Assistant Coaches Named For United States Olympic Team

Prior to the start of day eight finals, USA swimming announced the assistant coaches for the 2016 U.S Olympic team.

Mike Bottom, Dave Durden, and Jack Bauerle will be joining head men’s coach Bob Bowman in Rio. Greg Meehan, Bruce Gemmell, and Ray Looze will be joining head women’s coach David Marsh on the coaching staff.

With only one more night of competition remaining and only roster spots in the women’s 50m freestyle and men’s 1500m freestyle on the line, a picture of the U.S Olympic team has formed and the aforementioned coaches each have athletes on the team.

MIKE BOTTOM

  • Connor Jaeger (400m freestyle) *Jaeger is also the top seed heading into tonight’s 1500m freestyle final.

DAVE DURDEN

  • Ryan Murphy (100, 200 backstroke)
  • Josh Prenot (200 breaststroke)
  • Nathan Adrian (50 free, 100 free, 4×100 free relay)
  • Anthony Ervin (50 free, 4×100 free relay) ***Ervin has been training with SwimMAC Carolina for a short while leading up to trials, but is still partially representing Cal Aquatics
  • Tom Shields (100, 200 butterfly)
  • Jacob Pebley (200 backstroke)

JACK BAUERLE

  • Olivia Smoliga (100 backstroke)
  • Jay Litherland (400 IM)
  • Hali Flickinger (200 fly)
  • Gunnar Bentz (4×200 free relay)

GREG MEEHAN

  • Lia Neal (4×100 free relay)
  • Simone Manuel (100 free, 4×100 free relay) *Manuel will also be racing in tonight’s 50m freestyle final.
  • Maya DiRado (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 backstroke)

BRUCE GEMMELL

  • Katie Ledecky (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle relay)

RAY LOOZE

  • Lilly King (100, 200 breastsroke)
  • Cody Miller (100 breaststroke)
  • Blake Pieroni (4×100 freestyle relay) *Pieroni’s spot on the team has not yet been confirmed.

 

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Captain Ahab

That is the best swim coaching staff ever assembled. The only person is Jim Steen.

Markster

No Eddie Reese ????

John

Why not Salo (Dwyer) instead of Bottom?

swimdoc

He may have declined or indicated he’d pass if offered. In an interview after NCAAs, Schooling said it would be tough not to have Eddie at Rio. It sounded like it was a done deal.

weirdo

Eddie declined

swimdoc

For the record, so did I.

RRP

I was surprised by this too. Isn’t Eddie 72? I know he clearly is still on top of his game but he should have been picked just in case he decides to retire before 2020

Kate

Eddie will be 75 on July 23rd. I hope he never retires, love watching UT.

Don

As a big fan of Eddie Reese,I think it’s probably because he only has two swimmers, Haas in the 2free and 800 relay and Conger in the relay.

Swimhistorian

Didn’t Clark Smith make the relay too? That would make three.

SUNY Cal

Bottom only has 1 swimmer?? No Missy’s coach this time either??

weirdo

Glad I am not the only one that thinks this is a strange pick. Jaeger is a medal contender and that is important, but I doubt Bottom has ever written a workout for the distance group at Michigan or Club Wolverine!!!

Col. Trautman

I’m hoping that was sarcasm by suggesting Missy’s coach should be named to the team.

SUNY Cal

Reese should clearly be on before Bottom!!

BollesBoy

Completely agree.

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