Vanderpool-Wallace develops 100 free with sights on 2016

  13 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | May 20th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, Featured, International, News, Video

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Women’s 50 freestyle – Final – 2014 Arena Grand Prix

After missing her heat this morning and qualifying from the B-flight during prelims, Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace won the 50 freestyle with the eighth fastest time in the world this year at 24.65. Her SwimMAC teammate, Madison Kennedy finished second at 24.78. Jessica Hardy was third at 25.46, and Ivy Martin, the swimmer from Wisconsin, finished fourth at 25.53. Faith Johnson and Amanda Weir finsihed 5th and 6th, both touching the wall under the 26 second mark.

Katie Meili dropped .63 seconds to win the B-final of the women’s 50 freestyle.

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bobo gigi
2 years 5 months ago

100 free in yards and 100 free in long course are 2 very different events.
AVW is another example of that.
She’s the fastest ever in yards.
But she struggles in the big pool.
I wish her the best for the future but she has a long way to go if she wants to be in the olympic final.

2 years 5 months ago

AVW seems to struggle to be consistent in the 100 free long course, but she went a 53.73 at London 2012, so the potential is obviously there since she seems to keep getting better.

2 years 5 months ago

Still don’t like USAS teams and coaches training our Olympic competitors! I thought the goal was to increase the medal count for the USA, not the coach.

2 years 5 months ago

How insulting. Your opinion is noted, but think for a moment beyond just national pride. These are all athletes with a few things in common: they are dedicated to the sport they love and thrive in, and they all have zero control over the nation they were born in.

To me, there’s not much more exciting than having more than two swimmers in an olympic final from the same coach. Like when Mike Bottom had like half the 2004 final in the 50 free. How cool was that!?!

2 years 5 months ago

Why do you assume the previous poster was basing his comments on national (ie American) pride? Top swimmers from other countries improve the training environment in the US and therefore improve US swimming. I think it equally likely that the previous poster seeks to see their foreign nation improve and beat the US in Olympic swimming.

2 years 5 months ago

Many us athletes said they learned a lot with foreign guys on their team the is holder of long distance on track and field at university trained with a guy who was much better and that improved him a lot

2 years 5 months ago

There is National pride in my comment, not distain for the Athlete. They come to the USA for a better opportunity, college and post grad. My issue is that our USAS funded resourses are used to train our competition.

If Mike Bottom (or any other college coach) as a College coach chooses to use athletes from other nations to assure his NCAA conference/championship position, I really don’t care, that is their job and their job security.

USAS club teams are given funds and resources for training elite athletes. Those funds are raised on the backs of the age group kids that compete and cheer on the USA. Those coaches that are using these USAS funds to support their non US athletes travel etc is wrong.

If the US cannot train for the Olympics or any other international competition without paying our competition to train with us, that we need new coaches.

Steve Nolan
2 years 5 months ago

How much money do these international swimmers get from USAS?

For some reason I’m assuming it’s very little…so it seems like your comment’s some jingoistic garbage. (But hey, maybe these guys are getting millions and I’m wrong! Just seems unlikely.)

2 years 5 months ago

Mr. Nolan, Millions…really how many in swimming really make Millions? 2?

From what I klnow, at SwimMAC, training, travel and all meet fees are paid by USAS SwimMAC team members.

If they paid their own way, or it was paid by their country, I may have a differant perspective.

If your test of right or wrong is determined by a dollar amount, I’ll admit I am only a little right….but still right.

2 years 5 months ago

I don’t understand the point about SwimMac…

They have a setup for elite professionals to be a part of the club. Everyone who’s on SwimMac knows what their money pays for (and I’m not privy to any sort of inside info and am not even sure your statement that the age grouper dues pay for these athletes travel and meet fees, but I’ll play along.)… If people on SwimMac have an issue with that, they can spend their money elsewhere. Keep in mind that they and their age groupers also get access to these athletes that they wouldn’t otherwise get, which has value.

But most clubs do this- some teams offset travel costs for senior athletes. Any team with a suit/gear sponsor also does this in some way- age groupers have to buy a suit, cap, bag, warmup and parka… While athletes who make Juniors get it all for free. Some of these athletes may even be (gasp) foreign.

As a coach, I will coach anyone who wants to be a part of my program. If they want to show up, work hard to achieve their goals and aren’t bad people they have a place with my team. American, Brazilian, Russian, Chinese, South African or whatever.

There a ton of foreign athletes who have and do train in Australia as well. So maybe it’s not that the US and AUS coaches are in need of these foreigners as you said… but that these foreign athletes need the US and AUS coaches.

And lastly… This is not a new trend. It’s been going on for a long time and isn’t any more prevalent now than in the past. Yes, there are more professional foreign athletes training in the US, but there are also more professional native athletes training in the US. The pros are going to gravitate to the top coaches and where they can get $$$.

2 years 5 months ago

I thought these foreign pro swimmers are paying for the opportunities to be trained to by US coaches, or am I mistaken? Because some of these posts here implied that these foreign swimmers receive their training for free.

Does this mean swimmers like Agnel is not paying Bowman any money?

2 years 5 months ago

The comment regarding USAS coaches and teams training foreign Olympic competitors is an interesting one and I sure one that has been the subject of much debate. It is an extension of the foreign swimmers depriving home grown athletes from competing at the collegiate level. While at first glance there may appear to be some merits to this argument, I don’t think those who make it think much beyond the “Us vs Them” mentality that pervades the Olympics, and which reached it’s zenith during the Cold War.

There is no government funding for US Olympic teams, and funding from USA swimming to clubs must surely be limited, given the number of fund-raisers clubs hold on an annual basis. Training foreign athletes must surely be a source of revenue. It also raises the profile of the club, thereby attracting more American swimmers and provides an intenser training environment (see NBAC).

In a capitalist society, telling clubs who they can train, without compensating them for lost revenue, prestige etc, is ……..un-American. Just my view. Others may think differently.

2 years 5 months ago

I’m sure that Graham Hill would welcome any Olympian who wanted to train with Chad Le Clos in South Africa. Coaching fees would be the last thing on his mind given the benefits that a world class training partner would bring to his squad. Bob Bowman and other US coaches are at the top of their game and therefore have the pick of the international field.


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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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