USA Swimming presents... kick set!

The USA Swimming podcast series, Kick Set, will feature coaches, athletes and staff members who will share their perspectives on various topics in the swimming world.

Check out this month's podcast release featuring Olympian Allison Schmitt. Allison talks about her journey in the sport of swimming and brings awareness to the importance of mental health.

Allison Schmitt has substantial accomplishments in the pool. She earned a pair of relay medals at the 2016 Olympic Games - gold in the 800m free relay and silver in the 400m free relay ... Finished fourth in the 200m freestyle and fifth in the 100m freestyle at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to qualify for her third Olympic Team ... Won gold in the 200m free and added three medals (two gold) in relays at the 2015 Pan American Games ... At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, won bronze in the 400m free relay, took gold in the 800m free relay, gold in the 400m medley relay (WR) and gold in the 200m free with a best time of 1:53.61 ... Also took silver in the 400m free with a best time of 4:01.77 ... Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team by finishing first in the 200m free (setting a new American record) and 400m free and third in the 100m free at Trials ... Won a gold medal as part of the 800m free relay at the 2011 FINA World Championships and was sixth in the 200m free ... At the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships, won the 200m free and placed fourth in the 100m and 400m free ... Won the 500y FR and 200y FR at the 2011 NCAA Championships ... Claimed first place in the 200m free and second in the 400m free at the 2010 CP National Championships ... Set American records in the 200m and 400m free events at the 2009 MOO Duel in the Pool ... Earned silver medals in the 200m free and 800m free relay at the 2009 FINA World Championships ... Earned a national title in the 400m free at the 2009 National Championships ... Claimed her first NCAA title in the 500y free in 2009 ... Earned a bronze medal and an American record in the 800m free relay at the 2008 Olympic Games; also placed ninth in the 200m free.

Allison is also an ambassador for mental health awareness and shares her story to show others that they are not alone if they are struggling.

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and all calls are kept confidential. These centers will provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

Relevant Links:

April T. Bocian Foundation
National Institute of Mental Health

Next Release: Our next episode will be released on June 20, 2018 and will feature G Ryan, an athlete at the University of Michigan. G is a genderqueer athlete who swims outside of the traditional gender binary at a D1 university. G will share their story and talk about how to create a safe and inclusive environment for all athletes, coaches and administrators on your team.
Check out for more episodes and add Kick Set to your favorite RSS feed or iTunes.