German Jacob Heidtmann Joins Team Elite – West for Training Block

Team Elite – San Diego is into its full summer rhythm, with some new faces arriving in the last few weeks.

Among the swimmers currently training with the group under 2016 U.S. Olympic team women’s head coach David Marsh are

  • U.S. National Team member Helen Moffit,
  • U.S. National Team member Caroline Baldwin
  • U.S. National Team member Michael Chadwick
  • 2000 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 50 free Anthony Ervin
  • 2017 World Championships silver medalist Katie Meili on a summer break from Georgetown law
  • 2017 NCAA Division I Swimmer of the Year Kathleen Baker, who is training with her youth coach (albeit previously in Charlotte) Marsh for the summer, as she has each summer of her college career
  • A newcomer, German 400 IM’er Jacob Heidtmann, who Marsh says is training with the club for “a few weeks.”

The freshest of those faces is the 23-year old Heidtmann, who is his country’s National Record holder in the 400 IM in long course. He swam that record-breaking time at the 2015 World Championships in 4:12.08. Even as his best times in other events have improved (including a 1:01.3 breaststroke and a 2:00.5 200 IM last year in long course, and a new best time of 4:07.20 in the 400 IM short course as well), he hasn’t been better than 4:13 in the 400 IM since his record-breaking swim. His 2017 best was just 4:15.37, and he was a 4:17.68 at the World Championships.

Below, check out a clip from one of the team’s famous circuit days with the club, narrated by Marsh:

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2 years ago

Doesn’t seem like a good fit to me? Lochte and Clary both struggled with Marsh in 4im and those more aerobic events.

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2 years ago

Agree. If I were a 4 IMer, and I got to choose where I wanted to train, it would be either at Georgia or Florida.

2 years ago

No Israelis?

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