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Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak will hold swim clinic

Jason Lezak takes the U.S. to gold with a record-breaking 4 x 100 medley anchor leg at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Courtesy Tucson Jewish Community Center)

Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak will present a Mutual of Omaha BREAKOUT! swim clinic on Sunday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

A total-person approach to swimming, the clinic can help swimmers break bad habits, build new skills, and uncover hidden talent.

The clinic will feature two sessions for different age groups: ages 5-12, 8 a.m.-10:45 a.m., and ages 13 and up, 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participants will:

• Learn champion techniques in freestyle, backstroke, and starts (in-water and dry-land group instruction)

• Discover how the body, mind and heart affect swimming

• Have the opportunity to ask questions and get an autograph and photo with Lezak

• Receive a BREAKOUT! T-shirt, poster, DVDs and other souvenirs

After Lezak and the U.S. men’s 400 meter freestyle relay teams won silver at the 2000 Olympics and bronze at the 2004 Olympics, coaches made Lezak the anchor of the 2008 team. He posted the fastest split ever in the sport, 46.06 seconds, helping the team win the gold. Lezak also won a silver medal with the 400 meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 Olympics, bringing his Olympic medal count to eight.

This summer, Lezak participated in a special 4×50-meters relay race between Israeli and American all-star teams at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, with the Americans winning the race.

The cost for registration is $60, or $50 for Stingray swim team members. Register by Oct. 27 at www.tucsonjcc.org/event/olympic-swim-clinic-jason-lezak. For more information, email swim@tucsonjcc.org or call Thomas Meek, Stingray head coach, at 299-3000.