After winning 2 national title at the 2019 US Nationals in Palo Alto (including breaking the 100 free US Open record twice in 1 day), He opened up about the hardships of moving twice in 3 months.
Held discusses what it was like moving first from his longtime home of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC State) to Bloomington, Indiana. Not only did he leave his old friends, coaches, and community, but he entered a culture that was a somewhat rival of his when he was part of the wolfpack, making for an awkward transition out of the pool. However, he was able to make his way into the social circles of the IU post-grad group and see successful training there as well, putting up a 48.7 100 free win at the Richmond Pro Swim in April.
In May, after the announcement of Coley Stickels taking the head coaching position at Alabama, Held moved once again, following his coach of 3 months to Tuscaloosa. He said it has helped having his training partners Ali Khalafalla and Margo Geer during this second transition, and the results in Palo Alto seem to speak for themselves.