Swimming World Presents “How They Train: Tufts’ Roger Gu and Grace Goetcheus”

Swimming World February 2020 - How They Train with Roger Gu and Grace Goetcheus

How They Train: Tufts’ Roger Gu and Grace Goetcheus

By Michael J. Stott

ROGER GU
Gu, the reigning NCAA Division III 50 yard freestyle champion (19.49), just may be the quintessential student-athlete. A senior at Tufts University pursuing a biomedical engineering degree, he is a 15-time NCAA All-American, 2019 Academic All-American and NESCAC record holder in the 50 (19.49) and 100 free (43.44) He also has his Olympic Trials cut (23.13) in the 50 meter free.

A successful high school swimmer with limited club experience, Gu rediscovered his love for swimming after joining the Tufts team. “He found that swimming doubles and the consistent training we do (six swims and three lifts) was a big step up for him,” says Hoyt. “He leads by example and is a great competitor who is much more interested in winning races than times. He’s been clutch for our team on numerous relays, and is always up for the challenge.”

Grace Goetcheus
A senior biology/anthropology major, Goetcheus continues to build her swimming résumé. A team captain at the Academy of Holy Cross in Kensington, MD., Goetcheus was also a club swimmer. As a Tufts freshman, she elevated her training, increased her workout intensity and added weights, which resulted in consistent improvement. The changes allowed her to become a two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Academic All-American and 200 yard IM school record holder (2:05.92). As she races toward her final NESCAC and NCAA Championships, Goetcheus appears on the Jumbos all-time top 10 list in seven individual events and on the school’s program-leading 400 and 800 free relays.

“Grace is generally soft-spoken, but as a team captain, she steps up and races when we need her,” says Hoyt. “She is a great competitor and is at her best when the pressure is on. Her best meets tend to be championship environments, but she also rises to the occasion in dual meets when she’s broken down.

To access the full training sets that Coach Hoyt uses with Roger and Grace,
Check out the February issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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019 LEARNING FROM ADVERSITY
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021 A SENSE OF DÉJÀ VU
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023 THE FIRE INSIDE STILL BURNS
by John Lohn
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025 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: DUKE
by John Lohn
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027 THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
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COACHING

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by Michael J. Stott

013 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PLAN FOR A BREATHING PATTERN
by Rod Havriluk
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015 POOR PERFORMANCE… THE NEXT STEP
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030 SPECIAL SETS: GEORGE HAINES AT WORK
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043 Q&A WITH COACH ADAM HOYT
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROGER GU AND GRACE GOETCHEUS
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

012 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—BUTTERFLY
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

040 GOLDMINDS: PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
by Wayne Goldsmith
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046 UP & COMERS: ZURI FERGUSON
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

007 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

008 BEYOND THE YARDS

033 2020 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

047 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT