Jessica Hardy has made the move from Trojan Swim Club to Golden West Swim Club, trading the USC campus for that of Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Hardy is from neighboring Long Beach, where she attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. After eight years of training under Dave Salo at Trojan Swim Club, Hardy will spend the next six months leading up to 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials under the tutelage of Mark Schubert, head coach at Golden West.
Schubert confirmed, “Jessica decided that Golden West was closer to her home and she wanted a change. She has been with Coach Salo for a long time and owes her success to him. This is the last eight months of her career and [Jessica] wants it to be very successful.”
He went on to add, “I have been a fan of Jessica for a long while. It is exciting to have the opportunity to be her coach this important Olympic year. She is a real Pro in every sense of the word and will be a great example and learning experience for the rest of our team.”
Hardy made the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and just missed the roster for the 100 breast after a third-place finish at Trials. She was a finalist in both freestyles in London, and won a bronze medal as a member of the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay.
In the 2014-15 season, Hardy finished fifth in the world in the 50 LCM breast (30.20) and seventh in the 100 LCM breast (1:06.68). She was the second-fastest American behind Katie Meili, and just 1/100 ahead of Lilly King. So far this season, Hardy is the 23rd American in the 50 LCM free (25.61) and 30th in the 100 LCM breast, but she hasn’t raced since November 2015.