Four-time Olympic silver medalist Kara Lynn Joyce will host a swimming clinic for kids Thursday to kickoff the weekend’s Snowfox Independence Invitational.
Joyce will host the clinic from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at EmBe Fitness and Aquatic Center in downtown Sioux Falls. The clinic will include in-pool instruction as well as a message from the standout Olympian.
“She promotes the sport of swimming year-round and she’s really made that her mission,” said Snowfox Swim Team board member and invite co-director David Honner. “I think she brings a lot of experience to the table coming from her background in NCAA through the Olympics.”
Joyce competed as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in the 2004, ’08 and 2012 Olympics. She earned a pair of silver medals in the 4×100-meter freestyle and 4×100 medley relays at the ’04 games in Athens, doing the same at the ’08 games in Beijing. She was also a standout collegiate athlete at the University of Georgia.
Joyce — a longtime friend and training partner of will be in town throughout the weekend to sign autographs and hand out award to finalists from the Snowfox meet, and there will be a raffle for a free private lesson with Joyce.
Last year gold medalist Ed Moses hosted the clinic.
Registration for Thursday’s camp closed Monday. The Snowfox Invite will take place Friday through Sunday at Frank Olson Park.
The Independence Invitational is a prelim/finals meet with the 11-and-older swimmers competing in the morning with the fastest swimmers coming back at night for the championship swims. The 10-and-under swimmers compete during the afternoon session. The meet wraps up Sunday night.
Last year the Snowfox Invite there were over 500 swimmers from 23 teams around the Midwest and Canada.