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Tawnya Panizzi
The Fox Chapel-based Racer X Aquatics team trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Members of the Fox Chapel-based Racer X Aquatics team are fresh off a three-day training session at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Coach Jim Skirboll, of Aspinwall, took 14 swimmers from his elite team for the intensive camp, where the team bunked in a renovated Air Force barracks. They practiced at Pikes Peak Training Facility, with Pittsburgh native and owner George Heildinger and then spent two days training in the same pool as former Olympians.

“Being at a place where hundreds of Olympians had stood/swam was a crazy dream-like experience,” said Fox Chapel Area freshman Zoe Skirboll. “The Olympic Training Center was a great team bonding experience; we all became closer than ever and we are now like a family.”

The Racer X team swam more than 33,000 meters in the OTC pool. Providing the swimmers an additional challenge was working out at a high altitude, the coach said. The complex sits 6,300 feet above sea level.

Racer X also participated in dry land training and shot video of their performances using underwater video cameras.

Coach Skirboll said he is already planning a return trip for his team.

The Racer X team practices during the summer months at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road. The group offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.

For more, visit teamunify.com

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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