Columbia Gorge Masters hosted Scott Spann, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, for a clinic on Saturday, March 10th. Scott was the first place qualifier in the 200-meter Breaststroke at Olympic Trials in Omaha and placed 6th in the Olympics held in Beijing.
He spent almost an hour telling the story of his swimming career …the highs and lows …how he chose swimming as his passion sport, his college career, and the thrill and excitement of competing on the biggest swimming stage at the Olympics. He showed a video of his Olympic Trials swim and discussed his strategy and focus. He then demonstrated and had the 20 Masters swimmers practice drills for each stroke.
It was inspiring to listen and learn from a swimmer of this caliber, and all of our Masters swimmers thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and visit. After a social breakfast, Scott then made a similar presentation to 25 kids from the Hood River Valley Swim Team. All of this was organized by Shelly Rawding, HRVST, and CGM Head Coach.
Scott currently lives in Boston and is in law school. He has not yet swum Masters, but was reassured that there will be a place for him when he is ready!