USA Swimming recently announced their 2021-2022 National Team roster, which features 114 athletes. When one qualifies for the US National Team, they could be eligible for a variety of key benefits, such as health insurance, monthly stipends, travel assistance, and access to the US Olympic Training Center. Below, please find a breakdown of these major benefits.
2021 Elite Athlete Health Insurance
The US National Team receives Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI), which provides an athlete with a $10,000 life insurance policy through the USOPC. In order to secure this insurance, an athlete must be actively training/competing and have received an Athlete Stipend in 2021.
Funding: 2021 Direct Athlete Support
The US National Team also receives Direct Athlete Support in the form of a monthly stipend. Athletes will only receive funding based on their performances in Olympic events. To qualify for the Direct Athlete Support, a swimmer must:
- Actively training and competing
- Named to the current National Team or National Open Water Team
- Provide a training and competition calendar signed by their coach
Due to the depth of USA Swimming’s National Team, there are also performance standards that need to be met.
- A maximum of 52 individual Olympic Event athletes will receive funding; Funding will be distributed by gender (26 men and 26 women)
- Athletes should have a designated World Ranking (1-16) and be named to the National Team in the same event.
- Athletes may only receive funding in either open water or pool swimming. *For example, Jordan Wilimovsky and Haley Anderson both qualified for the National Team in pool and open water events, but will only receive funding in one of the disciplines.
Within the Direct Athlete Support, or Athlete Partnership Agreement, there are two tiers of funding. The top 52 athletes will automatically receive Tier-1 funding. However, athletes who are ranked in the Top 16 in the world, but outside the top 52 will still receive funding at a Tier-2 rate.
Finally, athletes must compete in at least two TYR Pro Swim Series competitions and must make two appearances. These appearances can include charity events, speaking opportunities, formal autograph sessions, or USA Swimming social media campaigns.
The current recipients of the Direct Athlete Support are members of the 2020 Olympic Team. USA Swimming says that they don’t share publicly the amount of those stipends.
The full breakdown of the USA Swimming Athlete Partnership Agreement (January – June 2021) can be found here.
2021 Phillips 66 Travel Assistance
US National Team members are eligible for travel reimbursements for two competitions this season: The 2020 US Olympic Trials (Wave II) and the 2021 USA Swimming 10k Open Water National Championships.
For the US Olympic Trials, athletes will receive travel reimbursements for a Top-8 individual finish. 2021 National Team members that didn’t finish in the Top-8 will still receive a travel stipend of $375.
|Place Finish at 2020 US Olympic Trials (Wave II):||Reimbursement:|
|1st & 2nd Place (3rd & 4th Place in 100/200 free)||$775|
|3rd & 4th Place||$675|
|5th & 6th Place||$575|
|7th & 8th Place||$475|
For the US 10k Open Water Nationals, athletes that qualified for the 2020 US Olympic Team or the 2021 Open Water National Team that were previously on the 2020 National Team automatically receive $775 in travel reimbursements. Athletes from the 2020 National Team members will receive $675, and athletes who qualified for the 2021 Open Water National Team that weren’t on the 2020 National Team will receive $575. Finally, 2020 Open Water National Junior Team athletes will receive $375.
The full breakdown on the 2021 Phillips 66 Travel Assistance can be found here.
Access To The Olympic Training Center
US National Team Members will receive access to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Typically, athletes are partially reimbursed for their travels to Colorado, while housing and meals are funded by the United States Olympic Committee.
While at the Training Center, athletes have the opportunity to train in a 50-meter pool at altitude (6350 ft. above sea level). In addition, athletes have access to all strength-training and recreational facilities, and will have meals provided by world-class nutritionists.
You can find a full list of opportunities available to members of the National Team is available online at usaswimming.org.