Swimming From Home: Bob Bowman on the Apples, Oranges, and Mangos of ASU

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Arizona State head coach Bob Bowman is one of the few coaches who is still able (or was at the time of this interview) able to coach his swimmers at a pool. Although all student-athletes of ASU were sent home, Bowman had a group of 6 post-grads that were still training, including Hali Flickinger, Allison Schmitt, and Giles Smith. Bowman explained why Giles was training in more of a mid-distance setting under Bowman, which led Bowman to explain how most of the ASU college team was broken up into apples, oranges, and mangos.

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Sunny Cal
2 years ago

Has Bob ever been married??

Silent Observer
Reply to  Sunny Cal
2 years ago

What does this have to do with….. Anything?

Maybe he likes being a bachelor. Maybe he doesn’t want to conform to societies “standards” of a “normal /successful life”.

He can do whatever he wants. With whomever he wants to spend his time with….

Anonymoose
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

maybe he just…… asked?
thats not offensive or anything bad, so please chill

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

A bit touchy there, Mr. Observer.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Sunny Cal
2 years ago

Enquiring minds just HAVE to know! Dude it is none of yer beeswax. What Bob does in his personal life should stay in his personal life. Please stick to swimming related questions or we will down vote you beyond reason!!!

Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

Coach Bowman is a genius beyond words

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

Like what, telepathy?

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Now you starting to understand the brilliance of Coach Bowman

Ghost
2 years ago

Did anyone else think it was weird that he calls Michael’s kids his grandkids? Good interview

Admin
Reply to  Ghost
2 years ago

I dunno man, been to a high school lately? Kids call their friends their “kids” and “mom.” This is way less weird than that. Especially given that Michael’s birth father was absent for most of his life.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Bob says Michael is like a son to him and Michael says Bob is like a father to him so I think it’s aight

Swimmerinlane9
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Bob is single…Michael has had a relationship with bob for 20+ years. Those bonds don’t just break because Phelps stopped swimming. It makes sense (as Braden said) due to Michael not really having his own dad in his life.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

May be “way less,” but nonetheless…

remel can do anything
2 years ago

where is caeleb’s? I saw the video on youtube

Gator
Reply to  remel can do anything
2 years ago

He is swimming like the rest of the top athletes

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Coleman’s head/face hair ratio seems off.

Gator
2 years ago

Glad to see that National Teamers haven’t stopped swimming

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Gator
2 years ago

I know it’s a sensitive topic, but 6 people in the size of the ASU pool/facility isn’t much of a risk. While not fair in the sense most swimmers do not have that opportunity, I don’t fault these guys for taking the opportunity and pushing forward.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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