Colorado Springs, Colo.-based USA Swimming has reported
its largest single-year member increase since its
inception. The organization now has 286,084 athletes and
315,640 total members, including coaches.
The 11.2 percent upsurge is attributed in part to the
popularity of the 2008 Olympic swim team, and has far
outpaced other post-Olympic growth periods. In all, 99 new
clubs joined the USA Swimming roster in 2009 as of
September. The average member club size: 106 athletes,
another record for the group.