Experience Prevails in 50 Swim-off

Cullen Jones is more experienced! At 27 years old having competed in the Olympics, World Champs and many other big stage events his familiarity to big time situations was exactly what he needed to Make World Champs again in a swim-off again Josh Schneider. What a great event at the Charlotte UltraSwim!

Josh Schneider is a beast! He is a stronger, more powerful swimmer then Cullen. But he’s missing that experience a veteran created through doing 50’s perfectly when the pressure is on. Josh can swim faster than Cullen 9 out of 10 times in a race but the one time Cullen wins is the one that matters the most. But with every race comes more experience and the future looks bright for Josh!

To break down the swim-off it came down to two things. The start and the finish. Cullen nailed both! Josh who has worked on both these this year still has some work to do which should scare the rest of the world. He out swam Cullen to almost overcome a sub par start/breakout and a miss timed finish. One thing that stood out to me was the power Josh showed from 25 to 40 meters and pulled even with Cullen and maybe slightly ahead. Cullen has always been a great finisher though and he showed it again to touch .04 ahead of Josh. Video of the race [link]

I can’t wait to see it again but be right in the middle just like I have been for the last 10 weeks! If age and experience prevails I feel like I got a good shot!

Universal sports will be broadcasting the event live this weekend so check your cable provider and see if you have that station. And if you don’t it’s OK, just sign on to universal sports [link] and watch it online!


About Nick Brunelli

I am a World Champion, Former American Record Holder & still full time swimmer. I am a full time employee of Merck & co., a devoted husband and proud owner of a rescued Greyhound!

Posted on May 13, 2011, in Swim Training, Winning Mentality and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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