HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, September 30. TYR is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Ariana Kukors, the 2009 World Championship gold medalist and world record holder in the 200m Individual Medley out of Orange County, Ca.
"I am very excited. Wearing TYR when I made my first national team six years ago, I am proud to be part of the family. I chose TYR because of their long heritage in swimming and I enjoy the people behind the brand," said two-time world record holder Kukors.
Recently leaving longtime club team KING Aquatics in Seattle, WA to follow coach Sean Hutchison to an elite US Olympic committee high-performance team, Kukors will join multiple Olympians and current American and world record holders already representing TYR as the company enters its 25th year in the swim industry.
"We've been around Ariana for about 6 years now, since she was just a kid breaking onto the national scene," said TYR Promotions Director Matt Zimmer. "She's a part of our family and we couldn't be prouder of what she's accomplished."
Kukors is coming off of a career-high this past summer at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy representing Team USA. Swimming the 200m individual medley, she shattered the previous world record in a blazing 2:06.15 to earn the respect of the swimming community as one of the sport's most versatile and talented female athletes. Also a member of the U.S. 4×200m freestyle relay, she aided in the team's silver medal performance.
Prior to committing solely to training under Hutchison, Kukors spent a year at the University of Washington during the 2007-08 season where she became an NCAA All American, placing 2nd in the 200y individual medley, 3rd in the 400y individual medley, and 4th in the 200y breaststroke at the 2008 NCAA Championships. She broke six of the university's individual records in one year.
In addition to focusing on her training, school and recent move to southern California, Kukors looks to start her own foundation to help support the children of mothers who've had cancer. Personally connected to the cause after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she is looking to get involved in her charitable journey-already reaching out to the CHOC foundation.
"She's a world champion, so she's at the top of the list in the water, but we're going to help her work on the missions she has outside of the pool," said Zimmer. "Her commitment to giving is something we are especially impressed by."
Find information about Kukors including news updates following her career as she fights to stay on top in the world of swimming outfitted in TYR, and as she works to help those in need-all at TYR.com
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