August 2017


Team USA stars shone bright at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.Lilly King dominated breaststroke, individually and on relays, breaking four World Records. USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador Simone Manuel edged Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, breaking the 100m Freestyle American Record. Katie Ledecky continued her medal charge, collecting 5 golds. And Caeleb Dressel tied Michael Phelps as the only man in history to win 7 golds in a single World Championship meet.

Overall Team USA etched history, winning 41 medals, 38 in the pool, topping their record of 36 from the 1978 and 2007 World Championships. While many of us may have worried about Team USA's chances for success in this post Olympic year, especially without superstars Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin, our fears were unfounded. Team USA's rich history of building champions continues onward and upward. 

Phillips 66 Nationals Alumni Social Recap

Thanks to USA Swimming Foundation Trustees and National Team Alumni  who attended the social at the 2017 U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis. Alumni in attendance included:  Torrie Smith, John Smith, Timothy Bauer, Allan Somers, Clark Burkle, Michael Lawrence, Bill Forrester, Kara
Special thanks to Olympic medalists  Tom Shields 
and Ryan Murphy  for joining us!
Lynne Joyce, Jody Braden, Steve Furniss, David Marsh, Lars Jorgensen, Rowdy Gaines, Scott Usher, Chloe Sutton, Jeff Kostoff and Whitney Hedgepeth .
While all socials are unique, this one held a special distinction. Torrie and John Smith attended while their son, Clark Smith, made U.S. Worlds Team in the 400 free, 800 free and 4x200m relay. Whitney Hedgepeth attended with her daughter Dakota Luther (coached by alum Brendan Hansen), who made the U.S. Worlds Team earlier in the week in the 200m butterfly.  In sum, the social was intimate and fun.

Stay tuned for news of the next Alumni Social in Los Angeles 
over the 2017 Golden Goggles weekend! 

2017 United States Aquatic Sports Convention Celebration Luncheon Tickets Now Available!
2017 World Championship bronze medalist Madisyn Cox Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines 2016 Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot

If you live in the Dallas, Texas area or are already attending the 2017 USAS Convention, celebrate the sport of swimming at the USA Swimming Foundation  Celebration Luncheon!

When: Friday, September 15
Time: Noon to 1:30pm
O ld Red Museum
 | 100 S Houston St | Dallas, TX
Attire: Business Casual

2017 FINA World Championship medalist Madisyn Cox will join us and share her experiences in Budapest. At the World Championships, Madisyn swam to a bronze medal in the 200m IM with a time of 2:09:71!

2016 Olympian Josh Prenot, who won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke in Rio, will speak with us about his National Team experiences.

Frank Busch , USA Swimming National Team Director, will discuss our outstanding 2017 World Championships Team and his take on Team USA's domination in the pool. This will be his final USA Swimming Foundation activity before he retires - so come out and celebrate his retirement!

Three-time Olympic gold medalist, USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador, and NBC's "Voice of Swimming",  Rowdy Gaines ,  will serve as our Master of Ceremonies!

Attendees at this event will not only have the opportunity to mingle with, take pictures with, and hear from Madisyn, Josh, Rowdy and Frank, but a portion of your ticket price will also play an important role in supporting the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to  save lives and build champions  - in the pool and in life.

We invite you to share this extraordinary luncheon with our special guests and the USA Swimming Foundation!  Seats are limited this year, so make sure you purchase your tickets early!


Swimming for Clark Burckle runs deep in his veins. His father swam at the University of Louisville. His sister, Olympic medalist Carolina Burckle, swam at the University of Florida. Clark, in fact, cites his sister's Olympic performance as his favorite moment in swimming.

"Team USA dominated the 2008 Olympics, and Michael Phelps won 8 golds, but for me, personally, it was special because I finally recognized the power of sport: bringing everyone together. I sat with over 15,000 people, including my smiling parents, to watch my sister claim a bronze medal in the 4x200 free relay. The memory will never leave me ."

Clark swam at the University of Florida, but transferred to the Arizona Wildcats his senior year. It was the right move. He became the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 200m breaststroke, helping his team to a third-place finish. Clark continued as an elite making the 2012 Olympic Team in the 200m breaststroke. At the 2012 London Olympics, Clark finished 6th in the final with a personal best of 2:09.25 to conclude his career.

But the pull of the sport never really left him. Clark completed an M.B.A. at Stanford and quickly took a position with FloSports to manage live event rights acquisition for 

"I saw the opportunity to work at FloSports as a unique chance to bring exposure to all levels of the sport, especially the 18 and under and club level. Our Olympic success begins with the youth of the sport, and we're committed to growing the sport to new heights with our original storytelling, live events coverage, and more."  

There are many ways for you to give back to the sport of swimming. A few ways to support the USA Swimming Foundation is to Get Involved!

Some opportunities include:
  • Donate your time as a Make a Splash volunteer or water safety ambassador
  • Be a fundraiser on behalf of the Foundation or for another cause
  • Spread the word of the Foundation's mission of saving lives and building champions by writing stories, posting on social media
Have other ideas? Email

Stephanie Walsh has passed away after a battle with cancer on August 8, 2017.  Her life long support of the sport started in her early twenties, when she was the head coach of the Harvard Women's Swimming Team and president of the National Collegiate Women's Swimming Coaches Association. Stephanie served Team USA traveling with the National Team as a manager/coach to Leningrad (1977), Tel Aviv (1979), and Mexico City (1979). 

2017 Performance Camps Update

The Youth Performance Camp is a hit - and it's sold out. September 1-4 kids ages 12-18 will get the full swimming experience by living and working out at the Olympic Training Center. This is a wonderful weekend of education and inspiration for young athletes with a passion to learn more about our sport. Olympic Coach Bruce Gemmell headlines with support from Olympic medalists Cullen Jones, Chase Kalisz, Ariana Kukors and Mel Stewart.

The Adult Performance Camp runs October 6-8. U.S. World Championship Men's Head Coach Dave Durden leads a big cast of swimming luminaries providing one-on-one attention, including Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian , Missy Franklin , Rowdy Gaines and Elizabeth Beisel . The Adult Performance Camp weekend is $2,500 and 100% of the proceeds support the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life.

Registration for the Adult Camp is currently closed, but spots often become open as camp draws near. To join the wait list send an email, with a phone number, to 

Be sure to let us know if you're going to be in Dallas for the USAS Convention Luncheon, we'd love to see you!  


Mel Stewart

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