Of Phelps, Schmitt says that he taught her how to focus her energy into her races, "swimming smarter by saving fuel for the final legs." Bowman, both Schmitt's and Phelps's coach, said Schmitt has "really learned the mental game." She remains focused when needed and relaxes when needed, he said, noting that that is key to winning.Much of Schmitt's inspiration comes from her parents.Of her parents, she told Schmitt plans to return to the University of Georgia to complete her senior year of college following the 2012 Summer Olympics.
At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Schmitt won a gold medal in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay.
Throughout the first three years of Schmitt's college education at the University of Georgia, where she majored in psychology, she participated in the NCAA competition and became a four-time NCAA national champion, winning the 500-yard freestyle in 2009, 20.
She also won the 200-yard freestyle in 2010., Schmitt—also known as "Schmitty," Al or Allie—is known for her infectious laughter and love of dancing.
"But once in the water," the article reads, "Schmitt is fearsome." Still, being around Schmitt is fun, at least according to Michael Phelps, who told that it is because of her that he looks forward to practice.
But Schmitt said she's unsure of how much longer she will swim.
And he's announced the happy news in the cutest way.
“Let people who know what they are doing make the decisions,” she replied.
The room was left to draw its own conclusions on that.
She and her four siblings were raised in Canton, Michigan.
At the age of 9, Schmitt followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Kirsten, and began swimming.
There had been no indication that Schmitt would one day become among the fastest swimmers in the world, according to Josh Morgan, who had been Schmitt's coach from the ages of 11 to 14.