Thursday, June 23, 2016

Third Annual Swim Across America Swim, Water Polo, and Open-water challenge is open for registration!

Good morning TSA! I'm writing to you this morning to let you know that our third annual Swim Across America fundraiser to beat cancer is less than three weeks away! We do this in honor of our first coach, Dr. Brian Goldman. A physician, longtime swimmer, and yes, the very first "Mudpuppy", he founded and led our team for the first seven seasons before losing his battle with cancer in 2015. 

This year's event will be action packed – as in past years, we will have workshops in swim and water polo technique led by the best and brightest swimmers and coaches in the world! We also add our first open water challenge this year, with a one mile simulated open water swim! 

Come join us at the Triange Aquatic Center, July 10th, from 1:00-6:00 (or any part of that time). All teams (summer league, club teams, etc) are welcome!

Reserve your spots today by heading here to register, or to make a donation:
Do it Today! You can swim as part of 'team Mudpuppy' or form your own 'club team'!

Check out this partial list of confirmed swimmer and coach bios:
Elaine Breeden – 3 time NCAA champion in Butterfly while at Stanford, still holds NCAA 200 fly record. All American 24 times! Beijing silver medalist.
Erika Braun – Master's swimmer (sprinter!), Olympic trials qualifier in 2012 at age 40 (50 free), attempting to do it again this year at 44!
Todd Dudley – 1987 Pan Am games gold medalist (200 free); US Master's champion in 200 medley relay; Sanderson HS and Wolfpack alum!
Matt Patton – While at U. Michigan, 2007 gold medalist, 2011 silver medalist (400 free) in Pan Am games; 2008 short course National Championships (1st place in 500, 1650 free, 2nd in 200 free)
Todd Torres – 14 time All-American and LSU, Breaststroke and Freestyle Olympian in '92 and '96, currently holds many Masters Nationals records in Breaststroke.
Sue Walsh – standout swimmer at UNC, Olympian for 1980 Games (Backstroke). Double medalist at 1982 World Aquatics Championships; 2003 inductee into NC Sports Hall of Fame. In 2007, she set 6 world records in the US Master's Swimming Championships.

We will also have Rich DeSelm, UNC head coach since 2007, and coach to dozens of Olympic Trial Qualifiers and Olympians!

We are adding clinic leaders weekly, so this list will continue to grow. Join us for the clinics, photos with Olympians, and great fellowship in support of a great cause. 

Please don't hesitate to call(919 417 0105) or email ( with questions!

Steve Ross
Meredith Townes Mudpuppies

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