| Friday, November 1, 2019With the fall season in full swing, a handful of U.S. National Team athletes used the month of October to impact communities. Whether it was tips that led to better swimming or conversations that led to more smiles, these National Team athletes were stars in the community this past month.
October 4-6: Adult Performance Camp // Ryan Murphy, Missy Franklin, Maya DiRado, Rowdy Gaines
Hosted by the USA Swimming Foundation, the Adult Performance Camp is a three-day camp held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the camp, attendees get the opportunity to live, eat and train like a member of the U.S. National Team. While training like swimming icons, camp members were greeted by a quartet of American swimming stars, as Ryan Murphy, Missy Franklin, Maya DiRado and Rowdy Gaines shared their tips and insight with those in attendance.
October 12: Great Relay LA // David Heron
The Great Relay LA is put on by the Trident Swim Foundation, which provides swimming and educational support for underserved communities in Los Angeles and New York City. At the event in Los Angeles, attendees were greeted by seven-time U.S. National Team selection, David Heron. In an Instagram post, Heron said, “Discipline, self confidence, and teamwork is what @tridentswimfoundation is all about… Swimming has given me so many opportunities throughout my life, and now I’m proud to give back to the sport and help others achieve their goals too @usaswimming”
October 19: Aggie Swim Club Clinic // Bethany Galat
Aggie Swim Club product and current U.S. National Team member Bethany Galat shared her stories and tips with attendees of the Aggie Swim Club Clinic in College Station, Texas. She hopped in the pool with the young camp attendees, giving advice on how they can grow to achieve some of the successes she has seen.
October 22: Phillips 66 Splash Club Visit // Cammile Adams
The Phillips 66 Splash Club was visited by two-time Olympian, Cammile Adams. The club is out of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and serves children in the surrounding area. The young swimmers were able to grab pictures and autographs from the 2017 FINA World Championships silver medalist, and later hopped in the pool for a clinic. Following the time spent with the kids, Adams went to dinner with the Phillips 66 Splash Club board and staff members.
October 26: Boy’s National Select Camp // Zane Grothe
Some of the future stars of the sport were greeted by one of the current icons of the sport, Zane Grothe. The invite-only camp featured some of the nation’s elite young male swimmers, who were given tips and autographs by the decorated distance freestyle talent of Grothe. Forty-eight boys between the ages of 14-16 took to Colorado Springs, Colorado to train like the talented group of National Team members just a few years older than them. Not only did they train in the U.S. Olympic Training Center gym and pool, but swimmers learned about the importance of post-race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition, race strategy and more. Grothe documented the appearance in an Instagram post, saying, “10 years ago I attended USA Swimming’s National Select Camp designed to motivate, encourage, and teach the top age group swimmers in the country. This weekend I got to return to camp but this time as a guest speaker. I am so humbled to have this part of my career come full circle. I look forward to the monumental achievements this group of boys has in store for their careers.”
October 27: Jose Cerda Swim Clinic // Zach Harting
Zach Harting, a member of Team USA at the 2019 FINA World Championships, took time to visit the José Cerdá Memorial Swim Clinic in Mason, Ohio. The clinic is part of the José Cerdá Aquatic Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to benefit swimming and water polo. The organization was made after a local high school student, swimmer and water polo player, José Cerdá, passed away while swimming. Every year they commemorate his love for aquatic sports with a variety of events, including a swim clinic. This year, Harting was able to attend and help teach the importance of water safety and the tools that helped him in the water.