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The Tyr Pro Swim Series in Des Moines gave regional athletes the opportunity to compete in Olympic time trials. For the first time ever, the event invited Special Olympians from around the state to participate in a swim clinic. Muscatine Special Olympic athletes Katie Hanssen, Travis Moss, Nathan Paulsen, Adam Rininger, and James Terry made the trip and had the very special experience of training with two-time Olympic swimmer Cammile Adams.
Adams, who placed in both the London and Rio Olympics, led the athletes in a series of activities. Jason Miller, Director of the Muscatine Special Olympics program detailed, “They worked on swimming techniques and drills to improve their swimming. The focus was mainly on freestyle and backstroke. At the end of the session, each athlete got the opportunity to swim in the 50 Meter Olympic sized pool. Their name was announced, and they got to go from the starting blocks. After it was over, athletes got a signed autograph and picture taken with Cammile.”
All of the Muscatine athletes who attended the Tyr Pro Swim Series got a lot from the event, and Miller felt it offered a valuable experience. “This was a great opportunity to learn from one of the best. How often does anyone get a chance to work with an Olympic Swimmer? Hopefully this collaboration will lead to more opportunities. I feel as if the clinic went really well and because of this we’ll likely see more clinics available in the future.”

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