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Swim4Purpose | ABOUT S4P
fred-doug-linganoreSwim4Purpose was established by Doug Saar in Ellicott City, near Columbia, MD in 2011 to provide motivated adult swimmers the opportunity to learn the correct fundamentals of freestyle swimming and foster that development in a relaxing engaged environment. The swimming facility is located in Ellicott City, MD in a beautiful residential neighborhood and offers “personal swim instruction” as well as “swim clinics” co-hosted by 2X Olympic swimmer Fred Hviid. The business season runs between mid-May and mid-September of each year.Swim4Purpose was created with the vision to cater to the triathlon communities of Columbia, Ellicott City, Baltimore and Frederick to offer our expertise in helping those who are looking for that extra edge in competition, or who wish to simply improve their stroke or avoid injury.With humor and candor, and a great eye for detail and technique, Doug and Fred provide an unparalleled experience for triathletes.

 

Doug Saar

Doug Saar finishing the St. Croix 5 mile reef swimDoug Saar has vast experience in open water swimming, having completed the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim on 25 occassions. The Chesapeake Bay Swim is a fundraiser event for the March of Dimes, Chesapeake Bay Trust and also has the Cynthia Earley Scholarship award for students who raise the most funds for the GCBS charities.

Doug Saar is also a World Swimming Masters bronze medalist, a St. Croix 5 mile Coral Reef Swim award winner, and a 3X USMS Top Ten swimmer.

 

Fred Hviid

Frederik Hviid wins the Chesapeake Bay SwimFrederik Hviid (Fred) brings with him the knowledge that comes from having been an Olympic swimming finalist, World Championship bronze medalist, double European Champion, US Open Champion, World Cup Champion and more. Regarded as one of the top individual medley (IM) swimmers of the late 90’s, and a premier distance swimmer in the 1,500 meter free (mile swim), his near perfect stroke and low cadence are ideal for live demonstrations during Swim4Purpose’s swim clinics.

After a full 10 year hiatus from swimming following the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Fred Hviid has been making a comeback as an open water and masters swimmer. Already in his first year of masters competition (2012 calendar season), Fred achieved All-American honors having swum the fastest times in the country in several events and courses (25 meter pool, and 25 yard pools). In August 2014 Fred reset the masters World Record in the 200 meter Backstroke.

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