Lindsay Mintenko becomes first woman to lead U.S. swimming

Two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko has been named the first woman to lead the U.S. national swim team, USA Swimming announced on Wednesday. Mintenko, who has been a member of the national team staff since 2006, will replace retiring managing director Frank Busch.

As a two-time Olympian at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Games in Sydney and Athens, Mintenko was a team captain and won two gold medals in the 800-meter freestyle relay. She also captured a silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 2004.

USA Swimming also announced that COO Mike Unger will now oversee all divisions of USA Swimming, including the national team.

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“I am honored to follow and build on a tremendous legacy set by Frank and his predecessors,” Mintenko said in a statement. “We have a great team in place in the national team division, and following a strong showing at last summer’s FINA world championships, we’re already hard at work planning the road to the 2020 Olympic Games.”

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