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    Gold medal swimmer McLean to be honored Aug. 24 at Potomac Falls

    photoOlympic gold medal swimmer Matt McLean, a Potomac Falls High School alum, will return to Potomac Falls on Aug. 24 to greet fans and take part in festivities during the Panthers’ varsity football game against Liberty.—Photo Courtesy/Jim Bauman, University of Virginia

    Recent Olympic gold medalist and 2006 Potomac Falls High School alum Matt McLean will be honored at the Panthers’ season-opening football game Aug. 24 at Potomac Falls.

    McLean struck gold with the USA men’s swimming 4X200 meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    At the football game, McLean will serve as the honorary game captain and conduct the coin toss. During halftime, he’ll take a victory lap around the field to greet fans. He will then sign autographs, shake hands and take photographs with fans.

    A four-year member of the Panther swim team, McLean won three state titles during his tenure and helped lead Potomac Falls to four district swim championships. He still holds the VHSL AA record in the 200 freestyle. McLean then went on to swim at the University of Virginia, where he won 17 ACC titles. In 2011, he won the NCAA title in the 500 free, helping lead UVA to its fourth national championship.

    Here is more information about Friday’s event and McLean, courtesy of Potomac Falls’ athletic department:

    Recognizing Matt McLean

    -Matt will serve as the honorary game captain at the school’s season-opening football game and conduct the pregame coin toss.

    -At halftime, Matt will take a ‘victory lap’ around the Potomac Falls track and greet fans from both Liberty High and Potomac Falls High.

    -Following the victory lap, Matt will meet fans in a tent at the end of the field, signing autographs, taking pictures and shaking hands. 

    Facts About Matt McLean’s Competitive Swim Career

    -Matt graduated from Potomac Falls in 2006 having won individual state championships in the 200 meter freestyle (2005 &2006) and the 500 meter freestyle (2006).  His team won the district championship every year of his high school career.  He holds the VHSL AA record in the 200 meter freestyle.

    -Collegiately, Matt competed for the University of Virginia where he won ACC titles in seventeen events. In 2011, McLean helped UVa win its fourth national title when he won the NCAA title in the 500 freestyle.


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