U.S. Olympians Visit Frisco, Texas For Swimming Clinic
The Mutual of Omaha Breakout Clinic was held at Texas Ford Aquatics, with Olympians Josh Davis and Jason Lezak in attendance. It included instruction and demonstration of performance techniques from Josh Davis and Jason Lezak. Plus, small-group personal instruction in the water on four strokes, and instruction concerning how the body, mind, and heart affect a swimmer’s performance.
The North Texas Local Masters Swimming Committee was responsible for putting on the event. They are part of a larger organization, the United States Masters Swimming. The NT LMSC is run by volunteers and funded by local members of USMS. They are a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing opportunities and services for adults who swim for fun, fitness, and competition. The NT LMSC volunteers support local adult swim meets, clinics, workouts, clubs, coaches, and swimmers.
Here are some photos of the event:
About Texas Ford Aquatics:
Texas Ford Aquatics is an aquatic powerhouse, we have something for everyone. We currently offer 7 different aquatic programs. Summer Camp, Swimming Lessons, Swim Team, Adult Lessons, Pre-Masters, Masters, and Water Aerobics. Nationally, they are one of the top clubs out of several thousand. They had nine swimmers qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials, four are at Nationals in Indianapolis.
About the Olympians:
Josh Davis – At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, he won gold medals by swimming for the winning U.S. teams in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He earned a third gold medal by swimming for the first-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay. He also competed in the 200-meter freestyle and finished seventh in the event final with a time of 1:48.54.
Four years later at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, he served as the captain of the U.S. swimming team. At the 2000 Olympics, he won silver medals swimming for the second-place U.S. teams in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and the final of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He again competed in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing in fourth place in the final with a time of 1:46.73.
Jason Lezak – former American record holder in the 100-meter freestyle. He competed in four Olympic Games, in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, and won eight Olympic medals: two bronze, two silver, and four gold.
In 2008 He anchored the U.S. 4×100-meter freestyle relay team that won the gold medal and set a new world record. In the final 25 meters, Lezak overtook French team anchor Alain Bernard (the world record holder in the 100-meter freestyle going into the relay) to win gold despite Bernard having nearly a full body length’s advantage when Lezak started his leg and half a body length with 25 meters from the end. Lezak “drafted” off the Frenchman, overtaking Bernard in a split time of 46.06, the fastest 100-meter freestyle split in history by nearly six-tenths of a second.
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