May 2018
Dear Fellow Alum,

Thanks to everyone who attended the March 24 Alumni Social at the Men’s NCAA DI Championships in Minneapolis. We loved seeing you!

Nathan Adrian , our guest speaker and USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador, deserves a special thanks. Nathan shared a lot about his elite swimming career, and he brought a few surprise guests for the 30-plus alumni in attendance! 2017 Junior National Team Captain Reece Whitley and his mother dropped in, and Caeleb Dressel’s parents shared emotional insights in the middle of Caeleb’s history making performance at the competition. It was wonderful to see the fellowship between our Alumni and our future alums – Reece and Caeleb.

Even with the larger crowd, the event felt intimate. Tears were shed. Many thanks to husband and wife National Team Alums, Kristine Quance Julian and Jeff Julian . Jeff’s health is robust after his battle with cancer, and Kristine’s message to the entire room of caring brought everyone c loser together. We love you guys! Thank you!

Best,
Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador

National Team Alumni Social at TYR Pro Swim Series - Santa Clara
Saturday, June 9
2:30 - 4:30 pm
George Haines International
Aquatic Center
Santa Clara, CA
Hospitality Tent Beside The Pool
Casual Attire


RSVP to Mel Stewart to Attend
Cell: 512-656-8806
Sarah Gibson , a current US National Team member, will be our special guest! Sarah  won two gold medals and one silver medal at the 2017 FINA World Championships and was the runner-up in the 100m fly at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships.
Join us for a free lunch and catch up with your fellow alums, hear from National Team member Sarah Gibson, and learn how the USA Swimming Foundation supports our elite swimmers and children learning to swim.

Who is attending so far?
Jeff Commings, Catherine Fox, Rowdy Gaines, Mark Henderson, Chris Olmstead, Bob Placak, Gail Roper, Molly Rossiter, Roque Santos, Barbara Stark Jordan, Scott Usher, and Mel Stewart

Mark Henderson , former World, American, and Olympic record holder, has always been more than a swimmer. After hanging up his swim cap, Mark chaired the USOC’s Athlete Advisory Council from 2004-2008. He’s also served on the USA Swimming and the USOC’s Board of Directors. His charitable efforts include being an Olympic Aid Representative to Zimbabwe, and he co-founded a learn-to-swim program for inner-city kids in San Francisco called S.W.I.M (Swim with Inspiration & Motivation).

However, Mark's dry-side life hasn’t been all volunteer work. He built a successful career on Wall Street working for JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Janney Montgomery Scott. In 2016 Mark left the financial world to launch TheAthletesVillage.com . The digital platform connects youth athletes, parents, and coaches with elite athletes and experts in all areas of sport.

“The free social community enables you to find and share competition proven advice,” Mark said. “It will not only benefit you but millions of others around the world.”

TheAthletesVillage.com is a massive undertaking, and Mark brought in National Team alumni strength to help, including: co-founder and former world recorder holder, Bryan Jones, and Chief Revenue Officer and 1988 Olympic Champion Chris Jacobs. 

Mark has stayed connected to his peers away from the pool as well, and one memory in particular stands out. “He passed away so suddenly,” Mark said of 1996 Olympic teammate Eric Namesnik, the victim of a fatal car accident in 2006. “Everyone who trained and competed with him showed up for his ‘celebration of life,’ showing support for his young family. It was an amazing demonstration of love, unity, and the strength of the swimming family during a very tragic time in all our lives.”

If you’re looking for Mark, he’s loving life in Bend, Oregon, married to Tamara Blanchard. They have two children, Brook (10) and Brady (9), who swim and play lacrosse. Connect with Mark on Facebook here .
National Teamer Kelsi Worrell Dahlia will join us to share her swim story and how she is training ahead of Pan Pacs. 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.  Last year, Kelsi won the 50m and 100m fly at the 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals.



 National Team Alumni Social at the Phillips 66 National Championships

Saturday, July 28
William Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center
Irvine, CA
Casual Attire


RSVP to Mel Stewart to Attend
Cell: 512-656-8806
2016 Olympic Champion, Maya DiRado , joined the USA Swimming Foundation Board of the Directors .

“The Foundation’s key mission to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life spoke to me,” DiRado said. “I am proud to join its Board of Directors and look forward to expanding its reach. You are never too young to learn about the importance of learning how to swim. Everyone should have an equal opportunity as well as accessibility to learning this life-saving skill.”
Since winning 1996 Olympic gold, Catherine Fox has moved from the pool to the circus gym: “Looking back, learning new mind and body skills has been a constant in my life. The move from pool to the circus gym was quite seamless.” The 9-time NCAA Champion and Stanford grad now lives in San Francisco working as a professional body therapist.

Connect with Catherine here . Learn more about Catherine here .
Jamie Rauch:  The 2000 Olympic silver medalist is now a triathlon coach in Chicago.

“The triathlon business was never planned. It just happened through our own involvement, and we (Jamie and his wife) both love it.” After years in the asset management industry, Jamie and his wife structured family life so Jamie could be at home with their kids Will, 8, and Harper, 5.

Connect with Jamie here . Learn more about Jamie here .
2000 Olympic gold medalist, Erin Phenix , runs a greenhouse business, Greenhouse Gardens. A brewery restaurant is also being built on the property.

“The goal is to grow all the produce needed for the brewery restaurant,” Erin explained. She’s now married, Erin Phenix-Smith, and happily raising her 10-month-old daughter, Skylar, in Northern Alberta, Canada.

Connect with Erin here . Learn more about Erin here .
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