June 2019
Events & Happenings
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or plan to attend the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships in Palo Alto, California, save the date for our final Alumni Social of the year!

National Team Alumni Social:
Saturday, August 3!

Join your fellow Alumni and the USA Swimming Foundation to watch the prelims for the 400 Free, 100 Breast and 100 Back! The Social begins at 11:30 am or immediately following the prelims session. Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the USA Swimming Foundation, and we will have a very special guest. If you plan to attend this competition, contact me via email mel.stewart@sbcglobal.net or call my cellphone at 512-656-8806.

What: Alumni Social
Where: Stanford University Campus, Avery Aquatic Center, 355 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305
When:  Saturday, August 3rd at 11:30am (or right after the prelims session)
Attire: Casual
2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and Alumni Reunion Tickets
Keep an eye out for the next Alumni Email coming to your inbox later this week. It will include all the details for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Alumni Reunion and more!
2 019 MAKE A SPLASH TOUR RECAP:   The USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming and the home of the National Team Alumni, launched the 2019 Make Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 in New York City on May 21. Make a Splash , our a national child-focused water safety campaign aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

New York City marked the 50th Tour stop bringing us closer to our current goal to reach one million children annually through our  Make a Splash Local Partner swim lesson provider network

Tour stops included:
  • Memphis, TN: Olympians Cullen Jones, Elizabeth Beisel, and Rowdy Gaines
  • San Diego, CA: Olympians Ryan Murphy, Josh Davis, and Rowdy Gaines
  • Corpus Christi, TX: Olympians Cullen Jones, Josh Davis, and Rowdy Gaines
Featured Alumnae: Robin Leamy
Before alums Matt Biondi and Tom Jager starred in network TV dash-for-cash specials, there was Robin Leamy. Robin was the sprint-pioneer and fastest man on earth in the 50 free—before it was officially an Olympic event. "I will never forget my fellow teammate," Jager said, “Leamy’s the most talented sprinter I know. Even at ULCA alumni meets without training he still drops sub 20 second 50 sprints.”

Robin ultimately won gold at the 1984 Olympics in the 4x100 free relay. Had there been a 50m free, he would’ve won that, too. Now decades into retirement, Robin misses the team trips the most. “One of the most fun was the U.S. Sweden/Germany trip–-with teammates that I stay in contact with today,” Robin said. 

A UCLA Bruin through and through, Robin also values their heyday atop the college rankings. “One of my most memorable moments was winning the 1982 NCAA Team Championship in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I was proud to be co-captain of that team. I miss the camaraderie that only comes from being surrounded by those who have worked as hard and given up as much as you. You all understand what it took to get there…and it brings you closer.”
Robin lives in Lafayette, California. He’s been there 20 years, after moving up from Los Angeles. Robin has owned a commercial real estate company for the last ten years, involved in brokerage, investment, and development. “I married my college sweetheart,” he said, “and I’m the proud father of four boys and a little girl – who was our last, and of course, our princess. I am incredibly blessed and proud of them all.” Robin’s quick to return messages and stay connected. Connect with Robin on Facebook .
Foundation News
Dear Alumni,

I’m so happy to introduce myself as the new Development Project Manager at the USA Swimming Foundation . I may not be familiar to you yet, but hope that as we head into 2020 you’ll see me as your go-to for Alumni Socials, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and the National Team Alumni Reunion. It is a pleasure to help Mel as he produces great Alumni events and content for the Newsletter. I can’t wait to meet those of you who are attending the next Alumni Social in Palo Alto!

As tickets become available for Olympic Trials and the Alumni Reunion in our next newsletter later this week please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. You can reach me via email at spedrosa@usaswimming.org or call (719) 866-3589.

Samantha Pedrosa
Development Project Manager

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Catching Up With Alumni
Julie Stupp : Julie famously ran track and swam at the NCAA DI level. Her favorite swimming memory, interestingly, was competing in the 100 IM at the World Championships in 2008. “As an age group swimmer the 100 IM was by far my favorite event,” she explained, "Because in my mind it proved who the toughest all around athletes were in the pool.”

Julie is well connected in swimming; blogging for SwimOutlet, coaching, and running clinics - but that’s just one side of her life. Julie’s built a successful career in commercial real estate in Los Angeles and loves it. “After living in California for two years,” she said, “I have finally purchased a surf board and have been braving the cold temperatures in hopes to hang ten.” Connect with Julie on Facebook .  
Tom Jager:  5-time Olympic gold medalist Tom Jager has left the college coaching community after helming Washington State University for seven years. Tom, famous for his dash-for-cash network TV races against Matt Biondi and Mark Spitz, has always charted his own path and done things differently. Now he’s coaching with his wife, Becky, at Aspen Swim Club in Colorado. This club is different, it has a 100 meter pool, which Tom tries to swim in every other day. Tom and Becky are empty-nesters now and when they aren’t coaching, they love hiking in the Colorado mountains. Tom doesn’t do social media but you can connect with him on TeamUnify.
Rob Canales : After doing a Half Ironman on a short-notice dare more than a decade after hanging up their caps and goggles, former Stanford Captain and National Teamer, Rob Canales, Co-Founded ROKA Sports with teammate Kurt Spenser in 2013. ROKA is now one of the leading brands in the Triathlon market.

Since 2016 he’s been expanding into eyewear. "A few years ago we set out to build incredibly functional, premium eye wear, that didn’t look technical. Our award-winning products deliver true sport performance with a lifestyle aesthetic and provide all-day comfort, including our new line of prescription eyeglasses,” said the ROKA CEO. If you haven’t noticed, you probably will now, but ROKA eyewear commercials are running everywhere. Rob is doing well and growing his company, which is based out of Austin. Connect with Rob on LinkedIn .
Elizabeth Pelton: World Champion Liz Pelton misses the moments with her Cal alums. She captured NCAA Team titles and medals from competitions around the world with teammates Missy Franklin and Rachel Boostma. “One of the things I miss most is that accomplished feeling after a crazy-hard set you and your teammates just went through,” she said, “The high fives after and feeling of accomplishment and exhaustion is something you don't get a lot of every day after swimming is over.” Liz lives in the Bay Area and works in San Francisco for WeWork. “I am the Marketing Lead for their coding bootcamp, Flatiron School. I absolutely love it! The Bay Area is an incredible place to live, as we often visit Tahoe, Yosemite and the ocean. I am now an avid cyclist and runner, and get in the pool only if the sun is out!”  Connect with Liz on Facebook.
Want to stay connected with other Alumni? Join the USA National Team Alumni Group on Facebook here .
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