Elizabeth Beisel returns as Swim Ambassador, offers swim clinics and training tips

Elizabeth Beisel returns to the Save The Bay Swim as Swim Ambassador, leads swim clinics and offers training tips

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May 16, 2019 – Olympic medalist and Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel will return to her role as Swim Ambassador at the 43rd Save The Bay Swim on Saturday, July 27. Beisel will help kick off this year’s Swim season by leading a youth swim clinic on June 1, and by sharing workouts with the Save The Bay Swim community. On the day of the event, Beisel will offer welcoming remarks before jumping in the water to participate in the 1.7-nautical-mile Swim challenge and presenting final awards to participants in Jamestown.

“Having grown up on the beaches of Narragansett Bay and falling in love with its waters, I know how important it is to support Save The Bay’s efforts,” said Beisel. “I’m grateful for the chance to return to the Swim this year, and to do what I can to help preserve and restore our shorelines, beaches and Bay.”

“The Save The Bay community is honored to welcome Elizabeth Beisel as our Swim Ambassador for a second year,” said Save The Bay Executive Director, Jonathan Stone. “Beisel’s enthusiasm for our waters, for protecting and improving them, and for working with others toward a common goal of a better, cleaner, beautiful Narragansett Bay makes her the perfect representative for the Save The Bay Swim.”

As Swim Ambassador, Beisel—who began swimming at age 13 before winning nine medals in major international competitions, including the Olympics, World Aquatics, and the Pan Pacific—will inspire the next generation of swimmers during a youth swim clinic on Saturday, June 1, at the Roger Williams Aquatic Center. The clinic for swimmers ages 8-18 will start at 10 a.m. and include 60 minutes of pool time featuring drills, starts and racing, in addition to a Q&A session and allotted time for photographs with and autographs from the Olympian.

Registration for the swim clinic is required, including a $50 fee per participant. All proceeds will support Save The Bay’s ongoing restoration, adaptation and education efforts. Those interested in registering can do so online by visiting www.savebay.org/swim-clinic. Swimmers may be divided into groups by age and ability for better instruction. The Roger Williams Aquatic Center is located on the Roger Williams University campus at 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, R.I. 02809.

Adult swimmers interested in learning from Beisel, and other master swimmers and swim coaches, are invited to follow Save The Bay’s Swim Instagram account or Facebook group for all of Save The Bay’s #StartYourSwim workouts, posted as part of this year’s #StartYourSwim incentive program. In addition to free, online, swim training, #StartYourSwim also qualifies registered Swim participants for discounts on fitness classes, training opportunities, and more as they prepare for the July 27th challenge.

As one of the most storied open-water swims in the United States, the Save The Bay Swim celebrates tremendous progress in cleaning up Narragansett Bay since its first official Swim in 1977 and the organization’s founding in 1970. The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, and 100 percent of every dollar raised provides critical support to the organization’s mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Those interested in learning more about registering for the Swim, creating a team, or making a donation to the event are encouraged to visit swim.savebay.org/2019.

Save The Bay gratefully acknowledges Swim event sponsors: Navigant Credit Union, Sage Family Foundation, REI, Absolut, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Granny Squibb Company, Brown Medicine, Bradford Soap, Speedo, Roy Carpenter’s Beach, and R. B. Howes & Co., Inc. Companies and organizations interested in sponsoring the Swim can contact Leanne Danielsen at ldanielsen@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 x140.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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