Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SMU offers ‘Tri Swimming’ clinic March 5 – June 9

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University is offering “Tri Swimming,” an individual open-water swim training clinic, March 5 through June 9. This clinic is for beginning or advanced swimmers who are looking for a swim clinic to complement their triathlon training goals.

Athletes must be able to swim one length of the pool without the assistance of a flotation device.

TriSwimming is geared toward bringing people together to train and learn proper swimming skills and techniques. Whether training for the next Trinona, or setting different goals, swimmers are welcome to join — or try out the clinic for one week for no cost.

The group meets three days a week, Mondays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 9:15 a.m. The clinic will be held at the eight-lane Jules Gernes Pool at Saint Mary’s. The instructors are Jami Severson, a former competitive swimmer with open water swimming experience, and Mark Ross, a current SMU swim team member.

While the weather is cold, participants will swim in the pool to build confidence and endurance. As the weather gets warmer, the class will transition to Lake Goodview and Lake Winona for open water practice.

The course fee is $200 ($150 for SMU community members). Register and pay online at For more information, call (507) 457-6921.