Swimcerely With Spindrift: Guest Stanford All-American Matt Thompson (Podcast)

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In the ninth episode of Spindrift Beck’s podcast entitled Swimcerely With Spindrift, Beck talks with Stanford All-American Matt Thompson.

Matt Thompson – former National High School Record Holder, individual NCAA Top-3 finisher, and Olympic Trials semifinalist (’08, ’12) – gets swimcere today! The Stanford graduate-turned-fashion-executive details what his swimming career was like as a gay athlete – shedding light on his experience in the closet as a younger athlete and then speaking to the freedom of coming out in the latter half of his career. Matt and Spin also chat about their prelims/finals rituals, memories from team trips, and reminisce fondly over a time when Matt once left Spin stranded on a beach in Florida. FRIENDSHIP!

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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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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