Gabby Deloof Relocates to Team Elite, Joining Sisters Ali and Catie

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 58

September 07th, 2019 Club, National, News

2019 World Champs silver medalist Gabby Deloof confirmed on Friday that she’s relocating to San Diego and joining Team Elite.

The club, headed by coach David Marsh, is also home to sisters Ali Deloof and Catie Deloof. Gabby Deloof has been training with Club Wolverine, the program based out of the University of Michigan, since she finished her NCAA career in the spring of 2018. All four Deloof sisters swam (or swim) at Michigan; the aforementioned three, as well as the youngest, Jackie Deloof, who is a current senior in Ann Arbor.

The three Deloof sisters who have graduated (Ali, Catie, and Gabby) were all announced as members of the New York Breakers in the newly minted International Swimming League (ISL). Ali joined Team Elite last fall, while Catie moved following her graduation from Michigan this spring. The three of them will now be training in San Diego while representing the Breakers in ISL competition.

Gabby Deloof has gone from a strong NCAA sprinter to one of the best 200 freestylers in the country in a matter of a couple seasons. She was more or less a non-factor at the 2016 Olympic Trials, finishing 33rd in the 100 back (1:02.04) and 40th in the 200 free (2:01.63). One summer later, following her junior season with Michigan, she jumped to higher finishes at the 2017 U.S. Nationals: 10th in the 200 free (1:58.58), 12th in the 100 free (55.17), and 22nd in the 100 back (1:01.85). Last summer, at the 2018 U.S. Nationals, she truly broke out with a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:56.55) and a ninth-place finish in the 100 free (54.53), qualifying her for the 2018 Pan Pac Championships and the 2019 World Championships.

This past summer at the 2019 Worlds, she swam on the prelims relay of the 4×200 free relay with Team USA which went on to win a silver medal. She also shaved down her lifetime best in the 100 free to a 54.41 at the 2019 World University Games, where she won gold in the 100 free and 200 free and dropped a 53.87 anchor leg on Team USA’s 4×100 free relay (she also propelled the 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay to gold medals at that meet).

Deloof’s move follows that of recent Stanford graduate and two-time Worlds roster member Abrahm Devine. The IMer confirmed his move to San Diego and Team Elite with SwimSwam in late August. The club boasts names such as Olympians Kathleen BakerLia NealJacob PebleyRyosuke Irie, along with many other international and domestic standouts.

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brilliant comment


People do the silliest things


Yes, it’s strange how these swimmers don’t listen to the anonymous commenters on SwimSwam instead of an Olympic coach that has developed great swimmers for decades.


Anybody can sell cars.


Of all the swimmers he’s come in contact recently as of late, many (Lochte, Neal, Irie, Pebley, Stewart) have gotten worse. These comments exist for a reason

Ol' Longhorn


Sunny Cal

Even her own sister Ali has gone backwards since training there!

Harbaugh of swimming

I’m sure that I share this opinion with many. Mr Bottom does not coach. Granted, he does have his favorites so he’ll stand and watch some sprinters. The DeLoof girls were wise to move on to a much sunnier place. No pro team in A2


Stewart swam a lifetime best 57.51 this past season in the 100 fly, just to be fair


Mel was faster than that!


Yeah. I have no idea what I’m talking about. You have your best year ever and less than 10 months out you switch to the program whose swimmers stunk up the pool this summer. As someone who has been in the sport for 40 years and swam on a few Olympic and national teams I’m just idiot swimswam commenter. Whatever.


If you have those credentials and want credit for it, put your name on it


what does it mean: “swimmers stunk up the pool this summer”
please educate us

SuperSwimmer 2000

Yeah, Marsh has such a poor track record of placing swimmers on the Olympic Team. Off the top of my head, he had Erivin, Lochte, Meili and Baker in 2016. Meili and Baker both won medals, and both were outside chances to win medals at best going into Rio. Baker wasn’t even the top qualifier for the U.S. from Trials and she won a medal. She finished what, 7th or 8th at Worlds in 2015? No one figured Meili for silver. She wasn’t even on the Worlds team in 2915. Ervin was like 100 years old and still won gold. Lochte won gold. Going back to 2012 — anyone favor Thoman to win a medal there? Silver. Cullen Jones? Silver.… Read more »


damn meili coming out of retirement in 2915

SuperSwimmer 2000

Haha! Fat fingers…

Well if she does, you better believe Marsh will be her coach.


It seems like all these athletes moving are willing to give up their spots to the youngsters

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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