Club Excellence Spotlight: Academy Bullets
After a successful Olympic Trials meet in which six swimmers competed, the Academy Bullets Swim Club in Illinois has its sights set on finishing off the summer on a high note.
The Last Gold Documentary to Air on NBC Sports Network on August 1
Considered the greatest untold story in Olympic Swimming history, The Last Gold, a feature-length documentary, will air on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) with limited commercial interruption, on Monday, August 1, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
U.S. Olympic Committee announces Best of July honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow
Outstanding performances during the month of July earned artistic gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer Michael Phelps and the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Best of July honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Mike's Mailbag: Controlling What You Can Control
There are certain times I have been working hard to achieve, but they are becoming increasingly out of reach. Younger swimmers are rapidly dropping time and are catching up to me. What can I do?
Justifying Your Olympic Fandom
Someone at work the other day asked, “So, you catching that Olympic fever?” My answer: Yes and no.
Mike's Mailbag: Improving Taper Mentalities
I am relatively new to swimming. I started when I was 14, and am now 18. I swim great in practice but I consistently miss my goal times in taper meets. Please help.
After Athletic Disappointment
With the 2016 Olympic Games commencing only a few weeks from now, much of the world will turn its eyes towards Rio. And yet, for the hundreds of competitive swimmers not going to Rio, the Omaha waters are still settling.
Mike's Mailbag: Finding Swimming's Rhythm
I've been having a lot of motivational and mental roadblocks at practices lately. I find myself swimming slower than I did 2-3 years ago. What can I do to try to get through this mental roadblock?
Swimmer’s Ear 101: What You Should Know (Sponsored)
Now that it’s summer, you’re spending more and more time in the water – going to pool parties, while on vacation, or even spending a day at the beach with family or friends.
SwimToday Unites Country with #SwimUnited Campaign
Leading up to swimming’s biggest summer events, SwimToday invites athletes, families and fans around the nation to learn more about the sport of swimming, find a team and show their support for the U.S. swim team through its latest campaign – #SwimUnited.
Maryland LSC Takes Safe Sport Initiative to New Heights
t’s no surprise that food is used as a motivator for swimmers, but what about the parents? Maryland LSC is taking the Safe Sport initiative to new heights by offering a pizza party prize to the teams who had the highest percentage of parent participation in the Safe Sport training course.
SwimToday, National Swimming Pool Foundation Partner to Improve Pool Safety
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) and SwimToday’s partnership comes to fruition as SwimToday’s website now highlights swimming facilities that employ four or more CPO® Certification holders on staff. Families who are looking to find a facility with the desired USA Swimming clubs and Make a Splash programs, can now find pools maintained to a high-standard thanks to the sponsorship and swimtoday.org.
Celebrities Kick-Off #WaterSafetyMonth with USA Swimming Foundation Make A Spash Atlanta Event
Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Cullen Jones and Maritza McClendon, joined forces with celebrities Keri Hilson, Ludacris and Blake Michael in Atlanta for the Make a Splash Tour, presented by Phillips 66.
Team Tweets of the Week: April 22-29
Check out the top 10 best tweets from USA Swimming clubs from this week!
USA Swimming Announces 2016 Diversity Coach Mentorship Program
Applications are now available for the 2016 USA Swimming Diversity Coach Mentorship Program. Participants are active coaches in urban areas with an interest in raising their level of expertise and skill.
Chocolate Milk Designated Official Recovery Beverage of USA Swimming
USA Swimming has once again partnered with the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK™ campaign.
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.”
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.
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.