Storied coach David Marsh spoke with SwimSwam last year regarding his Team Elite West outfit based out of San Diego, California, a squad composed of a wide range of talented swimmers from around the world. Since that time, the Team Elite group has grown and established its presence on both coasts, attracting more national and international talent to the squad.
Along with Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte giving the club a try earlier this year, American World Championships medalist Hellen Moffitt has joined the Team Elite East squad, while USA National Teamer Kendyl Stewart now trains with Team Elite West. Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker has also returned to the Team Elite group for summer training.
The West team also hosts a ‘Project Rising Star’, which is a collaboration with the Israeli Swimming Association to help develop the talent of key athletes such as David Bamburg and Andi Murez.
Things are also evolving on the coaching side, as former University of Arizona Head Coach Rick DeMont is, on occasion, on-deck in San Diego. “He coaches for a week or so at a time,” is how Marsh describes the commitment thus far. DeMont is not yet listed on the Team Elite website’s coaches page.
DeMont was with the Arizona program for 30 years, including 4 as Head Coach, before resigning in 2017.
The crew with @TeamEliteAqua is starting to taking shape- time to get in Race Shape!?#RickDemontcancoach! pic.twitter.com/1TuYjLFB9p
— David Marsh (@SwimCoachMarsh) May 9, 2018