There was an article in this month's issue of "U.S. Swimming Volunteer"
newsletter concerning the Olympic Team. One point made was the makeup of
the team with regard to collegiate swimmers vs. USS club swimmers. In 1988,
there were 27 collegians on the team and no one who red-shirted a year to
train made the team. This year, there are only *9* collegiate swimmers on
the team - the rest are post-graduates or high schoolers. One reason is the
NCAA rule about training time forcing swimmers to leave school to train
(such as Evans and Sanders), but another reason is the vast improvement
in the quality of USS club coaching. Since 1984, United States Swimming
has conducted a vast education program for coaches and other members across
the country and this year's Olympic Trials shows the results. The article
says that the women's team may the best ever assembled. The men's team may
be equally as good, but will most likely face stiffer competition.
Very interesting article - in ***ia, there's been a trend the last ten
years or so seeing increased registration, faster times and more swimmers
making NJO and Senior National cuts - so the results can be seen at the
local level as well as the National level.
Charlie***rell VV VV 1991 Men's Soccer Champs.
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. VV VV 1992 Men's NIT Champions
U.Va. School of Engineering, Class of 1990 VV VV 1991 Women's ACC BB Champs.
(These are my opinions only) VVV