From Christina Wright’s full meet coverage of the Schroeder YMCA A+ Meet this weekend in Milwaukee.
On the coldest weekend of the year, Milwaukee’s Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center was the hottest place to be. International stars and local standouts alike brought an electric atmosphere to the 33rd Annual Schroeder A+ meet. And, above all, it was a fun swim meet. Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 31, was simply having a blast winning the 100 free in 42.48 and the 50 free in a meet record time of 19.47—all with a relaxed smile on his face. Milwaukee is just one stop on Ervin’s current domestic swimming tour that has carried over from his international world cup odyssey. He’s jumped from the Olympic Training Center to Connecticut, Washington DC, Texas, Upstate New York, and Michigan all before stopping in Wisconsin. Then there’s a stop in Florida before a hop across the pond to Marseilles, France and London, England. But the travel is all part of the journey as this is absolutely the most enjoyment that Ervin has experienced during his swimming career. “It’s awesome to be able to just work out and swim as my job. It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” he says.
Thanks to Milwaukee Swim for sharing this video.