November 2014 Issue
Golden Goggle Awards
Featured Alumnus
Alumni in the News
Passing of Legendary Coaches
Alumnus raises money for Foundation

Upcoming Events
Nov 24

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Matt Lauer and Al Roker - Golden Goggle Awards guest emcees

Monday, November 24th is the date of the 11th annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. This event is the social tent-pole of the year in swimming. It's large, but the atmosphere is intimate. You'll know nearly everyone in attendance. It is the one evening where the entire swimming family comes together to celebrate the best performances of year from Team USA. Since 2004, Goggles has raised over 2.1 million dollars to support the USA Swimming Foundation's mission of saving lives and building champions-in the pool and in life. 

If you live in the New York area please consider joining us at the Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction!  Can't attend the event? Check out our online silent auction full of one-of-a-kind items and unique experiences!

National Team Alumni discounted rate for individual seats is $750.
ontact CarolArnold to reserve your seat.  



Jeff Rouse

During the Golden Goggles weekend, several small but prestigious events are hosted. This hottest ticket among them is Swimming Through the Decades. This year the event will include the first man to break the 54 second-barrier in the 100 meters backstroke, Jeff Rouse


The three-time Olympic Champion dominated the backstroke from 1989 to 1996, but you'd never know if you talked to him. Jeff is one of the most soften-spoken and gracious champions in swimming history. He won seven NCAA titles at Stanford, and as the Cardinal's Team Captain his coach, Skip Kenny, said, "Jeff leads by his work ethic and performance. He's not a cheerleader; he does most of his talking one-on-one." Jeff represented Team USA at the 1992 Olympic Games, netting gold on the medley relay and silver in the 100 backstroke. Jeff cited that silver medal as part of his motivation to return to the Olympics in Atlanta. At the 1996 Games, Jeff picked up more gold on the medley relay and finally won his individual gold medal in the 100 meters backstroke, sealing his name in swimming history. 



Jack Nelson passed away at the af of 82 on November 5th due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Nelson swam for the United States at the 1956 summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. Following that, Nelson began coaching, starting a legacy that would affect American swimming thoroughly for years to come. Nelson led a great team to excellent results through the 1976 East German doping scandal, and for his efforts he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1994 as an "Honor Coach." Later in his career he was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.

Peter Daland passed away October 20th at the age of 93. A legendary coach, Daland guided the careers of John Naber, Dave Wharton, Mike O'Brien, Roy Saari, Murray Rose, Jeff Float, Joe Bottom, Mike Bottom, Bruce Furniss and Steve Furniss. Daland became head coach at the University of Southern California in 1958, where he won eight NCAA Championship titles, including four straight from 1963 to 1966, and four from 1974-1977. On the Olympic stage, Daland was the women's head Olympic coach in 1964 and the men's coach in 1972. A public celebration of the life of coach Peter Daland will be held on Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the USC campus.

Bill Diaz died September 18 at his Palmetto Bay home at ag89. He was a towering figure in the sport, coaching Olympic swimmers Jesse Vassallo, David Wilkie and the late Matt Gribble. Diaz coached at University of Miami from 1970 to 1985. Early in the 1970s, Diaz decided UM needed a diving program and brought in former Olympic diver Tom Gompf to coach. Under Gompf, Greg Louganis trained on the UM dive tower and become one of the sport's legends. 

A big shout out to 1972 3-time Olympic gold medalist Sandy Neilson-Bell and her husband Dr. Keith Bell for raising over $1,300 for the benefit of the USA Swimming Foundation at their World Championship of Texas 3-on-3 Swimming Tournament  in Austin, TX last September. We are very appreciative of their support and look forward to partnering with them again at their 2015 event! Interested in participating next year? Give Sandy or Keith a call. Dr. Keith Bell, Meet Director / 512-327-2260 Sandy Neilson-Bell, Organizer / 512-327-1280


2014 Youth Fantasy CampLast month, alumni pooled their wisdom and expertise to host the USA Swimming Foundation's Fantasy Camps over two separate weekends at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Debbie Meyer, Bruce Gemmell, Nathan Adrian and Foundation Ambassador Rowdy Gaines served as coaches and special guests for the adult camp; while David Marsh, Chloe Sutton, and Foundation Ambassadors Anthony Ervin, and Mel Stewart took charge of the age groupers at the youth camp. Camp attendees lived the life of a Team USA athlete, training at the aquatic center, eating in the athlete dining hall and sleeping in the athlete dorms. It was full Olympic emersion; a camp to remember for a life time. Many thanks to our coaches and athletes for giving our campers a fantastic experience!  


All proceeds from the World Championship of Texas 3-on-3 Swimming Tournament and both Fantasy camps benefited the USA Swimming Foundation and its mission to save lives and build champions-in the pool and in life.   


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