead the sport.
Caroline Burckle reached the highest levels in swimming: NCAA champion, Olympic bronze medalist (2008 – 800free relay). But it’s what she’s building outside the pool that may outshine her swimming career. Together with fellow Olympian Rebecca Soni, Burckle runs Rise-Athletes, a mentorship platform where professional athletes work 1:1 with young athletes on mindset development and mental health skills. In this episode we discuss the Rise approach to guiding young athletes, as well as what its like to start and run your own business. We also get into some of Caroline’s experiences working with different coaches and the learning and adaptation process it takes to get coach and athlete on the same page to achieve the best outcome. We talk about her experience with body image and advice for coaches on how to manage interactions with their athletes in the most helpful way. Caroline is charismatic and insightful. She’s up front, and down to earth. A few minutes with Caroline and you know you’re with a high-achiever. You’re going to enjoy this one!
James Gibson, Head Coach of the World's Greatest Swim team?
While James Gibson is currently known for his leadership of the Energy Standard professional swim team, he’s also a former World Champion (2003 – 50BR) and Olympic Finalist (2004 – 100BR). His training squad is not only one of the very few elite teams of professional swimmers in the world, they do something no other pro team does: they practice and compete together as one team. Sounds simple, but this model does not exist in swimming, and what Energy Standard created was the precursor for starting a professional swim league that we now know as the ISL (International Swimming League). This conversation was recorded the day James learned his team’s travel plans for 2021 might be in peril due to new travel restrictions related to the pandemic – adding another obstacle to the list he and his team have had to navigate in an unprecedented year. This was a good opportunity to share some laughs and get the inside perspective on how the ISL brass plans to continue improving the league, while also picking the brain of a guy who coaches a diverse collection of the fastest swimmers on the planet. We had a blast chatting with James, and hope you enjoy!
2x World Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist Kylie Masse joins us from her base in Toronto as she gets back into Olympic training following her second ISL season and first as team captain of the expansion squad, Toronto Titans. Is the 100 backstroke the deepest, most competitive event in women's swimming? What does it take to win back to back world titles, and prep for the Olympics with a target on your back? Are there actually people who think Canadian bacon is better than real bacon?! This conversation was a blast and hits on so many fun topics with one of the best swimmers in the world today. Enjoy!
DC Trident coach and Olympic multi-medalist Kaitlin Sandeno joins us for a virtual hangout. How much would she give up to get Dressel on her team? "Everyone." Kaitlin gives us the inside scoop on how the idea of a league was kicked around in swimming circles before finally coming to fruition, how she got involved as a GM, and what life is like at the helm of a professional swimming team. Kaitlin self proclaims she would have been a stellar pickup for an ISL team in her hey-day as one of the most versatile distance swimmers ever. We don't disagree, and we hope you have as much fun listening as we did with this conversation.