Youth swimmers to participate in clinic with three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel

An anticipated 1,700 visitors - including 600 swimmers - from across New York State will visit Rochester January 13 to January 15, 2017, to compete in the Fairport Area Swim Team (FAST) Winter Festival.

Competing swimmers will travel to the area from across New York State, with the majority of athletes hailing from Western and Central New York, and the Southern Tier. The event is expected to generate 300 room nights at local hotels.

The FAST Winter Festival is a locally hosted swim meet that is a part of the Niagara Swim schedule. The event features both a junior and a senior meet.

Unique to this event is the opportunity for student athletes to receive one-on-one instruction in a clinic led by three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel.  Most recently, Beisel competed with the 2016 USA Swim Team at the Rio Olympics, serving as a team captain.

Participants in Beisel’s Mutual of Omaha BREAKOut! Swim Clinic will be instructed on techniques for all four swimming strokes, as well as how the body, mind and heart affect swimming. The clinic with Beisel will take place on Saturday, January 14, with a morning session (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) for the 8-11 age group, and an afternoon session (12:30-2:30 p.m.) for 12-18 year old swimmers. Beisel’s clinic is open to anyone with a 2017 USA Swimming Athlete Membership.  For more information on the clinic or to register visit

“We’re excited to welcome swimmers from across the state and their families to Rochester for the FAST Winter Festival,” said Don Jeffries, president & CEO, Visit Rochester. “Rochester offers many experiences for families to discover, and I’m confident that visitors to our area for the swim festival will find no shortage of things to do during downtime at the meet.”

Sporting events held in Monroe County are critical to bringing visitors to the county and our community, and contribute to the tourism and hospitality industry’s overall economic impact. The economic impact of the tourism and hospitality industry in Monroe County in 2015 was over $1 Billion. 

Visit Rochester is the official tourism promotion agency for Greater Rochester and Monroe County. Visit Rochester is a membership organization with over 400 members representing, lodging, retail, restaurants, services, and community organizations. Working together with our members and partners, we strive to provide the best experience to all visitors to our community, including both business and leisure travelers.

The Monroe County Sports Commission (MCSC) is a non-profit entity whose goal is to bring organized sporting events of all kinds for all ages to Rochester, New York. MCSC actively solicits amateur championships, sports related clinics and conventions.


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