On Wednesday, May 22, USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones and Simone Manuel appeared on NBC’s “Today” to talk about the importance of water safety.
The appearance coincided with the 50th stop on the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour Presented by Phillips 66, in New York City.
The ambassadors performed a clinic with some young swimmers in a pool set up outside the set of “Today,” near Rockefeller Center. “Today” host Dylan Dreyer joined them in the pool.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the action. Photos by Mike Lewis.
Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines gets pumped in the ready room before heading up to the set.
Rowdy, Nathan, Simone, Cullen and Missy meet the young swimmers who will be joining them in the pool on the show and take a moment for some photos.
The gang in the ready room before heading out to the pool.
The crowd gets pumped up on the Plaza. #GogglesOn
Dylan Dreyer talks to Missy and Cullen about the importance of water safety.
Dylan introduces in-water clinicians Simone and Rowdy.
Simone and Rowdy meet and talk with Dylan as Missy looks on.
Dylan decides to jump in with the Olympians.
An in-water interview with Simone.
Nathan, Dylan, Rowdy and Simon take a moment for photos in the pool.
Nathan and Rowdy teaching the kids how to be safe around the water.
Ready to enjoy the summer in the pool!