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    • #12154
      lirpa
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      I have to say this guy is a surprise on the national scene. Freshman from Russia was the only swimmer from his entire team at ECACs, and only swam the 100 fly and 50 free, 49.48 and 20.93!

      Honestly, I had never even heard of Old Westbury College before. Does anyone know anything about this guy? I’m picturing Ivan Drago.

      This may be a lone wolf to top all lone wolves!

    • #32938
      The Treat
      Member

      @lirpa wrote:

      I have to say this guy is a surprise on the national scene. Freshman from Russia was the only swimmer from his entire team at ECACs, and only swam the 100 fly and 50 free, 49.48 and 20.93!

      Honestly, I had never even heard of Old Westbury College before. Does anyone know anything about this guy? I’m picturing Ivan Drago.

      This may be a lone wolf to top all lone wolves!

      thats ridiculous, ivan drago couldnt swim with that enormous body. his flexibility is sub-par. plus, he’d be too busy mashing that machine that shows how strong he is.

    • #32939
      Chris Knight
      Member

      There is a swimmer in Rocky IV: In the opening montage they show a newspaper headline on the subject of Olympic champion swimmer Mrs. Drago (Brigitte Neilson).

      Yes, I am a dork.

    • #32940

      Isn’t it great that D-III always seems to come up with these Lone Wolf swimmers? I mean, Lone Wolf in the absolute definition of the term: a spectacular swimmer that completely stands out from teammates and makes a huge splash on the national level. Truly, I think this is what makes D-III such a compelling story.

      Lone Wolves that come to mind (and, of course, this is leaving this discussion open for contributions):

      Eddis Singleton, Mount Union College
      Kenko Nagai, Bethany College, WV (in 2001 he was top 3 in both BR’s)
      Kris Alden Alshabkoun, The University of Chicago (won the 100 Br in 1989, 3rd in 1990, 5th in 1991, trained in a 20 yard pool, and was the only All-American from Chicago until 2004).

      Others?

      BTW: Rocky HIMSELF swam a little bit in “Rocky III:” part of his training program with Apollo’s trainers. The 25 fly Rocky did was absolutely the worst butterfly I’ve ever seen. I was 10 when I first saw that movie, and I could have beaten him then.

    • #32941
      swim5599
      Member

      How about the 2002 womens nat champ in the 200 fly
      Or last years men’s champ in the 200 back

    • #32942
      swim5599
      Member

      My mistake the 1999 women’s champ in the 200 fly

    • #32943

      @swim5599 wrote:

      My mistake the 1999 women’s champ in the 200 fly

      Eh, 2002 works too. At the time, Peggy Whitbeck was a lone wolf from Grove City.

      And the ’99 men’s 200 fly also works: Eric Phillips of Misericordia.

    • #32944
      swim5599
      Member

      any other lone wolf nat champions out there.

    • #32945

      While Peggy was great, and I did see her swim many times, she wasn’t truly a Lone Wolf. Sarah Erdos had gone to NCAA’s in the few years before that, so GCC Women’s Swimming had a bit of history. GCC was also always very good. Didn’t Sarah and Peggy actually qualify in the same year?

      It is also Eric SWEENEY from College Misericordia.

      Joe Turi, the 1993 and 1994 champ in the 100 breast, from John Carroll College.

      John Limouze and before that, Mike Heithaus from Oberlin.

      Louis Petto, 92-94 500 free, SUNY New Paltz.

      Great swimmers who stood out on their own.

    • #32946

      @PioneerSwimming wrote:

      It is also Eric SWEENEY from College Misericordia.

      Oops. Thanks for the correction.

      @PioneerSwimming wrote:

      While Peggy was great, and I did see her swim many times, she wasn’t truly a Lone Wolf. Sarah Erdos had gone to NCAA’s in the few years before that, so GCC Women’s Swimming had a bit of history. GCC was also always very good. Didn’t Sarah and Peggy actually qualify in the same year?

      Sarah Erdos’ qualifying days had actually ended by the time Peggy started. In fact, I think there was an empty year between when Sarah qualified and when Peggy started. But in any case, if we’re defining “lone wolf” as someone who stands virtually alone at the national level over the long life of a school’s program…..yeah, you make a very good point.

    • #32947
      Psimon3
      Member

      Beth Groselle of Hiram College in the 100 Breast (2004)

    • #32948
      lirpa
      Member

      Is this guy around still?

      http://www.oldwestburypanthers.com/sports/swim/2006-07/mroster

      Very difficult website to navigate, impossible to find results.

      This guy is like Keyser Soze. Very mysterious. Will he be there at nationals??

      And like that, he was gone………..

    • #32949

      Theres Joel Rosseau, lonewolf and somewhat of a one trick pony from Worcestor Polytech (not quite the MIT). when i the one trick pony, i only say it in means of a comparison (to his 100 fly). Sure he has his 100 back, placing somewhere in the B final and the 100 free at a 46, but Had he gone what he went in prelims, he would have been second in the 100 fly to Hake. bubble watch?

    • #32950
      swim5599
      Member

      Joel R will definately be in the nat championship picture this year. In fact his 49.1 that he went last year is the fastest returning time. I am not saying he will win, but he will have a chance

    • #32951

      Joel R will definately be in the nat championship picture this year. In fact his 49.1 that he went last year is the fastest returning time. I am not saying he will win, but he will have a chance

      No way! Do you think he really will?

    • #32952
      trout3
      Member

      Found Yury… He’s swimming unattached at the Senior Metropolitan Meet in NY….. http://bgnwmarlins.usswim.net/Results/2007/SeniorMets/Finals/f8.htm

      Score:

      NY Athletic Club 1080
      Yury 61

    • #32953
      Chris Knight
      Member

      Seriously, who is this guy?

      Has anybody else read the press releases on the Old Westbury site? They are way stranger than average:

      @SUNY Old Westbury Sports Information wrote:

      “Overall this weekend was a major career step for Yury Zimarev; it brought him into competition at a national level. In the process, Division III athletics gained greater respect. This victory was followed by a strong performance at the ECAC Championship.”

      What does that even mean?

    • #32954
      N Dynamite
      Member

      @Chris Knight wrote:

      Has anybody else read the press releases on the Old Westbury site? They are way stranger than average:

      That one’s amazing. Not sure what they’re saying. How about:

      …finished in second place in the 200 Freestyle against St. Joseph’s (LI), finishing at 3:20.63.

      How is that even possible?
      And:

      First stroke is slated for 11:30am

      Very unique.

    • #32955
      openwater
      Member

      Sports Illustrated once ran this story about a basball pitcher who could throw the ball at 150 MPH and …

      The magazine issue date was April 1 ….

    • #32956

      @openwater wrote:

      Sports Illustrated once ran this story about a basball pitcher who could throw the ball at 150 MPH and …

      The magazine issue date was April 1 ….

      Who could forget Sidd Finch?

    • #32957
      Chris Knight
      Member

      @openwater wrote:

      Sports Illustrated once ran this story about a basball pitcher who could throw the ball at 150 MPH and …

      The magazine issue date was April 1 ….

      Are you implying that Yury is a myth perpetuated by the Old Westbury Sports Info. Dept. and the NY Athletic Club? Because that would be awesome.

      Actually, my hope is that he shows up in Houston in the following manner: He hitches a ride from New York to Texas and carries his stuff in a tiny bag that says Russian National Team or something similar. When he walks out on the deck, he is completely unshaved, has one pair of ratty old goggles and a suit by Arena. He has no teammates, nor even a coach (I know, he couldn’t register without a coach, but indulge me). Looking like some masters swimmer who took a wrong turn, he proceeds to hop in, sans warmup, and smokes everybody in the 50, the 1 fly, and the 100. He then disappears into the night, without accepting his award for any of the 3 wins. After Saturday night’s finals we never hear from him again, as he presumably returns to Russia, and thus the mystery becomes eternal.

    • #32958
      trout3
      Member

      Hey Knight…. you ever consider trying your hand at Gothic Romance Novels?

    • #32959
      yswim
      Member

      I think the reason this guy swam at Senior Metropolitian Championships (USS Meet) was becasue Old Westbury does not have a conference championship meet.

    • #32960
      HOOSIER77
      Member

      Apparently he is no longer listed on their roster and hasn’t competed for them in 2007.

    • #32961
      openwater
      Member

      @HOOSIER77 wrote:

      Apparently he is no longer listed on their roster and hasn’t competed for them in 2007.

      And thus, whether real or mythical, he can’t swim “unattached” in Houston.

    • #32962
      swim5599
      Member

      Yeah this is really strange story. What is the readl deal with this guy. Is he swimming at nats or what?

    • #32963
      HOOSIER77
      Member

      I guess everyone will know here real soon. However, if he is no longer on the roster and no longer on the team, wouldn’t he be ineligible?

    • #32964

      Dear friends,

      A pneumatique from Horace in Columbia laid bare th’truth liker Harrovian’s teatime withers.

      Turns out that th’celebrated Yuri “Surely” Zimarov did not expire while bin used as a pestle – well, not fer very long -by Chitrali devil-worshippers during Operation Kashmir this fall, but settled down ter a lifer runnin’ a monkey-breedin’ station in Ladakh with his companion Nyurt-ah, th’sister er th’mi-goh Nyurt that Gen “Neither Know” Naquere had exercuted fer keepin’ sloppy kit in Peshawar.

      Zimarov soldiered on wither White Man’s Burden – 20 stoner demandin’ monkeywoman, in his case – withoutter care in th’world, occasionally correspondin’ with Doc Linstead over th’latter’s magma opus “The Wounds of Yuri ‘Surely’ Zimarov”.

      However. wither inevitterbility that one comes ter expect in any encounter with Zimarov, th’Pak authorities eventerally took exception ter his highly personal interpretation er th’breeding programme, and he decided ter seek assistance from his fellow officers.

      Maj Tarry represented him at th’court hearin’ in Peshawar, and managed ter get his fine and deportation ter Blighty upgraded ter summary exercution. A certain amounter horse-tradin’ and confiscation er his property followed, and Zimarov was released inter regermental custody.

      Discussions followed at th’Panda-Baiters Club in Pall Mall, and the mess decided that the kindest thing one could do was ter put Zimarov back inter some sorter controlled breedin’ programme, as he’s too old ter be released back inter th’wilds er red russia. And thanks ter the intercession er The Almighty, who works in mysterious ways, such an oppertunity presented itself – as did Yuri’s new paramour.

      It’s not often one can sit back with a true senser a job well done, but I feel Horace otter consider himself in that position – as do I.

      Carry on,

      Major

    • #32965
      openwater
      Member

      @Major Gowen (Ret) wrote:

      Dear friends,

      A pneumatique from Horace in Columbia laid bare th’truth liker Harrovian’s teatime withers….
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      Carry on,

      Major

      Wow – all I can say is “don’t bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me.”

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