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What Does Zero Tolerance Mean to Tim Hinchey?

Today as I was studying for a class I’m taking, I was interrupted by tweets coming from USA Swimming. They apparently were having a live Q and A with Tim Hinchey at the convention and some of the questions were being tweeted. The one that got my attention was this : Q: Have recent events changed the organizations approach to Safe Sport?

You can find Tim Hincheys reply here:

“We have Zero tolerance.” was one of the things he said, and I totally disagree with his statement. Here are a few facts that show Tim Hinchey, and USA Swimming do NOT have Zero tolerance.

  1. Bob Bowman- Bob is on the steering committee until 2020-why has he not been taken off? How can USA Swimming allow a coach to make decisions for our athletes, if he cannot control his own actions? Who is protecting our athletes? Bob has had absolutely no repercussions for his inappropriate behavior towards Caroline, and Clark Burckle. This is the culture of USA Swimming, they continue to allow this behavior.

  2. Mark Schubert-How does this man have a job working with kids, and young adults?Heat Is on USA Swimming’s Alpha Bad Guy Coach Mark Schubert — Whose Story Has Key Connections to Sarah Ehekircher Abuser Scott MacFarland. Here’s a Nugget the Mainstream Coverage of Schubert Is Omitting.

    Published July 8th, 2018, Uncategorized

    by Irvin Muchnick


    Six years after U.S. Olympic swimming head coach Mark Schubert got forced out of that job in a six-figure settlement with USA Swimming, the Orange County Register is doing the full-tilt boogie on Schubert’s decades of enabling sexual abuse in his programs and on his specific role in the decades-long cover-up of the ultimately convicted statutory rapist coach Rick Curl.

    Bully for the Register. The new coverage of reporter Scott Reid has included the general controversy surrounding Schubert and his blind eye to abuse; the unheeded warnings to him from famed swimmer Dara Torres and from his former assistant and key whistleblower, Dia Rianda; and a new lawsuit targeting Schubert by Ariana Kukors, grooming/abuse victim of coach Sean Hutchison.

    As we move along, Concussion Inc. will be rolling out stories on how all this connects with the story of Sarah Ehekircher’s grooming and abuse at the hands of her own teen coach. That coach, Scott MacFarland, comes out of Schubert’s Mission Viejo coaching tree. So do many tawdry others.

    For now, I want to point out a key element missing from Reid’s stories to date. I don’t consider it a superfluous detail. My guess is that it’s just unbearably painful for the Southern California Newspaper Group to acknowledge anything that might possibly dilute their hype of groundbreaking exclusivity.

    In 2013, in the course of covering Rianda’s lawsuit against Schubert for wrongful termination at his Golden West club in Huntington Beach, my colleague Tim Joyce and I published discovery documents slam-dunking Schubert’s knowledge of Hutchison’s inappropriate relationship with Kukors. In 2010 Schubert had hired a private investigator to spy on Hutchison and Kukors at USA Swimming’s professional training center in Fullerton. He was the leaker of the Washington Post story that led to Hutchison’s resignation.

    See “Read It Now — Olympic Coach Mark Schubert’s Private Eye’s Report on the Cohabitation of Rival Coach Sean Hutchison And His Swimmer,” May 14, 2013,

    See also “Mark Schubert — Who Falsely DENIED Hiring a Private Investigator to Follow Sean Hutchison — Now ASSERTS He Hired P.I. to Track Rapist Rick Curl,” May 24, 2013,

    There are several other articles written on concussioninc by Irv Muchnick, on Schubert.

  3. Scott MacFarland, Norm Havercroft, Paul Bergan, Alexandre A. Pussieldi, Randall K. Smith-just 4 coaches who if they so choose, are able to coach children and young adults. All have been accused of Sexual abuse, USA Swimming refuses to do anything about them.

These are a few reasons why Tim Hinchey saying publicly now on a few occasions that he and USA Swimming have ZERO tolerance is completely not valid, or the truth. Zero tolerance means-he will do whatever it takes to not have these people, and countless others, in our sport exposed to our swimmers. PERIOD!

In the up coming weeks I’ll be revisiting a few cases of sexual abuse that have seemingly dissapeard from our memories.

Sarah Ehekircher