USA Swimming Foundation Seeking Annual Fund Manager
The USA Swimming Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Development Manager. The Annual Fund Manager works with the Executive Director and Director of Development to create and implement an annual development plan and ensure comprehensive and effective donor relations at all giving levels.
Regional Coach Clinics Registration Now Open
Fall 2014 Regional Coach Clinic registration is now open. The Regional Coaching Clinic program brings affordable clinics directly to teams in their own LSCs.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Once Again Signs CeraVe® as Exclusive Skincare Partner of USA Swimming
Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, which markets CeraVe® skincare products, has once again signed as the exclusive skincare sponsor of USA Swimming.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Tualatin Hills Swim Club
Tualatin Hills Swim Clubrecently won the combined team title at the Speedo Champions Series Western Sectional meet last weekend, adding to an already-lengthy list of achievements. Also included in that list of achievements is recognition as one of USA Swimming’s silver medal clubs in the 2014 Club Excellence program.
Coaches You Should Know: Chris Sheppard
Coach Chris Sheppard is the head coach of the National and Junior National Teams at Charles River Aquatics. He also oversees the entire swim team.
Scholastic All-America Application Available
Applications for the 2013-14 Scholastic All-America recognition program are now available on the USA Swimming website. This membership recognition program is for USA Swimming student-athletes who have completed the 10th – 12th grades in 2013-14 and have swum a qualifying pool time or competed in one of five designated meets.
USA Swimming Safe Sport Impact Award
The purpose of the Safe Sport Impact Award is to recognize significant contributions by an individual or group who has contributed to the fulfillment of the Safe Sport Committee mission: to safeguard all members of USA Swimming from sexual, psychological, emotional and physical abuse.
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.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Terrapins Swim Team
One must only glance at the Terrapins Swim Team’s list of accomplishments and record-holders to get an idea of the team’s rich tradition. The team’s continued pursuit of excellence has earned them recognition as one of USA Swimming’s top clubs, achieving gold medal status in the 2014 Club Excellence program.
President's Message: February 3, 2014
The “President’s Message” is a continuing effort on my part to keep the members of USA Swimming informed about current happenings in our sport and our organization. Please feel free to share the message with others.
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.
USA Swimming Announces Staff Promotions
As we begin the New Year, USA Swimming is pleased to announce Tami Bock, Stacy Michael-Miller, MJ Truex and Laura Yaciuk received promotions.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Aquazot Swim Club
In just its 14th year of existence, Aquazot Swim Club in Irvine, Calif. has already established itself as one of the top programs in Southern California, and the entire country, earning gold-medal recognition in this year’s Club Excellence program.
It Takes A Team: Liz Hoendervoogt
On the first Tuesday of every month, we will highlight a different USA Swimming staff member.
USADA Issues Hemp Advisory
THC is the active component in marijuana (e.g., hashish, pot, weed, etc.) which
comes from the marijuana plant and produces the “high”. THC is prohibited in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency. When an athlete is tested in-competition, their urine is screened for the presence of THC.
Deck Pass Perks: Easy as Tap, Scan, Win
USA Swimming released its latest version of Deck Pass, which features Deck Pass Perks! Deck Pass users can receive exclusive deals from USA Swimming and its partners through Deck Pass Perks.
Lessons from Legends: Sue Pitt Anderson and Brave Young Girls
America’s high number of world-ranked women is directly related to the huge number of collegiate swimming opportunities they enjoy today. The experience of one young girl in New Jersey in the 1960s might be a glimpse into how the female athletes were treated compared to the boys, and how their courage helped forge the opportunities that young women enjoy today.
Oh, the places Rowdy went
Rowdy Gaines was a natural in the water. He could swim before he could walk. Although gifted, he never thought his swimming ability could take him anywhere, and if you asked him, swimming was just a part of life growing up in Winter Haven, Fla.
Coaches You Should Know: Heather Maher
ASCA’s North Texas 2012 Age Group Coach of the Year, Heather Maher, is currently the Head Age Group Coach at Lakeside Aquatic Club in North Texas where she lives with her husband and two children.
National Team Swimmers in the Community
The U.S. National Team had an impressive year in the water, winning a total of 31 medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games and an additional 31 medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships. Just as impressive was the National Team’s success out of the water.
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.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Lakeside Swim Team
Over the course of its 85-year history, Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, Ky., has built a rich tradition of excellence that includes placing alumni on the past three Olympic Teams and regularly earning Gold Medal recognition in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program. What has been the key to their continued success?
Club Excellence Spotlight: Nitro Swimming
Creating a fun, motivational environment for both athletes and coaches is a proven recipe for success in any sport. Head coach Mike Koleber has made this a priority at Nitro Swimming in Austin, Texas, and the team’s philosophy has certainly paid off with a seventh-place finish in the 2013 USA Swimming Club Excellence program standings.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
For the fifth year in a row, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics has achieved a top-eight ranking in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program, coming in sixth this year with 29,805 points. Not too shabby, considering the club has only been around since 2003, when several existing teams were consolidated to form PASA.
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.