David DeGeus

Hometown:  Belleville, Arkansas

Family and occupation:  I am married, have two daughters 2 and 4, and am the Head Swim Coach for the University of the Ozarks.

Swimming background?: I started competing at the age of 3 and have swam all through college. I swam for the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for 2 years and 2 years at Henderson State University.

Favorite event/race: 200 Breaststroke

Swimming hero: Ron Karnaugh, I grew up swimming at the ProAm meet in Oklahoma and watched him swim many times. He has dealt with lots of adversity and has accomplished many great things. I also admired Ed Moses growing up and have competed against him many times. He was an Olympic breaststroker and I wanted to be like him.

Swimming goals: I wanted to make the Olympic trials in the 100 breast, but I always came just a little shy of the cut.

Advice to new masters swimmers: Go for it! The group aspect and motivation is well worth it!

Hobbies: I like to hunt, fish, shoot skeet, and do wood working.

Favorite drill or workout: It sounds kind of boring, but it worked well for helping me come home the last 50 of my 200 breaststroke. 600 – 500 – 400 – 300 – 200 -100 build each one to fast with about 5 seconds rest in between and finish with a 50 all out. I really focused on power building each time and then sprinting all-out at the end of each part.

Do you participate in other sports? I used to play soccer and baseball, but have not been as interested in other sports as I have with swimming.

Where do you currently swim? I swim at the Clarksville pool for the team I coach, the Central Arkansas Swim Club Racers. I mainly train and compete in the summer due to my busy work schedule coaching Club and College in the winter.


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