September 2017


Do you feel a sense of change in the wind? USA Swimming is modernizing.
In early September, sweeping changes were made at the United States Aquatic Sports Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas. Historically, the Board of Directors has been operations-focused. Not anymore. The 35-member board has been trimmed down to 15, and they will now be governance and future focused.
"This is a monumental day for the sport of swimming and our organization," said Jim Sheehan, USA Swimming Board Chair. "This is a healthy change for USA Swimming and presents an opportunity for us to become a more forward-thinking organization and function more effectively from Board to staff to support our 400,000 members."
On the heels of hiring Tim Hinchey as USA Swimming's new CEO, a man with a pro-sports resume and marketing roots, our sport may be poised for another leap forward as the strongest national governing body in the U.S. Olympic family. Stay tuned.


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador

The 2017 Golden Goggle Awards
Swimming's biggest social event of the year, the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction, will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

Meet the 2017 U.S. World Championship Team in person. Win a unique silent auction item. Bond with others over your love of swimming. 

Last year, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team starred in one of the best Golden Goggles ever, complete with a Family Feud skit that brought the house down. How will this year's squad impress us?!

If you live in Southern California, block the date off in your calendar. This event is not only a celebration of our best athletes, but a vital fundraiser for the USA Swimming Foundation. Since its inception in 2004, Golden Goggles has raised more than $2.4 million for the Foundation. If you would like to support our mission to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life, see the details below: 

Gold Level Table: $25,000
- Recognition in event program
- Preferred seating and athlete assignment
- Reserved table for eight guests

Silver Level Table: $15,000
- Preferred seating
- Reserved table for eight guests

Bronze Level Table: $10,000
- Reserved table for eight guests

Individual Seat(s): $1,250

SPECIAL: Individual Seat(s) for National Team Alumni: $750
- National Team Alumni may register themselves plus up to three guests at this reduced rate

For seat and table inquiries, contact Jill Johnson at 719-866-3587 or

Please note that all table or seat purchases are a donation and tax deductible.

Golden Goggles Alumni Reunion

The third U.S. National Team Alumni Social of the year will take place on the eve of the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and Silent Auction. With the entire 2017 U.S. World Championship Team in town, you can expect special guests! 

Join us for this private event to engage with fellow teammates, eat good food and learn about the USA Swimming Foundation.

What: U.S. National Team Alumni Social
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: TBD
Attire: Casual

If you plan to attend Golden Goggles or you live in Southern California, let Mel Stewart know you are attending this social! Mel can be reached at (512)656-8806 or

We want to see you there!

Olympians win $25,000 for the USA Swimming Foundation on Family Feud

Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian, Elizabeth Beisel, Connor Jaeger, David Plummer and Allison Schmitt were big winners outside of the pool on Sunday's episode of ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud," and in the process earned $25,000 for the USA Swimming Foundation.

With each group playing for a designated charity, the USA Swimming quintet defeated USA Gymnastics' standouts Dominique Dawes, Morgan Hamm, Paul Hamm, Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu by a score of 475-85.

Adrian and Schmidt then plowed through the "Fast Money" round with 238 points to secure $25,000 for the USA Swimming Foundation.

Hosted by Steve Harvey, "Celebrity Family Feud" pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. The show is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. 

1988 Olympian Katrina Radke Gerry is going primetime. The butterfly specialist is set to star as a cast member in the reality TV Show Survivor's 35th season. In her meet the cast video Katrina states she's going for it, "I want to win the game, and I want to be tested. I want to see what I'm made of."
Katrina stars in Survivor which premieres Wednesday, September 27 on CBS.

Katrina, a proud Cal Golden Bear, never really left her swimming family. She married fellow national team alum, Ross Gerry, who coached at the elite level for 15 years, including being an Olympic coach at the 2000 Sydney Games.  Katrina's a sport psychologist and therapist, and with Ross they own a coaching/counseling business with an emphasis on sports.
"My swimming life means the world to me," Katrina said. "I cherish all of you as my family and lifelong friends, and am so very grateful for my personal journey, but the biggest thing is being able to be a part of this strong, close community."

Beyond the Olympics, Katrina was long-time national team member, winning two gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1985 and 1987, but she loves and remember the trips with friends the most.

"The skits on team trips were fun. I loved seeing people being comedians, actors, and not just their swimmer selves."
Katrina and Ross have been married 13 years. Their daughter, Shanti, loves art, writing stories and soccer. Their son, Sanjay, is 10, and loves all sports.  They live in Minnesota on a serene lake, and Katrina said, "friends are welcome to visit anytime!"

There are many ways for you to give back to the sport of swimming. A few ways to support the USA Swimming Foundation is to Get Involved!

Some opportunities include:
  • Donate your time as a USA Swimming Foundation water safety ambassador
  • Be a fundraiser on behalf of the Foundation
  • Spread the word of the Foundation's mission of saving lives and building champions by writing stories, posting on social media
Have other ideas? Email

Be sure to let us know if you're going to be in Los Angeles for the Golden Goggle Awards and National Team Alumni Social, we'd love to see you!  

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