October 31, 2014

Person of Interest: Golden Opportunities

Paul Yetter

Olympic hopefuls
Paul Yetter is hoping his team can make a splash in this month’s Olympic swimming trials. T2 Aquatics, which operates out of the YMCA pool on the campus of the Community School Naples, boasts a two-time Olympian, Katie Hoff, on its roster and has a few other women who have better-than-average shots of making the 2012 team.

Learning from the best
Yetter got his start in swimming at the famed North Baltimore Aquatic Club, home to Michael Phelps, where he later returned to coach. "I was working with two Hall-of-Fame-level coaches (North Baltimore founder Murray Stephens and Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman)," he says. "I learned early the difference good coaching can make on a swimmer."

Total package
The difference between Yetter’s methods and other coaches? "We teach all the strokes and work on all the strokes," he says. "Other people might pick one particular strength in a swimmer and just work with them on that. But we think it’s important to be well-rounded." Besides, he says, just because you are really good at one stroke doesn’t mean you can’t become even better at another.