On Sunday, Feb. 12, Olympic gold medal swimmers Maya DiRado and Josh Davis held an in-pool swimming clinic for the Darien Y Piranhas swim team.

DiRado and Davis also signed autographs for each team member and held a question and answer session in the Darien Y Community Room.

The Darien YMCA Piranhas swim team invited DiRado and Davis as a motivational event for team members. Similar events were held in 2014 and 2015 with Olympic swimmers Rebecca Soni and Kim Vandenberg.

Both the age 11-and-under Piranhas and the age 12-plus attended the event which began with swimming drills led by the Olympians. The grand finale of the clinic involved DiRado and Davis racing the team members across the pool.

Following the clinic, the Olympians held a question and answer session and provided some advice to the team members. DiRado told her success story, mentioning that she “never had a huge breakthrough and never was a child prodigy” but that she “kept looking to see what was next, what meet, what time, what goal…slowly making my way up the ladder and enjoying the process while I was doing it.”

She advised the team that “however far (competitive swimming) takes you, do it the right way and you can get a lot out of it.”

Both DiRado and Davis won multiple Olympic gold medals with some of those gold medals specifically in relay events.

At the 2016 Olympic Games, DiRado won two gold medals in 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle relay, a silver medal in the 400m IM and a bronze medal in the 200m IM. At the 1996 Olympic Games, Davis won gold medals in the 400m freestyle relay, 800m freestyle relay and 400m relay medley. Davis also won two silver medals at the 2000 Olympics in the 400m freestyle relay and the 800m freestyle relay and was the captain of the 2000 Olympic team.

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