U.S. Olympic Swimming Stars Dara Torres & Rowdy Gaines Host Clinic At UIC Natatorium This Tuesday

Nov. 23, 2005

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Chicago, Ill.- The University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Masters Swim Club play host to former United States Olympic team swimming stars Dara Torres and Rowdy Gaines for a special swimming clinic sponsored by Toyota on Tuesday, November 29th at the UIC Natatorium from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The UIC Natatorium is located inside the UIC Physical Education Building at 901 W. Roosevelt Road. Parking is available directly across the street from the Physical Education Building.

To register for the clinic, e-mail Bill Mulliken at billmulliken@mac.com. The first 100 people to register will be in the pool to participate in the clinic, while up to 300 people will be able to watch the clinic.

Gaines and Torres will also be available for autographs and photos.

Dara Torres is a nine-time Olympic medalist who became the first American swimmer, male or female, to swim in four different Olympics.

Torres swam in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics, retiring with four relay medals. She came out of retirement in 1999 in an effort to swim in the 2000 Olympics. Dusting off any rust that accumulated from a seven-year absence, Torres captured five medals at the Sydney Games.

Away from the pool, Torres has worked in a variety of areas, including broadcasting and modeling. She was the first athlete to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in 1994. Torres is currently living in Florida and trains with Gold Coast Masters.


Rowdy Gaines is one of the most famous figures in U.S. swimming. At the age of 20 he made the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, but did not compete as a result of the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games. He came back at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, winning gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle and anchoring the victorious men's 4x100 freestyle and 4x100 medley relays.

Gaines is a 17-time national champion who at one time held 11 world records during a four-year stretch. Currently he is the head of the USA Swimming Foundation and a color analyst for NBC.

Among his many honors, Gaines is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame on December 8th at the Harris Theatre in Chicago.

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