Feb. 21, 2001
Gabe Rosen (Santa Barbara, CA)
Congratulations on a great season so far. My question is, what non-Pac-10team would you like to face in a dual meet? Tennessee seems like it would bean exciting matchup with you guys.
Adam: 'Great question Gabe. There is no doubt that Texas would be the team to race. Despite the factthat Tennessee beat them in the dual meet this season, I think the Longhornshave traditionally been a good in-season team with a lot of depth. We tooare a good in-season team with very few holes. Our freshmen do a good jobfilling both sprint and distance and our uperclassmen also swim the entiregamete or dual meet races. Like us, Texas is pretty solid across the board,and with their superstars, I think we would have a good dual meet on ourhands.'
How do you do the butterfly? I can not figure that one out.
Adam: 'Well, Herby, butterfly requires that you be aware of your body at all times: high hips, astrong kick, and working it into the last wall. The way I try to beat thecompetition is by extended the walls with a great underwater dolphin kick.Watching Stanford superstars like Misty Hyman and Sabir Muhammad has broughtto light the importance of breath-control and underwater rate. On top ofthe water, it's all about high hips and leaning into the stroke with thechest on the landing part of the cycle.'
Patrick Kreger (Union City)
The Question for messner: What has been the most meaningful experience foryou as a scholar/athlete at Stanford? (P.S. I still follow your swim timesand root for you at every opportunity...Take care)
Adam: 'Hi Mr. Kreger, I think the first week of school freshmen year was a specific period of timethat taught me great deal about life. Coming from Michigan, I was a bithesitant to leave home for four years and begin a new life on my own. Thiswas an especially difficult decision considering the fact that UofM wasright there in my backyard. However, taking the chance was a good ideabecause in the first week of freshmen year, I learned the value ofindependence, new friends, and how to make the most of a foreignenvironment. These are things I thought it would take several years tolearn. This answer doesn't address school or swimming in particular becausethose are things will soon be memories, however, I made life-long friendsand learned valuable lessons that I will use every day -- most of thelearning happened in the first week of freshmen year. Now if you want totalk about swimming, I'd have to say 1998 NCAA championship was great.Academically, I think my recent guided research project in Fisheries Policywas above and beyond the normal classroom experience. Stanford Facultymember Josh Eagle is a great mentor and friend.'
Sam LoPresto (East Lansing, MI)
Adam, It's hard for me to believe that you're acollege senior already! It's probably hard for you to believe as well.Congratulations on your swimming career at Stanford. You have compiled some very impressive statistics. As far as my question: What's is the most significant event in your swimming career and why? Take care and good luck in the NCAAs. Sam
Adam: 'Thanks for the support Sam. Winning the NCAA team championship in March of '98 was far and away the bestswimming experience of my life. I remember looking at my teammates on theaward podium as the trophy was handed to our captains, Scott Claypool, TomWilkens, and Jed Crowe and thinking to myself I would go to war with any ofthese guys. The best part is that those feelings never died. Sharingvictory with my 15 closest friends was a dream come true and one I willnever forget. I hope our team can experience that same unity and happinessat this year's championship meet at College Station in March. Bye the way,if you ever make it out to the Bay Area, let me know so I can get us a teetime at the Stanford Course.'
Dap Dogg (New York, NY)
Hey Adam: Can you comment on rumors of a professional triathlon career after swimming? Good luck at NCAAs.
Adam: 'Mr. Dapice, your sources are correct. As far as I can tell, triathletes are some of themost inspired, hard working, aggressive people in sport and I would like tobe a part of that community after I retire this March. Stanford's rollinghills provide a great backdrop for running, and the Bay area Mountain rangeis a mean adversary on when faced on a bike. I am stoked to keep in shapeand keep competing, I think that triathlons are good transition. Soon thetriathlete community will be abuzz with rumors of some great triathlete thattears it up in the swim, but can't run to save his life, now you'll knowthat it might be me. Any advice on who I could talk to about running?'
Who are the most influential people in your life and on your swimming career?
Adam: 'Hi Jessica, I have to give a big Thank You to Jenny Plawechan, my swimming instructorwhen I as seven years old. She taught me the basics of freestyle andbackstroke, but more importantly, she got me to try out for the Ann ArborCountry Club summer league team. If she hadn't gotten me to try out forthat team, I would have never known what I was missing. Skip Kenney andRich Suhs are the two coaches that first come to mind when I think of peoplethat are able to inspire hard work. I have a great deal of respect for bothof these individuals as motivators and as well-rounded people with a goodunderstanding of how, if taught properly lessons from swimming can carryover into everyday life. Most of all, I have to thank my family. David,Robyn (aka mom and dad), and my two sisters (Chye and Felicity) have sharedin some of my greatest victories and have helped me through some of my mostdisappointing losses. Somehow, a hug from mom and dad makes a good daybetter or a bad day easier to bear.'
Erin (Palo Alto, CA)
What advice would you give you kids who want to swim at the college level? And what is your favorite event to swim?
Adam: 'Hello Erin, I have two pieces of advice for you: study and find or create a swimmingenvironment that motivates you. The first one is simple, to swim at aschool like Stanford takes good grades and fast times. By getting goodgrades, you open a lot of doors for yourself that might not be open ifswimming was the only thing you thought about. Motivation can come fromseveral areas, sometimes a good coach is all it takes, other times, you mustkeep focused on long-term goals and know that training hard and going topractice all the time is the only way to reach your goals (in your case,swimming in college.) My favorite event is the 200 freestyle because it gives me a chance to do alittle controlled sprinting, but it also requires a strategy. I really likegoing out fast and saving the legs for the last 50.'