COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, February 14. IN a move that has been expected since he was ousted as head coach at the University of Utah following allegations made by former swimmer Whitney Lopus that he sexual assaulted her, Greg Winslow has been added to USA Swimming’s Banned for List list.
Lopus accused Winslow of engaging in sexual abuse of her when he coached at Sun Devil Aquatics while she was a teenage swimmer. She also alleged that the abuse stopped before she followed Winslow up to Utah to swim for him before transferring to Arizona and subsequently leaving the sport due to a drug addiction.
News broke of the allegations on the first night of the Pacific 12 Championships last year, which led to Winslow being suspended by Utah before later being terminated by the athletics department.
While Arizona State police could not make any of the allegations stick, and criminal charges could not be pursued due to some issues with a partially botched investigation as well as a question whether the type of contact actually was criminal within the state of Arizona, USA Swimming continued its investigation and concluded two days ago to ban Winslow for life from membership in its organization.
Officially, he was found in violation of USA Swimming Codes of Conduct 304.3.5 and 304.3.15.
304.3.5 Any sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, or other person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
304.3.15 Any other act, conduct or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, a LSC or the sport of swimming.
The timing of the public notice on the ban is a bit interesting just two days after the listed ban date. This suggests that Winslow waived his right to a 30-day appeal window and accepted the ban.