Weekly Update 5.20.20


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Upcoming Events - all santioned meets are canceled until May 31st.

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Virtual Spring HOD
June 13th @ 1:00PM

Georgia Swimming Approves COVID-19/Safe Sport Relief Program

The impact of COVID-19 has presented our swimming community with many challenges. To support Georgia Swimming member clubs, the Board of Directors has authorized a pool of up to $125,000 to be allocated for member clubs who apply for a one-time, program payment to help manage through disruptions to club business operations and financial challenges during this period.

To be considered for a program payment, the applicant must:

  1. Be a member club in Georgia Swimming in good standing
  2. Attest that the member club has applied for or received Small Business Administration COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and/or Payroll Protection Program as well as documentation of additional efforts to secure local, state, and federal relief.
  3. Be (a) currently a Safe Sport Recognized Club or (b) commit to being a Safe Sport Recognized Club by having initiated the application to become a Safe Sport Recognized Club within the earlier of June 30, 2020, or thirty (30) days following federal, state, local, USA Swimming and/or LSC authorization for member clubs to resume practice (as applicable). Member clubs shall make arrangements to repay Program payments to GASI for failure to complete Safe Sport certification obligations under (b) herein.
  4. Member clubs that do not qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization must provide a W9 to the GASI Treasurer prior to Program payment. Such Program payment may be regarded as taxable income by the IRS for non-501(c)(3) member clubs. Such clubs should consult their tax advisor.

Please read through the accompanying materials, and, if interested, complete and submit your member club’s application by May 31, 2020, to admin@gaswim.org. Your application will be logged and the member club’s head coach on record will receive a confirmation from our business manager, and we will be making payments as quickly as applications can be processed and checks issued.

Please reach out to Megan Kingsley of you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Steve Potter

General Chair


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Senior Recognition Form

Hello senior athletes! We know you have felt left out due to COVID-19 shutting down most graduations and proms. We understand your pain and we hope we can make it a little bit better! We will be recognizing graduating senior athletes this summer via our social media platforms because Georgia Swimming is extremely proud of you and your accomplishments.

Fill out this form to get started, and recognition will start in the coming weeks! The deadline to fill this out will be July 18th.

Facility Reopening Guidelines
The Facility Reopening Plan Guidelines are now available for download at https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/community-quaratine-resources.
In addition to the Facility Reopening Plan Guidelines, we have also made the OSHA 3990 Guidelines for COVID-19 and the White House Guidelines for Reopening Economy documents available as well.
It is important to remember that all plans must comply with local, state and federal public health guidelines.
Lastly, as you prepare your plans, we encourage you to take this opportunity to promote water safety in your community, focusing on staying safe around backyard pools and waterfronts while public pools are closed and sharing with officials how your team can contribute to this safety awareness.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to Joel Shinofield at jshinofield@usaswimming.org

GA Swimming to Host Virtual Golden Peach Awards

We are happy to announce that we are completely changing our Golden Peach Awards format and we will be holding them VIRTUALLY this summer! Our goal is that this offers something fun for us to do together as a membership, and that this will be creative.

This year there are two twists: they will be held virtually via social media posts/announcements AND we are doing awards for Age Group swimmers (ages 11-14) and also the same awards for Senior Swimmers (ages 15-18). This is to acknowledge and celebrate a wider variety of athletes while also helping save our families some money, and hopefully bringing something joyful to our athletes during a hard time. Awards will be shipped to the athletes club team.

Online nominations are being taken from May 11th - June 5th in the following categories:

  • All-Star acknowledgments
    • Every All-Star athlete will be presented with a towel (shipped in April) and a certificate.
  • Breakout Performer of the Year​
    • This award is given to an athlete whose performance(s) stand out in relation to other years.
  • Perseverance Award
    • This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance in the last year.
  • Relay Performance of the Year
    • This award is given to the best team relay performance, male or female.
  • Disability Athlete of the Year
    • This award is given to an athlete with a physical and/or intellectual impairment who has succeeded in the pool.
  • Female Athlete of the Year*
  • Male Athlete of the Year*

Just presented during the Senior Awards, not both:

  • Emerging Coach Award
    • This award is given to a coach who has been coaching in the Georgia Swimming LSC for five (5) years or less and embodies the spirit of the coaching role. ​
  • Volunteer of the Year
    • This award is given to a volunteer who has been involved in the Georgia Swimming LSC for two (2) years or more and embodies the spirit of Georgia Swimming LSC.
  • Official of the Year
    • ​​This award is given to an official who has been involved in the Georgia Swimming LSC for two (2) years or more and embodies the spirit of Georgia Swimming LSC.
  • Betsy Dunbar Award
  • Bill Young Award

*The 2019 Top 3 performing females from Age Group (14 and under) and the Top 3 performing females for Senior (15 and over) based on competition data will be on the ballot for voting June 7th-17th. Nominations are not being taken for this category.

After nominations close on June 5, the second round of online voting will take place for the slate of nominees to determine each category’s winner. The second round of voting will take place June 7-17th, all winners will be announced via Instagram and Facebook on July 18th for Age Group swimmers and July 25th for Senior swimmers.

Click here to go to the nomination form.


2020 Spring LSC Meetings: Update

On April 8th, 2020, during the Georgia Swimming LSC BOD meeting, it was decided that committee and BOD meetings up to May 13th, 2020 will meet virtually, with HOD meeting serving as the only face-to-face LSC meeting. This will only be applicable to the Spring 2020 meetings and allows for committee meetings to spread out. Information on how to join these meetings, and when they will be held, via Zoom or Uber Conference will be shared later. Information was posted here on the website on April 13th. 

Athlete Speaker video meeting link:

Coaches Meeting video link:

HOD will be held virtually this year on June 13th, @ 1:00 pm.

USA Swimming Event Updates

Dear USA Swimming members,
As we continue to monitor the changes of this global pandemic, assess the lifting of restrictions across the country and prioritize the health and safety of our members, we are also optimistically planning for our return to competition.
Given the varying timelines expected for a return to training, we have made the decision to modify our upcoming events schedule. National events in July and early August, which include USA Swimming Sectionals, Futures and the Speedo Summer Championships, will be canceled in order to refocus our efforts on introducing a new series of summer events better tailored to the current environment.
The introduction of 14-16 regional events in mid to late August would allow for a successful return to pools and training and help kickoff the competition season. 
These regionally focused events will limit the need for travel and promote a safer competition environment for our athletes, families and everyone involved. The approval of these event sanctions will be subject to local health guidelines and directives. We look forward to providing further details in the coming weeks. 
Following the end-of-summer events, we are pleased to announce our tentative 2020-2021 national schedule of events in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha in 2021:
Nov. 5-8, 2020
TYR Pro Swim Series at Richmond | Richmond, Va.
Dec. 2-5, 2020
Toyota U.S. Open | Atlanta, Ga.
Dec. 9-12, 2020
Speedo Juniors East | Atlanta, Ga.
Dec. 9-12, 2020
Speedo Juniors West | Austin, Texas
January 13-16,2021
TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville | Knoxville, Tenn.
March 3-6, 2021
TYR Pro Swim Series at San Antonio | San Antonio, Texas
April 8-11, 2021
TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo | Mission Viejo, Calif.
May 12-15, 2021
TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis | Indianapolis, Ind.
June 13-20, 2021
U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming | Omaha, Neb.
Qualifying periods for the national events will be announced later this summer.
There is still much work to do, but we encourage you to remain hopeful. There will be bumps along the road, but rest assured that we will respond swiftly and in the safest and most responsible way.
Someday soon you will all strap on your goggles and walk on the pool deck again, and we absolutely cannot wait.
Wishing you continued good health,
Tim Hinchey III
USA Swimming President & CEO  

From the Georgia Swimming LSC Board – Please stay safe and adhere to all national, state, regional and local regulations and guidelines; for your health and the health of all those around you.

Share With Us!

We know this time out of the pool and the unknowns are super tough to deal with, but we want to share good news, funny pictures, and anything positive that you guys are doing out of the pool/as a family/as a team. If you have a cool story or picture/short video, shoot an email to our Executive Coordinator Megan Kingsley at admin@gaswim.org. We are so proud of how our LSC is staying strong out of the pool!

Georgia Swimming College Commits

Help us celebrate our recent college commits! Congrats and good luck with your future careers! If you have a recent commmit, please email them along with a picture to intern@gaswim.org with the name and college and they will be posted and shared in the future. 

Ava Kennedy - UGA
Blaise Achecar - Seattle U.
Hailey Galbraith - UGA
Lucy Yeomans - U. of Richmond
Aiden Hichkad - NSU 
Sarah Brown - Queens University

Georgia Swimming Open Applications

Nominations for the 2020 Virtual Golden Peach Awards
Nominate from May 11th - June 5th
Form to nominate is here.

Virtual Awards will take place on July 18th and July 25th via social media.

Thank You Thursday Form
Click here to fill out a form to nominate someone you'd like to thank!

Teaching Tuesday: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so today’s Teaching Tuesday is all about recognizing ways to take care of yourself and know that you are never alone. Many people struggle in silence, but getting help and talking to others about what you are going through can help tremendously. It is so important to constantly talk about mental health as so many people have internal battles that they shouldn’t fight alone.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

– Glenn Close.

Read more here.

Latest News:

Letter to Governor Kemp from GA Swimming
GA Swimming LSC is Hosting a Virtual Golden Peach Awards This Summer
Staying Home Special for Officials Training Classes
USA Hosts Virtual Conference This Year
USA Swimming Events Update
Teaching Tuesday: Webinars to Watch During Quarantine
Teaching Tuesday: Webinars to Watch During Quarantine
For Clubs & Families
New Year, New Goals

If your club or swimmers have made any personal or swimming goals, we want to know! Send us a photo and a quote, caption, or list of goals and you could appear on the Georgia Swimming social media! Send us a direct message on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email us.
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