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Stanford swim grad DiRado joins Team Speedo as a pro

Recent Stanford graduate Maya DiRado is getting her feet wet for the first time as a professional swimmer and already has secured a sponsor by by signing with SPEEDO, USA.

DiRado is one of three new members of Team Speedo, joining with breaststroke specialist Micah Lawrence and Olympic gold medalist Shannon Vreeland. The three rising stars for U.S. Swimming, Will represent Speedo -- and train and compete in the brand's gear -- through 2016.

"Team Speedo is pleased to announce the addition of these three talented swimmers," said Jim Gerson, President of SPEEDO USA. "Maya, Micah and Shannon are already very accomplished swimmers in their respective specialties. We see great things in their futures and we are proud to partner with each of them on the road to Rio and beyond."

DiRado, a versatile 21-year-old from Santa Rosa, narrowly missed the London Games while finishing fourth in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

In 2013, she made her mark on the international stage as part of the gold medal-winning 800 free relay at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

DiRado had a stellar collegiate swim career at Stanford, earning two NCAA championship titles this year in the 200- and 400-yard IMs. She will continue to train at Stanford as part of Stanford Swimming.

"I'm really proud of my collegiate swim career and am very exciting to now turn pro," said DiRado. "My eyes are set on Rio (2016 Summer Olympics) and I'm so glad to have Speedo, the industry leader, as a partner while I work to attain my goals."

DiRado, Lawrence and Vreeland join a highly decorated group of Team Speedo swimmers, including the recently announced Elizabeth Beisel, and Natalie Coughlin, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones, Jessica Hardy, Tyler Clary, Ryan Cochrane (Canada), Christian Sprenger (Australia), Alicia Coutts (Australia), Florent Manaudou (France), Mireia Belmonte (Spain), Thiago Pereira (Brazil), Michael Jamieson (Great Britain), Melanie Costa Schmid (Spain), Alia Atkinson (Jamaica), Jiao Liuyang (China), and more.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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