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by Irvin Muchnick


The Houston Chronicle, hometown newspaper of USA Swimming’s Magnolia Aquatic Club where James Scott MacFarland now coaches, has readied an article about Sarah Ehekircher’s account of being groomed and abused by him more than 30 years ago — the subject of a reopened investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Though the Chronicle story has not been published, its existence leaked out due to an online glitch late Friday, at a point when it appeared the coverage would be in the newspaper’s Saturday print edition under the headline “Area swim coach faces new investigation.” However, the MacFarland-Ehekircher article then got pushed back because of breaking news, but not before it hit the Google news search database. The online tease has since disappeared.

Chronicle sources said the article, for the sports section, was completed and reflected comment sought from all concerned parties, including Ehekircher, MacFarland, and Magnolia Aquatic. It will run in the newspaper and online shortly.

Below are complete headline links to this story, which Concussion Inc. broke on March 6.


Sarah Ehekircher, Long-Time Coach, Tells of Her Youth Grooming and Abuse by Scott MacFarland, Her ‘Revictimization’ by USA Swimming’s 2010 Investigation, and Her Sexual Harassment by American Swimming Coaches Association Boss John Leonard

Published March 6th, 2018

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Concussion Inc. - Author Irvin Muchnick