General Chairman's Report
January 2001 Report

  • In an effort to further enhance the relationship between USA Swimming and the NCAA, Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director, USA Swimming, sent an open letter to NCAA college and university presidents, and athletic directors, on the subject of preserving collegiate swimming. Chuck pointed out the values and benefits of collegiate swimming regardless of the division level. He asked institutions currently with swimming programs to maintain them, and the reasons why they should be maintained. He also encouraged those institutions that don't offer a competitive program, to give serious consideration to starting a program.

  • USA Swimming 2001 Program Initiatives:
  • Splash magazine will be one of USA Swimming's major initiatives for the 2001 season. It is the hope of USA Swimming to bring this magazine to those swimmers who are not currently members of USA Swimming through a subscription.

  • Splash TV will debut in the spring of 2001. USA Swimming will launch this 13-week swimming-lifestyle television show on the Outdoor Life Network from Memorial Day through Labor Day. As a part of this initiative, USA Swimming plans to accommodate individuals, teams, and swim clubs that do not have access to the Outdoor Life programming by providing a video-tape subscription program. The objective of Splash TV is to enhance the public profile of competitive swimming and to position USA Swimming as the core organization that is responsible for promoting swimming in the United States

  • Division heads and committee chairs are reminded to submit FY 2001-2002 budget request to John Ertter by the February board meeting.

  • Eastern Zone Sport Development Coordinator, Sue Anderson will be visiting our LSC the week of January 21.