Olympic Bronze Medalist Noe Ponti Leaves NC State, Returns Home to Switzerland

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 31

September 26th, 2021 News

 

Swiss swimmer Noe Ponti, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 fly, has decided to leave North Carolina State University after a month and return to his training base in Switzerland.

In a post on his Instagram account on Sunday, Ponti explained his decision. While he said that he arrived in the United States riding the high of his Olympic success, he began to experience mental fatigue.

He says that mental fatigue has created “several problems in the management of daily life,” and that after speaking with his team in Switzerland, his family, and the NC State coaching staff, he decided he needed to return home.

He will now resume training in Ticino in southern Switzerland with his coaches Massimo Meloni and Andrea Mercuri.

In spite of his early departure, at least one of Ponti’s NC State teammates posted a message of support – fellow freshman Sam Hoover shared Ponti’s post on Instagram with the message “Love you always bro” and “see you down the road.” Another freshman, Arsenio Bustos, echoed that comment in his own post.

The 20-year old Ponti is a better sprint butterflier internationally, though his 1:55.05 in the 200 long course fly indicates that he would have been a substantial contributor in that event this season for the Wolfpack.

Ponti’s best times, long course meters:

  • 100 free – 49.95
  • 200 free – 1:47.76
  • 50 fly – 23.39
  • 100 fly – 50.74
  • 200 fly – 1:5.05
  • 200 IM – 1:59.72

Without Ponti, the Wolfpack will still have another freshman Aiden Hayes as the front-runner to absorb the butterfly legs of their medley relays. He was already 45.47 in high school. Arsenio Bustos (46.51), the incumbent on the 400 medley relay Noah Henderson (45.83), and the 200 medley incumbent Luke Sobolewski (46.07) leave the Wolfpack with a still-deep butterfly group, but with Ponti they were the best in the nation even as a young group.

While Ponti was drafted by the Tokyo Frog Kings in the International Swimming League draft, he isn’t eligible to join the team because he was not in the draft pool. The Frog Kings’ draft choice was in error, and ultimately resulted in a forfeited pick.

On Sunday, Ponti wasn’t ready to commit on whether he might find his way back to the NCAA, but said he was keeping his options open.

“Right now my number one priority is to understand and process everything that has happened to me in these last months. From there I will decide what to do with my life and my swimming career.”

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bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Wow. I hope he goes back once his mental health gets better. I think he was a big component for NC State to get up their in the Texas/Cal realm.

Curious Swimma
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

health first. does not matter what impact he would have on the team.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Curious Swimma
1 month ago

Read what I said again.

Just give the trophy to the condors already
1 month ago

Understandable, have a great day.

CanSwim13
1 month ago

Certainly a tough decision to make, but what a whirlwind it must have been for a young guy to have such a successful summer and then uproot yourself and move across the world.

Always takes courage to recognize and speak of any mental health issue you’re experiencing , wishing you all the best Noe !!

Steve Nolan
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

For real, I know people that, after a normal summer, moved from New England to the Carolinas for college and didn’t stick around for four weeks. Can imagine winning an Olympic medal makes an even bigger move that much weirder.

TexMex
1 month ago

I have seen a lot of the State guys repost his post, it seems like he’s going out with a lot of love and support from the team. Good luck Noe!!

mara
1 month ago

Moving from Switzerland to NC must be a shock. He’ll have a great professional career

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  mara
1 month ago

He never specified whether he was going to go pro or just take a break and go back to NC state once he’s ready

Swim
1 month ago

Not the best fly group in nation

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Swim
1 month ago

Doesn’t really matter

Breezeway
1 month ago

Noe, take care of your mentals and your chicken. NCSU will be there when you’re ready. Go Pack! 🐺

HoosierSwimTaxi
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

Who downvoted the Beast Mode? No better words were ever said at NFL media obligations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGrTAF-KIc0 .

Guerra
1 month ago

I heard he was going to Indiana after he takes a break.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

I am now fully convinced that you are either Lily King or Ray Looze himself

HJones

I think SwimSwam staff knows who he is, as a comment one of the writers once had on him implied he is someone associated with the IU swim team. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is one of the assistant coaches.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

Although I feel like the assistant coach of a power 5 d1 swim team would be smart enough not to spam-advertise their team on every single SwimSwam article and have bigger priorities

Last edited 1 month ago by Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
SCCOACH

I also feel like the assistant coach of a power 5 d1 swim team would be smart enough not to spam swimswam with antivaxx posts and Klete Keller support posts

Steve Nolan
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

Who would be the funniest possible person?

My vote is Hafnaoui.

monteswim
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Mark Spitz

Tommy Schmitt
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

I’ve got my money on monsieur Miller

Murica

I googled ‘ray looze goat guerra’ and his facebook comes up where he makes similar posts to here except with hashtags lol

Monteswim
Reply to  Murica
1 month ago

LOL Ryan Guerra

Swimmer
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

If he goes to IU he will transfer after one year

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

So you’re saying he’d last significantly longer than at NC State, bold take.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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