Bob Bowman: Cameron Craig is Getting a ‘Good Education’ in Pac-12 Debut


Arizona State freshman Cameron Craig moved up to 4th in the country with a 1:32.16 relay leadoff on Wednesday evening at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. The team ultimately placed 4th, but Craig’s leadoff was second-best in the field, just .01 behind USC All-American Dylan Carter. Craig is part of a group of high-powered middle distance freshmen nationally this season – along with Dean Farris and Maxine Rooney, 3 of the 6 best middle-distance 200 freestylers in the country this year are in their first NCAA seasons. A couple of more, Felix Auboeck from Michigan and Grant Shoults from Stanford, aren’t far behind either.

In a post-race interview, second-year Arizona State head coach Bob Bowman said he was “very pleased” with the results, and Craig echoed that sentiment – saying that he’s going to focus on continuing to improve his turns and underwaters. That’s a familiar echo, as underwaters are a huge reason why Bowman’s most famous charge, Michael Phelps, became the best swimmer in the world.

Craig then placed 4th in the 200 IM final individually with a 1:42.75. After that race, Bowman lauded Craig’s physical talent and his “knowing how to race,” but also said that the 200 IM was a “good education” for the young swimmer about what it takes to compete at the elite level.

See the full video, featuring interviews with Bowman and Craig, below.

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No Medal Mel

That’s nice – he certainly isn’t getting one at ASU





Sun Devil Diva

Ouchhhh for ‘No Medal Mel’!

Cameron Craig just swam a 1:31.71 in the 200 Free and is the PAC-12 CHAMPION and the NEW PAC-12 Record Holder! He is also ranked #3 in the country with that blazing fast time. I

Swim Fan

So…No Medal Mel!

Who is your 2017 PAC-12 Swimmer of the Meet now? You want to guess…hahaha! He is the Champion in the 100 Free, 200 Free and the 400 Free Relay! Still need a clue…?

Yep, it’s no other than the ASU freshman, Cameron Craig!!!

Congratulations to Cameron Craig and to his legendary coach at ASU, Bob Bowman…??????

#BowmanEffect #DontCountASUOut #BestIsYetToCome


3rd year med student here: First year of med school (depending on how smart you are), you could potentially have time to train for competition. Second year it would be very very hard. I wish him the best of luck though!


Oh this was supposed to be for the Seth Stubblefield interview…whoops

Sun Devil Diva

Cameron Craig, an ASU freshman just swam a 1:31.71 in the 200 Free and is the PAC-12 CHAMPION! Craig, an ASU swimmer under Bob Bowman is the NEW PAC-12 Record Holder!

Cameron Craig of ASU is also ranked #3 in the country with that blazing fast time of 1:31.71. He swims for ASU under the legendary coach, Bob Bowman!

Get used to seeing ASU because you’ll see more of this in the years to come!

#DontCountUsOut #MostImprovedTeamIndeed #BowmanEffect

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