Now & Then Part 3: Your Favorite Swimmers’ Evolution In Photos

With elite swimmers now remaining in the sport well into their late 20’s, we as fans get to see the evolution of our favorite aquatic stars unfold, both in the achievement sense, but also in simply the physical sense. Watching athletes such as American Regan Smith and Australian Kyle Chalmers emerge from their beginnings as talented junior swimmers to now-international mega athletes enables us to connect with them and follow along as their careers flourish over the years.

We previously reminisced on the early days of several of the world’s most notable swimmers in 2018 by taking in photos from then versus now as a reminder of the truly glorious era of swimming in which we’re lucky to be.

Now & Then – Edition #1
Now & Then – Edition #2

We now enter our third edition of our ‘Now & Then’ photo series.

Lilly King (USA)

Lilly King, 2014, by Tim Binning


Lilly King, 2019, Gwangju – Korea, 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju, Courtesy of Rafael Domeyko

Regan Smith (USA)

Regan Smith, Minnesota HS State Championships 2014, Courtesy of Kris Peterson


Regan Smith, 2019 (photo: Jack Spitser)

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)

Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 50 free final, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig)


Ranomi Kromowjojo

Foto Gian Mattia D’Alberto – LaPresse 21-07-2019 Gwangju – Korea sport nuoto, 18mi Campionati del mondo FINA Gwangju 2019 nella foto: Roberto STRELNIKOV ARG

Maxime Rooney (USA)

Maxime Rooney, 2014, photo: Seaha Rooney


Maxime Rooney, 2019, photo: Jack Spitser)

Jeanette Ottesen (DEN)

LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2013, Finals.
Jeanette Ottesen, DEN
100m Butterfly (courtesy of Jesper Nielsen,


Jeanette Ottesen, 2019, courtesy of TheMagic5, a SwimSwam partner

Duncan Scott (GBR)

Duncan Scott, 2016 Scottish SC C’ships, courtesy of Neil Hanna/Scottish Swimming


Foto Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse, 23 Novembre 2019 foto: SCOTT Duncan

Shane Ryan (IRL)

Shane Ryan, NLAC, 2014


Shane Ryan, 2019 Irish Open Swimming Championships, photo: David Kibern

Kathleen Baker (USA)

Kathleen Baker, 2012, by Tim Binning


Kathleen Baker, 2019, by Jack Spitser

Emily Seebohm (AUS)

Emily Seebohm, 2014, by: Tim Binning


Seebohm at the FINA Champions Series Budapest 2019. By Adrian Mancebo/SwimSwam

Kyle Chalmers (AUS)

Kyle Chalmers, 2015, by Tim Binning


Kyle Chalmers, 2019 (photo: Jack Spitser)

Sydney Pickrem (CAN)

Sydney Pickrem, 2015 (photo: Peter Sukenik/


Sydney Pickrem, 2019, (photo: Jack Spitser)

Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS)

Thomas Fraser-Holmes, 2013, Swimming Australia (Swim Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)


Thomas Fraser-Holmes (r) w/ Kyle Chalmers, 2019, courtesy of Swimming Australia

Caeleb Dressel (USA)

Caeleb Dressel, Bolles School, a rising swim star at the 2013 US World Championship Trials (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, the swim pictures)


Photo Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse, December 20, 2019 Las Vegas – USA, 2019 ISL – International Swimming League, In the picture: DRESSEL Caeleb

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Caeleb went from “are you free tonight” to “I’ll be there in five”


Maxine Rooney too, it’s that Florida water apparently


Maxime Rooney moved to Texas more than one year ago.


Yeah, but just like every other swimmer that went to FL maxime put on a butt load of muscle!


That second pic of Duncan Scott is very unflattering….it is funny when these amazing elite athletes are captured in an awkward pose!


Kyle Chalmers was a full grown man at like 16 lmao

Colt Simonelli

And Scott still is baby faced

Old Man Chalmers

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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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