Rūta Meilutytė, the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion, is the newest member of the Team Elite program run by its founder, USA Olympic head coach David Marsh.
The Lithuanian, who claimed every title open to her, Olympic, world, continental, junior and senior, on sprint breaststroke while under the guidance of coach Jon Rudd in Britain, is already training at the San Diego program.
Marsh and Meilutytė first met back at the London 2012 Olympics in a social setting that has evolved to today’s partnership, Team Elite noted. Meilutytė recalls:
“I still vividly remember meeting David at a BBQ restaurant in the Olympic village as a 15 year old shortly after arriving at the London Games. From our initial conversation to my first gold medal and beyond, David has always been a great encourager, advisor, and sounding board for me in addition to his global reputation of helping top swimmers get even better. This will be my first time training with him so I’m really excited to spend the next month here in San Diego getting stronger with Team Elite.”
Marsh is thrilled to have Meilutyte on board: “We’re honoured to have Rūta train with us at Team Elite in San Diego.
“Ruta is respected throughout the world for her competitive spirit and prowess. She possesses the highest in character and integrity. The first day she arrived she was already out surfing and then was ready to go at morning practice!”
The Lithuanian superstar who set 11 national records at the London Games that made the then 15-year-old the youngest ever winner of the 100m breaststroke crown, went on to win the 50 and 100m world titles, establish three World and eight European records.
Team Elite is Marsh’s new program and one of the leading professional swimming training groups in the world: in 2016, Marsh’s mission placed more U.S. Swimmers on the Olympic team than any other program, their medal tally alone good for fourth on the medals table of nations in the invisible count of single squads, a significant detail in the resounding success for the USA way out ahead as world swimming superpower.