Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel holds swim team clinic at Darien Y

Three-time Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel held an in-pool swimming clinic for the Darien Y Piranhas swim team, also signing autographs for each team member and holding a question-and-answer session in the Darien Y Community Room on Saturday

Both the age 11-and-under Piranhas and the age 12-and-older swimmers attended the event, which included swimming drills led by Beisel. The highlight of the clinic was teaching the 11-and-under swimmers the “Go USA” Olympic team cheer.

The event was funded by the Piranhas’ semiannual swim-a-thon fundraiser.

During the course of the day, Beisel held a question and answer session and provided some advice to the team members.

Beisel, who is described as an approachable Rhode Island native with a great sense of humor, began by telling the crowd that “I’m going to inspire you with my normalcy” and proceeded to explain her four keys to success.

These tips included believing in yourself, working hard, finish what you started no matter how difficult it is, and become a well-rounded person who isn’t just focused on one sport or activity. She provided motivating and funny personal anecdotes that elaborated on these tips.

Beisel was the 2016 Olympic Team Captain and Player of the Year. She was just 16 years old when she competed in her first Olympics in 2008 and went on to compete in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. She won two Olympic medals during her career, including the silver for the 400-meter individual medley and bronze in the 200-meter backstroke, both at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

For more information about the Darien YMCA and the Piranha Swim Team, visit darien-ymca.org.