Convention President's Letter 2015
It has been a very interesting and rewarding first year as USA Swimming President. There have been challenges, surprises, excitement and excellence in many areas of our sport and a lot of that is due to the work of the thousands of USA Swimming members.
Mike's Mailbag: Self-Training
I chose to transfer to another college. Now I have three months where I have to train myself. Do you have any advice for training alone?
Ledecky Earns Third Consecutive USA Swimming Athlete of the Year; Gaines Earns USA Swimming Award
For the third consecutive year, Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year. The USA Swimming Award was presented to Rowdy Gaines to recognize him for the most outstanding contribution to the sport. The USA Swimming Award is the highest honor in the sport of swimming.
USA Swimming Adds Policies to Strengthen Safe Sport, Anti-Doping
During the USA Swimming House of Delegates meeting today during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, the USA Swimming membership passed 27 pieces of legislation to strengthen the organization’s efforts in Safe Sport, add restrictions for athletes and coaches found guilty of doping and improve competition operations.
2015 State of the Sport Report
Each year, in preparing the State of the Sport I reflect on the things we accomplished and I look ahead to the opportunities and challenges in the future. From this perspective it is clear to me that we have much to celebrate, some new opportunities to capitalize on, and some challenges to face; and we embrace all of it with confidence and enthusiasm.
Club Excellence Spotlight: Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics in Palo Alto, Calif., recently finished fifth in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program rankings.
Water Marks: 278 Days and Counting
Today, according to my unscientific eyeball count, we have 278 days until the beginning of the Olympic Trials.
LSC Leadership Course Available Now
USA Swimming's LSC Leadership Course is a free, one-hour online learning tool that will help members of the LSC gain basic knowledge and understanding of governance best practices as well as their roles on their LSC Boards.
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.
USA Swimming, Speedo USA Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between USA Swimming and Speedo USA, the organizations are creating several recognition activities to commemorate the alliance that began in 1985 following the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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: Five Things to Watch in 2015
The New Year always brings the opportunity for a fresh start. As we roll into 2015, here are five things that I’ll be watching very closely.
USA Swimming Foundation Announces Hiring of Casey Keiber and Nicole Wilson
The USA Swimming Foundation announced today the addition of Casey Keiber and Nicole Wilson to its headquarters staff in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: Summertime
My three favorite summer sounds are lawnmowers on a Saturday morning, a bouncing basketball and the happy noise that comes from kids splashing around at the pool. Yes, summertime is by far my favorite time of year, it always has been.
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.
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.
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.