Arizona State Fosters Long Course Culture Under Bowman (Video Report)

Since the arrival of Bob Bowman and his staff at Arizona State University, the program has been on the rise, both on the NCAA and international stages. A culture of expectation has been set into motion that holds athletes accountable year round, and always keeps the long course season, and post-season, in the back of their head.

Bob Bowman, long time coach of Olympic medalists Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and Chase Kalisz, likes for his athletes to be of the mindset that long course is always relevant. While it starts with developing that mindset, the staff certainly makes sure their work load reflects it, typically going Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday practices long course throughout the entire year.

2016 Olympian Cierra Runge, who trained with Bowman leading up to those Olympics and will compete for the sun devils next year, expressed her satisfaction with the emphasis on long course throughout the season. The olympic gold medalist said she enjoys competing at the NCAA championships, but a big focus for her swimming is set on the international stage. Runge admitted that her turns can be one weak spot for her, so she’s glad that there is a good amount of technique even when the team is training long course, so that her long course work can still translate to her short course performances, and vice versa.

Sun devil newcomer Grant House shared the sentiments of his teammate and coaching staff. He enjoys that while ASU does put a heavy emphasis on the NCAA championships, in the bigger picture of a season it is seen as a stepping stone towards what one might accomplish at the end of the summer, be it at a national or international stage.

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A non-e mouse

Long course culture of transfers!

Hswimmer

Yep and what’s so bad about people wanting a new environment?

Jacob

Obviously transfers not a problem because I see a lot of people in this video

A non-e mouse

It’s a joke mate

Ummmm

Transfers IN

SinkorSwim

ASU AD has a strong emphasis or desire to be a NCAA Student Athlete funnel for Olympic sports. Is this a distraction to the typical NCAA format or an advantage? Time will tell……

Frost

Short course meters is the answer

Aquajosh

Sounds like an excuse for poor performances at NCAAs. I’m also pretty sure an AD doesn’t want to hear “NCAAs are nice, but what we really care about is international competition.” Get you a team that can do both.

Gramps

A man named Eddie seems to have that figured out. Some guy named David did it really well for a while too

dude

Another guy named David over there in Cali-forny seems to have it figured out also

(G)olden Bear

“I want you to focus on international competitions, rather than conference and NCAA championships”. Said no AD ever.

sscommenter

eh, you have to figure the potential ROI on International champions is a bit higher than NCAA champions. in both a sense of recruiting and financially

(G)olden Bear

There is a difference between international competitions and international champions. Putting a couple swimmers on the (junior) Pan Pac team is not the same as producing Olympic medalists…

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