Bill Dorenkott Describes Training Sets for Hunter Armstrong, Charlie Clark

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Bill Dorenkott had a fantastic week in Greensboro, North Carolina at International Team Trials. He put two guys on the team (Hunter Armstrong and Charlie Clark), one of whom set a world record, and was named to the coaching staff of Team USA for this summer’s World Championships. This week, he joined the SwimSwam podcast to discuss all the success he’s had over the past year and all he’s learned from his 14 years at Ohio State. We discuss specific sets from his two World Championship qualifiers. We talk about how the long course success affects the team, the staff, and the relationship with the University Administration. We also talk about how to celebrate successes and incorporate fun into a high-achieving program. A lot to be learned from one of the most successful coaches in college swimming.


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Swimfan and peloton fan
2 years ago

How did you miss the opportunity to ask Bill his Peloton screen name? We’re wondering…Reply below of anyone knows.

Swim nerd
2 years ago

Isn’t Canadian World Championships team member Gaziev training under him as well?

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Charlie Clark filled an important second spot for USA in the 800 and 1500 free.

Only he and Finke beat the qualifying times for Worlds.

There’s not much depth right now in the distance events.

Rick Paine
2 years ago

about time this guy is on a national coaching staff

2 years ago

I like the idea of splitting the group up into 5 zones due to having 5 coaches. So much of swimming success is about having that strong relationship between swimmer/coach and that can easily be lost if swimmers are always working with different coaches in different groups.

Walter Sobchak
2 years ago

Dorenkott gives an impressive, thoughtful interview. Fun stories. He’s building a dynamic program.

Nice to see Garrett hosting the program. Good questions. I especially liked Garrett’s screen format of having both speakers on camera throughout.

Go Buckeyes!

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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