VIDEO: Rowdy Gaines to direct 30 Central Florida YMCA locations, modeling program after SwimMAC

  35 Jared Anderson | March 31st, 2014 | Club, National, News, Video, Video Interview

Perhaps best-known right now as the voice of televised swimming, Olympic gold medalist and International Swimming Hall of Fame member Rowdy Gaines is now set to impact the sport in a new way. The 55-year-old Gaines announced over the weekend that he has been named Vice President of Aquatics for the Central Florida YMCA, overseeing 30 different facilities  in the Orlando area.

Gaines gives plenty more details in the three-and-a-half minute video above, but one notable theme is that Gaines intends to model the Central Florida program after David Marsh‘s SwimMAC Carolina club, perhaps forming another “super-club” in the Orlando area.

After spending the weekend covering the men’s NCAA Championships for ESPN3, Gaines expressed excitement to get involved with the sport in a new way than through the press box he’s manned for every major televised competition the past decade. Check out the full video for more thoughts from Gaines moving forward, plus the major goals for his new club system.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every …

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