Michael Phelps’ Coach Bob Bowman Assembles Swimming Dream Team, Gold Medal Minute Video


Yannick Agnel, French Olympic Swim Star, NBAC Athlete  (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

Yannick Agnel, French Olympic Swim Star, NBAC Athlete (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com)

Bob Bowman’s North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) may be the greatest swim club ever assembled. NBAC elite swimmers include; 3-time Olympic medalist Yannick Agnel, Olympic Gold medalist Conor Dwyer, pool and open water Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Matt McLean, 6-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt, US Butterfly National Champion Tom Luchsinger, open water and pool elite Becca Mann, Olympic medalist and World Champion Lotte Friis, NCAA Champion and World Medalist Chase Kalisz, US National Champion Gillian Ryan,  Junior Worlds gold medalist Cierra Runge, paralympic swim star Jessica Long, and Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer of all time (if he officially comes back).

Over the next two and half years, as we approach the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, whether or not NBAC is the greatest swim team (club  team, not an NGB team)  will be determined.  Among the US  super clubs, SwimMAC is extremely formiddable as is David Salo’s crew at Trojan Aquatic Club.

If you had to predict which club will put the most athletes on Olympic Teams, which would it be? 

You can follow Coach Bob Bowman on Twitter here.

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com.


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ahh so that is why none of the NBAC swimmers were at the Orlando Grand Prix. Good post by Gold Medal Mel


It seems they lack a sprint group. Kind of pre-mature to call them the greatest group ever? Unless thats based solely on medal count. Great place if you swim the 200 and above though.


not sure greatest unless he developed them? It will be hard to beat Santa Clara in the heyday or Mission Viejo??


Even accounting for time inflation(deflation?) this NBAC squad is pretty close to if not on Santa Clara’s 1960s/70s level. Very cool stuff. Anybody else remember the 90s when the entire travel squad for NBAC wore ‘Phelps’ on their caps? They used to come out to meets like LC Far Westerns held at Santa Clara. Looking back it seems like even then Michael’s future was being thoughtfully planned for. And this current super-team is still part of that plan. He’ll be back.


Please define the parameters you use when discussing a coach who “develops” a swimmer. What is the age range/ability level they need to being coaching the swimmer for it to “count” as development?


Does it matter if he developed them the whole way? That never happens in other sports. Players switch coaches every time they take a step up in the world and even after they reach the top, they tend to move around some. That’s just the world of sports.


But you have to understand, this is swimming, where coaches get super offended when a swimmer leaves their clutches and wants credit for “development.” Apparently, taking a 1:39 200 freestyler and making them 1:35 doesn’t count as development, nor does taking a Olympic Gold Medalist and making him faster. That stage of development deserves no credit to some, although none can articulate why.

I’d you don’t have them on your roster upon leaving the womb, you didn’t do crap…

It only counts if you coach them 6 days a week from swim lessons to middle age.


I would love to see a dual meet between NBAC and SwimMac Team Elite.


Especially if Phelps comes back. Then you have the Lochte vs. Phelps all over again!!

RE: Mac sprinters vs. NBAC middle-distance – I think this is part of what is going to make a pro league work. Swimmers getting outside of their comfort zones a little, going after different races. See who’s a better 50 freestyler in-season: Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps. I spend a lot of time thinking about pro leagues, and I think they work best if the format forces people to swim ‘different’ events. I think that’s what will create parity and what will create excitement, and most importantly what will create interest and conversation among the fans. It will help kill off the “this doesn’t matter because it’s not the Olympics” attitude.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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