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Friday, April 7, 2023

Dara Torres Joins USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador Program

Dara Torres Joins USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation announced on Friday that five-time Olympian Dara Torres has joined its dynamic team of Ambassadors. This esteemed group includes National Team alumni and Olympians who focus on sharing and promoting the Foundation’s mission of Saving Lives, Building Champions and Impacting Communities.

“We are absolutely thrilled Dara is joining our roster of USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors,” USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey said. “Because of her incredible success for so many years on the world swimming stage, Dara will bring even more awareness to our mission to save lives, build champions, and impact communities. We are grateful for her support and look forward to working closely with this legendary champion in the years to come.”

Torres is a 12-time Olympic medalist and is the first swimmer to represent the U.S. in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), winning a medal at each Games. She is a former world record holder in three events – 50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay.

Well versed in water safety education, Torres also serves as an Ambassador with the American chapter of Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Foundation, an organization that strives to prevent drowning and to develop the education of children through the values of sport. She has also participated in multiple Swim Across America events to benefit cancer research.

“I learned when I was very young that public service is the highest form of respect you can pay,” Torres said. “Swimming has been an integral part of my life and I love what it gives to children and families. I believe in the mission of the USA Swimming Foundation, and I want to make it my mission to support its goals.”

In addition to Torres, Natalie Hinds and Chase Kalisz also joined the USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador ranks in 2023. This year’s roster boasts Nathan Adrian, Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Franklin, Rowdy Gaines, Natalie Hinds, Cullen Jones, Chase Kalisz, Ryan Murphy and Dara Torres. Many of these athletes will hit the road in May for the 2023 Make-a-Splash Tour to spread the critical message of water safety in cities throughout America.

Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and former American record holder, currently serves as the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance’s Vice President, Partnerships and Development. The PHTA has gifted $240,000 to the USA Swimming Foundation in the last two years.

To support the mission of the USA Swimming Foundation, donations can be made here.

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