Hunter Armstrong Talks Journey From Being Last in Practice to 2021 Olympian

One of USA’s newest Olympians from last week’s trials was Hunter Armstrong, the 20-year-old Ohio native who swims for Ohio State. Armstrong is a self-titled “late bloomer” and until high school would often be last in practice, getting beat by male and female teammates alike. Armstrong talks about his journey through this stage and eventually reaching the next level, his motivation being getting to go to a training trip with his team in Florida (Video from 2019 Summer Jr Nationals)

Since then, Armstrong’s star has continued to rise, swimming well for West Virginia his freshman season, then transferring to Ohio State to be closer to home and having continued success during the NCAA season his sophomore year (2020-2021). During long course season of this year, he went to the pro swim in Indianapolis and dropped a 53.7 100m back, a PR by 1 second. Armstrong came into the 2021 US Olympic trials with a ton of momentum and it paid off, making the 2021 Olympic team by touching 2nd in the 100 back with a huge personal best of 52.4.

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1 year ago

This is a great story that kind of fell under the radar! Congrats to Hunter and his coaches and programs at Ohio State and Canton City. He had fantastic coaches in Mike Davidson (CCS) and Matt Bowe (OSU) that both did a great job. Way to rise to the occasion, Hunter!

Backstroke Bros
1 year ago

What a legend, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet on the pool deck

Last edited 1 year ago by Backstroke Bros
Wow- Who was that?
1 year ago

I think we just saw him dressed head to toe Arena gear in Washington Dulles airport!

1 year ago

Now just .63 away from the WR

1 year ago

Chasing Phelps 8 golds. If not this year then look out Paris’24

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

One of the best names for a swimmer.

1 year ago

What a well-spoken and articulate young man! Good luck in Tokyo.

Drew Dweetzer
1 year ago

Keep ‘em coming, SwimSwam! Two days in a row with normal, down-to-earth, enthusiastic people: yesterday PETER ANDREW and today HUNTER ARMSTRONG!

I agree with the other commenters who say: “Let Hunter be Hunter,” and not another “Dean Farris meme.”

Best wishes in Tokyo, Hunter!

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