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Golden Goggle Awards to Go Virtual for 2020 on November 19

The 2020 edition of the Golden Goggle Awards will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 19 with free admission for all. The event will be streamed by USA Swimming. The USA Swimming Foundation will have a silent auction and virtual table sales. Among the planned program is a salute to front-line health...

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Katie Meili, Kathy Fish Elected to USA Swimming Board of Directors

USA Swimming Monday announced that Katie Meili and Kathy Fish have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors at its first virtual convention. Fish is an at-large director on the 15-member board. Meili is an athlete representative, replacing Davis Tarwater in that role. Both will serve fo...

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Long-time Swim Coach Jeff Julian Reveals New Battle with Cancer

Jeff Julian, a veteran swim coach currently with Rose Bowl Aquatics and the ISL’s Cali Condors, announced this week via his blog that he’s been hospitalized with adenocarcinoma. Julian first battled cancer in 2015, overcoming long odds to survive Stage 4 lung cancer. He’s broadcast his battle public...

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Cal Grad Catherine Breed Sets Monterey Bay Record in Charity Swim

Catherine Breed completed a crossing of Monterey Bay this week in less than 13 hours, setting a record for the open-water course. Breed’s swim started Monday night at Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. Through water temperatures in the 50s and schools of jellyfish, Breed arrived at San Carlos Bea...

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Switching Things Up: The Best Cure for an Event Funk

Switching Things Up: The Best Cure for an Event Funk By Mark McCluskey In life, you might feel stuck in the daily grind and are searching for a way out. In swimming, you can also feel stuck in your training with little insight on how to progress and improve. One of the hardest things for a swimmer t...

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Hope Floats Foundation Launches Fitz Scholars Fund for Water Safety

The Hope Floats Foundation and the family of the late Fitz Alexander Campbell Thomas have launched the Fitz Scholars Fund to expand access to potentially life-saving swimming instruction. The fund is named after Fitz Thomas, a 16-year-old who drowned in the Potomac River in Leesburg, Va., on June 4....

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4 Myths About Swimming

4 Myths About Swimming By Natalia Kaczor “What sport do you play?” “I swim.” “Oh that’s fun; I swim in my pool all the time!” We have all been in a similar situation before. The frustration that builds up when hearing this is evident on our faces. Should we be offended, or just laugh it off? Swimmin...

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Raena Eldridge, Asia Seidt Among Finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year

Texas A&M swimmer Raena Eldridge and Kentucky’s Asia Seidt were announced Thursday among the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Texas diver Alison Gibson and Washington & Lee swimmer Emily Hageboeck also made the cut of the final 30, selected from a list of 605 school nominees and...

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Arena USA signs 20x NCAA All-American, Natalie Hinds, through 2021

arena USA announced today that they have signed an official endorsement deal with USA sprinter, Natalie Hinds. “I am beyond excited to partner with Arena to continue my professional swimming career” says Natalie about her new partnership. “Not only do I feel supported by an amazing new family, but I...

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8 Confessions of a Parent Officiating Their Child’s Race

8 Confessions of a Parent Officiating Their Child’s Race By Courtney Bartholomew When I was little I remember my dad telling me he was going to become an official for USA Swimming. I was excited to have him on deck because he would be able to cheer for me and DQ other kids swimming in my races. Howe...

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USA Swimming Giving Meet Sanctioning Controls to LSCs in October

In a letter to members Tuesday, USA Swimming announced that effective Oct. 1, it will allow local swimming committees (LSCs) to resume sanctioning meets. The USA Swimming Board of Directors voted Monday to allow two stipulations to lapse as of Sept. 30: The geographic restrictions on meet sanctionin...

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Todd Conrad Leaves California to Lead Upper Main Line YMCA Age Group

Long-time California coach Todd Conrad announced Monday that he is leaving his job coaching the girls team at Tesoro High School to relocate to Pennsylvania. He’ll take over as the head age-group coach with Upper Main Line YMCA. Conrad spent eight seasons at Tesoro and was the Orange County high sch...