The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club held the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour on Sunday, May 20. The tour offered local swimmers the opportunity to learn from Olympic competitors Lacey Nymeyer and Gil Stovall. The Olympians focused on teaching swimmers the fundamentals of strokes and turns but also gave counsel on the traits of dedication, commitment and being part of a team.
Lacey Nymeyer competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay, took gold medal in the 2005 and 2007 World Championship and is a ten-time NCAA Champion. In addition to swimming, Lacey was awarded Academic All-Pac 10 and was named NCAA “Woman of the Year” in 2009.
“I share with them my experience of winning “Woman of the Year” because it spotlights athleticism but also being a great students and showing leadership,” commented Ms. Nymeyer. “Those things are the true measure of success instead of times and medals.”
Gil Stovall is a 2008 Beijing Olympic finalist, 2005 World University Games bronze medalist, 2007 U.S. Silver medalist and a 2008 NCAA Champion. He broke Olympic Champion Mel Stewart’s 17-year-old NCAA record in the 200-yard butterfly.
“I hope that from the tour they take away that having a positive attitude can lead to success,” commented Mr. Stovall “We share with them tips about swimming and what we have learned from our experiences.”
The tour, which was held for three hours on Sunday, reminded the swimmers about the importance of academics and the ability to compete in all aspects of life. Lacey Nymeyer is a graduate from University of Arizona and is now the Aquatics Coordinator at her alma mater. She is currently enrolled at U of A receiving her Master’s Degree in Higher Education. Gil Stovall is a graduate from the University of Georgia and is currently working as an organizer for the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour.
“These athletes are prime examples of going pro in something other than sports,” commented Sarah Ziccarelli, Aquatics Director at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. “Swimming was a tool that got them to and through college onto the next part of their lives.”
Swimmers from across the Tri-state area came to the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club to learn from the two Olympians. Members of the Milford Boys & Girls Club Marlins Youth Swim Team were present working on their skills.
“I was really awesome,” commented Marlins team member Kaje Reynolds. “The best part was getting a chance to race against the Olympians and actually beating them, even though they didn’t really try,” added Kaje. “We learned you should try and never give up no matter how complicated it is.”
The Fitter & Faster Swim Tour will continue across the country teaching kids the fundamentals of swimming and the importance of having a balanced life. The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is encouraging community members to visit the pool and looking for new athletes to join the Milford Marlins Youth Swim Team. For more information about the Great Milford Boys & Girls Club visit http://www.bgclubs.org/milford.aspx or call 302-422-4453.