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TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions!

SMOC - Maddy & Claire

The Mission Viejo Nadadores truly is a place where athletes go to WORK THE DREAM! From novice swimmers to Olympic hopefuls, the pool churns all day with people – young and old – committed to the sport of swimming, the community, and most importantly – each other.

Fran traveled to Mission Viejo in the spring of 2006 after graduating from the University of Virginia. He had made the decision to continue to swim and compete for a spot on the 2008 US Olympic team. Never having spent much time in Southern California he didn’t know what to expect outside of the knowledge that Coach Bill Rose was a top coach in the country and was known for giving swimmers hard workouts, much like Fran’s longtime coach, Dick Shoulberg. Coach Rose welcomed Fran with open arms and so began the next stage of Fran’s journey. During Fran’s two years with the Nadadores, Coach Rose was just the right mix of father, friend and coach, and Mission Viejo became Fran’s second home.

Each year Mission Viejo puts on a large meet called the Swim Meet of Champions (SMOC) that brings in some of the best teams and best athletes on the west coast. In 2011 the Natadores renamed this meet the Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions. This year Maddy and Claire went out to SMOC to see Coach Rose, and Fran’s long time friend and Mission Viejo Junior National Team Coach Tyler Fenwick. They also got a chance to check in with our Work the Dream recipients, Ashley Twichell and Matt McLean. Ashley swims for Coach Rose at Mission Viejo and competes in the 400 & 800 free in the pool, and 10K in the open water. Matt swims for Coach Jon Urbanchek at FAST and competes in the 200 & 400 free.

As we head towards Olympic Trials in June both Matt and Ashley are looking focused and ready to go. Thankfully we were able to get some interview time with them which we will post on our Youtube channel and on this blog. We were also lucky enough to see Fran’s longtime Open Water swimming partner Emily Brunemann. Emily was cheering on her teammates and getting ready to head to Florida for US Nationals in Fort Myers next weekend. We will post our interview with her this week too!

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