Phillip Norris, of Lexington, will make his major competition debut as the Head Swimming Coach for Team Kentucky. Norris, an employee of Mizuho Osi, has been a Special Olympics coach for two years and a swim coach for four years overall. Norris, who coaches the Frankfort Sunfish swim team during the Special Olympics aquatics season, swam collegiately at the University of Florida from 2000-03, earning four All-America honors. He won the Senior Leadership Award in 2003 and several of his times still rank among the Gators’ Top 10 all time, including second in the 100-meter Breaststroke.
|Lindsay Davis, 28, is a member of the Louisville Stingrays Swim Team. The Crestwood resident will be appearing in her second Special Olympics USA National Games. Davis, who works for BB&T Insurance Company, won three medals, including two Gold Medals, at the 2006 National Games. Her win in the 50-yard Breaststroke was one of the most exciting races of the Games as she out-touched the Silver Medalist by just 15 hundredths of a second. Davis has been a Special Olympics athlete for 18 years.
Paul Fiehrer, 21, has been a Special Olympics athlete for just three years, but has been swimming for seven. In addition to swimming, Fiehrer competes in basketball and softball. A Covington resident, Fiehrer will be making his first appearance in Special Olympics competition above the State level. Fiehrer, who works at BAWAC Community Rehabilitation Center in Florence, is a freestyle specialist.
|Colin Lutz , 17, will be a part of the Team Kentucky swimming delegation. A student at East Jessamine High School, Lutz will swim two individual races and one relay at the Games. This will also be his first time competing above the State level. Lutz, who has been a Special Olympics athlete for 10 years, qualified for selection thanks to a Gold Medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2009 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games.
Megan McCormick , 20, of Lexington has plenty of major Games experience as a Special Olympics athlete. McCormick also swam at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, where she won a Silver and a Bronze Medal. She swims both freestyle and butterfly events. McCormick also competed at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, as a gymnast. McCormick has been a Special Olympics athlete for 10 years. In addition to swimming and gymnastics, she competes in cheerleading. A trained Special Olympics Global Messenger (public speaker), McCormick has been an advocate both for Special Olympics and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky. She is currently a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.