USA Swimming Names First 23 Officials for 2020 US Olympic Trials

USA Swimming has announced a list of officials who will work the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials from June 21st-28th, 2020 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. In total, 23 officials will work the meet, including 2 who will cover the underwater review cameras that can be used to overturn disqualifications called by on-deck officials.

The officials were chosen after a process that included recommendations from their peers, officiating history at the local and national level, and “commitment to the sport.

An additional group of officials will be invited to complete the list of deck officials for Olympic Trials and those will be announced by the end of October.

Among the leadership roles announced are Don Hougardy as Team Lead Chief Judge, Clark Hammond as Meet Referee, and Denice Wepasnick as head starter. Hammond, notably, is the Chair of the USA Swimmiing Rules and Regulations Committee, while Hougardy serves on the USA Swimming Audit Committee.

Asst. Administrative Referee Peter Lagow
Asst. Administrative Referee Lisa Olack
Administrative Referee Jacki Allender
Chief Judge Dana Covington
Chief Judge Kim Downs
Chief Judge Jason Johnson
Chief Judge Trish Martin
Chief Judge Mike Urbanowicz
Chief Judge Lisa Vetterlein
Team Lead Chief Judge Don Hougardy
Deck Referee Jamie Cahn
Deck Referee Sandy Drake
Deck Referee Jim Holcomb
Deck Referee Kathleen Scandary
Deck Referee Wayne Shulby
Meet Referee Clark Hammond
Starter Dick Duncan
Starter Eric Peterson
Starter Fran Werner
Head Starter Denice Wepasnick
Time Trial Referee Mark McCaw
Underwater Camera Referee Robert Broyles
Underwater Camera Referee Dan McAllen

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Are you guys planning to rank the Top 20 officials for us pre-Trials?


I feel comfortable having Broyles and McAllen in the replay booth.


I mean that’s not a bad idea…

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yes, officials should be ranked to make everything official …


Rude and uncalled for.

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