January 2016

2015 may be officially over but we cannot let the year end until our U.S. National Team alums have been recognized for providing financial support to the U SA Swimming Foundation. Our heartfelt thanks to the following alums for your 2015 gifts. Your donations have helped secure the future of our sport by providing the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at a ll levels across this coun try. And thanks to you, our National Team athletes can spend more time training as they prepare to compete on the world stage in Rio this August!

Champions Club Benefactor - $5,000
Jim Wood

Champions Club Patron - $2,500
Frank and Patty Busch
John and Julie Dussliere
Scott Rodeo M.D. and Christine Frissora-Rodeo M.D.
Summer Sanders Schlopy

Champions Club Member - $1,000
Katy Arris-Wilson  
Susie Atwood
The Barnicoat Family
Rowdy and Judy Gaines
Marcel Gani and Lisa Buese Gani
Bobby Hackett and Diane Kenny
Dr. Ken and Karen Haller
Doug and Susie Ingram
Dr. James N. Johnson and Ms. Caterine Stutzner
David and Kristin Marsh
Teri McKeever and Jerry Romani
Dr. Jim and Patty Miller
Lindsay and Michael Mintenko
Karen Moe Humphreys
John and Leanne Sauerland
David and Janice Sims
Dan and Tracey Stephenson
Tiffany and Mel Stewart
Mary Jo Swalley

Under $1,000 
Matthew Barager
Tony Bartle
Mary Caldwell
Kathleen Coffin-Sheard and John Sheard
Chris Eckerman
Stephanie Elkins
Edwin Gilbert
Shannon Gillespy
Brad Horner
Robert and Ellen Jackson
Stephen and Anne Jeffries
Ford Konno  
Richard Korhammer
Tim Liebhold
Stephen and Margaret Browne
Paul and Bridget Robinson
Stephanie Walsh Beilman
Wendy and Rick Weil

Attendance at the  2016 U.S. National Team Alumni Reunion will be the highest since we began hosting this four-day event in 2004.  If you are a 1956, 1976 or 1996 Olympian you must attend!  Your Olympic anniversaries will be celebrated, meaning you will be honored on-deck prior to finals before a crowd of 15,000 strong. Contact your teammates and enjoy the spectacle of the U.S. Olympic Trials - Swimming in Omaha together.  Registering for the U.S. National Team Alumni Reunion package gives you VIP access, the best way to make this an event you will remember for a lifetime!

What: U.S. National Team Alumni Reunion*
When: June 30 - July 3, 2016
Where: Omaha, NE
Alumni ticket: $225**
Alumni family member and guest ticket: $175
Tickets go on sale January 15, 2016.
*Visit our website for complete reunion details and watch for our reunion ticket sale announcement the week of January 11th.
** Includes a donation to the USA Swimming Foundation

If you haven't made your Omaha plans yet it's not too late! Alumni block trials tickets are sold out but you can still purchase seats in the venue through Ticketmaster.com. Hotels near the venue are booked solid but there are available rooms a few miles away from the CenturyLink Center. Click here to search for available hotels.
Mutual of Omaha's Due I in the Pool rocked the IUPUI
Natatorium December 11th and 12th in Indianapolis.  Team USA remains undefeated in this made-for-TV competition hosted every other year since 2004 against either the European or Australian All Stars. Matt Grevers broke the 100 backstroke World Record with a stunning 48.92, and Missy Franklin showed she's back in top form, particularly in the 200 freestyle. Missy, a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador, defeated the Iron Lady from Hungry, Katinka Hosszu, setting a new American Record to win the event.
Duel in the Pool was the perfect backdrop for our final U.S. National Team Alumni social of 2015.  The turnout was robust with 29 U.S. National Alumni and USA Swimming Foundation Trustees meeting for lunch before the Saturday competition session. Many thanks to our USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador and special guest,  Jason Lezak who enthralled us with his stroke-by-stroke account of the 2008 Olympic 4x100 relay anchor where he famously ran down France's Alain Bernard. Jason recounted his surge of adrenaline in those final 15 meters and thought Team USA had lost until he looked up and saw Michael Phelps celebrating on deck. A special thanks to National Team alum  Maddie Bromley for helping us connect with Indianapolis area alums!
If you missed the Indianapolis social you'll have another opportunity to see your peers and meet special guest, Tyler Clary at the 2016 Men's NCAA DI Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, March 24-26.

Details are in the works, but we already have a dozen alums confirmed for the Saturday, March 26th social. If you live in the Atlanta area or plan to be in town, email Mel Stewart or call him at 512.656.8806 to RSVP. 

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Giving back to the sport of swimming can come in many forms. 1960 Olympian Jeff Farrell donated his time and several hundred personally autographed copies of his book "My Olympic Story" to all our guests attending "Swimming Through the Decades" on Saturday, November 21st at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Thank you Jeff and son, Marco, for making this event a truly special one!
"Just Let 'Em Play" - Authored by Hall of Fame Swimming
On sale now at Amazon.com
Coach and U.S. National Team alum, Peter D. Malone.

Released just last month, this new book teaches readers how to understand the complex world of youth sports, how to develop strong communication skills, and how to transfer these sport skills to all aspects of life. 

Thank you for sharing a copy of your book with us Peter!
Between the U.S. OIympic Team Trials - Swimming, the U.S. National Team Alumni Reunion and the RIO Olympics, 2016 will be a spectacular year for our alumni, Olympic hopefuls and Team USA as they take on the world at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. 
We look forward to making new memories and sharing this year with you!


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador