From 5:00-7:00 athletes attended workouts at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Coaches were on deck and helped run workouts for all swimmers.
Athlete reps Ceallach Gibbons and Ashley Lancey at a morning workout.
In the mornings, athletes from every LSC in USA Swimming attended meetings to discuss issues pertinent to athletes. National athlete leaders like Peter Vanderkaay and Ricky Berens attended the meetings and engaged in conversations with athlete reps from the LSCs.
Throughout the day, the USA Swimming committees sponsor presentations and workshops. This year, a lot of athletes attended a nutrition workshop sponsored by the Convention Education Committee. At the workshop a USA Swimming nutritionist lectured on the importance of hydration, getting nutrition from food as often as possible, (as opposed to supplements), understanding supplements and their composition, and how to build a balanced meal, depending on training. There were a variety of other committee meetings including open water, sports medicine, age group swimmer development, and officiating.
The Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Zones each have their own Zone meetings to discuss legislation within the Zone, elect people to Zone positions and vote on locations for Zone meets. In the Central Zone meeting delegates also discussed the vision of the Central Zone Diversity Camps and other Diversity-based events, and selected locations for these events.
The University of Minnesota will host the 2014 Senior Zone Championship.
Congratulations to Amy Schulz (Ozark LSC), the new Central Zone representative on the Athlete Executive Committee!
House of Delegates Meeting
For people who are familiar with the Minnesota LSC House of Delegates (HOD), the HOD at the Convention is similar, just a larger scale. The meeting includes reports from the Executive Director of USA Swimming, Chuck Wieglus, the USA Swimming Foundation, and other important board members. The delegates elect new board members, and vote on new rules and regulations. During the Rules and Regulations presentation, all delegates including coaches, athletes, officials and other board members discuss the important and often contentious issues that change the trajectory of our sport. For more information on this year's HOD meeting please see the section below.
Over 600 represented USA Swimming, and most attended the House of Delegates. This year, all attendees wore blue USA Swimming Foundation t-shirts.
During free time, athletes spend time in a hospitality suite, get to know athlete reps from other LSCs, and participate in outreach events. This year athletes either volunteered at a local food shelf or worked with local kids on improving their swimming skills, and encouraged families to join USA Swimming.
Athlete Rep. Ceallach Gibbons with Aaron Peirsol.
Athletes have the opportunity to attend social events throughout the week. This year, athletes went bowling, volunteered at a local food shelf, taught local kids swimming lessons and discussed the benefits of USA Swimming, and participated in the highly anticipated athlete social.
The United States Aquatic Sports Banquet
The Convention concludes with a banquet celebrating all five sports in attendance: swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming and masters swimming. Each sport recognizes its members' accomplishments and distributes awards.
Seven of the fifteen Minnesota delegates at the USAS Banquet.