Swimcerely With Spindrift: Guest NCAA Champion Cindy Tran (Podcast)

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Today marks the third episode of Spindrift Beck’s podcast entitled Swimcerely With Spindrift. In this third edition, Beck talks with NCAA champion Cindy Tran.

Tran is part of a long line of epic backstrokers who swam at the University of California that includes Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma and Elizabeth Pelton.  In 2011 and 2012, she topped the NCAA Championships in the 100-yard backstroke to claim a pair of NCAA titles.  She also went on to represent the USA at the 2013 World University Games in 2013 and won a bronze medal as part of the women’s 400-meter medley relay.

Tran is best known for her unreal underwater swimming ability, first learned under the tutelage of Bob Gillett at the Golden West Swim Club, which makes sense as Gillett initially turned underwater swimming on its head with a previous high school star named Misty Hyman. Tran made huge news in the swimming community in high school as she used her strong underwater skills to break Coughlin’s 1998 national high school record in the 100-yard back with a 51.86 at the CIF-SS Division I Championships. A few years later, future Golden Bear teammate Bootsma would take down that mark with a 51.53.

Swimcerely with Spindrift is a podcast that showcases conversations with high school, collegiate, pro, and Olympic swimmers’ about their likes, dislikes, career, goals, and more. Each episode centers on a different swimmer, giving a behind-the-scenes look at what makes these athletes tick and, in some cases, what separates them as some of the best swimmers in the world.

“My favorite podcasts are ones that feature actors, writers, and comedians speaking not just about their craft but about their favorite restaurants, TV shows, telling funny stories, etc. With 2016 fast approaching, I wanted to try to bring that sort of format to swimming, so that fans can have a new type of unfiltered access to their favorite swimmers. The show is meant to be off-the-cuff, goofy, and a little different. Hopefully people will enjoy!” – Spindrift Beck

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Future Guests On Swimcerely With Spindrift include; Bethany Adams and Carol Capitani (Texas Head Coach) to name a few.

Spindrift Beck is a writer and former swimmer from Dallas, TX. A University of Texas graduate, she competed for the Longhorn’s swim team for four years, during which time the team captured a pair of Big 12 Championship titles. At age 16, she broke the National Independent High School record in the 100-yard breaststroke, a record that stood for five years. Between the ages of 10 and 18, she set more than 15 Texas Age Group records and was undefeated in all races during her four years of conference high school swimming. Her international swimming highlights include being named co-captain of the 2006-07 US National Junior Team, winning a silver medal at the Jr. Pan Pacific Championships in the 200-meter IM, and qualifying for the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Trials, where she finished in the top 20. She currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a Writers’ Production Assistant on the upcoming NBC drama Game of Silence.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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