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Swimming with an Olympian

May 16. 2013 4:17PM

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Young swimmers got the opportunity to interact with a champion when four-time Olympic medalist Peter Vanderkaay conducted a clinic at the Dallas Middle School natatorium. Vanderkaay, a three-time member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, ran drills throughout the day and gave each participant an opportunity to take him on, lap for lap, at the end of the session.

In his senior year of high school, Vanderkaay broke the Michigan state record in the 500-meter freestyle before moving on to swim for the Michigan Wolverines and eventually the national team.

While at Michigan, he earned his first gold medal as a member of the winning 800 frestyle relay team at the 2004 Olympics. From that point unti lthe recent end of his competitive career, Vanderkaay added another gold medal in the same event to go with a bronze medal in the 200 freestyle at the 2008 games and a bronze in the 400 freestyle at the 2012 Olympics.

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