A group of five Chinese swimmers have been spotted training at Bob Bowman’s North Baltimore Aquatic Club and the Meadowbrook pool that the coach co-owns with his most legendary protege, Michael Phelps.
The group has been spotted training alongside a crowded pool, that includes among its tenants this summer a group from Johns Hopkins University and a group from Towson also taking on some long course training in the pool.
The five Chinese swimmers are Qianwei Zhu, Zhijie Xu, Haiqi Jiang, Jie Zhang, and Zhou Wang.
Bowman confirmed that the group is five members from the Shanghai Sports Institute who joined the North Baltimore group for altitude training in Colorado Springs, followed by a stop at the Santa Clara Grand Prix and a month of training in North Baltimore.
This adds to Bowman’s considerably more international resume since Phelps’ retirement after the London Olympics. He spent time consulting on British Swimming’s review, as a consultant for the Turkish Swimming federation, and as the new coach for French Olympic champion Yannick Agnel.
But he’s still working with plenty of the elite of the American ranks, including Allison Schmitt and Chase Kalisz, who have been back since completing their educational commitments at Georgia. Another new face around NBAC this year is Megan Romano, who has come along im preparation for the World Championship Trials at the end of this month. Romano had another phenomenal college season, and now will be looking to Bowman to help her put things all together in Indy after disappointingly missing the Olympic Team in 2012.
Romano has had a fantastic college career, and proven to be one of the best relay swimmers in the history of the NCAA. If she succeeds on making the Worlds team this year, it will be a great test of whether she can carry that over on the sport’s biggest stages.
When we spoke with USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch earlier this year as to whether Bowman’s employment with the Turkish Federation would affect his status as the head coach for the American World Championship Team this year, he wasn’t concerned.
“Bob’s work with the Turkish Swim Federation is in conjunction with his vision of growing swimming worldwide,” Busch said. “If I felt this was in anyway a threat to USA Swimming’s competitive edge I would certainly address it.”