A Tale Of Two Fast-Improving Sprinters: Federico Grabich & Santo Condorelli

Santo Condorelli, of Canada (courtesy of Swimming Canada), and Federico Grabich of Argentina (YouTube)

When Federico Grabich clocked 48.60 in the heats of the 100m freestyle at the Pan Am Games in Toronto yesterday, he celebrated a maiden sprint inside 49sec. By the close of the day, he had axed his high back to 48.11, via 48.26, relay and solo, the latter reaping gold; and yet, he did not end the day the fastest two-lapper in Toronto – Santo Condorelli, 47.98. The men and their progress …

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When Federico Grabich clocked 48.60 in the heats of the 100m freestyle at the Pan Am Games in Toronto yesterday, he celebrated a maiden sprint inside 49sec. By the close of the day, he had axed his high back to 48.11, via 48.26, relay and solo, the latter reaping gold; and yet, he did not end the day the fastest two-lapper in Toronto – Santo Condorelli, 47.98. The men and their progress …

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jorge_aguado

Something important to note. Argentina national swimming team is under the tutelage (consulting) of Bill Sweetenham since 2013. He was in La Loma (Mexico) three weeks with the team. The results are coming. The coaching mentality is changing.

Craig Lord

Thanks Jorge. Well worth noting. A line and a link added.

maxhardie

Grabich was mainly a backstroker (100m) and has now converted into a 100 & 200 freestyler (I expect him to swim within 1.47). I also expect a fast time from 18 year old Santiago Grassi in 100 fly.

Craig Lord

Federico was stuck on 55sec (55 flat his best) 100 back for 5 years … so good move to free … but his career performances list indicates that he gave as much to freestyle as he gave to backstroke, maxh: 15 sub 50.5s since 2011, with just 9 efforts 56 or better on back in same period … can you point me to an interview or moment when a switch was made in terms of focus? Thanks

maxhardie

In London he swam 100 back and struggled. I think that he realised about his potential in 100 & 200 free in the last 2 to 3 years. The new Australian coach Bill Sweetenham helped a lot. In a recent interview Federico mantioned that his training focus has changed from distance volume to speed.

Craig Lord

Thanks Maxh

jorge_aguado

Another reason of the switch is that he has some health issues in his back

Craig Lord

Jorge, can it really be called a switch? His first selections and most successes/podiums were/have nearly all been on freestyle 50 to 200.

Bruinbil32

How about Canada’s Karl Krug’s 47.98 relay lead off on the silver-medal wining 400 FR last nite?

Only sub48.0 of relay or 100 free race itself.

Not too shabby and only second Maple Leaf man in the 47s all-time.

He’s an ex- Auburn swimmer and is now training w/David Marsh at SwimMAC. His ” fellow” Canuk Chantal V. spanked a certain multi- Olympic gold-medalist pretty good in the women’s 100 free too. She’s a University of Georgia product and has a pair of NCAA team championship rings on her resume.

Obviously Canasa wanted to make a splash in Toronto and so far they’re doing it — Iun spades.

As for Uncle Sam’s troops, Al I can say is ” Thank Goodness” for Allison Schmitt and Sean Lehane. Our cupboard is pretty empty otherwise.

Name WItheld

So, Grabich improved his 100 free PR by over 2% in one season? Just leapfrogged the best those slacker no-talents Biondi, Popov and Klim could do in a lifetime, like he was picking up a qualifying time for nationals.

Uh-huh.

Do we know what would be said if a marathoner lopped off 3 minutes from the previous season, a mile runner PRed by 4 seconds, or the 100m WR came down by 0.2s that fast?

Yes. Yes, we do know what would be said.

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