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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5 years ago

Good job Josh you should be proud of yourself and what you have accomplished in your life

5 years ago

I had the privilege to be able to meet him at a fitterfaster tour stop a few years ago. Very inspiring and humble guy. Sad to see him go, but excited to see he is beginning a new chapter in his life!

5 years ago

Unless your time is top 8 in the world, you get very little money from US swimming. Even being top 8 in the WORLD will barely pay your rent. Sponsorships…….hahaha unless you are Phelps, Lockte, or Murphy now. Yes other have some “deals” but can you live on that alone… Josh is gone. There will be many that finished top 8 in 2016 trials that will not be there in 2020. Once your college scholarship ends, frankly you can survive on what the stipend is from US swimming even if you are top 8 in the world. Love the sport but many that have Olympic potential will “walk away”…..David Nolan, Josh (who the article is about), Feigen, Camille Adams, Seth… Read more »

Christiansen 800 free bronze in Budapest
Reply to  swimfan25
5 years ago

Yeah, it’s kinda sad.. Some people have more luck than others.

5 years ago

One of the biggest tanks in swimming history , respect

5 years ago

Congratulations on a successful career, Mr. Schneider, and good luck in everything the future brings your way! You’re a winner!

Christiansen 800 free bronze in Budapest
5 years ago

Remember him from 2014 Short Course Worlds in Doha 3 years ago. He finished 5th in the 50 free in 20,97, the same race where Manaudou broke Schoeman’s world record mark in 20,26.

Ice Age Swimmer
5 years ago

Awesome swimmer. We wish you the best!

5 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
5 years ago

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

Reply to  Nah
5 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
5 years ago

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

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