15 Swims Worth Remembering in 2015

15 Swims Worth Remembering in 2015

Commentary by Casey Barrett which first appeared on his website Caps & Goggles.

The year before an Olympic year is often a bit of a buzz kill. It’s a time when everyone is usually gazing out at the near horizon, with the goal of the Games superseding anything that happens one year out. But not this year. In 2015, we were treated to some all-time performances, from a collection of young and old-ish, from an unknown Turkish teen to the ultimate bold-faced name in the pool.

So, with swimmers immersed in Christmas Training across the globe, and a new Olympic year about to dawn, enjoy this highly subjective look at 15 swims worth remembering in 2015… (NOTE: Links to each swim are provided where possible.)

15.) Viktoria Zeynep Gunes, 2:19.64 in the 200 breast at the World Junior Championships in Singapore… Ever heard of this 17-year-old from Turkey? Me neither. Meet the new gold medal favorite in the women’s 200 breast heading into Rio. Gunes’s sub-2:20 in Singapore was the 4th fastest performance in history, and it ripped three seconds off of her previous best. The women’s 200 breast has long been the domain of the young, always an event ripe for Olympic upsets by upstart teens. But if and when Gunes stands atop the podium in Rio, it won’t be a shocker to anyone paying attention.

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