Recruiting mishaps

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    • #12397
      miller
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      Today’s discussion about the 47.7 guy who’s really a 49.9 reminds me of two of my favorite recruiting mishaps.

      Young’ns, let these stories be a lesson to you.

      1) Believe it or not, the Czech Republic’s a few hours ahead of us. Cheadle once, at my urging (so I’m not blameles) called a recruit in the Czech Republic only to find out that he’d awoken his father from a deep sleep (because it was…oh…say 3am there). Upon his father understanding zero English, Cheadle pulled awesome move #2: Say the recruits name loudly and slowly into the phone. Awesome. Ivailo didn’t come to Kzoo. I know you’re supprised.

      2) I don’t know who this happened to, but at some point we had an actual recruit tell us he was thinking D1 but wanted to explore D3 as well. So, when we saw his times (59 in the 100 fly) we asked “Meters?” They weren’t, he didn’t come to Kzoo either.

      …and a less-funny story that ended better than the first 2:
      I think it was Robbins but it might have been Cheadle called a :58 flyer and told him “hey, we don’t know who you are but we see you’ve applied to school here….uh….do you want to swim?” THat guy turned out to be a 3-event top-6 guy at MIAAs and nearly got a B-cut in the 400IM. Now he’s coaching at a d-3 program and is probably one of our better success stories.

    • #35993
      silentp
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      Here’s 1:

      We were all making calls in the coaching offices and Vic comes out of one of the offices and was like “Coach, this kid says we already called him.” Apparently his sheet had been printed off twice, or it was spelled 2 ways, anyway, about 5 minutes after receiving a call from one K swimmer, Vic calls him and looks like a fool. He did not come to K to my knowledge.

    • #35994
      Low Tide
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      …and a less-funny story that ended better than the first 2:
      I think it was Robbins but it might have been Cheadle called a :58 flyer and told him “hey, we don’t know who you are but we see you’ve applied to school here….uh….do you want to swim?” THat guy turned out to be a 3-event top-6 guy at MIAAs and nearly got a B-cut in the 400IM. Now he’s coaching at a d-3 program and is probably one of our better success stories.

      Must be Fino — one of the largest time drops in college I have ever seen.

      I have a recollection of that call, but I am pretty sure it was not me who made it.

    • #35995
      miller
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      @silentp wrote:

      Here’s 1:

      We were all making calls in the coaching offices and Vic comes out of one of the offices and was like “Coach, this kid says we already called him.” Apparently his sheet had been printed off twice, or it was spelled 2 ways, anyway, about 5 minutes after receiving a call from one K swimmer, Vic calls him and looks like a fool. He did not come to K to my knowledge.

      We had a guy named Mark Glineburg and another named Mark Glinder…both from the same high school in Minnesota.

      They turned out to be the same guy…this might be the mishap of which you speak P-Fau.

      But in this particular case, we had talked to “them” (actually “him”) for weeks without being told they were the same dude….

    • #35996
      silentp
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      @miller wrote:

      We had a guy named Mark Glineburg and another named Mark Glinder…both from the same high school in Minnesota.

      They turned out to be the same guy…this might be the mishap of which you speak P-Fau.

      But in this particular case, we had talked to “them” (actually “him”) for weeks without being told they were the same dude….

      I think this was a different guy, but I could be wrong.

      Mark Glineburg graduated from St. Olaf last year and went to Nationals in multiple years. He was around a 1:53 and 4:06 in the IMs by the time he graduated. I knew there was a reason I remembered him, more than a typical recruit.

    • #35997
      Vic
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      @miller wrote:

      @silentp wrote:

      Here’s 1:

      We were all making calls in the coaching offices and Vic comes out of one of the offices and was like “Coach, this kid says we already called him.” Apparently his sheet had been printed off twice, or it was spelled 2 ways, anyway, about 5 minutes after receiving a call from one K swimmer, Vic calls him and looks like a fool. He did not come to K to my knowledge.

      We had a guy named Mark Glineburg and another named Mark Glinder…both from the same high school in Minnesota.

      They turned out to be the same guy…this might be the mishap of which you speak P-Fau.

      But in this particular case, we had talked to “them” (actually “him”) for weeks without being told they were the same dude….

      Yeah, I was the one who called the guy right after somebody else did. I felt pretty stupid on the phone with him. That’s a good example of how Coach Kent wasn’t that organized.

      As for Mark Glineburg, I remember his alter ego being Mark Olineburg. I remember seeing both names in the recruiting database and thinking, “they must be the same guy, I’m sure that Coach/Miller will notice too.” But, I guess that didn’t happen for awhile.

    • #35998

      We had some jackass kid from Texas pay to fly up here last year who told us he was 22 low and 48 in the 50/100 and had a 3.9 with good test scores. After he verbally comitted to some of the guys on his recruit weekend, we saw from his state meet results he went 51 in his hundred free 2 weeks later. He assured us via AIM that he just “had a bad meet,” and that he had gone 47 in practice a few days before. After he got rejected from K, we found out that he had lied to us about his times and test scores, and that he actually had a 2.7 and <900 on his SAT. I just don’t know who’s a bigger idiot… the kid for lying to us about his times and grades, thinking we wouldnt find out, or his bumfuck counselor who encouraged him to apply/visit kalamazoo

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