USA Swimming Releases First-Ever Spanish Version of Swim Essentials Video Series
USA Swimming has released its first-ever Spanish version of its Swim Essentials instructional video series. The videos provide basic teaching techniques for the four main strokes and starts and turns to help coaches in their athlete development.
Por primera vez USA Swimming publica en español la serie de Esenciales de Natación
Por primera vez USA Swimming publica en español la serie de Esenciales de Natación. Los videos enfocan en la enseñanza de lo fundamental de los cuatro estilos de natación, las salidas y las vueltas para ayudar a los nadadores jóvenes.
Simone Manuel on Her Responsibility in Bringing Swimming Awareness to the African-American Community
Simone Manuel, the first of three African Americans to place in the top three spots in the 100 yard freestyle in any Women's NCAA Division I Swimming Championship, discusses her responsiblity in inspiring the next generation of African-American and minority swimmers.
Josh Schneider Motivates Young Kentucky Swimmers
National Teamer Josh Schneider gave a motivational speech to local Cincinnati swimmers at Covington Catholic High School this past weekend.
5 Reasons Swimmers Love Swimming
I've interviewed hundreds of swimmers over the course of my writing career. Swimmers love the sport for various reasons. Here's the ultimate list of reasons swimmers love swimming.
Omaha to Host Mini Build a Pool Workshop
The USA Swimming Facilities Department and Myrtha Pools will host a Mini Build and Program (your) Pool workshop to be held at Olympic Trials July 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
2016 Zone Select Camp Assistant Coach/Manager Applications Available
The 2016 Zone Select Camps will be held in May/June and the assistant coach and assistant manager positions are filled through an online application process.
Six Months Out: Day 4 of the Rio Olympic Games
Six months from today, Olympic medals in swimming will be awarded in the women’s 200m free, the women’s 200m IM, and the men’s 200m fly.Team USA’s prospects in each event will come down to who earns a spot on the team at this summer’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Mike's Mailbag: Food and Fuel
Every day, I go to swimming from 5-8ish. By the time I get home, I have no time to eat dinner. If I do eat before swimming, I get cramps. What do you recommend?
USA Swimming Extends Executive Director Chuck Wielgus’ Contract Through 2020
The USA Swimming Board of Directors extended the contract of USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus through December 31, 2020. Wielgus joined USA Swimming in this role in July 1997 and is the longest-tenured current chief executive of an Olympic national governing body.
Registration Open for 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Regional Summit in San Diego
As part of the USA Swimming Foundation’s ongoing commitment to save lives through swim lessons, the organization will host a Make a Splash Regional Summit to emphasize the importance of learning to swim and how to make a bigger community impact.
Maritza Correia McClendon: “I’m Proud to be the First, but I Don’t Want to be the Last.”
Long before Maritza Correia made history on the pool deck in Athens in 2004, a conversation in a doctor’s office when she was six years old charted her course.
Mount St. Mary's University Adds Men's Swimming Team
For the first time since 2008, a Division I athletics institution is adding a men’s swimming and diving team. Mount St. Mary’s will being intercollegiate varsity competition this Fall, becoming the 136th college with a Division I program. Manhattan College was the last to add a men’s program from scratch.
Mike's Mailbag: The Prelims Marathon
My daughter is 13 and I'm wondering what's best for her to do during all the waiting around of prelims.
Win a Trip to U.S. Olympic Trials Through Deck Pass Sweeps!
Deck Pass Sweeps is giving you the chance to win a trip of a lifetime to the U.S. Olympic Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska! The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two for five days and four nights to see the best of the best compete for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
USA Swimming Foundation Seeking Director of Major Gifts
The USA Swimming Foundation is seeking a Director of Major Gifts responsible to raise funds from individual donors and prospects at the mid and major gifts level. Four, five, six, and seven-figure gifts in support of the organization’s vision and revenue needs.
Registration Open for Women's Leadership Summit
The Women’s Leadership Summit will be held April 8-10, 2016 at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
National Open Water Select Camp Assistant Coach/Manager Application Now Open
USA Swimming is now accepting applications for the Assistant Coach and Manager positions for the upcoming National Open Water Select Camp.
Dryland Periodization: Phase I, Range of Motion and Fatigue Tolerance
As your coaches start getting your bodies used to daily practices, your focus in dryland training should be on increasing range of motion and building up tolerance to fatigue.
Water Marks: 278 Days and Counting
Today, according to my unscientific eyeball count, we have 278 days until the beginning of the Olympic Trials.
Water Marks: Time Itself
The winding road was pitch-black. I was packed into a van with my swim teammates nearing motion sickness, and I was beginning to think “sleeping” would have been more preferable to “adventure.”
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Hot Fun in the Summertime
I’m heading off to Toronto this weekend for the Pan American Games. Outside of the Olympic Games, this is the biggest multi-sport competition in the world. 6,000 athletes from the 41-member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization will be in Toronto competing in 37 different sports.
Justin Lynch Honored at the 29th Annual Black History Invitational
Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15 at the Takoma Aquatic Center in Washington D.C., more than 750 athletes from 28 teams and 9 states came together in celebration and competition for the 29th Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM).
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: 5 Ways to Success for a Young Professional
Everybody defines success a little differently, depending on your viewpoint and goals. As a guest writer in the latest Chuck Wielgus Blog, USA Swimming High Performance Consultant Russell Mark gives his view on what success really means.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Pathways to Success
When it comes to working at USA Swimming, I regularly advise staff members that there are three ways to have a long career with our NGB: solve problems; generate new revenue; take us to new places.
Women in Coaching: Laura Hineman
Kansas City Blazers Head Administrative Coach Laura Hineman found her passion for swimming at a young age. After years of SCUBA and swim lessons, Hineman joined the swim team. While she admits her swimming career certainly had its ups and downs, Hineman says she was always happy in the water, which kept her swimming through college and even today as a coach.
Lessons from Legends: Debbie Meyer, Chasing Boys
Chasing big brothers, or sisters, chasing mom or dad, chasing someone on a relay all seem to bring out the best in us, particularly if we notice we’re catching up. In the early 1960s, a little girl named Debbie Meyer chased the boys throughout her career.
USA Swimming Releases Self-Commissioned Review of Safe Sport Program by Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
USA Swimming today released a self-commissioned, independent review of its Safe Sport program conducted by the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. The report, “When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program,” was compiled by Victor Vieth, executive director of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center and one of the nation’s foremost experts on the prevention of child neglect and abuse.
It Takes A Team: Liz Hoendervoogt
On the first Tuesday of every month, we will highlight a different USA Swimming staff member.
USA Swimming National Team Staffers Talk With Coaches
This past weekend, two USA Swimming National Team staffers were traveling the country speaking to various groups of coaches. Frank Busch, the National Team Director, flew to Forest Grove, Ore., while Jack Roach, the National Junior Team Director, found himself in Park City, Utah.
Follow-Up to the President’s Message
Last week, USA Swimming President, Bruce Stratton distributed his most recent “President’s Message.” President Stratton received a number of responses, both pro and con, which is probably to be expected given that the “President’s Message” was entirely focused on the proposed dues increase for athlete and non-athlete members. To date, the comments received represent a wide spectrum of opinions.