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USA Swimming names new president

2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials - Day 2

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 26: A general view of preliminary heat 11 of the Women’s 100 m Backstroke during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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USA Swimming named Colorado Rapids president Tim Hinchey as its new president and CEO on Thursday, succeeding the late Chuck Wielgus.

Hinchey, a former swimmer at UC Irvine and current member of U.S. Masters Swimming, was the 2016 MLS Executive of the Year with the Rapids. He was previously an executive with English soccer club Derby County FC, the Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Kings in more than 25 years in the business.

He called the USA Swimming post “a dream job.”

“Being involved in the sport of swimming has played a major part in shaping who I am as a person and as a professional, and I can’t wait to give back to our membership,” Hinchey said in a press release.

Wielgus died of complications of colon cancer in April at age 67 and was due to retire in August. Mike Unger is the current interim executive director.

USA Swimming is still looking for a new national team director after Frank Busch announced in February that he will step down in September.

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