The swimming family lost USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus on Sunday, April 23rd. Chuck, the longest serving leader of any U.S. Olympic Team Sport, expanded our membership, revenue and fan base during his tenure. Chuck was a man of incredible vision, teaming with great ideas. Because of his vision, many of us have been able to experience and revel in the majesty of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming in Omaha. Another Chuck creation was the USA Swimming Foundation, home of the US National Team Alumni. He understood that honoring the alumni, those passionately invested in swimming, matters.
With his recent passing, alumni engagement and support is stronger than ever. We recently came together for an alumni social at the Men's NCAA DI Championships and the positive energy was palpable. Thanks to everyone who attended and shared their personal stories:
Brian Gordon, Allan Somers, Steve Barnicoat, Craig Beardsley, Roque Santos, Clark Burckle,
Patrick Weiss, Mark Gangloff, Rachel Mills, Glenn Mills, Tracy Smith, George Breen, Greg Eggert, Frank Thompson, Garland O
Keeffe Wilson, Tony Corbisiero, Dan O
Keeffe, Scott Usher, Michael Norment
and Nathan Jones.
Alumni Social - Saturday, July 1 - Indianapolis. Mark your calendars!
Our next U.S. National Team Alumni social is less than 7 weeks away! This fun and popular social event is taking place during the Phillips 66 National Championships (aka U.S. World Championships Trials) in
Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, July 1st, at noon. We've reserved
a private room at our favorite alumni gathering spot in Indy,
The Ram Restaurant & Brewery.
Are you planning on being in Indy for the Phillips 66 National Championships? If so, come on by, hang with out with your friends, eat some some good food, get to know some Foundation folks, and hear from a
surprise special National Team athlete!
If you plan to attend this competition, please contact Mel Stewart via email at
or call 512-656-8806.
What: US National Team Alumni Social
Where: The Ram,
140 South Illinois Street
When: Saturday, July 1st
Time: Noon (or right after prelims)
If you know BJ Bedford Miller, you know she's going to greet you with that big, beautiful smile of hers!
BJ racked up a ton of accolades before she won Olympic gold at the 2000 Sydney Games in the 4x100 medley. She was a two-time World Champion, two-time Pan American Champion and 8-time National Champion.
BJ started swimming because of her three brothers. "It was what we did," BJ said. "I think I got good because I always competed against my brothers."
BJ's favorite swimming moment happened after she retired from the famous Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands. Don, a friend from work decided to get into shape and chose swimming as his path. "We met in Cayman and all did the swim," BJ explained. "I got crushed, but made it out alive, then I waited for Don. And I waited and waited. He finally came across the finish line, fifth from last, but he was throwing his arms, whooping and cheering. I cried tears of joy for this non-swimmer taking on something huge and completing it."
BJ has had time to reflect on her career since retiring in 2001, and her big takeaway is one we can all understand.
"Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams more than you do, because you won't believe in your dreams every moment of every day, especially when the alarm goes off in the morning."
BJ lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and loves her very tall husband Tom. They have two children together.
, Coach and CEO of
Dynamo Swim Club coach
tragically passed away on May 6th.
Turcotte was one of the most talented young club coaches in the nation, coaching the Atlanta-based Dynamo Swim Club to national age group prominence. He had
been selected as the head coach of Team USA
s boys at the 2017 Junior World Championships
this August in Indianapolis, and would have headed the American delegation for the first-ever Junior World Championships meet to be hosted in the United States.
was the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist in any sport. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin he
gold in the 100-meter backst
oke. He was only 17-years old. Mike Unger, USA Swimming Interim Exe
cutive Director said:
"Adolph Kiefer embodied swimming and lived it every day of his life. He was a pioneer for our sport in the truest sense of the word. Adolph was so passionate about swimming and exuded it to everyone. When you met him, he made you feel so special and he was amazing to be around."
passed away at the age of 59, succumbing to liver cancer. After missing the 1976 Olympics and 1978 Worlds teams, Coan was in a car accident in 1979, which broke both of his wrists and fractured his right knee cap. He came back to win the 50 free at the 1980 U.S. championships, and retired as a result of the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games. USA National Team alum Sid Cassidy said: "Way beyond his incredible accomplishments in the pool during his competitive career was his gift of earnest friendship and devotion. He brought the most positive attitude to the pool every day and his legacy will continue to live on through his son Richard and those he touched with his kindness."
passed away at the age of 56. Roney qualified to swim on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team in the 400 free before the United States boycotted those games. Roney trained for Woodland Hills, the Aquarius Swim Team, Class Aquatics, USC, Industry Hills, and Tucson Farmer John. While representing Industry Hills, Roney swam a 3:56.10 at the U.S. Olympic Trials to place 3rd behind Mike Bruner and Brian Goodell. "Brian leaves a wonderful legacy of incredible races, friendship, team and family orientation," said former teammate Sharon Weiss. "Brian fought adversity early in his career when he fought back against bone disease and reached a pinnacle that most can only dream of, a spot on the US Olympic Swimming Team."
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Be sure to let us know if you're going to be in Indy for the Phillips 66 National Championships, we'd love to see you!