December 2018
Dear Friend,

Many thanks to everyone who attended the 2018 Golden Goggle Awards and auctions in New York City. The  live and silent auctions raised more than $150,000 a new record which will provide vital support towards our mission to save lives and build champions in the pool and in life . The annual gala during this pivotal year in the Olympic quad was star-studded, with top honors going to:
Kathleen Baker - Female Race of the Year
Ryan Murphy - Male Race of the Year
Michael Andrew - Breakout Performer of the Year
Micah Sumrall - Perseverance Award
Greg Meehan - Coach of the Year
Men's 400 Medley Pan Pacs - Relay of the Year
Katie Ledecky - Female Athlete of the Year
Ryan Murphy - Male Athlete of the Year
While the evening of entertainment focused on the award winners, the Golden Goggles event is also an important fundraiser for the USA Swimming Foundation, and a moment to celebrate our success as the year comes to a close. On the "Saving Lives" side of our mission, the  Make a Splash initiative provided more than 1 million swim lessons to children in 2017, bringing the total to over 6 million children served in the last 10 years . On the "Building Champions" side of our mission, many of you participated as members of Champions Club. We are very proud to share that  more than $750,000 in direct support went to our national team athletes and coaches in 2018 .
We are pleased to recognize our 2018 Alumni Major Gift & Champions Club Members:
David and Richelle Fox

Brent Lang and Elizabeth Van Schaack

• Dr. Jim and Patty Miller
• Scott Rodeo M.D. and Christine Frissora-Rodeo M.D.
• Katy Arris-Wilson and Kevin Wilson
• The Barnicoat Family
• Elizabeth Beisel
• Lydia and Steve Chase
• Maya DiRado
• Rowdy and Judy Gaines
• Brian Gordon
• Bobby Hackett and Diane Kenny
• Karin LaBerge and Doug Marshall
• Thomas Malchow
• Lindsay and Michael Mintenko
• Julie and Steve Morsilli
• Robert and Graciela Placak
• Austin Ramirez
• Dan and Tracey Stephenson
• Tiffany and Mel Stewart
• Mary Jo Swalley
In addition, our warmest thanks to each of these alums for their financial support in 2018.
No donation is too small!
Susie Atwood, Ginny Duenkel Fuldner, David Fairbank, Shannon Gillespy, Tim Liebhold, Jim McConica, Doug and Susan Russell, Mary Jane Sears Parks, Julie Sommer, Ted Stickles, Dara Torres, Scott Usher, Sue Walsh, and Wendy Weinberg Weil
It's not too late to donate!
If you have not yet donated to the USA Swimming Foundation for 2018, 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 2018 year. If you have any questions, please send an email to Jill Johnson at,  and she will respond as soon as possible.
Team USA has been the dominant national swim team globally since 1953, but we all know it takes a lot of support to keep that winning streak going. Unlike many competitive swimming nations, we do not receive taxpayer or national lottery support. 100% comes from USA Swimming members and donors. My wife and I have been Champions Club members for the last several years; we hope you'll join us in supporting this important cause.


Mel Stewart
USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador
Events & Happenings
2019 Alumni Socials are in the planning stages.

The first two will be in Austin, Texas at the Women's and Men's DI NCAA Championships . Details will be announced in January. A current national team member will be our special guest, and food/beverages are courtesy of the USA Swimming Foundation.

If you live in the Central Texas area or plan to attend Men's DI NCAA Championships, please contact me via email at   or my cellphone 512.656.8806 .
Check out the next Alumni Newsletter for more details!
Featured Alumnus
Two-time Olympian, three-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder Lindsay Mintenko knows swimming better than anyone. That's a big statement, but it's accurate when you weigh her in-depth experience.

Lindsay earned gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney on the 800 freestyle relay. Four years later in Athens, she helped defend that title, winning gold again in the same event. She also captured silver in the 400 freestyle relay, but that's only one side of her Olympic experience.

To fully understand Lindsay, it's important to know she was the captain of both Olympic Teams. Leadership is in her DNA. After the Olympics, she continued to serve the sport, working with elite coaches at the DI college level. She has served elite coaches and swimmers at USA Swimming for more than 12 years.

In October of 2017, Lindsay made history as the first female to be named Managing Director of the USA National Team, a well-deserved honor. USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey said, "With Lindsay's 12-plus years of experience at USA Swimming, her role as a two-time Olympic team captain and time on deck as a coach, she is a tremendous fit for this position."

Lindsay is one of us, and she's shepherding the next generation toward success. If you ask her about this responsibility, you'll find she's all business, focused on the 2020 Olympic Games. "Being a part of the National Team division and being able to work with the athletes and coaches has been an amazing opportunity and privilege," she said.

Lindsay lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Mike and their two children, Madison (11) and Jake (8).
2019 Swim Squad Captains Named for TYR Pro Swim Series
USA Swimming continues its mission to “Trial-ize” competitive events. For the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, that means more USA Swim Squads competition, which creates four ‘fantasy teams’ led by retired Olympic stars, pitted against each other in a virtual team battle.

Besides bragging rights, a big check for each captain’s charity of choice is on the line. Specifically, the squad with the most points at the end of the six-meet series (the five TYR Pro Swim Series events, plus the 10k at Open Water Nationals) will receive $10,000 to donate to charity.

While we appreciate all four teams, we are rooting for USA Swim Squad Captain Elizabeth Besiel, whose charity of choice is the USA Swimming

          •        Maya DiRado, DiradSquad – USO
          •        Elizabeth Beisel, Beisel Bunch – USA Swimming Foundation
          •        Connor Jaeger, Jaeg-train – Covenant House
          •        Cammile Adams, Adams Family- NEGU Jessie Rees Foundation
Stay tuned the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series on
Catching Up With Alumni
Beverly Montrella:  National Team Manager Beverly “Bev” Montrella has been back in Southern California since 1997, but she continues to follow Ohio State football and get back to Columbus to visit her daughter and two grand-kids often. “I finished my coaching career in 2005, ending where it had begun in 1973 with the Mission Viejo Nadadores. Now that I am not walking the pool deck, I have begun to swim masters. So I am still attending Nationals and FINA World Championships… just paying my own way. Jim and I always attend the Olympic Trials and USA Swimming National Team Reunion, where it’s great to see everyone after all these years.”
Brent Lang:  Olympic Champion and Champions Club Benefactor, Brent Lang, lives in Los Altos, Calif., just south of Stanford, where his wife teaches in the Law School. “I have two high school-age kids, neither of whom are involved in competitive swimming, but they have each found their own passions – one with music and the other with soccer. For the last 17 years I have been working at Vocera Communications (NYSE: VCRA), where I initially started running marketing when it was just a tiny start-up, and eventually made my way to the CEO role.” After being out of the pool for about 10 years, Brent’s back into masters swimming. “There is still nothing like a good workout to clear my mind and body,” he said.

Check out this video from 2015 where Brent discusses how being a student-athlete prepared him for success in life.
ALUMNI IN PASSING:  Coach Don LaMont has passed. His service to the sport spanned 60 years. Coach LaMont made his name coaching for 25 years alongside Peter Daland at , where he earned a spot in the Los Angeles County Hall of Fame, as head coach at the Desert Storm Swim Club in Las Vegas, and at El Monte Swim Club, where a number of legendary swimmers of the 70s and 80s got their start. He coached a total of 17 All-Americans and 13 Olympians in his career, serving as a Team USA coach in New Zealand, Italy, France, Russia, West Germany, and Japan.
Your contributions, regardless of size, have been very important to the sport, to our athletes and children, and to communities nationwide. Thank you for being a partner in our mission to save lives and build champions!

Need to make your 2018 donation? Click here to give online!
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