ORLANDO, Florida, September 27. THIS year's Rowdy Gaines Classic will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 14-16. Besides featuring the eponymous Olympic legend racing in the short course meters meet and hosting and a free swimming clinic, this year will also bring back a few Olympians to competitive swimming.
On his Facebook page recently, Gaines announced that 1988 Olympians Tracey McFarlane (silver, 400 medley relay) and Mitzi Kremer (bronze, 400 free relay) will be racing in their first Masters competitions. Also, two-time Olympic diver Mark Ruiz will step up to the starting block instead of the diving board to compete in a couple of races.
Olympic champion Martin Zubero (200 back, 1992) is also on the list of competitors. Zubero is no stranger to Masters swimming. He is a former USMS national record holder in the individual medley and backstroke events.
In addition to the swimming — which is bound to feature a Masters world record or two — Gaines will host a free clinic for all registered participants after Saturday's session. That evening, all participants can attend a special party at the Wet 'n' Wild water park for an additional $25.
SwimmingWorld.TV's Jeff Commings will attend the meet to conduct interviews with top swimmers and participate in the swimming clinic as he prepares to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials.
The deadline to register for the meet is Oct. 13. Click here to register!