Swimming: DeSorbo guiding Team USA women

Published 9:02 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Staff report

Salisbury High graduate and Salisbury-Rowan Hall of Famer Todd DeSorbo will be leading Team USA women’s swimming efforts in the Paris Olympics.

The head coach at the University of Virginia, DeSorbo has coached four straight national championship teams.

DeSorbo took over the Cavalier swimming program in 2017 after serving as the associate head coach at North Carolina State University for six seasons.

In 2021, DeSorbo sent four Virginia swimmers to Tokyo who claimed four Olympic medals. He served as an assistant coach for that Olympic Team and was the 2022 FINA World Championships women’s head coach.

The U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials concluded over the weekend in Indianapolis with five Cavaliers or former Cavaliers securing their spots on Team USA for the Paris Games.

Current UVA student-athletes Alex Walsh (200-meter individual medley), Gretchen Walsh (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 4×100-meter freestyle relay) and Emma Weber (100-meter breaststroke) will compete in a combined five events, while recent alumni Kate Douglass (200-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley) and Paige Madden (400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle and 4×200-meter freestyle relay) will compete in six more.