(Update: Press Release)
USA-Swimming National Team member Josh Schneider has signed his first major sponsorship deal with swimsuit and equipment manufacturer TYR, according to GoldMedalMel. Schneider, who was the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 50 free, recently broke through internationally by taking a bronze medal in the 50 free at the 2010 World Championships in Dubai.
Schneider earned a spot on the National Team by way of his tie with SwimMAC teammate Cullen Jones at USA Swimming Long Course Nationals in the 50. The two will have a head-to-head swim-off at the UltraSwim Grand Prix in May to determine who gets to swim at the World Championships.
This sponsorship is especially exciting given that Schneider doesn’t qualify for the USA-Swimming stipend, or the newly passed Athlete Partnership Agreement, since his time of 22.21 was ranked t-23rd in the world as of the September 7th date of record, which is outside of the mandatory 16th to earn the stipend. Schneider was the champion at the 2010 Tiburon Sprint Classic, which carried with it a $10,000 prize.
Schneider joins National Team teammates Mary DeScenza-Mohler, Matt Grevers, Nick Thoman, Amanda Weir, and Ariana Kukors in an increasingly impressive stable of talent on the TYR payroll.
No information is available about the value of the agreement.