November 2017


Rolling into the middle of the Olympic quad it's supposed to be quiet. Right now, it is not. USA Swimming revved up fall competition with the USA College Challenge, a made-for-media competition that is a taste of what's in-store for the future.

This is what our new CEO, Tim Hinchey, teased when he said we would develop "trialized" events - bringing the excitement of U.S. Olympic Trials to more swim meets on the USA Swimming calendar.

Going forward the TYR Pro Swim Series will be kicked up a notch with shootout-style races and head-to-head battles for $1,000 in cash. There will also be a 200 meter "mystery IM" in which the order of strokes will be drawn out of a hat just before the race. Trialized events are what we've all wanted, and they are scheduled for your swimming entertainment.

Stay tuned. There is more to come!


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador

Golden Goggles Alumni Social
Saturday, November 18, 2017
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Rosa Mexicano - LA LIVE

The third U.S. National Team Alumni Social of the year will take place on the eve of the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction. It will be held from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, just a short two-minute walk from the JW Marriott at LA LIVE.

We have two Olympians who swam on the record-setting 2017 U.S. World Championship Team joining us: Olympic gold medalist Cody Miller and World Championship gold medalist Ashley Twichell!

Confirmed attendees so far: Rowdy Gaines, John Naber, George DiCarlo, Caroline Burckle, Steve Furniss, Bruce Furniss, Keri Hehn, Byron Davis and Mel Stewart.

Join us for this private event to engage with fellow teammates, eat good food and learn about the USA Swimming Foundation.

If you plan to attend Golden Goggles or you live in Southern California, let Mel Stewart know you are attending this social! Mel can be reached at (512)656-8806 or

We want to see you there!

The 2017 Golden Goggle Awards
Swimming's biggest social event of the year, the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction, will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

Last year, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team starred in one of the best Golden Goggles ever, complete with a Family Feud skit that brought the house down. How will this year's squad impress us?!

If you live in Southern California, block the date off on your calendar. This event is not only a celebration of our best athletes, but a vital fundraiser for the USA Swimming Foundation. Since its inception in 2004, Golden Goggles has raised more than $2.4 million for the Foundation. If you would like to support our mission to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life, see the details below: 

Gold Level Table: $25,000
- Recognition in event program
- Preferred seating and athlete 
- Reserved table for eight guests

Silver Level Table: $15,000
- Preferred seating
- Reserved table for eight guests

Bronze Level Table: $10,000
- Reserved table for eight guests

Individual Seat(s): $1,250

SPECIAL: Individual Seat(s) for National Team Alumni: $750
- National Team Alumni may register themselves plus up to three guests at this 
  reduced rate

Please note that all table or seat purchases are a donation and tax deductible.

David Fox was all about speed. At N.C. State he clocked a 19.14 50 yard free to win the 1993 NCAA Championships, edging Matt Biondi's NCAA record at that time. David spent six years sprinting for Team USA, winning four gold medals at the World University Games and picking up Olympic gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"Fun National Team memories?" David asked by phone. "I have a couple that
David Fox was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
stand out. At '95 Pan Pacs, Gary Hall, Jr. took our world record relay to
Junkman's Daughter in Atlanta to buy disco outfits to wear to the closing party after the meet. It was a proper way to celebrate a great performance."

"My best memory," David continued,  "was marrying National Team member, Richelle Depold, right before my final National Team trip, 1997 Pan Pacs. While it wasn't a concern of ours, it was fun watching National Team Director Dennis Pursley answer teammates' questions about whether married athletes were still barred from being in each other's rooms."

David's quickly segued into his career at Goldman Sachs after hanging up his swimsuit, where he is now a partner and managing director. "Swimming, more than any experience in my life, gave me the tools for professional success.  Learning the relationship between hard work and long term results, a willingness to do tedious, mundane daily work without near term gratification, and learning how to respond to regular setbacks are all lessons I carried from the pool into the corporate world."  
David and Richelle Fox live in Dallas, Texas. They have four children, who all play piano and swim a little: Hannah (14), Jerry (12), Abigail (10) and Dylan (6).

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 USA Swimming Foundation water safety ambassador
  • Be a fundraiser on behalf of the Foundation
  • 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

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