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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in the First Round of 2019 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

Posted by | March 27, 2019 | Drowning Prevention, Grants, Swim School, Swim Team, Swimmers, Swimming, Uncategorized, USA Swimming, Water Safety, YMCA

By USA Swimming Foundation  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019 

Funding for free or reduced-cost swim lessons to help children across the country

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that it has awarded $507,461 to learn-to-swim programs across the country through its first-round of 2019 grant funding for Make a Splash Local Partners. The grants will go towards swim lesson programs, providing 25,705 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 240 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 85 programs to receive funding, 26 of whom are first time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients. Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. 

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that USA Swimming Foundation funding will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for tens of thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s Make a Splash Local Partner applicant pool and we couldn’t be prouder to support these exciting and lifesaving opportunities for children across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors, who continue to make a difference.”

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons. Together, the Foundation and their network of 1,000 swim lesson providers across the country are helping to spread national awareness on the importance of learning to swim and bringing together strategic partners to end drowning. More than 7.5 million children have now been served since 2007.

The following USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners will receive funding through this first round of 2019 grant awards: 

Akron Area YMCAAkron, OH
Allegan Public Schools
Allegan, MI

Ambush Swim School Nacogdoches, TX
Angels of America’s FallenColorado Springs, CO
Beatrice Mary Family YMCABeatrice, NE
Belle Chasse YMCABelle Chasse, LA
BGSU Recreation & WellnessBowling Green, OH
Bloomington Community EducationBloomington, MN
Bridgeport YMCABridgeport, CT
Brooklyn Center Community CenterBrooklyn Center, MN
Buffalo City Swim RacersBuffalo, NY
Charles River AquaticsLynnfield, MA
City of Arlington AquaticsArlington, TX
City of BakersfieldBakersfield, CA
City of Boynton BeachBoynton Beach, FL
City of Brooklyn ParkBrooklyn Park, MN
City of Jersey CityJersey City, NJ
City of New York Department of Parks & RecreationNew York, NY
City of South MiamiSouth Miami, FL
City of UrbandaleUrbandale, IA
City of West Palm BeachWest Palm Beach, FL
Dad’s Club Swim StartHouston, TX
DeKalb Aquatics Swim Team Inc.Snellville, GA
Duke UniversityDurham, NC
Everett YMCAEverett, WAFive Cities Swim Club INCArroyo Grande, CA
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention CoalitionFort Worth, TX
Fox Valley Family YMCAPlano, IL
Goldfish Swim School – Owings MillsOwings Mills, MD
Greater Milford Boys & Girls ClubMilford, DE
Greensboro Aquatic CenterGreensboro, NC
Greenview Dolphins Swim TeamColumbia, SC
Harris County Aquatic ProgramHouston, TX
Hawaii Aquatics AcademyKailua, HI
Holland Community Aquatic CenterHolland, MI
Horizons SavannahSavannah, GA
Hunterdon County YMCAAnnandale, NJ
Hurricane AquaticsCoral Gables, FL
Kenosha YMCAKenosha, WILeadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.New Haven, CT
Machine Swim SchoolVienna, VA
Madison Area YMCAMadison, NJ
Metro Parks TacomaTacoma, WA
Metropolitan YMCA of OrangesHardyston, NJ
Muskegon YMCAMuskegon, MI
Newport Penguins Swim and Dive TeamNewport, KY
Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281Plymouth, MN
Rocklin Swim TeamRocklin, CASafeSplash Swim Schools-Little ElmFrisco, TX
SafeSplash Swim Schools-McKinneyMcKinney, TX
Salvation Army Boys & Girls ClubHouston, TX
Sandhills SandsharksSouthern Pines, SC
St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation-AquaticsFt. Pierce, FL
Swim Beyond LLCAtlanta,
GASWIMkids USA, Inc.Mesa,
AZSwimLabs Highlands RanchHighlands Ranch,
COSwimLabs El Dorado HillsEl Dorado Hills,
CASwimLabs LittletonLittleton,
COSwimtastic Swim School-Cape CoralCape Coral, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-Fort MyersFort Myers, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-NaplesNaples, FL
The Gateway Family YMCA- Rahway BranchRahway, NJ
The Greater Marco Family YMCAMarco Island, FL
The HUB Recreation CenterMarion, IL
The Roeper SchoolBloomfield Hills, MIUniversity of Houston, Recreation & Wellness CenterHouston, TX
Upper Valley Aquatic CenterWhite River Junction, VT
Valley of the Moon AquaticsSonoma, CA
Walter Schroeder Aquatic CenterBrown Deer, WI
West Cook YMCAOak Park, IL
Williams YMCA of Avery CountyLinville, NC
YMCA of Broome County, Binghamton BranchBinghamton, NY
YMCA of Broome County, West Family BranchJohnson City, NY
YMCA of DelawareWilmington, DEYMCA of Greater Charlotte,
Simmons BranchCharlotte, NCYMCA of Greater Kansas CityKansas City, MO
YMCA of Greater San AntonioSan Antonio, TX
YMCA of Kokomo IndianaKokomo, IN
YMCA of Marion & Polk CountiesSalem, OR
YMCA of Orange CountyTustin, CA
YMCA of the Greater Twin CitiesEdina, MN
YMCA of VinelandVineland, NJ
YMCA of Greater Houston AreaHouston, TX
YMCA of WaycrossWaycross, GA
YWCA Evanston North ShoreEvanston, IL

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions, in the pool and in life. To find, get, or give a swim lesson visit: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org

To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation and the Make a Splash initiative, including grant opportunities, please visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/SwimFoundation

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FINIS SIGNS 2X OLYMPIAN LIA NEAL

Posted by | January 9, 2019 | Black Swimmers, Swimmers

We simplify swimming through innovation, high-quality products and a commitment to education.

FINIS SIGNS 2X OLYMPIAN LIA NEAL

Livermore, CA (January 9, 2019) FINIS, Inc., the worldwide leader in technical swimming innovation, is proud to announce the signing of two-time Olympian Lia Neal. The New York native and Stanford alum signed a long-term deal with the leading swim brand that extends through the 2020 Olympic Games.


“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the FINIS family. The future’s looking bright for FINIS. I could not be happier to be part of this team on its upward trajectory through 2020 and beyond.” says Neal. 


“We are very proud to support an athlete like Lia,” says CEO and cofounder John Mix. “She has the character, work ethic and potential that we look for in every member of Team FINIS. Lia puts her whole heart into this sport and that’s what we need in our athletes—they are our closest partners in developing the best products in the world.”


Neal started her impressive career at an early age. She has continually excelled, nationally and internationally, since competing in her first Olympic Trials at age 13.


Neal made history on the global stage in 2012, becoming the first woman of African American descent to become a two-time Olympian and swim in an Olympic final for Team USA. As a star sprinter at Stanford, Neal played a vital role in setting multiple American records and winning national titles, finishing her career as team captain of Stanford’s 2017 NCAA Championship team.
Most recently, Neal emerged from World Championships in Hangzhou, China, with four medals, including a gold medal in the 4×100 alongside a fellow member of Team FINIS, Olivia Smoliga.


“I admire everything Lia represents as an athlete,” says national sales manager Keith Jizmejian. “She’s not only committed to improving her own performance, but also improving access to the sport. Lia’s values stood out to us very early on in the process.”


Neal is a major proponent for improving education and access to swimming in the U.S. and internationally. In 2017 and 2018, Neal led swim clinics around the globe, including in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Mexico and Singapore.  Further, she recently launched Swim Brooklyn, an initiative to raise awareness about swimming in her home community.


Neal is currently training with David Marsh and Team Elite in San Diego, California.


We’re just getting started,” says Mix. “In launching the Rival 2.0, it was our explicit goal to make a suit that would impress the best athletes in the world. Lia joining the team is just one of the many indicators that the Rival 2.0 is that suit. Working with someone of Lia’s caliber is an exciting step for our team and we intend to maintain every bit of this momentum going into 2020.”


About FINIS, Inc.
John Mix and Olympic gold medal swimmer Pablo Morales founded FINIS in Northern California in 1993 with a mission to simplify swimming for athletes, coaches, beginners and lifelong swimmers around the world. Today, FINIS fulfills that mission through innovation, high-quality products and a commitment to education. FINIS products are currently available in over 80 countries. With a focus on innovation and the fine details of swimming, FINIS will continue to develop products that help more people enjoy the water.

PRESS CONTACT
Keith Jizmejian
kjizmejian@FINISinc.com
USA +1 (925) 454-0111
EU +359 2 936 86 36

CONTACT FOR LIA NEAL
Cejih Yung, Agent
cejih@cgsportsmanagement.com
CG Sports Management

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Michigan high school swimmer saves opponent from drowning | MLive.com

Posted by | January 24, 2018 | Swimmers

By Brendan Savage bsavage@mlive.com

Without question, Owosso High School’s biggest rival is nearby Corunna.

The cities share a border in Shiawassee County and the schools are located about 41/2 miles apart.

But that doesn’t mean they’re bitter rivals. Far from it. That was evident last week during a swimming and diving meet between the two schools.

Corunna freshman Xavier Staubs had just finished swimming in the first event of the meet Thursday night when he noticed that Owosso junior Kamrin Samson was in trouble.

Samson, who took park in the same event, was sinking to the bottom of the pool as fans frantically signaled from the stands for someone to help.

Staubs, who was still in the pool according to Corunna athletic director Nicole Norris, sprung into action and went to the aid of Samson. With the assistance of teammate Grant Warner, a certified lifeguard, Samson was pulled from the pool and revived.

“It’s a great rivalry but it’s a very healthy rivalry with a great deal of respect because we all know each other,” Norris said. “We’re very close knit in spite of the rivalry. Families and kids, very familiar.

“It’s a very neat community.”    READ MORE

Source: http://www.mlive.com

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U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin takes a knee during the national anthem – The Washington Post

Posted by | October 17, 2017 | Black Swimmers, Swimmers

By Matt Bonesteel October 17 at 12:01 PM American swimmer Anthony Ervin has joined the growing number of athletes to kneel during the national anthem, taking a knee Sunday after he anchored Team USA’s mixed 200-meter medley relay team during a meet in Brazil.

Fotos de Satiro Sodré. @AnthonyErvin pic.twitter.com/SR8b3mx9XB— Coach Alex Pussieldi (@alexpussieldi) October 15, 2017

Ervin tweeted out what appears to be an explanation on Monday morning:My point is to save lives, and understand the imbalance. We all have our area. I’m a swimmer.— Anthony Ervin (@AnthonyErvin) October 16, 2017  Read more by clicking the link below:

Source: U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin takes a knee during the national anthem – The Washington Post

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Friends ‘just keep swimming’ despite blindness and bone cancer – ABC News

Posted by | October 12, 2017 | Swimmers, Swimming

Two teenagers swim together and support each other as they face progressive blindness and bone cancer, respectively.  Read more by clicking the link below:

Source: Friends ‘just keep swimming’ despite blindness and bone cancer – ABC News

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Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s ‘climate of fear’ | Sport | The Guardian

Posted by | October 12, 2017 | Paralympics, Swimmers

British Swimming admitted disabled swimmers, including vulnerable teenagers, were subjected to a ‘climate of fear’. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Martha Kelner

Wednesday 11 October 2017 19.02 EDT First published on Wednesday 11 October 2017 19.01 EDTThe duty of care scandal engulfing Olympic and Paralympic sport has plunged to a new low as British Swimming admitted disabled swimmers, including vulnerable teenagers, were subjected to a “climate of fear” while training for Rio 2016.The former head coach of British Para-Swimming, Rob Greenwood, has left his post and the governing body took the rare step of publicly apologising to athletes he was found to have verbally abused and used discriminatory language about, as well as their families.   Read more by clicking the link below:

Source: Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s ‘climate of fear’ | Sport | The Guardian

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Anthony Ervin Named Ambassador For Delhi Half Marathon – Swimming World News

Posted by | October 11, 2017 | Swimmers, Swimming

2016 and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin was named event ambassador for the 10th Airtel Delhi Half Marathon scheduled for November 19. This will be Ervin’s first trip to

Source: Anthony Ervin Named Ambassador For Delhi Half Marathon – Swimming World News

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Swimmers will try to break a ‘Guinness Book’ world record at a Woodside pool – QNS.com

Posted by | September 27, 2017 | Swim Team, Swimmers, Swimming

St. Sebastian Parish Center in Woodside may wind up in the record books tomorrow, as swimmers will participate in the Swim Strong Foundation’s attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for most people treading water at the same time in multiple locations. The Swim Strong Foundation will be joining teams across the country on Wednesday, …

Source: Swimmers will try to break a ‘Guinness Book’ world record at a Woodside pool – QNS.com

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Swimmer calls UA swim coach needlessly cruel in lawsuit

Posted by | August 23, 2017 | Swimmers

Posted Aug 21, 2017, 8:10 pm B. Poole Courthouse News A former swim team member has sued the University of Arizona, claiming that after he was beaten by a teammate his coach berated, ridiculed and ostracized him until he was forced to give up his scholarship and leave the university. Nicholas Hogsed, 21, says he was in his second year of eligibility when an unidentified teammate assaulted him in August 2016. He says he was treated and released at a hospital for multiple injuries, and he reported the assault to the university and swimming coach Richard DeMont.“Instead of taking any action to address the hostility, Coach DeMont retaliated against him by repeatedly blaming, demeaning and belittling plaintiff for reporting the matter to the U of A dean of students,” Hogsed says in the Friday complaint in Pima County Court.  Read More…

Source: http://www.tucsonsentinel.com

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Mountain Lakes swimmers excel at competition | The Citizen News | newjerseyhills.com

Posted by | August 11, 2017 | Swim Meet, Swimmers, Swimming

A total of 32 swimmers from Lakeland Hills YMCA Swim Team in Mountain Lakes traveled to Greensboro, NC to compete at the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship from July 31-Aug. 4. About 900 swimmers from 23 states and over 108 teams competed for five days at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Lakeland Hills had the fourth largest team in attendance this year and their largest to represent the Y at Long Course Nationals.

Source: Mountain Lakes swimmers excel at competition | The Citizen News | newjerseyhills.com

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Team GB Olympic Gold medal swimming champion Rebecca Adlington reveals the dark side of fame: Body shaming, online trolls and staying clear of dating apps

Posted by | July 15, 2017 | Swimmers

By Gary Bloom
Saturday 15 July 2017 at 10:00AM

Not many get the privilege of listening to the innermost thoughts of some of our greatest sportsmen and women. But in my programme On The Sporting Couch, I aim to achieve, as near as possible, a 50-minute on–air therapy session as I talk to sports stars about their struggles with mental health. Rugby referee Nigel Owens talks about coming to terms with his sexuality; cricketer Marcus Trescothick explains why being on tour led to depression and anxiety; footballer Keith Gillespie discusses his gambling addiction; darts pro James Wade explains what it’s like to be bipolar; and rugby international Duncan Bell talks about the “beast of depression”.––

––But among the most revealing of my interviewees was Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who invited me to her home in Stockport to talk about body image, motherhood, heartbreak and the emotional damage caused by trolling…  Read more…

Source: http://www.radiotimes.com

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Ex-swimming champ left paralysed after daredevil jump | Newshub

Posted by | July 15, 2017 | Swimmers

Ephraim Gudgeon just wanted to for a swim. Credits: The HuiA former

Waikato swimming champ has been left paralysed after a daredevil jump from a waterfall went horrifically wrong.  Newlyweds Ephraim Gudgeon and his wife Arian were enjoying a road trip on Waitangi weekend, stopping at Omanawa Falls near Tauranga for a swim.Ephraim decided to jump off the waterfall, a 35-metre plunge.”As soon as I was in the water I couldn’t feel my legs at all, my back was real sore, it felt like my back had been bent, it was hard to breathe,” he says.The Omanawa Falls Park was closed last year due to safety concerns, but continues to be a drawcard for visitors. Like countless others Mr Gudgeon ignored the signs, walking around barricades to swim in the idyllic falls made popular on YouTube.”I knew it was dangerous, yeah. I don’t know – you think you’re all-that and the man, something as simple as that can change your whole life.”

Source: Ex-swimming champ left paralysed after daredevil jump | Newshub

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Black Swimmers: ‘I Missed The Memo That Said Black Women Don’t Swim. So I Do.’ 

Posted by | June 14, 2017 | Black Swimmers, Diversity, Swimmers

When I tell people I routinely swim, more often than not, they do a double take. Here’s why.

By Sherri Daye Scott

I am a swimmer. I own all the proper gear. Both my suit and goggles are highly rated on Amazon, and I use a fancy French sunscreen to protect my face from chlorine burn. If I time my mornings right, I can swim 10 laps, take a long shower, hydrate my curls, and be at my desk before 9:30 a.m. Swimming is the one workout I stick with. The repetition lulls me into a meditative state where I can think and decompress; all the while, my body is stretching and pulling against the weight of the water. Resistance training at its best.Still, when I tell people I routinely swim, more often than not, they do a double take. That’s because I am a black woman. And everyone knows black people—women in particular—don’t swim. Except we do, as Simone Manuel’s 2016 Olympic gold proved.   READ MORE…..

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com

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