USA Swimming is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other teams which officially represent the United States, as well as the overall organization and operation of the sport within the country, in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. The national headquarters is located at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In 2017 usa swimming won a total of 41 medals at the world championships, including pool and open water medals. Usa swimming won the medal count with the highest amount ever at the fina world junior championships.
In and out of the pool, usa swimming had a strong year in 2017, highlighted by hosting multiple national events and the u.s. Team winning 38 medals at the 2017 fina world championships in budapest. Usa swimming continued its 'swimtoday' campaign with 10 industry partners collaborating on the campaign to drive swim team searches. Usa swimming continued its swimjitsu program which is a traveling program that includes an inflatable obstacle course in the pool to drive interest in swimming. In 2017, nbc and nbcsn aired broadcasts of the arena pro swim series, the phillips 66 national championships and the winter national championships. The organization also continued to grow its deck pass plus iphone and android app, which was an enhanced version of deck pass and has more than 300,000 downloads. The app offered users access to both live results and a special events section with live, streaming video. Usa swimming's award-winning splash magazine was delivered to over 280,000 households and was available digitally on our website. We continued year three of our swimbiz marketing and sponsorship conference.
Club development accomplishments for 2017 include conducting over 300 club visits by consultants with expertise in both administrative operations and coaching science, conducting 8 regional coaching clinics, started a partnership with the chicago park district to help with their growing competitive swim team, held numerous trainings on diversity & inclusion for both staff and members, held numerous trainings for local swim committee leaders to operate more effectively, conducted a seminar for coaches who want to own their own club, and provided consulting services to many clubs requesting information on building, operating and renovating pools.
In 2017 the member services conducted an lsc officials' workshop, lsc officials' chairs workshop and two regional open water officials workshops. In addition, the department continued to work on ways to improve the officials online testing program and the officials tracking system which tracks certifications, tests, meet sessions and activities for usa swimming registered officials. Member services worked with it staff to identify, prioritize, and coordinate enhancements to the registration component of swims, our master database. Member services was also directly involved in various components of the website redesign which was launched April 2017. Member services worked closely with volunteers, athletes and other usa swimming staff to plan and coordinate the annual convention (which is attended by approximately 800 members). Member services continues to work with our it staff and outside software vendors to create an online registration/data validation program, which will be implemented in 2018. Member services coordinated 11 lsc swimposiums, each of which included a swim clinic, parents clinics, officials clinics and coach clinic.
In 2017, usa swimming hosted multiple events across many levels of the sport, highlighted by the 2017 fina world junior championships in indianapolis, in, and the phillips 66 national championships, also in indianapolis. The world junior championships included athletes from nearly 100 countries and were viewed world-wide on a host-produced global television feed. The national championships served as the usa swimming selection event for the 2017 fina world championships, the 2017 world university games, and the 2017 fina world junior championships. The usa swimming winter national championships held in December were also featured with an nbc broadcast. Other championship-level events that featured tv and/or live webcast include the arena pro swim series, the open water national championships, the speedo junior national championships, the speedo sectionals. Usa swimming also provides support for other championship events such as the zone championships and im xtreme games.
The safe sport program is usa swimming's comprehensive abuse prevention program. It is our mission to reduce the risk by increasing awareness about abuse in sport. We have a robust educational effort by which to accomplish this including mandatory athlete protection training for all non-athlete members, and free online training for athletes and their parents. Usa swimming provides consultation and case management services for member swim clubs in collaboration with the us center for safesport. Usa swimming is proud of its proactive approach to abuse prevention and continually strives to be the leader in safe sport in the olympic movement.
Usa swimming provided funding to its affiliate foundation whose mission is savings lives and building champions - in the pool and in life.