December 2017


2017 will go down in history as a turning point in our sport. USA Swimming named Tim Hinchey our new CEO, Caeleb Dressel wowed fans by winning seven World Championship gold medals (equaling Michael Phelps' 2007 record), and new young swimming stars emerged, notably Regan Smith and Dakota Luther. This year marked a successful changing of the guard, proving USA Swimming's rich history of producing champions remains strong.
However, Team USA's success doesn't exist in a vacuum. Managing the endless details and hard costs of a governing body are always a challenge. It is from your support that the USA Swimming Foundation provided more than $630,000 to support our National Team athletes and coaches this year. Additionally, we awarded more than $500,000 grant dollars in 2017 to provide more than 36,000 children swim lessons, who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to learn to swim.
You helped make this all possible!

We are pleased to recognize our 2017 Alumni Champions Club Members:
Jeff and Jeri Marshburn

William Barrett
Estate of Stephanie Walsh Beilman

Marcel Gani and Lisa Buese Gani Dr. Jim and Patty Miller
Dr. James N. Johnson and Ms. Catherine Stutzner

Katy Arris-Wilson and Kevin Wilson The Barnicoat Family
Tony and Sharon Bartle David and Richelle Fox
Rowdy and Judy Gaines Brian Gordon
Bobby Hackett and Diane Kenny Lindsay and Michael Mintenko
Julie and Steve Morsilli Robert and Graciela Placak
Mary and Mike Plant John and Leanne Sauerland
Dan and Tracey Stephenson Ryan Mooney and Susan Woessner
Jim Wood

In addition, our warmest thanks to each of these alums for their financial support in 2017. 
No donation is too small!

Craig Beardsley, Casey Converse, Donna de Varona and John Pinto, Don and Teddy Gambril, Shannon Gillespy, Robert and Ellen Jackson, Brent Lang and Elizabeth Van Schaack, Thomas Malchow, Jim McConica, Louis Petrozziello, Paul and Bridget Robinson, Trent Staley, Sue Walsh, Scott Usher, Wendy and Rick Weil, Stephen and Anne Jefferies and in Loving Memory of Evelyn Tokue Kawamoto Konno.

It's not too late to donate!

If you have not yet donated to the USA Swimming Foundation for 2017, please make a tax deductible donation to save lives and build champions - in the pool and in life at

All donations made online or postmarked by December 31 will be acknowledged for the 2017 year. If you have any questions, please send an email to Kristina Stockburger at and she will respond as soon as possible.


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador

The last National Team Alumni Social of the year took place is Los Angeles the day before the 14th Annual Golden Goggle Awards and capped the year off right. 

New CEO Tim Hinchey, USA Swimming Foundation Board Members and Alumni gathered to enjoy great food, catch up with old friends and meet other swimming legends and influencers. 

Many thanks to all who attended and to our special guests, current National Team members and Olympians, Cody Miller and Ashley Twichell!

Alumni in attendance included:
Gary Hall Jr., Lenny Krayzelburg, Amy Van Dyken, Natalie Coughlin, Rowdy Gaines, Alex Kostich, George DiCarolo, Rada Owen, Alex Kostich, Kristy Kowal, Steve West, Brandi West, Kaitilin Sandeno, Byron Davis, Caroline Burckle,Scott Usher, Sid Cassidy, Nancy Reno, Jim Montrella, Bev Montrella, Lindsey Mintenko, Ed Moses, Keri Hehn, Davis Tarwater and 
Garrett Weber-Gale.

Check out the next Alumni Newsletter to
 find out where our 2018 Socials will be held!

Whitney Hedgepeth is two-time Olympian, 27-time NCAA All-American and the mother of Dakota Luther. Dakota burst onto the elite stage this past summer when she made the 2017 U.S. World Championship team in the 200m butterfly. As a side note, she is coached by fellow alum, Brendan Hansen of Austin Swim Club.

Whitney with her silver medal after the women's 200m backstroke final in Atlanta.
Whitney is about as chlorinated as any alum you can meet. She never really left the pool.  Whitney's known and respected as one of the toughest coaches in masters swimming, helming the Texas Longhorn Aquatics Masters Team since 2003.

She laughs off her reputation, explaining, "I want (practice) to be hard, but doable. And I want them to have fun. I want to see my swimmers laughing and smiling."

Whitney coached age groupers before taking over the Longhorns masters team. After her final dip in the pool at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where she won a gold and two silver medals, she stepped onto the deck that September to coach.

"I wanted to stay around swimming," she said. "I love the sport.  I love watching it. And I love the way it makes your body feel. It is my passion."

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

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