The event is a four hour in-water stroke technique clinic for kids ages 8-18. The cost to participate is $50. Lezak and Ziegler will be available for autographs and photos following the event.
Swimmers will hear inspiring messages from Lezak and Ziegler, and then hit the water with the Olympians for in-water demonstration and instruction on swim strokes and techniques. Some participants might even get a chance to test their strokes in a race against the Olympic champions.
Three-time Olympian Lezak has seven Olympic medals to his credit. During the Beijing Games, he earned two gold medals and two world records anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter medley relay. He also earned his first individual Olympic medal, a bronze in the 100-meter freestyle.
Ziegler splashed onto the swimming scene by shattering numerous records. She broke Sippy Woodhead’s 25-year-old American record in the 800-meter freestyle – at the time, the oldest American record on the books – at the 2005 FINA World Cup stop in New York. Next, she took down two of Janet Evans’ distance freestyle records within a short period of time, setting new marks in the 500-yard freestyle in February of 2006 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in December of 2005.
At the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, Ziegler swam the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:55.01, becoming only the second woman in history (after Evans) to break the 16-minute barrier in the event. In June of 2007, she shattered swimming’s oldest world record, beating the mark in the 1,500-meter freestyle by 9.5 seconds. At her Olympic debut in 2008, Ziegler placed 10th in the 800-meter freestyle and 14th in the 400-meter freestyle.
To register, call Tina Oteri at 925-240-7444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Contributed by Robert Oteri