June 2018
Dear Fellow Alum,

Out of all the meets we have seen so far this year, I enjoyed the TYR Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara the most for one reason: swimmers, coaches, and fans are close together and to the action in the pool.  

I watched races with USA Swimming’s CEO Tim Hinchey on one side and 1988 Olympic brother Brent Lang on the other. During prelim sessions you could mill about talking to every coach you’ve ever met over the last 20-30 years. Everyone is present and talkative. I think it’s the timing of the event and it’s outdoor setting that creates such an engaging atmosphere.

It all works, and it helped make our last 2018 National Team Alumni Social that much more fun! Many thanks to everyone who attended the social in Santa Clara:  Mark Henderson, Barbara Stark Jordan, Roques Santos, Molly Rossiter, Chris von Saltza Olmstead, Bob Placak, Brent Lang, Gail Peters Roper, Jeff Kostoff, Jeff Commings, Stephanie Elkins, 2018 Pan Pacs Men's Head Coach Ray Looze, Mike Bottom, David Marsh , and 2004 Olympian and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Director of Major Gifts Scott Usher .

And a special thank you to our wonderful guests, World Champion Sarah Gibson , USA Swimming Board Chair Jim Sheehan , and USA Swimming's COO Mike Unger , who shared insights into the National Team as we head towards the 2020 Olympics.

Best,
Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador
 National Team Alumni Social at the Phillips 66 National Championships
Saturday, July 28
9 am - 2 pm
William Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center
Irvine, CA
Casual Attire

RSVP to Mel Stewart to Attend
Cell: 512-656-8806
The USA Swimming Foundation is hosting our biggest National Team Alumni Social at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, CA. Nationals is a pivotal event, as the 2018 Pan Pac Championships, 2019 World Championships, 2019 Pan Am Games, and 2019 World University Games teams will be selected from this meet! Join us and witness history as swim stars vie for their spot!

Even More Exciting News!
The USA Swimming Foundation is offering complimentary tickets to prelims on Saturday, July 28. We have reserved the VIP section at the pool to ensure you have the best seats in the house! Directly following prelims, around 12 pm, we will have our Alumni Social with special guest, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia , and food and drinks courtesy of the USA Swimming Foundation. Alums who RSVP in advance receive VIP credentials to gain access to the meet and Saturday's prelim session.

National Teamer Kelsi Dahlia will share her swim story and how she is training for Pan Pacs at our Social. Kelsi earned a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and then broke the world record at the 2017 FINA World Championships as a member of the 400m medley relay.

Alumni Attending So Far:
Jeff Commings, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak, Lenny Krayzelburg, Kaitlin Sandeno, Scott Usher, and Mel St ewart.

RSVP to Mel Stewart at mel.stewart@sbcglobal.net or 512-656-8806 to attend!
Butterfly guru, Tom Malchow , competed at three Olympic Games. Tom’s ascent to the top of the world rankings came fast under legendary coach Jon Urbanchek at the University of Michigan. Although, there were hiccups along the way.
“My first Summer Nationals was in Mission Viejo in 1992,” Tom said. “I swam a perfect 160 meters in the 200 meter butterfly final! Unfortunately, the last 40m were described by many, including Jon Urbanchek, as ‘the ugliest and most painful butterfly ever witnessed at Nationals.’ Fortunately, that race and experience gave me the confidence that I could compete on a high level and helped set the stage for the next four years.”
Four years later Tom took silver in the 200m fly at the 1996 Olympics. By the 2000 Games, he owned the event winning in record time. Many may not remember this, but Tom’s 200 fly edge did not wane in the shadow of rising star and fellow alum, Michael Phelps . Over the next Olympic quad, Tom earned gold in the 200m fly at the 2002 Pan Pacs, and he was on-course to swim fast at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials when a rotator cuff injury slowed his progress. Tom heroically made the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team and was honored as captain for his experience and leadership.

Since retirement, Tom has worked in the medical sales industry, and he’s never been too far from his swimming family. Tom’s an active investor in an innovative cap company, HammerHead Swim Caps , and he’s supportive of the current US National Team as a member of the USA Swimming Foundation’s Champions Club .

“Swimming provided for me life experiences and opportunities that few will ever have,” Tom said, “and I would not want someone with talent and desire to be deprived of a similar opportunity because of funding issues. We need to support swimming from the grassroots level to the National Team if we want to continue U.S. dominance in the sport.”

Tom lives in Sammarnish, WA with his wife, Christie, and their two daughters, Shannon (8) and Marin (6). Both swim as well as play soccer, softball and they ski. You can connect with Tom on Facebook .
Olympic gold and bronze medalist Jessica Hardy Meichtry is loving life in Long Beach, CA, with her husband Dominik Meichtry (Swiss Olympian in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Games). Jessica recently become a mother when her daughter, Olivia, was born in March. Jessica loved her 11-year run on Team USA and her time as a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador for a few years. She is now building a private coaching business. Connect with Jessica on Facebook .
Kaitlin Sandeno: The SoCal 4-time Olympic medalist, like Jason and Lenny, is also a SwimSquads captain, and she pulls double-duty emceeing the races on TYR Pro Swim Series as well. Kaitlin’s been active in swimming since retirement as a speaker and swim clinician, and her hosting and media duties have developed a lot over the years, taking up much of her time and focus. Connect with Kaitlin on Facebook .
Jason Lezak : The 4-time Olympic gold medalist is as close to swimming as ever. The man with his own term, Lezak-ed (meaning you’ve been rundown on relay anchor leg), is among the four captains of #SwimSquads , USA Swimming’s answer to fantasy sports on the TYR Pro Swim Series . Jason’s an obvious choice for his legendary leadership and big smile, making being on deck at a Pro Swim Series event even more fun. His Squad is supporting the USA Swimming Foundation. Jason lives in Irvine, CA. Catch up with him on Twitter .
#USASwimSquads Captains Jason Lezak, Kaitlin Sandeno, Natalie Coughlin, and Lenny Krayzelburg at the USA Swim Squads Draft.
Natalie Coughlin : The Bay City 12-time Olympic medalist has always been far more than a swimmer. She’s a renaissance woman! If you haven’t been keeping up, Natalie’s the co-founder of a vineyard, Gaderian Wines , a USA Swimming Board member, a SwimSquads captain, and she’s about 3 months away from becoming a new mother! You can connect with Natalie here.
Lenny Krayzelburg, LA-based 4-time Olympic gold medalist, like Jason Lezak, is a SwimSquads captain . Much to the other captains' chagrin, he’s currently winning the competition. Since Lenny retired, he’s built a massive learn-to-swim business, Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy , spanning the nation. He’s also a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash partner. Connect with Lenny on Facebook .
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