Todd DeSorbo Reflects on Trials That Saw 4 UVA Swimmers Make 2021 Olympic Team

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We sat down with the head coach of the University of Virginia, and now Olympic assistant coach, Todd DeSorbo. DeSorbo wanted to make clear out of the gate that his athletes put him on the team and not the other way around. But no matter how you look at it, UVA swimmers were on a roll at the 2021 Olympic Trials as 4 athletes that train in Charlottesville made the US Olympic team and many more registered lifetime bests. DeSorbo breaks down the Olympic-qualifying performances of Paige Madden, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass, and Catie DeLoof as well as what he’s looking forward to in Tokyo.


Music: Otis McDonald


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Always learning
2 months ago

Awesome interview. What is the breakout that Todd is talking about?

Saw Guerra
2 months ago

At what cost?

Reply to  Saw Guerra
2 months ago

What does this mean?

Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

Hard work?

2 months ago

Can you please simply provide a transcript? The video are too long. Thanks.

Reply to  RCP
2 months ago

But the videos provide the click to help pay SwimSwam through YouTube. We get everything through this site for free, which is far better information than anything we’d get on ESPN, which now has a paywall for lots of stuff. I suspect if we want to keep SwimSwam free forever and mostly ad , YouTube support is probably important

2 months ago

Kuddos to Todd for not trying to take credit for Emma Weyant like other colleges do with their incoming freshman.

Reply to  Bill
2 months ago

Check their Instagram. They are claiming her

Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Todd is not taking credit for coaching her. That is what he meant.

Reply to  Bill
2 months ago

They’re absolutely claiming her on social media accounts

Reply to  Swimswummer
2 months ago

I don’t see a problem with UVA claiming her on social media as she is a future Hoo. The school community can be excited for her and happy for her accomplishments. Also, UVA can be proud that an Olympian is choosing to go to school at there. I don’t see any social media posts that claim that Todd coached her.

Reply to  DMSWIM
2 months ago

I respect the way they use the phrase “incoming freshman”. That recognizes her as having an affiliation with the school without giving a false sense of developing her.

West Coast Swammer
2 months ago

And on the heels of winning NCAA’s – what a year for UVA!

2 months ago

DeLoof the biggest achievement for DeSorbo. She was not suppose to make a team and was not a collegiate superstar like the others. Well done

Reply to  Cavalur
2 months ago

I agree about Catie Deloof. I wonder if her other sisters will come train at Virginia with her now?.

10U Dad
2 months ago

Big achievement, love the UVA program, but the Sandpipers were more impressive at the OT.

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  10U Dad
2 months ago

that…. is like your opinion……. it is endless swamp to argue which did better, we do not know everything behind these swimmers, small things like just bit too hard set on that last training day etc…. can have serious consequences on your performance

2 months ago

Paige Madden- Augie Busch should be proud!

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