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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tectonic Shifts In American Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Janel Jorgensen McArdle and Rob Butcher have decided to resign their posts, effectively sending tectonic shifts in the American masters swimming and amateur swimming communities.

McArdle was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of Swim Across America while Butcher was formerly the Executive Officer of United States Masters Swimming. They have radically transformed their respective organizations and both leave huge holes to fill.

McArdle explained her resignation. "It is with strong mixed emotions that I write to let you know I will be stepping down as President and CEO, effective January 1st 2016. I have loved being a part of this special organization and this was an incredibly difficult decision for my family and me.

From the moment I stepped off the boat to participate in my first Nantucket swim over 25 years ago, I knew that Swim Across America was something unique. There was a magic to the people, their passion and their ability to have fun while doing something amazingly impactful. Since then, I have looked forward to every summer’s swim series; and I haven’t looked back. It has been the most rewarding ten years of my life. I truly feel blessed to have leveraged the sport I love, worked with the most unbelievable people, and made a significant difference in the world of cancer care

U.S. Masters Swimming President Nadine Day described the resignation of Butcher. "Rob will be stepping down December 31st 2015. [When USMS hired Rob], we were seeking an executive director who could transform USMS from a primarily volunteer‐operated governing body to a professionally managed organization.

Since 2008, Rob has guided the development of our National Office with a steady vision. Milestone accomplishments include rebranding USMS with an inclusive identity, the development of SWIMMER magazine and usms.org into the trusted resources for Masters swimmers, partnerships with Fortune 500 brands Marriott and Nationwide, development of the USMS Masters Coach Certification Program so Masters coaches can provide a better swimming experience for our members, establishment of the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to provide learn‐to‐swim opportunities for adults, and National Office educational programs and services for our members, LMSCs, and volunteers.

This move and the hiring of a new executive director signify a new chapter for USMS.

USMS has been very fortunate to have Rob Butcher as our executive director. We truly appreciate all of his many contributions and we have benefited from his outstanding leadership. Swim Across America is a great organization and has many ties to U.S. Masters Swimming

McArdle said about Butcher's replacement. "We are incredibly fortunate to have Rob Butcher join us January 1st as our new CEO. I have known Rob for over ten years and there is no one in the industry that is better suited to take Swim Across America to the next level. He is a well-respected leader and we are elated to have him join our team. While most of my time will now be spent with my family, I will remain involved in an executive position within Swim Across America, assisting with its strategic direction."

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