Carol Arnold bids adieu as she prepares to retire... Read more below.
June 2017

A new chapter in swimming history is being written. USA Swimming named Major League Soccer Executive of the Year and Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey as its new President and CEO. Tim's one of us - very chlorinated and a former swimmer at UC Irvine. While Tim's currently the president of the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, it is his deep resume that impressed USA Swimming's Board. He has extensive experience across various professional sports organizations, including MLS, NBA and NHL.

Tim starts his tenure July 12 right after the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. With respect to Team USA, Tim inherits a lot of stars, old and new, who will be on full display in Indy, June 27-July 1, fighting for places on the 2017 U.S. World Championship Team.

July 1 Alumni Social with special guests Ryan Murphy and Tom Shields
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy
Olympian Tom Shields

The next U.S. National Team Alumni Social is less than three weeks away! It will take place during the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 1.  Our special guests will be 3-time Olympic champion Ryan Murphy and Olympic champion Tom Shields.
We have a private room at The Ram Restaurant & Brewery where alums can spend time engaging with teammates, eating good food and learning about the USA Swimming Foundation. 

Confirmations are coming in fast - if you plan to attend this social, 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 1
Time: 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Attire: Casual

Penny Taylor is the second oldest U.S. Olympic swimmer alive today, a badge of honor she holds proudly. She is only preceded by 1936 Olympian Iris Cummings.
Penny learned to swim sidestroke in a lake at her parents' summer cottage. Proper stroke technique came later at the YMCA. Penny went on to represent Team USA at the 1948 Olympics, where she swam the 200m breaststroke. "At Opening Ceremonies in London," she shared, "we were so thrilled and so proud as we marched in as the United States of America. It was a simple ceremony of speeches, the lighting of the torch, but no big TV production."
Penny's career was far more than an Olympic Team trip.  She was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award and a gold medalist in the 3x100m relay at the 1951 Pan American Games. Beyond her elite career Penny coached for nearly 40 years, developing Olympians, notably 5-time Olympic gold medalist Tom Jager.  Many from my generation know and love Penny as the team manager of the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games.
In addition to coaching, Penny was also the deck marshal at the 1996 Olympics and chef de mission at seven FINA World Championships.  Penny's love of swimming has been long and her favorite memory is of her Purdue University teammates. " They were from all over the country and came to attend college and swim," she explained, "but there was no collegiate swimming back then. We competed as the Lafayette Swim Club. We were close and had so much fun. One year we won the National Championship and were featured in Life Magazine."
Penny's retired now. She is currently in the process of moving to New Orleans to be close to her son, a lead architect and project manager for the new New Orleans airport. "He has two boys," Penny said, "Seven and 10 years old and I look forward to seeing them grow up."

Carol Arnold bids a fond farewell as she prepares to retire!

I couldn't possibly retire from the USA Swimming Foundation tomorrow, Friday, June 9, without first saying farewell to my favorite, fun-loving alumni friends. Getting to know you over the past 10 years has been an amazing and rewarding experience...a career highlight for sure!

Each of you is special in your own unique way and as a whole, you make one impressive and inspirational team. We've shared lots of  fun times and I will forever cherish the friends I've made and the experiences we've shared. I have so many wonderful memories to carry with me forever!

I am so proud and very honored to have had the opportunity to serve you, and I sincerely thank you for allowing me, and the USA Swimming Foundation, to be a part of your lives. 

As I move on to the next chapter of my life I'm confident you will be well taken care of by my successor, Kristina Stockburger.  Please reach out to introduce yourselves and welcome her to the alumni fold!

I'll continue to follow many of you on Facebook and I'll be cheering for you and Team USA from wherever the road takes me!

Blessings to all....


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 Make a Splash volunteer or water safety ambassador
  • Be a fundraiser on behalf of the Foundation or for another cause
  • 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 Indy for the Phillips 66 National Championships, we'd love to see you!  


Mel Stewart

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