Archive for February, 2018

There’s Work to Be Done by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Investigating USA Swimming Abuse and Cover-Up — And the Committee Says It’s On It

Published February 23rd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   We have this much clarity regarding the state of things at USA Swimming: it’s wild. Yesterday both Safe Sport director Susan Woessner and club development director Pat Hogan turned in their resignations. A day later we seek clarity on a deeper question: Are these developments impactful? For the beginning of the answer there, it […]

Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Director, Resigns Along with Safe Sport Director Woessner — Most Infamous For Helping a Secretly Banned Olympic Coach Get a New Job at the Nearby Country Club Aquatics Center

Published February 22nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Thursday was, as they say, a good day’s work. First, USA Swimming’s director of Safe Sport, Susan Woessner, resigned while admitting that she “engaged in kissing on a single occasion” with a coach, Sean Hutchison, now accused of long-term grooming and abuse of his swimmer Ariana Kukors. Woessner had been part […]

Susan Woessner Resigns as USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Director After Being Called Out For Her Relationship With Sean Hutchison — A Coach She Then Investigated

Published February 22nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Susan Woessner, the founding director of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport department, resigned today after her boss — the organization’s CEO, Tim Hinchey — was confronted with information that she had been compromised prior to the 2010-11 investigation of the relationship of coach Sean Hutchison with his swimmer Ariana Kukors. This month […]

Remembering and Honoring Sarah Burt Means Forcing Congressional Action Above and Beyond the Safe Sport Act of 2018

Published February 22nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Earlier today we posted an item about the excellent Chris DeSantis open letter to USA Swimming, and accompanying petition. After linking to the recent first-person account of a victim’s, Ariana Kukors’, grooming and abuse at the hands of her coach, Sean Hutchison, the DeSantis letter notes: “There are many more. Sarah […]

Read the Powerful Open Letter to the USA Swimming Board of Directors by Coach Chris DeSantis — And Sign the Petition

Published February 22nd, 2018, Uncategorized

Dear Members of the USA Swimming Board, The time for secrets is over. In the past days and weeks, greater and greater media attention has come to our sport, as journalists have begun to peel away at the veil of secrecy that has existed in USA Swimming and the USOC at the highest level.   So begins […]