Video Interview: Bob Bowman wants to see Katie Ledecky and Michael race in the 400 free

We got the chance to catch up with North Baltimore head coach Bob Bowman, who thought that as a whole the Pro Swim Series stop in Mesa went well for his team. He commented that he was pleased with how they were finishing, but had little speed because of fatigue, which is right where he wants them to be.

When asked, Bowman commented that he wouldn’t mind seeing his star athlete Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky racing in the 400 free, giving a shoutout to the female gold medalist who went the same time in prelims as Michael Phelps in the event on Friday.

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Jim C
7 years ago

I would imagine that Katie was also tired from training, which could explain the slower times compared to Austin.

masters swimmer
7 years ago

This is a rare opportunity handed to us. Now Coach Bowman has even opened the door. So set up a meet, call the media, get the other big names in swimming. Make it a charity benefit. Have a live band. Get some big name celebrities and see how many times they get lapped. Have the audience vote on their smartphones. Have a swimming fashion show on deck. Get the synchronized swimmers to perform.

Like I noted in a previous post, remember several years ago when that woman pro golfer competed in a men’s tournament and tried to make the cut? It was absolutely huge in the media. Golf has to be the most boring sport on the planet, but… Read more »

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7 years ago


Andrew majeske
Reply to  masters swimmer
7 years ago

Ok–some charity should be jumping all over this one!

Reply to  masters swimmer
7 years ago

You are basically proposing a freak show. Let’s throw the bearded woman in!

7 years ago

MP is looking the fittest I’ve seen him in a while (not to say he wasn’t fit before, he could smoke all of us in a second). Gotta say I’m excited to hear of him training his hardest again.

7 years ago

I think the 800 or 1500 would be even more interesting!! 😉

Reply to  liquidassets
7 years ago

If I recall, Phelps went like a 15:30 in the 1500 when he was about 15 years old.

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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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