U.S. High Performance Swimming Director Russell Mark leaves the organization

USA High Performance Swimming Manager Russell mark is leaving the organization after 19 years, a source confirmed to SwimSwam on Friday.

Mark, who has primarily worked with the United States National Team to hone technique through data analysis, has been with USA Swimming since 2002, with his most recent High Performance Director title held since 2010.

“The most important thing is that the USA Swimming National Team staff remain committed to providing world-class support to their National Team athletes,” USA Swimming told SwimSwam. “Everything will be done to ensure that the change of personnel does not disrupt daily operations. “

USA Swimming added that the National Team division will continue to grow as it adds talented and experienced individuals to the high performance team.

SwimSwam was unable to contact Mark.

Mark has been at the forefront of the evolution of swimming through video and data analytics throughout his career in the sport, helping the best of USA Swimming to optimize performance at the highest level.

A swimmer at the University of Virginia, Mark graduated in aerospace engineering and pursued a career in the field, working in the Pratt & Whitney Military Jet Engine Experimental Programs from 2001 to 2002.

He then shifted gears and continued an internship at USA Swimming, and has been with the organization ever since, serving as the Biomechanics Coordinator / Manager until 2008, when he became the Team Performance Support Director. national.

Mark’s official title was changed to National Team High Performance Consultant in September 2010, performing biomechanical and statistical analysis on all things swimming while providing feedback to coaches and athletes on the team. national.

Mark has traveled regularly across the country to check on US National and Junior members and has accompanied USA Swimming to all major international competitions for the past several years.

During his competitive swimming career, Mark competed in three UVA ACC Championship titles from 1999-2001, with the Cavs ultimately winning five more in a row after graduation.

He is the second relatively high-ranking member of USA Swimming’s staff to leave the organization in the past month and a half. In early October, it was announced that the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mike unger was leaving the organization after 28 years to take on a new role at FINA.

Virginia S. Braud