Of the 2016 U.S. Olympic roster published yesterday, six swimmers have ties to the club of SwimMAC Carolina. Ryan Lochte, Cammile Adams, Anthony Ervin, Katie Meili, Kathleen Baker and Jimmy Feigen are all a part of the Charlotte-based club coached by ‘mad scientist’ David Marsh, with Ervin and Feigen having joined the squad just in the past year.
Not on the Olympic roster, but having also made Trials finals for SwimMAC Elite were 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 200m backstroke Tyler Clary and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 50m freestyle Cullen Jones, as well as 2012 Olympic breaststroker Micah Lawrence, sprinting queen Madison Kennedy and butterfly finalist Tim Phillips.
With 13% of the U.S. Olympic roster originating from SwimMAC, it’s worth finding out how the club actually came about and what contributes to its success both domestically and internationally. With the motto “become champions in life and in swimming” in mind, take a look at Team USA’s video providing insight into what kicked off the creation of SwimMAC, as well as how the once-tiny club developed into the formidable force it is today.
“Our motto is to become champions in life and in swimming.”
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) June 27, 2016