MAYTRONICS & YMCA-CF PAN AM GAMES
Olympic Gold Winner Rowdy Gaines Weighs In
By Christine G. Adamo
Swimmer Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines, IV, is a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
A proud Tiger, he’s said to remain one of Auburn University’s “most recognizable … swimmers of all time.” From 1978 to 1980, Gaines and three other swimmers dominated the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays, winning three NCAA titles under the guidance of then Coach Richard Quick and Asst. Coach John Asmuth.
Gaines quickly became known, ’round the globe, as “the world’s fastest swimmer.”
Gold Medal Praise for Maytronics
When he was just a sophomore, Gaines led the Tigers to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships. By 1980, he was considered “practically invincible” and was chosen to represent the U.S. Olympic Team. After the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games boycott, Gaines won three gold medals—swimming in the 1984 LA Olympic Games.
The Winterhaven, Florida, native is now VP of Aquatics at YMCA of Central Florida, in Orlando. The facility will host the Pan American Masters Championships, a biennial adult competitive swimming tournament, in July and August. Gaines said, of the Summer event, “5,000 athletes on our campus will all be looking up at that beautiful Wave 300.”
What could he possibly mean? He’s referring to YMCA-CF’s recent partnership with Maytronics U.S. As an event sponsor, Maytronics’ banner will loom large, waving high above the facility’s three Olympic-sized pools—which hold nearly 2 Million gallons of water—and cheering on athletes, as they compete in water sports.
“While this is just one of 40 events we’ll be holding this year at our Aquatic Center, partnering with Maytronics makes so much sense. We’re excited about the possibilities this holds for the Pan Am Games and for future events co-hosted by us in conjunction with Maytronics.”
Now that’s Gold Medal praise if ever I heard it! Learn more about Maytronics, YMCA-CF and the Pan Am below.
Partnerships & Maytronics
Maytronics’ participation is this unique event is made all the more exciting, given the Pan Am Games’ international reach.
Other YMCA-CF Pan American partners include U.S. Masters Swimming, which is the national governing body for adult swimming, and the Union Americana de Natacion, which oversees amateur aquatic sports competition in the Western Hemisphere. This is the U.S.’s second turn as host.
“(Theirs) is one of the most respected Aquatic Centers in the country,” USMS CEO Dawson Hughes told Swimming World magazine of YMCA-CF. “They have experience hosting large events and have the facility, volunteers and community support to showcase this international event.”
“(The games) will attract … athletes from 43 swimming federations in North, South, Central America and the Caribbean,” added Mel Goldstein, UANA Masters Committee Chairman. “The Pan American (spans) Aquatic disciplines: Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Water Polo, Swimming and Open Water.”
Goldstein anticipates “the largest Masters event—other than a World Championship—ever held in North America.” Gaines, who’ll be a 50-meter freestyle and relay participant, expects the 19-day event to attract athletes and families from across the aforementioned regions, which include the U.S. and Canada.
Mastering Pool Maintenance
Will you be in Orlando for the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships? If so, feel free to refer to this handy schedule of events. As you post photos or videos online, tag #MaytronicsUS, helping others share in the excitement and live vicariously through your firsthand poolside experience with aquatic excellence:
- July 25-27: Diving
- July 28-Aug. 3: Swimming
- Aug. 4 & 5: Open Water Swimming
- Aug. 5-9: Water Polo
- Aug. 10-12: Synchronized Swimming
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