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 Baker, Lia Neal, Jacob Pebley, Ryosuke Irie, along with many other international and domestic standouts.