New Wolfpack Elite Member Vanderpool-Wallace Returns To Racing

Bahamian speed demon Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who has been on a break from competitive swimming for the past year, has decided to make a return to training full-time.

Per her Facebook post dated today, July 17th, ‘AVW’ says, “after a year away from competitive swimming I have made the decision to go back to full time swimming. I’ve learned so much about myself as well as the sport, since I had the opportunity to stay very much involved while I was working with the Auburn Swimming and Diving Program.”

As of August 2016, AVW had been serving as Director of Operations at her alma mater, where she was a three-time NCAA Champion and broke multiple NCAA and U.S. Open Records. Leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games, the Bahamian national record holder had been training under David Marsh at Team Elite based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her highest Olympic finish in Rio was 9th in the 50m freestyle.

Per today’s announcement, Vanderpool-Wallace will return to the mid-Atlantic region to train under coach Todd DeSorbo as a Wolfpack Elite member alongside the likes of Olympian Cullen Jones.

“It was not an easy decision, returning to the sport as well as deciding to leave Auburn. I am very grateful that Coach Todd DeSorbo and the NC State crew have accepted me with open arms! I am incredibly excited and can’t wait to see what the future holds!!,” says the 2015 Pan American gold medalist about her new adventure.

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crooked donald

Wonder what her back squat is up to now? Remember SwimSwam posted a video of her doing something like 365 pounds with Lochte helping to spot her.

Attila the Runt

I remember that, too. Lochte had this look on his face that was either “Holy s$#!” or “I hope she can make it up, cuz I’m not going to be able to lift it.”


heres the link-


Mmm….not sure what that is but that’s not a real squat.


Damn. If she’s all in, then this should be good. AVW is an incredibly powerful swimmer and NC State is basically a speed factory, so let’s see what they can do with her.

Attila the Runt

Probably inspired by Cullen’s good showing at Trials.

ACC fan

Great move for her!! Good luck Arianna!!

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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