Minnesota Swimming—Disability

MSI's clubs also support the training and competition of several athletes in USA Swimming's disability programs.

Support and Accomplishments 









MSI Disability Chair

Justin Zook

Disability Committee

Dave Cameron


To learn more about the Paralympics movement, click here to visit the U.S. Paralympics website. 

Click here to go to USA Swimming's Disability page.


Fall-Winter (2015-16)/ Spring-Summer (2016) Coach Disability Meet Natl Travel Request .docx

Fall-Winter (2015-16)/ Spring-Summer (2016) Athlete Disability Meet Natl Travel Request .docx

Tom Franke, recognized as the Paralympic National Coach of the Year at the USOC Coach of the Year Awards Reception, at the 2013 National Coaching Conference.

Franke helped Team USA to an astonishing 41 medals at the 2012 London Paralympics as co-head coach of the U.S. squad. He also individually coached Team USA's three captains: Anna Eames (MN-silver), Cortney Jordan (three silvers, one bronze) and Justin Zook (MN-gold and a world record).

“We are honored to recognize the tireless service and achievements of these...coaches, who have dedicated their lives to helping countless athletes reach their highest athletic and personal potential,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance.

Click on the following to read more from SwimmingWorld Magazine and the International Swim Coaches Assn

Anna Eames is featured in this article in Collegeswimming.com.

2012 U.S. Paralympic Team. Three swimmers from Minnesota competed in London (2012) on the US Paralympic Team:

Mallory WeggemannRESULTS: Gold, 50 Free (Paralympic record);  Bronze as anchor on 2 x 100 Free Relay; 4th in 100 Free; 6th in 100 IM and 100 Breast; 7th in 100 Back

Anna Eames.  RESULTS:  Silver as anchor on 4x100 free relay;  6th in 100 Free and 100 Fly; 8th in 50 Free

Justin ZookRESULTS:  Gold in 100 back (World Record); 6th as  leadoff on 4x100 Medley Relay; 8th in  50 Free; 100 Free

For all information pertaining to the Paralympics visit www.paralympic.org

Justin Zook Nominated. Justin Zook was nominated as USOC Athlete of the Month (June 2012) for his performances at the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials.

Swimmer Jessica Long ESPY winner. Paralympic Athlete Jessica Long won her second ESPY in 2013, claiming the title of Best Female Athlete with a Disability.


Minnesota Swimming—Diversity

National Diversity Select Camp Coach and Athlete Applications

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 36 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on USA Swimming sanctioned events.

The athlete and assistant coach application deadline for the 2014 National Diversity Select Camp is past. 

2013: Minnesota Swimming sent 2 swimmers and the MSI Diversity Chair to the Central Zone Diversity Select Camp June 7-10 in Oklahoma City, OK. MSI swimmers joined 28 other athletes from 14 states in the Central Zone for swim workouts and leadership training. Coaches and diversity chairs were involved in team building and program development on the topics such as diversity of membership within LSC's and Make-A-Splash programming.

Diversity Grants

MNswim is proud to offer grant money to eligible diversity initiatives around the MSI community. 

Each applicant is eligible for up to $2000 from the Diversity funds for the current budget. Grant money will:

  • Only be released to a credible non-profit organization.
  • Not be released to an individual person.

A clear description of the program's mission and vision and how you are promoting diversity in swimming is required.

For more details, see the grant application in Documents.

Support Provided by MNswim

Phillips Neighborhood Community Pool Bond

MNswim and several MNswim clubs supported the Phillips Neighborhood Community Pool's bond of $1.75 million dollars in funds to renovate the Phillips pool, which has been closed since 2008. The Phillips pool is the last inner city community pool in Minneapolis. Access to this pool is critical to enable kids in Minneapolis to learn to swim. Minority youth are 6 times more likely to die from drowning than Caucasian youth. USA Swimming offers an anti-drowning program called Make-A-Splash and encourages any swim lessons provider to become a Make-A-Splash partner. To help support your team in becoming a Make-A-Splash partner contact Melissa Malen.

If you are interested in learning more about the Phillips pool and opportunities to support it, visit the Minneapolis Swims website at: http://www.mplsswims.org/.

As part of its mission to service all athletes in the MN LSC, the following Minnesota Swimming, Inc. (MNswim) looks after the interests of our diverse population.

Diversity Committee

The MNswim Diversity Committee is comprised of 1 athlete, 2 coaches, and 2 non—coaches.

Diversity Chair

Dave Cameron

Committee Members

Tuan Le, non-coach rep
Lynn Sainati, coach rep
Tom Walsh, coach rep
Kelly Gu, athlete rep

Diversity Committee Vision

The Diversity Swimming Committee fosters collaboration with other community leaders and will serve as a foundation for diversity swimming initiatives in the MSI community.

Diversity Committee Mission

Minnesota Swimming Inc. is committed to increasing awareness and promoting growth to multicultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity swimming programs in the MSI community.




What is an Outreach Athlete Membership and who is eligible?

USA Swimming/Minnesota Swimming offers an Outreach Athlete membership that costs $5.00 per athlete instead of $57.00. Athletes must meet the criteria of receiving the free/reduced school lunch program.

IF eligible athletes are not already registered, notify your club members that eligible athletes can be registered for an Outreach Athlete membership.

Outreach Athlete Fee Waiver (2016)

2016 Outreach Athlete (year-round) Registration Application



USA Swimming Diversity Mission Statement

USA Swimming is committed to increasing the multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the sport to achieve and foster an inclusive swimming environment that fosters the growth of swimming at all levels.

Increasing Awareness of Minnesota's Swimming Gap and High Drowning Rate

Minnesota has one of the highest African American youth drowning rates in the country and minority youth are 6 times more likely to drown. Minnesota has 26 drownings thus far in 2012 (August), double the total for 2011. Take a look at the USA Swimming Diversity web page and view Kare 11 News story from June 13, 2012 under the title, "Swimming Ability Gap Remains for Blacks."

Make a Splash for Water Safety Video Contest

STAR swimmers Ceallach Gibbons and Maya Appleton scripted and acted in their own Make a Splash video while Grady Appleton filmed and produced the video. USA Swimming offers a program designed to be a solution to the drowning dilemma: Make a Splash partner program. Any group can become a USA Swimming Make a Splash partner as long as they are offering Learn to Swim lessons and/or Water Safety events. STAR is a Make a Splash partner; their video was a finalist for 2012.