USA Swimming Responds to Statements in Mark Schubert Lawsuit

  18 Braden Keith | September 18th, 2012 | National, News

USA Swimming has released the below statement regarding the pending litigation against former National Team Director Mark Schubert. Though not a party to this case, USA Swimming is mentioned at several points in the complaint.

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USA Swimming is not a party to the lawsuit between Dia Rianda and Mark Schubert; however, because that suit makes various gratuitous accusations against USA Swimming, we will address the false premise underlying those accusations.

The resolution of the relationship between Mark Schubert and USA Swimming absolutely did not involve any cover-up of alleged sexual misconduct by Sean Hutchison or any other person. Rather, because of USA Swimming’s commitment to safe sport, the agreement between USA Swimming and Mr. Schubert specifically required that if Schubert had, or in the future, received reliable information involving a sexual misconduct Code of Conduct violation by a coach or other member of USA Swimming, he would bring that information to USA Swimming in writing and would testify at a National Board of Review proceeding if requested to do so by USA Swimming.

Regarding Bill Jewell, USA Swimming cannot comment on ongoing investigations. However, as a matter of process, when USA Swimming initiates a coach investigation, it immediately notifies the employing club.  As per the Amateur Sports Act, membership status cannot be affected without the opportunity for a hearing. Employment decisions during investigations are at the discretion of the employing club.

About USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program

USA Swimming is committed to providing a safe environment for all its members. The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program is a comprehensive abuse prevention initiative rooted in six core areas: Policies & Guidelines, Screening & Selection, Training & Education, Monitoring & Supervision, Recognizing, Reporting & Responding, and Grassroots Engagement & Feedback. USA Swimming is proud of its proactive approach to abuse prevention and continually strives to be the leader in Safe Sport in the Olympic movement. For more on the program, visit



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If I want a flower arrangement, I go to a florist. If I need a physical, I go to a doctor. If I want someone to investigate the rape of a child I go to … USA Swimming? Are you kidding me? There are people who do this for a living. They are called the police. If we want to keep having swimming compared to the Catholic Church, let’s keep “investigating” these charges in-house. I believe this is the greatest sport on the planet for the development of traits that make people successful. Personal accountability, work ethic, individual achievement, commitment, goal setting, and dozens of other lessons are taught in the pool every day. If we allow “coach” to become… Read more »
cynthia curran

I swam for BIll Jewell for a year back in 1973 to 1974 when he was at Newport Beach. No rumors in those days that I can think of and I knew the other teenage swimmers. Jewell had some good age group swimmers and many also played water polo, about 2 I think made nationals.

thanks, but that is a rather small sample, and 40 odd years ago. his interview about Sean now just reads as absolutely absurd and defensive.

to draw a picture, to me this is the equivalent of the BP oil spill….

this is all extremely messy and extremely emabarassing for anyone and everyone involved in USA swimming, as well as unfortunate and sad for the many affected so negatively by this situation and the many others like it. I mean, what would have happened if these primary involved parties had acted professionaly, morally, etc…how much different would the complexion of the women’s roster have been & how much more succesful could it have been in London if FAST USOC held together…this is very small example in comparison to everything else negative surrounding this, but another thing to consider. We (members of USA swimming) are being represented by seemingly dysfunctional adults that head, by appearance, a dysfunctional family, and for me this… Read more »

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