As a global swimming community, we’re all presently grappling with the reality of the coronavirus pandemic that have most of our pools closed and most of our whistles quieted.
We at SwimSwam thought this would be a good time to gather coaches from some of the country’s top programs to discuss the state of the sport.
In this roundtable discussion, we’ll discuss a number of hot topics that have emerged, including dryland training during quarantine, the best way to restart the sport in the United States, and what might be happening to college swimming as we know it.
We’ll also be taking questions from you, our readers, so boot up the video and chime in with any questions you have.
Dave Rollins, Head Swim Coach, Florida Gulf Coast University – Dave Rollins became the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016. In 2019, his team finished 2nd at the CCSA Conference Championship meet, and his swimmer Petra Halmai was the 10th-best 200 breaststroker in the NCAA this season. Prior to Florida Gulf Coast, Rollins spent 4 seasons at Ohio State as associate head coach. As an athlete, he was a 9-time All-American and NCAA National Champion at the University of Arizona. In 2017, he was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
Alexis Keto, CEO/Head Coach, New Trier Aquatics – Named the head coach of New Trier Aquatics in suburban Chicago in 2016, Keto has 25 years of coaching experience. She has coached U.S. National Championship finalists, Olympic Trials qualifiers, State Record holders, and state champions.
Tony Carroll, Senior Coach, Lakeside Swim Team – In his 4 seasons with the Lakeside Swim Team, Tony Carroll leads the 13-14 senior training group at one of the country’s most successful clubs – the gold medal Lakeside Swim Team in Kentucky. He has twice been named to the US National Junior Team Coaches List, has served on 4 different Zone and Select Camp staffs, and has twice been nominated for the Fitter & Faster National Age Group Coach of the Year award.