Cumming Aquatic Center Hosts Olympic Medalists

 

On Sept. 12 and 13, the Cumming Aquatic Center hosted the Fitter & Faster Tour, where two Olympians conducted clinics for young swimmers.

Olympic medalists Mark Gangloff and Lauren Perdue led clinics on the Essentials of the Breaststroke and Freestyle on Sept. 12 for swimmers ages 7 to 11, as well as a High Performance Breaststroke and Freestyle clinic on Sept. 13 for swimmers ages 12 and up.

“We were thrilled to have about 120 young swimmers in total take part over the course of the two days,” said Carla Wilson, Director of the Cumming Aquatic Center. “It’s always fun to see the excitement and joy from our local young swimmers when they get to meet and receive some training from Olympians.”

Besides the clinics, Gangloff and Perdue also took time to meet the youngsters one-on-one to sign autographs and take photos with them. The students even got to see their Olympic gold medals.

As a first-time Olympian in 2004, Gangloff received a gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay and finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. Gangloff once again struck gold in Beijing, helping lead the U.S. to a win in the 400-meter medley relay. Individually, he also reached the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke for his second consecutive Olympics.

Perdue got her first taste of the Olympics at age 15 when she raced in the 2008 Beijing Olympic trials, but it was not her time yet. Perdue was an eight-time All-American and ACC Swimmer of the Year for 2010 and 2011, but was plagued with injuries for her 2012 season. Just two months prior to the London trials, she made the decision to have back surgery. Perdue decided to give the Olympic trials a shot anyway, and shocked herself when she swam a lifetime best and qualified for the Olympic 4×200 free relay, for which she ended up earning a gold medal.

For more information about Gangloff, go to http://fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/with/mark-gangloff and for more about Perdue, go to http://fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/with/lauren-perdue.