USA Swimming has released a statement after the sentencing of disgraced swim coach Rick Curl today, where he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but 7 of those years suspended.
Specifically, they’ve clarified that they do not agree with Ms. Currin’s timeline that USA Swimming contacted her in the spring of 2011.
The two sides have disagreed on the timeline of when USA Swimming learned of the allegations against Curl, though the original timeline released by USA Swimming didn’t necessarily disagree with Ms. Currin’s statements after the sentencing that USA Swimming contacted her in the spring of 2011. Their latest statement, however, does specifically that.
USA Swimming began an immediate investigation into the claims and filed a police report to initiate criminal proceedings in this matter. Through its National Board of Review process, USA Swimming permanently revoked Mr. Curl’s membership, and directed that his name be placed on USA Swimming’s published list of ‘Individuals Permanently Suspended or Ineligible’ for USA Swimming Membership.
USA Swimming contacted Ms. Currin in spring of 2012. A full timeline of the case can be found here: http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=0&itemid=4740&mid=8712
The safety of all USA Swimming athletes is paramount to the organization and, because of that, USA Swimming has developed its comprehensive Safe Sport program: http://www.usaswimming.org/protect
This timeline continues to be a hot-topic in regards to Curl’s case. Though Curl has plead guilty and been sentenced, Currin is still pushing the issue of what more USA Swimming could or should have done in her opinion. The two sides have failed to come to a consensus on the timeline of this case.
Both timelines seem to agree that USA Swimming was aware of the accusations no later than the spring of 2012. That means that Curl was on deck at the 2012 Olympic Trials, after USA Swimming had spoken with Currin, and in her post-sentencing press conference, she said that seeing him on deck at Trials, even after her report, is what prompted her to come forward with the 1989 nondisclosure agreement.
A formal media statement released by Currin through a spokesperson again called for the ouster and punishment of those who she alleges knew of the abuse to be held accountable, including CEO Chuck Wielgus.
Asked for further comment on Currin’s comments or whether Wilegus directly would be releasing a statement, a USA Swimming spokesperson said that the above quoted is their only statement.