September 2014 Issue
Fantasy Camp
Golden Goggle Awards
Alumni in the News
1936 Olympian passes away
3-on-3 World Championship

Upcoming Events
October 9-12

October 17-19
Fantasy Camp Adult 


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Alumni group at the August social in Irvine, CA
MANY THANKS to all alumni who attended the social at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships!  We hosted 44 National Team Alumni and family. Extra support came from Kristy Kowal and John Naber, who helped us spread the word and make it an even bigger gathering.

Gary Hall Sr. brought his entire family, including Gary Hall Jr., and Matt Biondi came with five members of his family. Everyone gathered in a circle to hear our guest speaker, 6-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni, but not before each alum shared their biggest personal moment in swimming.

While we all enjoyed hearing these insider stories, my favorite was Steve Furniss saying his "biggest moment" was when he beat his brother, followed by Bruce Furniss (who was standing next to him) saying his was when he beat Steve. That got a big howl of laughter! The social was a great mix of young and old. Rebecca Soni, our recently retired and newest alum, brought Ariana Kukors, who announced that she is, in fact, making a comeback for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Good luck Ariana!


Tour Fantasy Camp - The Ultimate Swim Camp for Adults!

October 17-19, swimmers 18+ get the Olympian treatment and learn what it's like to live the U.S. National Team lifestyle on the Olympic Training Center campus. Fantasy Camp was launched last year with great success. Next month the fun continues with the support of USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors and Olympic Gold Medalists Nathan Adrian and
Rowdy Gaines, along with special guest and three-time Olympic champion
Debbie Meyer. Serving as head coach will be Bruce Gemmell, coach to Olympians Andrew Gemmell and multiple world record-holders Katie Ledecky.

The $2,500 cost to attend includes a taxable donation of $1,500.
The training camp proved to be a tremendous value to participants in 2013 who received instruction from Olympians and Olympic coaches, and it was a fantastic fundraiser to support our mission of saving lives and building champions.

If you know of any swimmers 18 yrs + who would love to spend a long weekend living in the OTC dorms, eating at the training table and working with swimming stars, please have them contact Morgan Weinberg or call 719.866.3211.

A few spots are still available, but hurry - registration deadline is September 10th!

The 11th annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction 
is taking place on Monday, November 24th at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Many of you have attended this event in the past, where we honor our stars of today and make memories of a lifetime. If you live in the New York City area or enjoy fall trips to the Big Apple, put this must-attend event on your calendar now!


Individual seats are $1,250, which includes a pre-event cocktail party, drinks, entertainment and a fabulous dinner. The discounted alumni rate is $750 per seat (limit of 2), which includes a $400 taxable donation to benefit the USA Swimming Foundation.

Even if you cannot attend the event, you can still participate in our online silent auction!  Visit our website to find out more.  

For seat or table purchases, please contact Carol Arnold or 719.866.3235


Mary Lou Skok, known as Mary Lou Petty during her Olympic 

swimming career, recently passed away at the age of 98 in Arizona.

kok competed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, taking 4th place in the 400 freestyle. She was also in line to compete in the 1932 Olympics, but the Great Depression hit her family particularly hard, keeping her from competing in the Games.


Mary Lou remained involved in athletics and fitness her whole life. She golfed and exercised weekly and was on her way to an exercise class, just days shy of her 99th birthday when she passed.


September 14th is a fantastic day to support the USA Swimming Foundation while having some competitive fun in the pool at the 
World Championship of Texas 3 on 3 Swimming Tournament in Austin, Texas.
Hosted by our good friends Dr. Keith Bell and Olympic Swim Star and U.S. National Team Alum, Sandy Neilson- Bell, 100% of the proceeds from this event, dubbed "the most fun pool event ever" will benefit the USA Swimming Foundation. 
If you live in, or near Austin, TX and would like to join the fun and support the USA Swimming Foundation, contact Keith or Sandy right away! 

Dr. Keith Bell, Meet Director / 512-327-2260
Sandy Neilson-Bell, Organizer / 512-327-1280
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