In Coleman’s Carpool we get the insider’s perspective on your favorite swimmers. SwimSwam Head of Production, Coleman Hodges, invites swimmers to take a ride with him and talk about anything…except swimming. Mostly.
In light of her recent return to competition, SwimSwam got in the car with Olympic champion and current Tempe, Arizona local, Allison Schmitt. Allison competed at the Mesa Pro Swim this past weekend, and did very well considering she’s only been seriously training since January and it was her first meet since competing at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. I had never met Allison before, but in the climate we were driving around in, I think an accurate metaphor would be a “ray of sunshine”. She was personable, honest, and as you can see there weren’t a lot of instances when she didn’t have me laughing.
We had a lot to catch up on! Allison talked us through the Schmeisel world tour, where her and fellow Olympic teammate Elizabeth Beisel traveled to Thailand, Australia, and various parts of the country in the US. She talked us through making her return to the pool, and how she rediscovered her love for swimming. And she explained her journey through grad school, and how she’s gained immense perspective through her studies in social work and psychology.