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Olympic Trials Night 7

Cullen came in third tonight in the 50 meter freestyle. The man had an amazing week. He bettered his times over and over. He made the Olympic team in the 100 free. He broke the American record in the 50 free. And he came in third in a race that was packed with swimming talent. Was he disappointed? Absolutely. But he has every reason to be proud as well. Josh points out that if you place third in the Olympics, you bring home bronze.

Garrett Weber-Gale broke Cullen’s American record (21:59) to win with a time of 21.47 in a race with the top three Americans of all time – Cullen Jones, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, and Gary Hall. Wildman-Tobriner finished second in 21.65. Cullen finished third with a time of 21:81.

Please raise a glass and toast Cullen and Lia and all the other swimmers you’ve met on these pages this week.

It’s 1 AM, and Josh and I are being interviewed about Parting the Waters in the morning by Swimming World Magazine, for the Morning Swim Show. Now the shoe’s on the other foot. We’ll be on the OTHER side of the camera.

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