"In most sports they have a physical effect on your performance, in swimming only psychological. If you worry about what your rival is doing, you take your mind off what you are doing and so fail to concentrate on your performance."
Bachrach, great Chicago coach of the 20's
"People ask me 'what was going through your mind in the race?' and I don't know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows".
"I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it".
"The water is your friend.....you don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move".
"Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves".