Marciano bonded with his new team, and he was swimming well. College powerhouses like Michigan and Arizona State contacted him. But his grades cratered. He barely saw his friends. Swimming became a job. “I loved competing, but it got to the point where I hated going to practice,” he said.
TOKYO — Essentially the most adorned Olympic swimmer in Tokyo is … Caeleb Dressel? Katie Ledecky? Nope. It’s Emma McKeon of Australia, whose haul of seven medals ties her for the file by any feminine Olympian, set in 1952 on the Helsinki Video games by the gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya of