Short Course World Champion Josh Schneider Announces Retirement

Josh Schneider has announced his retirement from competitive swimming. In a post on his Facebook page on Saturday, Schneider said that “Today marks the end of my swimming career. Although I never made it to where I wanted to go, I still gave it a great run. Being part of team USA over the last 7 years, I got to experience over 10 different countries, break world and American records, and made a ton of friends.”

Schneider, a sprinter, made history in 2010 when he became the first individual national champion in swimming for Cincinnati since Charles Keating won a title in 1946. That 50 free win launched a career that took Schneider to two Short Course World Championships (2012, 2014), the 2011 World University Games, and the 2015 Pan American Games – where he won the 50 free.

He was also on a gold medal winning, and World Record setting, 200 mixed freestyle relay at the 2014 World Short Course Championships. In total, he won 5 World Short Course Championship medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.

Schneider alludes to the fact that, while he was close, he never made an Olympic team. He was 4th at the Olympic Trials in the 50 free in 2012 and 5th in 2016.

A screen shot of Schneider’s announcement, which includes thanking his family, USA Swimming, and suit sponsor TYR, among others.

See Schneider’s announcement below:

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3 years ago

Great Career, much respect…

Definitely Not Sun Yang
3 years ago

Gonna miss you Josh, best of luck wherever life takes you!

3 years ago

How do some swimmmers at his level and age afford to compete in the sport withoit making a Olympic/world/pan-pac team.
Nothing against him, there just seems to be no money in the sport of you’re not ranked 16th or better in the world

Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

Wasn’t he a college swim coach & getting paid for that?

Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

Did you even read the article? He has competed at 2 worlds, 1 Pan-PAC and was on the US team for 7 years. He was receiving stipends and I would imagine some sort of sponshorship.

Reply to  Swimfan1992
3 years ago

He’s served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, University of Cincinnati.

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