Josh Schneider Announces Retirement In Facebook Post

Josh Schneider places third in the prelims of the 50 freestyle.
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Pan American Games gold medalist Josh Schneider announced his retirement from competitive swimming with a post on his Facebook page on Saturday.

Schneider made his breakthrough in 2010, when he became the first individual swimming national champion for Cincinnati when he won the 50 free. That same year he earned a spot representing the United States at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Dubai, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4 x 100 medley relay and an individual bronze in the 50 free.

Schneider would go on to represent the United States at the 2011 World University Games, the 2014 Short Course Worlds in Doha, and the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada, where he won a gold medal in the 50 freestyle. At the 2014 Short Course Worlds he was also a member of the world record setting mixed 200 freestyle relay.

Schneider finished fourth Olympic Trials in 2012 and was fifth just last summer, both times in the 50 freestyle. His last race was this weekend, where he finished 11th out of the heats of the 50 freestyle.

In Schneider’s Facebook post he thanks his family, USA Swimming, and his suit sponsor TYR while expressing his gratitude at being able to represent the United States internationally. You can read the full text Schneider’s full retirement message from his Facebook page below.

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