USA Swimming Team Adds 8 Coaches for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 11:38 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterdays announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)


The USA has announced its swimming roster and looks set to dominate the swimming events in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 starts on July 23rd as athletes from all over the world look to compete in different sports events and win medals for their countries.

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Likewise, eight new coaches are announced for team USA that would accompany the roster to Tokyo. These coaches will work together with the Women’s head coach Greg Meehan, Men’s head coach Dave Durden, and head open water coach Catherine Kase.

This is the first time that the team is appointing eight assistant coaches instead of six. However, Sandpipers of Nevada head coach Ron Aitken didn’t make the cut.

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Despite Aitken and Sandpipers operating the best women’s distance group in the country, his exclusion came as a surprise.

Eight assistant coaches heading to Tokyo Olympics 2020

Bob Bowman from Arizona State is the first coach to make the cut. The veteran coach has helped team the USA in the last four Olympic Games and notably coached Michael Phelps.

In the meantime, Hali Flickinger and Allison Schmitt are under his guidance this Olympics. Flickinger is taking part in the 400 IM and 200 fly while Schmitt qualified for the 200-meter freestyle.

Next on the list is Todd Desorbo from the University of Virginia. Todd is coaching Paige Madden, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass, and Catie DeLoof.

Madden won three NCAA titles while Walsh and Douglass have grown into very versatile swimmers. Similarly, DeLoof trained under Desorbo in UVA. The US swimming team will look up to him for his experience in the swimming events.

Jun 20, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; U.S. swim team pose for a team photo after the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Looze from Indiana has been with the US team for several years. Both his grads, Lilly King and Annie Lazor finished first and second respectively, to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Lilly King is the current world record holder for 100-meter breaststroke.

On the other hand, Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni make the team with their expertise in the 4×100 freestyle event. Michael Brinegar qualified for the 800-m free and 1500-m freestyle event as well.

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Terri and Peter make the cut for Tokyo

Terri McKeever from California served as the head coach for the women’s team in the 2012 London Olympics. Notably, Abbey Weitzeil and Katie McLaughlin are guided by the coach.

Weitzeil is taking part in both the 50-m and 100-m freestyle events while Katie has been a mainstay in the 4×200m freestyle relay for the last six years.

Along with Terri, Peter Andrew is selected after coaching his son Michael Andrew to take part in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 50m freestyle events.

The final three coaches who made it to the US team are Jack Bauerle, Anthony Nesty, and Gregg Troy. There are six swimmers under Bauerle. Kalisz and Litherland are taking part in the 400m IM, while Olivia and Natalie Hinds make the 4×100 free relay.

Bauerle has been working with the national team for more than 20 years. Andrew Wilson and Nick Fink are the other two swimmers are under his guidance.

Jun 17, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts in the MenÕs 100m Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Nesty from Florida is going to Tokyo as well. Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke are two swimmers who hold American records, and Nesty has been amazing for them.

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Finally, Gregg Troy enters the final list of coaches heading to Tokyo. The swimmer he coaches- Caeleb Dressel. He is expected to steal the show in Tokyo this time around. Dressel is taking part in three individual events, and four relay events.

The US swimming team is set to steal the show in Tokyo. There are experienced swimmers and debutants in the US roster this time as they look to dominate the swimming events. Time will tell whether the US can rise to the top, yet again.

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