“Swimming is one thing I can point to that creates ‘good’ in the community. It’s a blue-chip stock. You can count on it. The work can be challenging at times, but at the end of the day there’s a strong sense it’s worthwhile. The USA Swimming Foundation is making a difference in communities across the nation.”
Mel Stewart is a three-time Olympic medalist and former World, American, and NCAA record holder. At the 1991 World Championships in Perth he became the first athlete ever to break the 1:56 barrier in the 200-meter Butterfly, setting the stage for gold-medal performances in that event and the 4x100-meter Medley Relay at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Prior to that, the University of Tennessee star set an American, U.S. Open, and NCAA record in the 200-yard Butterfly that stood for 16 years.
Away from the pool, “Gold Medal Mel” has carved a successful path in both the creative and entrepreneurial fields. He’s the co-founder and publisher of SwimSwam, an online news resource and print magazine for all things swimming. His work as a writer, producer, columnist, and analyst has been featured across media platforms like NBC, ESPN, FOX Sports, TBS, Yahoo, Universal, and more. He even produces and directs commercials.
Mel lives in Austin with his wife, Tiffany, and their daughter Bayley.
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