January 2015 Issue
Spring Socials
Don Watson honored
Alumni in the News
Eadie Wetzel Davis
Our generous alums

Upcoming Events
March 28
Alumni Social
 NCAA Men's S&D Championships
Iowa City, IA

Date TBD
U.S. National Team Alumni Social
U.S. Olympic Trials - Swimming
Omaha, NE  

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Greetings from the USA Swimming Foundation, home of the U.S. National Team Alumni. 2015 will be an exciting year of competition and anticipation as we watch our athletes prepare for Rio. We invite you to participate on the "road to Rio" by sharing your stories of life as a National Team athlete; and connect with your fellow alums this year by attending one or more of the alumni socials. We hope to hear from you, and see you in 2015!
The 2015 social season is underway and we have one National Team Alumni Social scheduled for this spring, with a second social in the works.

2015 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships 
Iowa City, Iowa.
Saturday, March 28
4-time Olympic gold medalist and Cal Golden Bear 
Nathan Adrian will be our special host.  

We're building a list of attendees now! Please contact Mel Stewart if you can attend.
Mel cell: 512.656.8806. 

It's hard to believe another Olympic year is just around the corner! The USA Swimming Foundation will be hosting the 2016 National Team Alumni Reunion in Omaha, NE during the U.S. Olympic Trials - Swimming. Reunion dates and details are still in the early planning stages.  Until more info is available, save the dates of June 26-July 3, 2016!

High School coaching legends are not honored enough. 


Thankfully this year The International Swimming Hall of Fame will be recognizing

Don Watson and his rich contribution to the sport. Coach Watson is among the most successful high swimming coaches in history. 


His swimmers achieved 167 All-American Honors, four Olympic medals and many open water titles. Coach Watson's distance star,

John Kinsella, won Olympic silver in the 1500 at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico and gold in the 4x200 free relay at the Munich Games. Kinsella went on to become the fastest English Channel swimmer of his era.  Kinsella was merely one of many talented athletes Watson produced at Hinsdale Central High School. Watson's career at Hinsdale Central can only be described as dominant. He claimed 12-straight state titles from 1967 to 1978.  "I worked hard," Watson explained to the Chicago Tribune. "I think I worked harder than any other coach. Once you establish that kind of program, you get in over your head."   


Watson left Hinsdale Central in 1978 and spent 24 years as the Director of the University of Texas Swimming Stadium and the Longhorn Aquatic Swim Club. Watson is now retired, spending his time on Lake Travis in his beloved Austin, Texas. 


Congratulations Coach Watson on this well-deserved honor!



Eadie Wetzel Davis, a member of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic team, passed away on January 10th, 2015. 


Eadie was a dynamic woman, and those who knew her remember her humor and passion, as well as an amazing inner strength, which endured throughout her battle against Dementia and ALS. 


A memorial service will be held in Hilton Head, SC, on April 11th. She is survived by her husband, Mike Davis, sons Casey and Whit, daughter-in-law Kelly, and granddaughter Eloise Mae Hansen. 


In her honor, her family has created the Wetzel Foundation which is committed to the fight against Dementia and ALS through focused research and social outreach.   


Please visit The Wetzel Foundation and Facebook home pages to learn more. 




Cards can be sent to:

The Wetzel Foundation

Attn: Casey Hansen

365 South End Ave 3A | New York, NY 10280


A very special thanks to three of our alums,

John Naber, Gary Hall, Jr. and Rowdy Gaines for their generous sponsorship to our 2014 Silent Auction. 


Between John's Rose Bowl Parade experience package, Gary's donation of a one-of-a-kind hand tooled leather belt, and Rowdy's two "A Day in NYC w/Rowdy Gaines" packages, the auction garnered over 200 bids and $13,465 from these four items!  Overall, the auction raised $87,000 for the USA Swimming Foundation!

Fun fact: Gary's very cool leather belt was snapped up by none other than Eric Jaeger, Connor's dad. Wear it with pride Eric! 


Interested in donating an item or unique experience to our 2015 Silent Auction? Introduce yourself to our new Annual Fund Manager,

Nicole Wilson, lead staff for our annual auction and she'll work with you to make it happen! 


In closing, everyone at the USA Swimming Foundation would like to thank the alumni who supported our Champions Club annual giving society in 2014:


The Barnicoat Family

David Berkoff and 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. Catherine Stutzner

Michael Lawrence

David and Kristin Marsh

Teri McKeever and Jerry Romani

Lindsay and Michael Mintenko

Mary and Mike Plant

John and Leanne Sauerland

Dan and Tracey Stephenson

Mel and Tiffany Stewart

Mary Jo Swalley

Ryan Mooney and Susan Woessner

Frank and Patty Busch

John Dussliere and Julie O'Neill

Dr. Jim Miller and Patty Miller

Scott Rodeo M.D. and Christine Frissora-Rodeo M.D.

Summer Sanders Schlopy

Jim Wood


Your generous gifts will go a long way towards supporting USA Swimming Foundation programs that save lives and build champions-in the pool and in life. 

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