June 21, 2017 - New USA Swimming Safe Sport Reporting Program
US Center for SafeSport
The USA Swimming community is proud of the Safe Sport program that we’ve worked to build over the last seven years. Safe Sport’s mission is to inspire a culture of athlete and member protection at all levels of USA Swimming.
Today, we’re pleased to let you know of another positive step in our overall effort related to safety: the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The Center is an effort of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement’s 47 national governing bodies, including USA Swimming. More information on the Center can be found at safesport.org, and more information about USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program can be found at www.usaswimming.org/protect.
The focus of the Center is to provide services in two areas:
(1) to provide prevention training and tools and;
(2) to act as an independent party to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual misconduct against any person within the jurisdiction of the national governing bodies, including USA Swimming.
As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming has agreed, effective July 1, 2017, to adhere to the Center’s policies and procedures, which include the Center’s SafeSport Code that identifies prohibited conduct and the procedures for investigating and resolving allegations. The Center will have exclusive authority and jurisdiction to investigate and resolve allegations involving sexual misconduct against any USA Swimming member or former USA Swimming member who is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct while a member.
USA Swimming and the Center for Safe Sport require all members to report suspected Safe Sport violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct to the Center for SafeSport. Information on reporting to the Center can be found at https://safesport.org/response-resolution/report.
The Center will have the jurisdiction and authority to impose sanctions against USA Swimming members (as well as members of other national governing bodies), and USA Swimming will enforce any suspension, measure or other sanction levied by the Center for SafeSport.
USA Swimming will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged violations of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct that are non‐sexual in nature including physical misconduct, emotional misconduct, bullying, hazing, and harassment.
The USA Swimming Safe Sport program will continue to offer training and education services to all members. Our library of resources is available at www.usaswimming.org/toolkit.
June 21, 2017 - Remembering Aaron Laciny
The Maryland Swimming Family extends its sad condolences to the family of Aaron Laciny. The Laciny family is a true swimming family as Aaron and his 5 brothers and sisters, have all been members of the Retriever Aquatic Club swim team. Aaron was struck, and killed, by a hit and run driver while riding his bike on North Charles Street in Baltimore. Please keep the family in your prayers as they travel this very painful, and long, road of mourning a very talented and special young man.
June 17, 2017 - Scholastic All American Program Applications Open
Scholastic All-America Program
Application Process open from June 1- August 15, 2017
2016-2017 Academic Qualifications
•Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year.
•A=4, B=3, C=2. If numerical grades are used, the following scale will be used unless the school’s letter grade conversion is given on the transcript: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79.
•Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point. Grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, arts (visual and performing), computer sciences. A grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant. Grades for non-academic courses will NOT be calculated – band, choir, health, driver education, physical education, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript.
•There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.
•Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2016 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2016 – August 15, 2017) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website. A qualifying time will be available for selection from the SWIMS database during the application process. Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.
•Disability or Open Water Requirements (for athletes without pool requirements)
• 2017 Deaflympics– July 18-30, 2017, Samsun, Turkey
• 2016 Can-Am Open – November 25-27, 2016, Miami, FL
• 2017 Speedo Can-Am Para Championships – Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017, Windsor, ON
• 2017 Open Water National Championships – May 19-21, 2017, Castaic Lake, CA
June 5, 2017 - Alan Cherches Set New Record
Alan Cherches broke his own 100 YD 11-12 Breastroke Resident State Record at the Black Heritage Meet, with a blistering 1:03.42
June 1, 2017 - NAAC June 2, 2017 Meet Moved to UMBC
The June 2nd NAAC Long Course Meet has been moved to UMBC, because the pool at the Naval Academy is closed for repairs. DO NOT GO TO ANNAPOLIS!!