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Olympians share tips with swimmers at clinic
United States Olympic swimmer Misty Hyman talked to the young swimmers on Saturday during a clinic at the Lander Community Pool. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Olympians share tips, training with Lander swimmers at clinic

Dec 2, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Sixth-grader Ryan Brinda counted down the days for a month before United States Olympic swimmers Misty Hyman and Karlee Bispo gave a clinic on Saturday morning at the Lander Community Pool.

The wait for Brinda was worth it.

Hyman presented the Lander boys an Olympic team swimming cap after the four-hour clinic was finished.

"At the beginning of the clinic they told us that the girl and boy that had the best streamline will get a cap ," Brinda said. "I was very surprised when Misty gave it to me."

Hyman said Brinda's streamline was outstanding.

The streamline form is a swimming technique that is used underwater in every stroke.

"He also had a great race. I noticed him putting forth that extra special effort," Hyman said.

The clinic attracted 67 swimmers.

Hyman won her gold medal in the 2000 Olympic games when she shocked the competition in the 200 butterfly.

"It's the best feeling in the world to be able to share our experiences and really give back to the swimming community that gave us so much," Hyman said.

This was the first time Bispo had been to Wyoming. The 24-year-old graduated from the University of Texas.

"I love coming to these clinics," Bispo said. "It reminds me on how much I love swimming when I see these young swimmers. I love being able to share it with them,"

Bispo said she has always looked up to Hyman.

"I watched Misty when I grew up," Bispo said. "Now being able to work with her is awesome."

At the clinic, the Olympic swimmers went over different strokes and answered questions from the youth.

"The clinic was really fun," Brinda said.

Experts welcomed

The clinic was put on by the Lander Swim Club.

"Things went very well," Lander swim club head coach Jennifer Schaff said. "We are always very excited to have people who are experts in the field to come and teach our little ones."

Last year, Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak gave the Lander swimmers a clinic.

"We are going to try very hard to do this each year," Schaff said.

The process started for the Lander swim club in the summer.

"We found out what athletes might be available for the dates that we chose," Schaff said.

Some of the Lander swimmers attended a clinic a couple of years ago conducted by Hyman in Casper.

"We knew that she would do a great job," Schaff said.

The youngest swimmer was 6. The oldest swimmer was 18.

"Karlee is an up and comer," Schaff said. "I'm hoping the kids watch her and see if she makes the next Olympics."

Looking to 2016

"Right now, I'm training to make the next world championship and Olympic team," Bispo said.

She is spending 18 to 20 hours a week in the pool.

"I also do weights and dry land training as well," Bispo said. "It's lot of training and lots of fun."

Hyman said Bispo special talent in the water. Bispo trains in California.

"Karlee is fantastic," Hyman said. "It really fun to be a part of her journey and get to know her."

At the 2013 World Championships, Bispo won the gold medal on the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.

"I do love doing relays," Bispo said. "I never did them in high school. When I went to college, that was the first time. Being able to represent the United States is even better. "

Coaching

Hyman is the head swimming coach at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

"That is where I grew up," Hyman said. "It's great to be back at my home high school."

Hyman also coaches private swim lessons for all ages and abilities.

"Coaching is really my passion," Hyman said.

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