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      Colbybr
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      What does everyone think about the establishment next year of a National Center for Excellence at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Apparently this a new plan for the development of post collegiate Olympic swimmers. They scored a major coup by getting David Marsh to serve as coach and Richard Quick on as an “advisor”. It sounds exciting, but is the current system better or worse?

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      silentp
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      @Colbybr wrote:

      What does everyone think about the establishment next year of a National Center for Excellence at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Apparently this a new plan for the development of post collegiate Olympic swimmers. They scored a major coup by getting David Marsh to serve as coach and Richard Quick on as an “advisor”. It sounds exciting, but is the current system better or worse?

      I thought Richard Quick was going to advise Auburn for the remainder of the season, not be a part of this National Center for Excellence… maybe I missed something. I don’t really think much will come of it, post-college swimmers who want to compete at the highest levels will continue to do so at respective clubs, I would guess this will mostly attract the upper tier, but not yet world-class level swimmers.

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      Colbybr
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      You’re right. It seems as if Quick will be advising the Auburn program. I guess you could be right, it seems as if leading up to this, swimmers had been joining up with big clubs to work with specific coaches to prepare for the Olympic games. The current trend seems to be toward Club Wolverine and Bob Bowman, but it happens at other places too. I wonder if it will play out like the training center in Colorado springs that had some fringe guys training out of it. Bill Pilczuk was probably the most notable swimmer I can remember doing anything out of there (right? or was he always with Auburn). Other than that, Jared Schroeder comes to mind but no one else.

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      swim5599
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      I wish Marsh would have stayed at Auburn, he has built something really special there. I understand trying new things, but I don’t know. WHo will succeed David Marsh at Auburn Next year? It should be interesting to watch.

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