September 2016
History was made at the Summer Games in Rio! Read on for Mel's recap of the Olympic Games...
4x100 Medley Relay gold medalists, Simone Manuel, Kathleen Baker, Dana Vollmer and Lilly King  
As we head into the 4th quarter of 2016 of this Olympic year we want to recognize and thank our U.S. National Team Alumni who joined or renewed their Champions Club memberships in 2016. Your donations have helped secure the future of our sport by providing the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across this country. And thanks to you and the generosity of all our donors, in the past year the USA Swimming Foundation has provided more than $612,000 in direct athlete support and coach incentives for our current U.S. National Team and travel support for our Jr. National Team athletes and coaches.

A heartfelt thanks to each of our 2016 U.S. National Team Alumni Champions Club members:

The Barnicoat Family
Tony and Sharon Bartle
David Berkoff and Family
Brian Gordon
Bobby Hackett and Diane Kenny
Nancy Kirkpatrick-Reno
Michael Lawrence
Lindsay and Michael Mintenko
Julie and Steve Morsilli
Mary Jo Swalley
Please contact Jill Johnson at 719-866-3587 to renew your Champions Club membership or to become a new member of our annual giving society!

The end of Michael Phelps' Olympic career is bittersweet, but in Rio the next
Ryan Murphy
3-time Olympic gold medalist  
generation proved our sport is in great hands. While we expected Katie Ledecky's dominance, Simone Manuel's history-making and barrier-breaking swims and Ryan Murphy's sweep of the backstroke events astonished fans.  After Maya Dirado's four-medal turn and Anthony Ervin's sprint crown, I have feeling they may stick around. Of course there were so many more great performances, from Lilly King to Josh Prenot that I cannot wait for 2017 World Championships. For now, let's take a deep breath and enjoy the fall awards season honoring our best and brightest stars. 

USAS Convention - Annual Celebration Luncheon
If you live in the Atlanta area, please join the USA Swimming Foundation at
Melanie Margalis Olympic gold medalist
their Annual Celebration Luncheon on Friday, September 23, from Noon-1:30 pm. With the Olympics fresh in our minds, hear first-hand from those who swam, coached and reported in Rio. 2016 Olympic
gold medalist Melanie Margalis provides the swimmer's point of view, while USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch shares the overall vision and leadership that delivered the stunning Olympic performances. NBC's voice of swimming, Rowdy Gaines, emcees and gives you a behind-the-scene look at the dramatic races in Rio.
WHAT: USA Swimming Foundation Annual Celebration Luncheon
WHEN: Friday, September 23, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
WHERE: The Commerce Club | 191 Peachtree St 49th Floor | Atlanta, GA
Call 719-866-3235 to reserve your seat(s) or purchase your tickets online. 
Golden Goggle Awards & Silent Auction
Monday, November 21st in NYC is where you want to be to attend the 13th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction at the iconic Marriott Marquis in Times Square. This is swimming ' s social event of the year; your best opportunity to see old friends and rub shoulders with the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team. And, we have much to celebrate; 16 Olympic gold medals, 26 first-time Olympic medalists, three world records and seven American records. If you live in the New York area or enjoy trips to NYC, put The Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction on your calendar. 

Individual seats, which include drinks and dinner, are $1,250. For alumni, the ticket price is discounted to $750, a $500 per ticket savings!  (Limit 2 tickets at the discounted price).  If you would like to entertain a table of guests, please click here for full table opportunities.  Please note: a portion of your seat or table purchase is a tax-deductible donation with event proceeds benefiting the USA Swimming Foundation. Contact Carol Arnold or Jill Johnson to buy a seat or table.
Silent Auction
The  Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction is far more than an
Gary Hall, Jr.'s handcrafted belt was a Silent Auction hit in 2015! 
evening of celebration. It is a vital fundraiser for the USA Swimming Foundation. If you have a unique item, service and/or experience you can offer for the Silent Auction, 100% of the funds raised will support our mission of Saving Lives and Building Champions. In 2015 more than $81,000 was raised through this entertaining and interactive feature of the awards evening. Be an active participant this year. Contact Nicole Wilson or Carol Arnold  if you have the ideal item, service and/or experience to donate. 

Barely 15 years old at the 1992 US Olympic Trials,  Anita Nall Richesson
broke the 200 breaststroke world record and won America's heart. She went on to become the darling of the Olympic Games in Barcelona capturing gold, silver and bronze. Anita is now a well-respected Nutrition and Wellness Expert with a focus on elite athletes and teenage females. 

From her home in Parker, Colorado, she watched Katie Ledecky in awe at the 2016 Olympic Games.  "All of Ledecky's races inspired me because she reminded me of watching Janet Evans in 1988. That Olympic year motivated me to want to become an Olympian. It's still hard to believe my idol (Evans) became my roommate in 1992."  Anita is closer to today's swimming elite than most. She trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club and used to drive little Michael Phelps to swim practice.  " It makes me feel that perhaps in some small way I played a role in Michael's tremendous successes.  I always knew he was going to be BIG TIME in swimming."

Anita has two children, an 11 year old daughter, Sunny, and 13 year old son, Luther, with her husband, Luke Richesson, who works for the Denver Broncos as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Anita misses her old swimming friends and would love to connect. Her email:

Maritza Correia McClendon moved by Simone Manuel's Olympic performance
Lenny Krayzelburg and Aaron Peirsol
U.S. Olympic Trials 2004

In closing, this year has been one for the records but there is still much to celebrate! We sincerely hope to see you on September 23rd at our Annual Celebration Luncheon in Atlanta, or in New York City on Monday, November 21st at the 13th annual Golden Goggle Awards.


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador 

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