Vanderpool-Wallace develops 100 free with sights on 2016

  13 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | May 20th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, 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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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.

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… Read more »

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?


About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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