Karl swims the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle events and suffered a bad back injury while strength training during his senior year at Auburn.
Here are links to the earlier articles I posted on Karl in case you missed them:
Click here for EPTS Athlete Profile on Karl Krug.
Click here for Catching up with Karl!
After moving to Atlanta in January to continue his career at Swim Atlanta, he hired me to do his strength, conditioning, and physical preparation work. We were basically working on a 4 month time frame until Nationals / World Trials, and when coupled with the fact that he had done nothing for the past 3 months due to his back injury, it was looking like a tough feat to get him to where he needed to be.
Unfortunately at Nationals he had a less than stellar performance. In the 100 meter freestyle he had a very small personal record improving his best 100 meter time from a 50.6 to a 50.4 which still placed him way outside of the top 6 he needed to finish in to make the world team.
The 50 meter freestyle proved worse as he finished with a 22.7 which was 0.2 seconds slower than he personal best of 22.5. He ended up placing 8th in the 50 meter, an event in which only the top 2 move on to the World team.
While he was disappointed, like any good athlete, he and his coach went back to the drawing board to evaluate what could have been done better. Since Karl was still pretty worn out, they decided that the 2 week taper in both his swimming volume and strength & conditioning volume wasn't long enough. The new plan was to enter him in the US Open held in California about a month after the Nationals / World Trials after an extended taper.
To say this worked wonderfully would be a huge understatement!