June 2014 Issue
2014 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66
Mesa Social Recap
Amy Van Dyken
Alumni in the News
Chet Jastremski passes away
Ricky Berens and Swim-a-Thon

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Our next and final alumni social of 2014 will take place in Irvine, CA during the Phillips 66 National Championships, August 6-10th.


This U.S. National Team selection competition is this year's most important. The 2014 World University Games team, 2014 Pan Pacific Championship team, and the 2015 FINA World Championship team will be selected from this one swim meet. You don't want to miss the fun, sunshine, and the return of Michael Phelps. Phillips 66 National Championships is a perfect opportunity to bring your family, enjoy the festival-like atmosphere, see old friends, and witness some very fast swimming!


We're building a list of social attendees now! Contact Mel Stewart if you'd like to attend. Cell: 512.656.8806. Email: mel.stewart@sbcglobal.net. 



2014 USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66

Athlete appearances, school visits, and a water safety festival were just a few of the things happening in Southern California at the final stop of the 

USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 on Thursday, May 29th. Over three days, USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Janet Evans and Rowdy Gaines spread the Foundation's message of saving lives by talking about the importance of learn-to-swim in conjunction with the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative. The main weekend event was the swimming and water safety festival held at the Long Beach Belmont Plaza Pool. More than 1,000 people attended the event which included water safety talks by Gaines, Evans, and Ervin as well as Olympians Jessica Hardy, Chloe Sutton, and Jason Lezak.  

Other 2014 Make a Splash Tour stops included: 

  • Wood River, IL: May 6, 2014 with Olympians Rowdy Gaines and Anthony Ervin
  • Sweeny, TX: May 7, 2014 with Olympian Nathan Adrian
  • Rahway, NJ: May 12, 2014 with Olympians Rowdy Gaines and Anthony Ervin
Read more about the 2014 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66! 



Mesa Alumni Social Recap:  Bigger is better, but not always. Joining us at the National Team Alumni Social during the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa were Jeremy Lin, Annie Chandler, Misty Hyman, Rowdy Gaines, Jill Johnson, Jeff Comings, Scott Goodrich and Rick "Rocket" DeMont. 


Troy Dalbey crashed the social, gracing us with his presence at the last minute and getting a standing ovation. Matt Grevers, Team USA's top backstroker, updated everyone about the latest National Team insider news, and then used his long arm for the selfie. We were a small group but the conversation was interesting and intimate, developing into a roundtable discussion on where the sport is at now and going in the future. Special thanks to Jeff Comings, Arizona resident and Swimming World anchor, for helping us reach the Arizona U.S. National Team alums!


Amy Van Dyken, 6-time Olympic gold medalist, suffered a severe injury while riding an ATV on Friday, June 6th in Show Low, Arizona. Amy severed her spine at the T11 vertebrae and was airlifted to the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. The vertebra came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta. Amy spent the weekend in Intensive Care, but quickly started showing signs of the spunky woman we all know and love. Within days the media reported the accident globally and Amy tweeted, "Why do all the news outlets have my age wrong? I'm only 41...not 46. @beingPicky." The outpouring of affection and support from the swimming community has been nonstop since June 6th. 


USA Swimming released this statement:   

"Amy is a champion who has proven throughout her life that she is a fighter who takes on challenges and comes out on top. We know Amy will tackle her rehabilitation with vigor and be back on her feet sooner rather than later."


Many of us recently saw Amy at the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa. Amy covered the event for Fox Sports. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, Amy or the press crew, but when the competing swim stars realized they were answering questions from Amy, the Olympic icon, their reactions were priceless. 


Amy remains hospitalized but is very lively and responsive on Twitter @amyvandyken. Amy is married to former Denver Bronco, Tom Rouen.


Breaststroke star and Indiana University graduate Chet Jastremski passed away at the age of 73 on May 3rd.  Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jastremski attended IU during the Doc Counsilman era and helped him revolutionize breaststroke kick, changing it from a wide, frog-style to the smaller, tighter, whip-kick swimmers use today. In 1962, Jastremski appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the World's Best Swimmer. In addition to being the first man to go under a minute in the 100 yard breaststroke, Chet claimed 12 world records and 21 American records over his swimming career, and then went on to serve as the team doctor on the 1976 Olympic Team in Montreal. Chet was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1997.       





May 31, 2014 was a banner day for Katy Aquatics swimmers, coaches and parents when Olympic gold medalist and National Team alum, Ricky Berens, paid a visit to their team for an inspirational talk, swim clinic and autographs. Ricky's visit was part of the prize package Katy Aquatics received when they were randomly selected as grand prize winner of the 2013 Swim-a-Thon™ Contest. 


With more than 500 swim teams hosting Swim-a-Thons across the country each year, U.S. National Team Alumni have a unique opportunity to help swim teams raise additional money by making an appearance at a Swim-a-Thon fundraiser in their local community. Call us at 719.866.3235 if you are interested in finding out locations of scheduled USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-Thon events in 2014 and beyond.

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