Above is a screen-shot of the complaint filed against USA Swimming in regards to USA Swimming, Pacific Swimming and San Jose Aquatics (Santa Clara County Superior Court, Case #109CV149813)
This snippet from the complaint press release only scratches the surface:
Olympic gold medal winner Deena Deardurff Schmidt [4x00 Gold in the 1972 Olympics - Tony] claims that starting at age 11 and continuing for four years, she was repeatedly molested by her former swimming coach, now in the Hall of Fame. Deardurff-Schmidt claims that she reported this abuse to US Swimming management on two occasions and both times no action was taken. The complaint alleges that King and other coaches are part of a culture in youth swimming throughout the nation that ignores the swimmers' cries for help.
Then the complaint gets more lurid and more pathetic. Personally, I couldn't finish it.
This is the second lawsuit filed against USA Swimming in just 2-years. Both lawsuits are way serious: An antitrust claim and now a myriad of allegations regarding child abuse.
In no way can I take responsibility for this story growing as big as it deserves. There is one brave person who can though, a swim coach who has sacrificed a lot of his time, effort and is courageous enough to face a gauntlet of lawyers if the time comes. His name will come out.
Two major media networks are going to be covering this mess and I suspect if USA Swimming does not take the high road immediately, such as implementing a Boy Scouts of America policy in regards to preventing child abuse and/or false allegations, the Senate of these United States will. Think about it; it is an election year.
It is not a stretch to think that the Senate will bypass the USOC and get involved in a very serious way, I kid you not. A lot of Senators are up for reelection this year including California Senator Barbara Boxer who represents the state where the victims reside.