World Champs silver medalist Hali Flickinger has moved her training base from Georgia to Arizona State, SwimSwam has learned.
A source tells us that the 2016 U.S. Olympian has moved to Arizona, and her club registration – Unattached Sun Devil – appears to confirm that. Flickinger is entered in this week’s Pro Swim Series opener in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her club affiliation in USA Swimming’s database is currently Sun Devil Swimming. Her social media also appears to confirm that she’s now based in Arizona. We’ve reached out to Flickinger for comment but have not yet received a response.
Flickinger was a high school standout in Pennsylvania, but has had most of her international success at the University of Georgia, both as a collegiate swimmer (from 2012 to 2016) and as a professional as part of Georgia’s Athens Bulldog Swim Club.
The 25-year-old Flickinger is coming off the biggest medals of her career. In 2018, she won U.S. Nationals in the 200 fly and went on later that summer to win gold at the Pan Pacific Championships. This past summer, she finished second at the 2019 World Championships in the 200 fly, though she was a tenth off of her career-best time set in 2018.
Flickinger is also a member of the Cali Condors of the International Swimming League, and competed at the Condors first meet in Indianapolis this fall.
She joins an Arizona State program that is run by Bob Bowman, a former Olympic head coach and longtime coach of Michael Phelps, a dominant 200 flyer throughout his career. Bowman has had connections with Georgia swimmers before – he spent time coaching Olympic IMer Chase Kalisz and Olympic freestyler Allison Schmitt, both UGA alums.