November 2018
Dear Fellow Alum,

The Golden Goggle Awards and Auctions is my favorite night of the year - a moment to slow down, share a great meal with friends and celebrate our USA Swimming National Team’s biggest successes.

This year’s gala will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on Monday, November 19. This is a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with current National Team members on their journey to the 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha is only 20 months away! Most of the swimmers celebrated on this night will represent us in Tokyo, and it is our mission to support them as they work toward their Olympic dreams!

There is an outstanding list of Olympic alumni presenting at the awards show this year, including: Craig Beardsley (1980), Rick Carey (1980, 1984), Tracy Caulkins (1980, 1984), Josh Davis (1996, 2000), Maya DiRado (2016), Pablo Morales (1984, 1992), Rebecca Soni (2008, 2012), Dara Torres (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008) and Erik Vendt (2000, 2004, 2008)!

Beyond being a glamorous evening, the Golden Goggle Awards is a vital fundraiser for our swimming family. Since its inception in 2004, the Golden Goggle Awards have provided more than $3 million dollars in funding to the USA Swimming Foundation. These resources help to grow and sustain the Make a Splash initiative and provide important financial support to the U.S. National Swim Team.

Still need a ticket to join us for an evening of fun and fellowship? Our alumni receive an exclusive rate of $750/seat (half the standard ticket price) . Contact Jill Johnson via email or at 719-866-3587.


Best,
Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador
Golden Goggle Silent Auction
Not able to attend the Golden Goggle Awards in person? Worry not! You are still able to participate in our Silent Auction!

The Golden Goggle Silent Auction is a great place to find unique items for the swimmers, and swimming fans in your life! We will have a wide array of packages for all interests and budgets, and, most importantly, all proceeds support the USA Swimming Foundation's mission to save lives and build champions -  in the pool and in life .
 
The online auction will open on Monday, November 12 and will continue through the Golden Goggle Awards taking place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on Monday, November 19. The auction closes at 8:45 p.m. EST on Monday, November 19.

Please visit 501auctions.com/usaswimming to register for the auction!
Four-time Olympic medalist and sports broadcaster, Kaitlin Sandeno , remains immersed in swimming. Kaitlin has hosted USA Swimming’s Deck Pass Live at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series and 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships , and she entertained the in-house crowd of 15,000 at the last U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, keeping fans prepped and ready in-between events.

Broadcasting is nearly a full-time job, but Kaitlin has also managed to coach a summer league team in her hometown of Newport Beach the last four years straight. “ Swimming has allowed me the most exciting, unique, and diverse opportunities,” she explained. “I have been able to submerge myself in different avenues thanks to the connections I’ve made and the work ethnic that swimming shaped.”

Kaitlin’s also entrepreneurial. She partnered with Laguna Fin, a new company producing comfortable training fins designed for long, hard workouts. “They’re not only comfortable,” she adds, “they are the only fin that can l egitimately be worn for all 4 strokes.”

Kaitlin has a lot more going on in her life, but she can’t reveal the details yet. While her career has developed quickly since her breakout performance at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Kaitlin has never stopped giving back. “I am still heavily involved with the Jessie Rees Foundation,” she said, “encouraging kids fighting cancer to never ever give up.”

The 2004 Athens Olympics doesn’t seem long ago, and it is one of Kaitlin’s favorite swimming memories. “Looking at the scoreboard after the 400 IM and seeing I finally crushed my best time after 4 years of a plateau,” she remembers winning that silver medal, “it was so rewarding, a moment of such pride that I will never forget.”
 
Kaitlin’s been married to Pete Hogan for three and a half years. They love living in Newport Beach, California, close to the ocean, but are also a quick drive to the desert and the mountains, their favorite getaways. Keep up with Kaitlin at her website here and connect her on Facebook here.
Do you have a passion for swimming? Have you ever thought about being on TV?
 
Well, here’s your chance! USA Swimming Productions is offering individual on-camera testing for our Alumni who are interested in working as an on-air talent at USA Swimming events. 
 
Please email Nailah Ellis Timberlake, Director of USA Swimming Productions at NTimberlake@USASwimming.org to reserve your slot.
Testing will take place in NYC during Golden Goggles on Monday, November 19, 2018 starting at 11am.
 
A script will be provided in advance and optional Hair & Make-up will be available.
 
To learn more about USA Swimming Productions, click here .
Rada Owen: 2000 Olympian Rada Owen has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years and recently celebrated her 40th birthday. “I work with masters swimmers, triathletes, age groupers and recreational swimmers,” she said, “helping them to improve their stroke technique and to find more enjoyment in the pool.” Rada never left the pool. She still swims 2-3 times per week. “I’ve always been drawn to the water, so you’ll never find me too far from a pool!” Connect with Rada on Facebook here.
Byron Davis: Former American record holder, Byron Davis, lives in Valencia, CA. He’s a professional speaker and coaches others on how to scale their speaking careers through his program Paid To Be You . Byron recently became the swim coach at The Master's University and an adjunct professor in their school of entrepreneurship. “I’ve been married to Annett Davis for going on 23 years,” Bryon said, “and our son, Mya, is 17, going into animation and UX design. Our daughter, Victoria, is 12, currently 3rd in the nation in the high jump and playing on the national club volleyball team.” Connect with Bryon on Facebook here.
Keri Hehn: This World Championship National Teamer and breaststroke specialist left Fargo, North Dakota long ago for the Los Angeles sun. “I’m working at the Buckley School,” she said. “I am the Assistant Director of Admissions and I coach the high school swimming team. I have started swimming a little more now that the school year is under way, and I’m looking to add more practices in!” Connect with Keri on Facebook here.
Megan Oesting:  Pan Am Games medalist, Megan Oesting, lives and loves working in Coralville, Iowa. “I like the calm and space to raise my kids, now 13 and 16,” Megan explained. “I coach a team, own a swim school, and have an endless pool in my garage, so there's lots of this sport in my life right now. I find so much joy in seeing young people make lifelong friends and learn about themselves though their own relationship with the water and the sport.” Connect with Megan on Facebook here.
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