Allison Schmitt, who already has won medals in each of the three colors at the Summer Games, has a chance for another one tonight: The training pal of Michael Phelpsat North Baltimore Aquatic Club has been named anchor of the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Schmitt, 22, will swim the final 200 meters just as Phelps did Tuesday night, winning gold and becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 of them.
Having first trained as a teenager with Phelps and his longtime coach Bob Bowman in her native Michigan, where the duo had moved to train for the Beijing Games, Schmitt followed them when they returned to Baltimore in 2008. At first, she trained with them in the summers between college, at Georgia, but decided to redshirt this past year to prepare full-time for these Games.
It paid off: Schmitt first won bronze as part of the 400 free relay, then silver for an individual effort in the 400 free and, finally, gold in the 200-meter free -- in which she set a new Olympic record of 1:53.61 seconds.
Tonight's relay will be led off by Missy Franklin, followed by Dana Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland. The U.S. team is seeded first going into the final tonight, and face a field that features much talent, from Italy's Frederica Pellegrini, China's Ye Shiwen, and Australia's Alicia Coutts.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun