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Glacier Swim Club hosts Olympic athletes

Fitter Faster Swim Clinic to highlight fast, smart swimming

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 12:05am
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Olympic medalist Klete Keller.  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Olympic medalist Klete Keller.

Three of the country’s elite swimmers will be leading local pool sharks, and those who want to be even better in the water, in two days of valuable lessons for all levels of swimmers looking to improve technique and drop time.

Three-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce, two-time Olympic medalist Klete Keller and Olympic Trials finalist Rob Margalis are part of the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour that will be at the Augustus Brown Pool July 19 and the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on July 20.

“It is a great opportunity to have these three great Olympians coming to Juneau to run a clinic,” Glacier Swim Club coach Scott Griffith said. “Anyone is invited, it is a great opportunity for our kids but all swimmers would enjoy this.”

Sponsored by SwimOutlet.com, the tour has been moving across the United States since June. Juneau will be the first of four stops in Alaska as the instructional clinics continue on to Homer, Anchorage and Fairbanks then return to the Lower 48 for camps through November.

The Olympians will give motivational speeches and conduct water and dry land workouts.

Swimmers will hear how these Olympians mentally prepare to race and practice, improve swim times, work on proper body mechanics, learn stretches and core exercises and be able to ask questions.

“Definitely all the GSC kids, the Masters swimmers out there, even kids who might have an interest in swimming will learn from this,” Griffith said. “They will have a good message for swimmers so this is a great opportunity.”

The July 19 clinic is for ages 11 and under with sign-ins at 3 p.m. and the clinic from 4-7 p.m. On July 20, the clinic is for ages 12 and over, with sign-ins at 8-9 a.m. and the clinic from 9 a.m.-noon. Both clinics feature informational instruction on how to improve swimming technique and drop time off swims. Interested swimmers can register at www.gsc-swim.org by clicking on the Team Events button and the Fitter Faster Swim Clinic button.

“There is still space available,” Griffith said.

Kara Lynn Joyce is a three-time Olympian and 26-time All American, is a four-time Olympic silver medalist (4x100-meter freestyle and medley relays) from the 2004, 2008 and 2012 games. She swam at the University of Georgia from 2003-06, winning five NCAA championships as a freshman (including 50 and 100-meter individual freestyles), defended her titles as a sophomore and was on four of the team’s five NCAA championship relays; as a junior won five NCAA titles and Swimmer of the Year honors. She has won gold medals in the World Championships, Pan American and Pan Pacific Championships.

Klete Keller has Olympic gold (’04, 4x200 free & 4x200 free) from Athens, silver (’00, 4x200 free) from Sydney, and bronze from Sydney (400 free) and Athens (400 free). He has gold, silver and bronze Medals from the World Championships in Melbourne (’07), Montreal (’05), Barcelona (’03), Moscow (’02) and Fukuoka (’01), as well as gold, silver and bronze from Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria (’06) and Yokohama (’02). He swam collegiately for the University of Southern California from 2000-01, winning multiple Pac-10 and NCAA championships in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle. He left school to focus on swimming, then attended the University of Michigan from 2004-07 and then returned to USC.

Robert Margalis swam at the University of Georgia, graduating in 2005 with 11 All-American honors and an NCAA Championship. He has won gold (’03, 400 medley; ’11, 4x200 free), silver (’07, 200/400 medley/4x200 free) and bronze (’11, 400 medley) at the Pan Am Games; silver (’08, 400 medley) at the World Championships and silver (’06, 400 medley) at the Pan Pacific Championships.

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