Yeah seems odd.
His stroke is pretty amazing and demoing at several tempos. The last tempo 1.1 secs per stroke or 55spm, 12 strokes in 25m pool, hitting an easy 17 secs per length or roughly 1:08/100m pace. I once argued with success too, when I was like 20. This swimmer is certainly testimony to balance and streamline (and swimming smooth) priorities.
Tom and ZT: Given you seem critical of his stroke, what’s your easy 100m pace, 1:10, 1:20, 1:30? Abdarbush sets the record straight with this swimmer, national champion, and you might consider heeding advice he’s giving you.