By USA Swimming | Monday, July 1, 2019
June 1: Autograph Session // Townley Haas, Michael Andrew
The brand-new FINA Champions Swim Series had its American debut May 31-June 1 in Indianapolis. The event highlighted some of the best swimmers from around the country, but also was centered around exciting entertainment outside of the pool, which Townley Haas and Michael Andrew contributed to by signing autographs and taking pictures with the Indianapolis attendees.
June 3: Make a Splash Tour, San Diego // Ryan Murphy, Jordan Wilimovsky, Rowdy Gaines, Josh Davis
As stop No. 3 on USA Swimming Foundation’s 2019 Make-a-Splash tour, San Diego played host to a full day of fun and water safety. The San Diego community hosted Olympians Ryan Murphy, Jordan Wilimovsky, Rowdy Gaines and Josh Davis for a full day of activities, including a clinic on water safety and a trip to the Birch Aquarium.
June 5: Make a Splash Tour, Corpus Christi // Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines, Josh Davis
Shortly following Make-a-Splash’s stop in San Diego, the 2019 tour made its final stop in Corpus Christi, Texas. Gaines and Davis were joined by fellow Olympian Cullen Jones as the trio taught the Corpus Christi youth the importance of water safety. Along with the clinic, the Olympians toured the USS Lexington, visited the Aquatots swim school and even threw out the first pitch at the Corpus Christi Hooks minor league baseball game.
June 11-12: Olympic Museum Visit // Allison Schmitt, Jacob Pebley, Josh Prenot, Andrew Seliskar
A handful of United States National Team members traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to check out the construction of the new Olympic Museum. With the help of Allison Schmitt, Jacob Pebley, Josh Prenot and Andrew Seliskar, the museum is set to open in the fall of 2019.
June 12: Valley Hospital Visit // Kendyl Stewart, Mallory Comerford & Kelsi Dahlia
While national teamers Kendyl Stewart, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Dahlia all earned a victory at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Clovis, they left their impact on the central California valley in more ways than what they did in the pool. The three found time in between their 50 combined appearances in the pool to visit the Valley Hospital and bring cheer to local children.
June 13-15: TYR Pro Swim Series Meet & Greet // Tate Jackson, Justin Wright
Also bringing smiles to the Clovis and Fresno youth during the TYR Pro Swim Series at Clovis was Tate Jackson and Justin Wright. The two posed for pictures, signed autographs and even sat and watched some of the night’s swims with the young attendees. For Wright, his appearance was a bit more nostalgic, as he grew up in Clovis and even swam for the meet’s host club, the Clovis Swim Club.
June 15: TYR Pro Swim Series Clinic // Maya DiRado & Elizabeth Beisel
With six combined Olympic medals, the duo of Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel had a lot to offer at their clinic in the Clovis North Aquatics Complex during the TYR Pro Swim Series at Clovis. Not only did they give tips in the pool, but they also held a Q&A as well as an autograph session with the young swimmers.
June 29: We Lead // Micah Sumrall, Bethany Galat, Nic Fink
Three National Team swimmers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to share their wisdom with the attendees of USA Swimming’s annual We LEAD summit. The event is designed to offer all athletes, regardless of gender, the opportunity to learn & grow as a leader. All of the future leaders were given leadership insight from the elite swimming combination of Micah Sumrall, Bethany Galat and Nic Fink.
While the public will be looking at these athletes in the coming months for their efforts in the pool during international competition, these communities will remember these athletes for their wisdom, insight and cheer.