On April 7, more than 35 swimmers from the Oxford Swim Team had the experience of a lifetime when two-time Olympic Swimmer and world champion Kate Ziegler came to Oxford High School to host a Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinic. The Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinic is a unique experience developed by Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis and Mutual of Omaha to inspire and motivate a new generation of swim stars and actively supports the sport on all levels, from local clubs across the country to the National Team.
Ziegler kicked off the four-hour event with an autograph and photo
opportunity session. After a brief talk, the swimmers jumped in the pool and
Kate provided in-water demonstration and instruction on all four swim strokes and
proper technique. She then watched the swimmers practice what she demonstrated and critiqued them to further help improve their technique. The swimmers also heard inspiring messages and stories from Kate followed by a question and answer session.
But before the fun ended, Kate had the swimmers form relay teams and Kate joined in as one of the swimmers. The Oxford swimmers lived the dream of a lifetime by racing with and against the Olympic star.
About Kate Ziegler
Kate Ziegler was born June 27, 1988 in Fairfax, Va. She was on the Olympic team in 2008 and again in 2012. Kate broke the longest-standing swimming world record when she shattered Janet Evans' world record in the 1500m freestyle in June 2007 and took down two of Janet Evans’ other distance freestyle records within a short period of time, setting new marks in the 500 free (Feb. ’06) and 1000y free (Dec. ’05). She has also won several World Championship medals. Kate serves as a "clean water ambassador" for the Global Water Foundation. Kate also loves reading, cooking, practicing yoga and Pilates.