Club Excellence Spotlight: Y-Spartaquatics
For more than a decade, head coach Peter Wright built the Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club into one of the best teams in South Carolina. Wright has since moved on, but he’s left the club in great hands with interim head coach Ted Pierson and an experienced group of assistants.
2015 Club Excellence Program Announced
USA Swimming is pleased to formally announce the 2015 Club Excellence program and provide directions to all clubs regarding the application process. For complete program information and the link to begin the application, please visit the Club Excellence page.
On deck: New safety terminology to rule the pool
Words have power, and a new drowning prevention effort says that doing away with misleading terminology such as "water safe" and "waterproofing" in swimming and water safety programs is needed to save lives.
National Select Camp Assistant Coach Application Available
The 2014 National Select Camp Assistant Coach application is now live on usaswimming.org. The camp will be held Oct. 23-26, 2014 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.
Chloe Sutton added to star-studded Fantasy Camp lineup!
Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend on the campus of the iconic U.S. Olympic Training Center to live, eat and train like a National Team Athlete? Now is your chance to experience the life of an elite swimmer at the USA Swimming Foundation's Fantasy Camps! Hurry up and registration soon - deadlines for both Fantasy Camp-Youth and Fantasy Camp-Adult are looming!
USA Swimming Seeking .NET/C# Developer
USA Swimming, located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, has an opening for an experienced .NET / C# Developer. The person in this position will be part of a small team of developers responsible for maintaining and making significant enhancements to our custom applications and public website.
SwimToday Campaign Releases New “Sign Language” PSA
Whether tweeting it, speaking it or even doing sign language to show it, swimming is “the funnest sport there is” according to 10 swimming industry leaders in the SwimToday campaign and age group swimmer Emma Doughty of Rochester, New York. The industry promotional effort to grow participation in swimming released a new Public Service Announcement today called “SwimToday Sign Language” where a young swimmer – 12-year old Doughty – communicates the tagline of “the funnest sport there is” under water via American Sign Language.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.