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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


REI Settler's Ridge Location

A dynamic presentation by Terry Laughlin, Founder of Total Immersion, about how to swim better and better every day for the rest of your life.  Free to the public, at REI, Settler’s Ridge Location.   Saturday Afternoon, Doors open 2pm, presentation begins 2:30pm.

Cost: Free

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Presented in Conjunction with Friends of the Riverfront and the 2012 Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race

About Terry Laughlin:

Terry Laughlin came from humble beginnings as a competitive swimmer in his youth to international recognition as a coach, and finally to ‘elite’ status as a Masters swimmer. His coaching career was marked by striking success from the very beginning.

Terry began coaching at the US Merchant Marine Academy, in 1972 at age 21 (the youngest head coach in the NCAA.) He was named Coach of the Year in NY’s Met College Conference his first season. Terry produced NCAA All-Americans for three consecutive years at Kings Point, and an NCAA Div III champion (the first ever at the Academy) in his third season, still only 23 years of age. Over 16 years Terry lifted four different teams to national accomplishment, producing national champions at each stop—including NCAA Men and Women, National YMCA, and USA Swimming National Junior and National Age Group champions – a total of 25 national champions in all.

Since 1989, Terry has devoted himself exclusively to working with adults, when he conducted his first swim clinics for masters swimmers, and subsequently, Triathletes. Out of these initial clinics Total Immersion was born.

Terry’s own swimming carreer finally bloomed at age 55, winning six National Masters Open Water titles and breaking 55-59 age group national records in the 1-Mile and 2-Mile Cable Swims. Since turning 50, Terry also completed six marathon and ultra-distance swims, including the 28.7-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2002 and 2006.

Terry has also been recognized by the ‘swimming establishment’ as a stroke technician with few peers — directing the Stroke School at the ASCA World Clinic on four occasions, doing video analysis for the US National Team at training camp prior to the 1999 World Championships and technique clinics for swimmers on the NCAA champion Auburn University and University of Texas teams. He has also conducted clinics at the invitation of coaching federations in Ireland, England and Australia.

About Friends of the Riverfront

Founded in 1991, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the development, expansion, promotion, and stewardship of the Three Rivers Water Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail in the Pittsburgh region.

The twenty-one year old membership-based nonprofit is committed to increasing awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship and expansion of water and land trails. Friends of the Riverfront works tirelessly throughout Allegheny County to reconnect communities with their rivers and riverfronts, and is the water trail manager of the Three Rivers Water Trail, a network of non-motorized craft access points in the Pittsburgh region. The organization has been instrumental in the development and stewardship of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail — a dedicated biking, hiking, and walking trail around Pittsburgh. Extending over 22 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, it is an almost complete public route for cyclists, walkers, runners, and in some places rollerbladers. Additional mileage is planned, including continuation along the Allegheny River as part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance. Once a year, Friends of the Riverfront highlights use of both trails by hosting the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race, more information can be obtained by visiting www.pittsburghtriathlon.com.

Information about the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Three Rivers Water Trail, and Friends of the Riverfront can be found at www.friendsoftheriverfront.org, by calling 412-488-0212, or by joining Friends of the Riverfront’s social network on Facebook and Twitter.