French star and Olympic gold medalist Yannick Agnel has taken another change of course, moving on to his third coach in two years and leaving Bob Bowman and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
According to several French media outlets, the 22-year old will return to train at the club Mulhouse under newly-resigned National Team director Lionel Horter. This comes after roughly a year-and-a-half training with Bowman and his impressive group that includes Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and sometimes Chase Kalisz, among others.
Agnel is the second big-name swimmer to leave that group: Tunisian Ous Mellouli returned to Southern California earlier this year, citing “the Southern California lifestyle” as the primary reason for his move.
Agnel had a high-profile time at NBAC. He got significantly more exposure to racing Americans during his time stateside, but the ultimate result wasn’t his best at the European Championships. He recovered by meet’s end to win individual bronze in the 200 free, but he was overall disappointing, including being left off of France’s gold medal winning 400 free relay.
More was expected of the defending World Champion and Olympic Champion in the 200 free.
Bowman’s public comments were supportive of the move.
“I support him 100% in his approach. Lionel (Horter) is a world-class coach, and Yannick will grow under his control,” the American coach said. “MY goal is to help Yannick succeed, no matter where it leads.”