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AQUA - World Aquatics (Formerly FINA), is the International Federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competition in Aquatics.  It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.


USA Swimming - the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other teams which officially represent the United States, as well as the overall organization and operation of the sport within the country, in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. The national headquarters is located at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


NCAA - The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a nonprofit association of over 1,100 (2023) institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs (including swimming) of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.  The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.


YMCA - An inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y hosts local, state, regional and national swimming championships annually. The YMCA is headquartered in Chicago, IL.


NFHS - The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is the body that writes the rules of competition for most high school sports and activities in the United States. Most high schools, whether public or private, belong to their state's high school association; in turn, each state association belongs to the NFHS. Over 8,000 (2022) high schools sponsor swimming and diving and belong to associations that are members of the NFHS. In 2022 there were 272,959 boys and girls participating in swimming and diving. NFHS's headquarters are located in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.


USOPC - Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

USMS - United States Masters Swimming is a nonprofit organization comprising nearly 60,000 adult swimmers across the country. USMS is made up of 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs)that provide direct support to more than 1,500 smaller clubs and workout groups.  USMS is heaquartered in Sarasota, FL.




ASCA -The American Swimming Coaches Association, or ASCA, is a professional organization for Swimming coaches in the USA. It was founded in 1958 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


CSCAA - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.


CSOA - The College Swimming Officials Association is an organization which maintains a database of member officials who have passed a test on NCAA rules.  The CSOA is able to quickly notify its member officials of rules interpretations issued by the NCAA Secretary-Rules editor


NISCA -The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association is a volunteer organization that supports High School coaches of all aquatic sports. They are dedicated to coaches education and athlete recognition through the All America programs.

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