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Olympic swimmer and CHS grad Blake Pieroni heads to China

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Blake Pieroni, world traveler.

Chesterton High 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.”

Pieroni’s national 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.”

 

Posted 12/11/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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