Olympic gold medalist swimmer Misty Hyman to speak on campus

Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman (left) laughs with Bates head coach Peter Casares during her July visit. (Photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine – Olympic gold medalist swimmer Misty Hyman will present a motivational speech to Bates College student athletes on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the college's Schaeffer Theater in her second visit to campus this year.

At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Hyman – expected to potentially contend for a bronze medal – pulled off one of the top upsets of the summer, winning the 200-yard butterfly ahead of Australia native and world-record-holder Susie O'Neill in front of her home crowd.

The former Stanford University swimmer clocked in with a time of 2:05.88, two seconds faster than her personal best, to set an Olympic record and defeat O'Neill, who had not lost the event in six years. She also helped reinvent the sport of swimming, becoming one of the first athletes to embrace underwater dolphin kicking.

Hyman previously spent time on campus this July as a guest speaker/coach at Bates swimming and diving head coach Peter Casares's youth swim camp with features from the appearance occurring in the Lewiston Sun Journal and on the Bates website.

"I'm not the person I am because of the gold medal I have in my pocket," Hyman said during her July visit. "I'm the person that I am because of everything it took to get there."