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September 19, 2013

Olympians will instruct clinic for Sooner Swim Club

NORMAN — The Sooner Swim Club, the backbone of both the Norman High and Norman North boys and girls swim teams that have been so successful in recent years, is taking advantage of the rare fall Saturday in which there’s no Oklahoma football game slated for Owen Field or anywhere else.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the club is playing host to a fairly star-studded swim clinic Saturday morning at the Murray Case Sells Swim Complex, located on the OU campus.

The clinic, which even has sponsorship from Mutual of Omaha, will feature instruction from three different Olympic gold medalists: Josh Davis, Misty Hyman and Jason Lezak.

Kent Nicholson, the longtime driving force in Norman swimming at the club and high school level, told the Transcript that the clinic has already filled up with young swimmers eager to be tutored, but that supporters and swim fans are welcome to watch the Olympians spread the word at the Sells complex.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The organizer of the Olympian instruction, Davis, who makes his home in Edmond, represented the U.S. at the Athens and Sydney Games in 1996 and 2000 and won three gold medals as part of U.S. relay teams.

Hyman won the 200 butterfly at the Sydney Games and Lezak, sprinter specialist, has competed in each of the last four Summer Games, claiming four gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes.

“Now that I live in Oklahoma, my passion is to support the teams, coaches and kids in this state,” Davis said. “And what Sooner Swim (Club) has accomplished in the last 50 years is definitely worth supporting.”

Clay Horning

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