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Olympic Gold Medal Swimmers Dive In With Clinic For Darien Y Piranhas

Olympian Maya DiRado demonstrates a technique to Darien Y Piranhas swimmers.
Olympian Maya DiRado demonstrates a technique to Darien Y Piranhas swimmers. Photo Credit: Franzvideo Productions
Olympic gold medal swimmers Maya DiRado and Josh Davis ran a swimming clinic for the Darien Y Piranhas swim team.
Olympic gold medal swimmers Maya DiRado and Josh Davis ran a swimming clinic for the Darien Y Piranhas swim team. Photo Credit: Franzvideo Productions
Olympian Josh Davis demonstrates a technique for swimmers at the Darien YMCA.
Olympian Josh Davis demonstrates a technique for swimmers at the Darien YMCA. Photo Credit: Franzvideo Productions
Olympic gold medal swimmers Maya DiRado and Josh Davis are shown Feb. 12 at the Darien YMCA.
Olympic gold medal swimmers Maya DiRado and Josh Davis are shown Feb. 12 at the Darien YMCA. Photo Credit: Franzvideo Productions

DARIEN, Conn. -- Olympic gold medal swimmers ran an in-pool clinic for the Darien Y Piranhas swim team at the YMCA recently.

Maya DiRado and Josh Davis also signed autographs and answered questions for the young athletes.

They led swim drills with a grand finale race against team members across the pool.

DiRado talked about her success, telling the kids, ages 11 and 12, that she never had a huge breakthrough nor was she a child prodigy.

"I kept looking to see what was next, what meet, what time, what goal slowly making my way up the ladder and enjoying the process while I was doing it."

"However far (competitive swimming) takes you, do it the right way and you can get a lot out of it.," she said.

DiRado and Davis both won multiple Olympic gold medals, some of these in relay events.

At the 2016 Olympic Games, DiRado won two gold medals in 200-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle relay, a silver medal in the 400 meter IM, and a bronze medal in the 200 meter IM.

At the 1996 Olympic Games, Davis won gold medals in the 400-meter freestyle relay, 800-meter freestyle relay, and 400-meter relay medley.

Davis also won two silver medals at the 2000 Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 800-meter freestyle relay and also was the captain of the 2000 Olympic team.

To find out more about the Piranhas swim team, click here.

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