First and foremost, this analysis was based off a streaming video, since the race is not downloaded yet [as far as I know], so some hand times were used [which has inherent errors].
For new comers to the website, we have done numerous race and world record analyses, which are purely meant for enjoyment and discussion. This analysis breaks down Brad Tandy's 18.80 50 yard freestyle race at Pac-12 championships. Check out our previous Race Analysis and Video of Caleb Dressel 18.94; Stat Sunday: WR analysis Men's 50 free.
Brad Tandy 50 Yard Free - 18.80 seconds
Brad Tandy had a great swim in the 50 yard free at Pac-12 Championships on March 6th 2014. Most notably was his start and underwater dolphin kicking. These components provided him a faster 15-m time than Cesar Cielo's record of 18.47.Once again, Tandy's start was his largest asset, helping him to a velocity of 3.09 m/s and a 0-15 m time of ~4.84 seconds. He took only one stroke to the 15-m mark and eight strokes for the first lap, two whole strokes less than Cielo's race.
On the second 25, Tandy used his velocity from the first 25 for a similar 25 breakout time as Cielo. However, his time to the 15-m mark was ~0.3 seconds slower than Cielo, despite having the same stroke count as fourteen (seven to the 15-m mark and seven into the wall). This slower second 25 was likely aided by a much slower stroke rate (1.99 vs. 2.04).
>Conclusions on Brad Tandy 50 Yard Free
Brad Tandy demonstrated an excellent start and underwater kicking. For further improvement, he should work on maintaining a higher stroke rate during the second 25 of the race.
Swimmer Advice: Considering swimming with a tempo trainer at a faster rate (~0.48) during hypoxic [more correctly hypercapnic training] training (Friday Interview: Dr. Chia-Hua Kuo and Dr. Futoshi Ogita).