2016 Olympic finalist Thomas Fraser-Holmes has announced he’s making the move from Miami Swimming Club to Bond University, joining fellow Australian National Champion Cameron McEvoy.
Having trained at Miami under Dennis Cotterell for the past 6 years, Fraser-Holmes had a successful Australian Olympic Trials, making the squad in three individual events. The men’s 200m freestyle saw a tie between Fraser-Holmes and his now-teammate McEvoy, each touching in a time of 1:45.63. Fraser-Holmes would also notch his place on the Aussie roster for Rio in both IM events.
Fraser-Holmes came home hardware-less, however, as he found himself just .01 of a second outside of the men’s 200m freestyle final. He settled for 6th in the men’s 400 IM after relinquishing his spot in the shorter IM distance. The Aussie men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, on which Fraser-Holmes scored a swift 1:45.81 opening leg, would ultimately fade to 4th and off the podium.
Fraser-Holmes is just one of several key Aussie athletes to have made a training base move in the Olympics afterglow. In September, double World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Mitch Larkin revealed he’d be leaving longtime home St. Peters Western. Dan Smith, Fraser-Holmes’ 4x200m freestyle teammate and training partner at Miami Swimming Club, announced he’d be moving on to join St. Peters under Michael Bohl.
The 2016 Olympic Champion in the men’s 100m freestyle, Kyle Chalmers, was reportedly courted by Bond following the Games, but the young gun desires to stay in Adelaide at his home club of Marion.
Richard Scarce was appointed Head Coach of the Bond Swimming Club located at Bond University in the summer of 2015, after having served on the Australian national team coaching staff at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.