If it's a big meet, chances are good Sam Kendricks will be the announcer. He's professional, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. The crowd wasn't responding the way he'd wanted in Austin:
"Don't make me come up there!"
I work with a great young coach who also has a great sense of humor. Carlos Salazar watching a freestyler:
"He's breathing every four because he can't count to three."
Some other things I've heard and/or said on deck:
"Okay freshmen, get your snorkels on. We're gonna do some backstroke."
"Go out as fast as you can, and then negative split it."
"You looked like you were shot out of a gun on that first fifty! Too bad it looked like you were shot by the gun on the last fifty."
"It's a no-breather, so you get two breaths - one before you start and another after you finish."
"Swing, step, and go. It's as easy as 1-2-4."
"That was really using your head - to finish."