Swimming World Presents “How They Train: California Baptist University’s Scott Tolman”

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How They Train: California Baptist University’s Scott Tolman

By Michael J. Stott

At 6-1, 167 pounds, Eric Scott Tolman is a young man of faith, committed to getting better as a person and as a swimmer. An Olympic Trials qualifier as a high school senior, he was ranked 16th in California by collegeswimming.com after finishing second in the 100 yard breaststroke (55.21) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:50.22) at the CIF state meet.

Since then, the Cal Baptist computer science major has collected eight NCAA D-II All-America citations, including the school’s first individual NCAA crown, a 1:54.26 200 breast as a sophomore in 2018. This year, as a part of the NCAA-mandated moratorium on teams moving to D-I, Tolman won the 200 breast (1:53.96) at the National Invitational Championship. He has already achieved Olympic Trial cuts in the two breaststrokes and will redshirt the 2019-20 season to focus on long course training for a run at the U.S. Olympic team.

To accommodate swimmer class schedules and water polo practice, Coach Rick Rowland divides morning practice into three separate training groups, a system that Tolman savors, thanks to the commitment of his hardworking teammates.

“The environment really drives us to do better since we all want the same thing—to get better,” Tolman says. “My favorite breaststroke set is the four rounds of 4 x 50s on 1:00, all pace. Coach Rowland really pushes the pace on the 200, and I feel very prepared for races every time I do that set.

“A killer set that I love to do is 12 x 200 breaststroke pull. I can get within 15 seconds of my best 200 time just pulling. The length of the set has significantly increased my endurance for the race,” he says.

To access a full CBU Mid-Season Breaststroke workout,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now

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