CHARLESTON — Tyler McGill earned an Olympic gold medal this summer in London, and now, he is coming to Charleston.
McGill will be at Lantz on Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for the public to meet him, see his gold medal and get autographs.
McGill’s brother Elliott is the Eastern Illinois head men’s and women’s swimming coach.
Before the public event, Tyler McGill will watch the EIU swim team’s practice, and Tuesday night, Tyler will speak to all EIU athletes.
Elliott said the EIU swimmers are looking forward to meeting Tyler.
“They’re excited,” Elliott said. “For a lot of them, they’re still fans of the sport, and they have a great understanding and respect for who Tyler is as an athlete and what he was able to accomplish and how fast he actually is.”
Elliott thinks Tyler coming to campus and speaking will be beneficial to all the EIU athletes, but he hopes it sparks the swim team particularly.
“It’s really exciting,” Elliott said. “Irregardless of Tyler being my brother, to have an athlete of his caliber willing to come in and talk to the teams and share some words of wisdom and some advice and some encouragement to the swimmers can only be beneficial in my opinion.”
Tyler earned his gold medal as a member of the U.S. swim team’s 400-meter medley relay. Tyler also competed in the 100-meter butterfly, an event that he finished in seventh place.
Tyler McGill is a Champaign native and a 2006 graduate of Champaign Central High School. Tyler won three Illinois High School Association state titles in swimming while competing at Champaign Central.
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