grad and Olympic Gold Medalist Blake Pieroni continues his trek throughout
the world as he competes in the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming
Championships in Hangzhou, China beginning today.
Pieroni will be
competing for Team USA after signing his first professional contract with
Mizuno USA. Pieroni is the first sponsored swimmer for Mizuno USA and will
wear the Mizuno GX-Sonic tech suit and swim gear, along with other Mizuno
training footwear and apparel.
He will also
provide advice for the improvement and development of Mizuno’s swim products
and will be a part of the advertising, communications and publicity
activities for Mizuno.
“I am excited and
honored to partner with such a prestigious brand that is beginning to
transition into the American market,” Pieroni said on swimswam.com. “I hope
to bring insight from an athelete’s perspective while distinguishing Mizuno
as the premier brand in the sport.”
level accomplishments started in 2013 when he was a Bronze medalist in the
800-meter freestyle relay at the FINA World Junior Championships. In 2014,
he was Silver medalist in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle at the
Junior Pan Pacific Championships before finishing third in the 200-meter
freestyle at the 2015 Phillips 66 Nationals.
In 2016, Pieroni
was a Gold medalist as part of the 400-meter freestyle relay at the 2016
Summer Olympic Games and was Silver medalist in the 200-meter free relay at
the FINA World Championships. He was also a member of the Bronze medalist
team in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
In 2017, he was
runner-up in the 200-meter freestyle at the Phillips 66 Nationals and was
Gold medalist in the 400-meter freesyle relay and Bronze medalist in the
800-meter freestyle relay at the FINA World Championships.
So far is 2018, he
was the winner of the 100-meter freestlye and runner-up in the 200-meter
freestlye at the Phillips 66 National Championships and was a Gold medalist
in the 800-meter freestyle relay at the Pan Pacific Championships.
“One of the things
that I love about swimming is how objective the sport is,” Pieroni told
swimswam.com. “There are no judges, no referees, that could sway the
decision in a race. It’s completely dependent on you. The only thing that
matters is if you’ve put in the work.”