Is the Gator Swim Club a country? “Gator Nation”? Technically no, but a large portion of Gregg Troy’s international contingent are partaking this week in their own pre-Olympic training camp in Dublin, Ireland under the tutelage of Anthony Nesty – himself a former Olympic Champion.
The lineup for this mini-camp is 10-strong, and will have different athletes departing to join their national teams at various times. It includes a big portion of Florida’s post-grad group:
- Sarah Bateman (Iceland)
- Alejandro Gomez (Venezuela)
- Yanel Pinto (Venezuela)
- Andreina Pinto (Venezuela)
- Arkady Vyatchanin (Russia)
- Marcin Cieslak (Poland)
- Sara Lajneff (Tunisia)
- Brett Fraser (Cayman Islands)
- Shaune Fraser (Cayman Islands)
Nesty and his counterpart Martin Wilby have been entrusted with a huge amount of additional responsibility this season, both with the college swimmers and the post-grads, as Troy has tended to his duties as the U.S. Olympic Team coach, and this camp is the ultimate sign of faith.