Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cullen Jones has broken the American record in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships.

Cullen Jones ROCKS the 50 -free! I am going to go out on a limb and presume The Valley Swim Club inspired him! From AP:

Jones touched in 21.41 seconds Saturday night, lowering the old mark of 21.47 set by Garrett Weber-Gale at last year's Olympic trials.

He edged Weber-Gale in a swim-off for the second spot in the event at the world championships later this month. Weber-Gale was clocked in 21.70.


The photo above comes from the website: Dotell Productions which produced a documentary film called Parting the Waters: the best-kept secret in sports!

From Lane 9 News:

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 11. WITH the "Ecstasy of Gold" [From the movie, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly staring Erik Hochstein Clint Eastwood.] playing over the public address system adding to the drama of the western-style showdown, the crowd erupted to the introductions of SwimMAC-Carolina's Cullen Jones and Longhorn's Garrett Weber-Gale as they prepped for the men's 50 free swimoff.


From Universal Sports:

"We took a -- not a gamble, but something different. I tried the LZR. I've always felt comfortable in that since last year,'' he said. "Jaked, still, I feel is a really great suit for me. They both fit right, so we're going to see what we can do at worlds. I try not to put too much faith in the suit. I put faith in the work I do.''


My take: I am impressed he chose the LZR even though I don't like Speedo. I betcha' he wasn't on the starting blocks thinking, "I want to go to Rome and be a world champion" - I am presuming he was thinking he was going to win for each of those kids denied a chance to swim at The Valley Swim Club due to their race.

I betcha' every single kid denied a chance to swim that day knows who Cullen Jones is now!

I commend USA Swimming and all the people that sent them an email urging them to jump on this.


nm said...

awesome! stoked for jonesy!

Trev said...

THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE! Truth be told, I would've been thrilled to see either -- or both -- of them go to Rome in the 50.