The USA Swimming podcast series, Kick Set, will feature coaches, athletes and staff members who will share their perspectives on various topics in the swimming world.
Episode 59: Alex Shackell Describes Her First World Championships Experience
Alex Shackell was the second-youngest member of the U.S. roster at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships. She anchored the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay to silver, swimming alongside Katie Ledecky and going against Australia's Ariarne Titmus. In this podcast, she discusses her Worlds experience, the human element of elite swimmers, her experience at Carmel Swim Club and more.
Episode 58: Rowdy Gaines Previews 2023 World Aquatics Championships
With a competitive career that is highlighted by three Olympic golds and a broadcasting career that spans eight Olympic Games, Rowdy Gaines shares his insight and expertise on what is shaping up to be an exciting 2023 World Aquatics Championships.
Episode 57: Olympic Legend Dara Torres
Five-time Olympian Dara Torres talks about how swimming has evolved through the years, becoming a USA Swimming Foundation ambassador, being a mom and more.
Episode 56: Nick and Gabi Albiero on Pride Month, Sibling Dynamic and Swimming Goals
Roughly a year after publicly coming out, ACC Champion Nick Albiero talks about his individual journey in honor of Pride Month while his sister Gabi shares her perspective as his sister and teammate. Nick and Gabi also discuss the upcoming Phillips 66 National Championships, what it would mean to qualify for an international team together, stroke advice for listeners and more.
Episode 55: Brennan Gravley on Open Water Nationals and Growing the Sport
Five-time U.S. Open Water National Team member Brennan Gravley talks about his experience in open water. From testing it out as a club swimmer to competing internationally, he shares why open water swimming can be a tremendous opportunity for all swimmers.
Episode 54: Natalie Coughlin Shares Stories From Iconic Career and Importance of Swim-Life Balance
Twelve-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin joins the podcast to share what she has been up to since retiring and stories from her decorated career. She discusses how important it is to listen to the athlete voice, prioritize mental health and more.
In depth with swim stars
They get high level guests and work well as interviewers. Wish they addressed more of the management and future of the sport (ex. Trials cuts pod was really interesting, would love more on Safe Sport allegations, club growth and trends, etc) but guessing USA Swimming doesn’t want to look too closely at itself lol.
Gotta get Weitzel back to talk about Teri again…yikes.
So as a competitive swimmer, I LOVE listening to this podcast. I love how they bring in olympians, and it’s not like one of those things that are like yeah swimming this, swimming that, and I’ve been swimming for about 4 years, and this is VERY ACCURATE! Thanks! 🏊♀️
This podcast talks a lot about the technical part of swimming and I am a swim nerd so I find it interesting. It also talks a bit about the current events in swimming such as world championships which is also fun to hear about.