21 Swimming Stars Will Sign Autographs at US World Championship Trials

More than 20 members of the USA Swimming National Team, including nine gold medalists, will make APA appearances between June 25-29 at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.

Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), Cullen Jones (Irvington, N.J.) and Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) will headline the Fan Expo appearances, which run Tuesday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Indiana University Natatorium. The athletes will split their time between autograph sessions and exclusive photo opportunities for Deck Pass users.

Other National Team swimmers making an appearance at the Fan Expo include 2012 Olympians Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.), Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C.), Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas), Tyler McGill(Champaign, Ill.) and Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.), as well as Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.), Bobby Bollier(Mission Hills, Kan.), Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio).

London 2012 Olympian Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas) will throw out the first pitch at the Indianapolis Indians gameWednesday. During the game, Feigen will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans between 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) will be speaking at the USA Swimming Foundation Luncheon on Friday from 1-2 p.m. at St. Elmo’s Restaurant. The following day, the USA Swimming Foundation will also host an Athlete Panel featuring, Berens, Ben Hesen (Jefferson, Ind.) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.). The athletes will do a question and answer discussion before signing autographs to close the appearance.

On the final day of competition there will be two more APA appearances. Olympic gold medalist Matt McLean (Sterling, Va.) and Shields will meet with young swimmers in the Deck Pass both at the Fan Expo from 4-6 p.m. The athletes will encourage kids to set goals and help input them into Deck Pass, the official mobile application for USA Swimming.

The final appearance will be by 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Lochte will have a private meet and greet with the winners of USA Swimming’s Vine contest, Lights, Camera … Vine!

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

This is an unedited press release.

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