Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is among the latest athletes to develop a connection with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, following last month’s shooting that claimed 17 lives and injured 17 others.
During a visit to the school on Friday, Lochte announced that he will dedicate his upcoming Olympic swims to Nicholas Dworet, the captain of the school’s swim team who was killed in the shooting on February 14 and who dreamed of competing in the Olympics.
After the visit, Lochte posted on social media that “words cannot describe the emotions that I felt while at the school and how grateful I am that I was able to meet with those incredible students.” He added, “I told his parents that I will dedicate my swims in the 2020 Olympics to Nicholas. One of his goals was to swim in the Olympics and now he will with me!!”