USA Swimming spokesperson Karen Linhart refused to comment on Pussieldi specifically but says "we vehemently deny that sexual abuse is systematically being covered up by the organization."

On June 14, USA Swimming Executive Director Wielgus is scheduled to be inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame.

The gesture is "an absolute slap in the face to anyone who's ever been abused by a swim coach," says Allard, the attorney.

Jack Nelson, Broward swimming icon, was accused by record-holder Diana Nyad of abuse.
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Jack Nelson, Broward swimming icon, was accused by record-holder Diana Nyad of abuse.
Nancy Hogshead Makar questions USA Swimming's attempts to clean up the sport.
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Nancy Hogshead Makar questions USA Swimming's attempts to clean up the sport.

Alleged abuse victim Schmidt says of Wielgus' upcoming induction: "I think it's tragic... If USA Swimming really cared, they would have rounded up people like myself, like Diana Nyad, who know what it was like. They could clean out the whole board of directors." But instead, all of the same officials have been ensconced at the top for decades.

Nyad, Schmidt, and other alleged abuse victims last week formally asked the Hall of Fame's board of directors to reconsider inducting Wielgus.

"They just want it to go away," Schmidt says. "They just want us to go away."

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