It was a swimmer’s version of a busman’s holiday: During some rare time off last week from her intense training at Baltimore’s Meadowbrook pool, Allison Schmitt decided to visit … the National Aquarium.
“When I saw the dolphins,” Schmitt said with a laugh Thursday, “I wanted to jump in.”
Such is the single-minded focus of swimmers such as Schmitt, a bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics, and among those competing here this week in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. It’s among the final tune-ups before the qualifying trials in June for the London games in July.
Schmitt is signed up for six races here, and will swim in the finals Thursday night of the women’s 100- and 400-meter freestyle events.
Originally from Canton, Mich., the 21-year-old Schmitt moved to Baltimore to train with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, most famously the home of Michael Phelps and his longtime coach Bob Bowman. But if she’s a newcomer to Baltimore, she’s no stranger to her teammate and coach – she prepped for the 2008 Olympics with them at Michigan’s Club Wolverine