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  • Former Swimmer at Boilermaker Aquatics (BA-IN)
  • in 2008 = 25 DOB: Apr 27, 1983
  • 6' 2" (188.0 cm) 188 lbs (85.3 kg)
  • Hometown = Grand Island, Nebraska
  • in 2008 resides in West Lafayette, Ind.
  • former resident of Fullerton, Neb.
  • Coach = Dan Ross
  • Wikipedia:Scott Usher
  • USA Swimming's media guide provided some source materials.

Career Highlights:[]

Took seventh in the 200m breast at the 2004 Olympic Games; his first international team was the 2004 Olympic Team ... bronze medalist in the 100m breast at the 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool ... bronze medalist in the 200m breast at the 2006 Pan Pacifics ... member of three World Championship Teams (2004, 2006-2007) ... captured second in the 200m breast and third in the 100m breast at the 2004 NCAA Championships ... not recruited in high school, and was contacted by Wyoming a week before national signing date


2004: 7, 200m BR

World Championships[]

2007: 9, 100m BR; 28, 50m BR .. 2005: 9, 200m BR

Pan Pacs:[]

2006: Bronze, 200m BR; 4, 100m BR

2007 World Rankings:[]

47th, 50m breast; 18th, 100m breast; 32nd, 200m breast

2006 World Rankings:[]

13th, 100m breast; 6th, 200m breast

2005 World Rankings:[]

40th, 100m breast; 13th, 200m breast


National Teams: Two-time National A Team (2004, 06) ... 2005 National B Team Collegiate: Four-time All-American ... Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the Year


High School: Grand Island Senior HS ‘01 College: Wyoming '06 College Major: Criminal Justice

Ambitions, Aspirations, Goals, Dreams[]

Police / FBI officer

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Tom and Pam … father is an insurance agent, and mother is an office manager at GI Family Radio … Tom played football for a small college in Nebraska Sibling(s): Older brother (Alan) attended the University of Nebraska and now owns radio stations in Nebraska Sports Played Before Swimming: Football, basketball, baseball, golf, soccer Nickname(s): Scottie the Hottie … his friends started calling him that, but his coach thinks it’s motivational Hobbies Outside the Pool: Hiking, bounding, fishing, hunting, video games Ultimate Way to Relax: Taking naps, hiking up a mountain and laying in the sun while listening to music Most Influential Person: Grandma Lacey … “She always told me that if you try, anything is possible, but you must use all of your heart.” Sponsor(s): TYR

Training Notes[]


Swims 12,000 meters per day, 4 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Used to train in a lazy river in Nebraska by swimming against the current ... traveling to Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games was his first experience outside of the U.S. Favorites: Int'l destination: Greece ... musician: Paul Brandt ... summer activity: fishing ... t.v. show: House ... movie: 300


  • One-time Olympian (2004)

International Medals[]

2006 SC World Champs 2006: Silver, 400m MED-R (Short Course Meters) 2007 Duel in The Pool 2007: Bronze, 100m BR 2006 Pan Pacific Champs 2006: Bronze, 200m BR

Top Times[]

Event 100m BR 200m BR Best 1:01.07 2:10.90 Year Aug 06 Jul 04

2008 Swimvitational - 10 Final, 100m BR; 5 Final, 200m BR 08 OSU GP - 13 Final, 100m BR; 4 Final, 200m BR 2007 MoO DiP - 3 Final, 100m BR; 4 Final, 200m BR WORLD - t9 Semi, 100m BR


US OPEN - 2 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR PAN PAC - 4 Final, 100m BR; 3 Final, 200m BR SUM NATS - 2 Final, 100m BR; 3 Final, 200m BR SC WORLD - 7 Final, 100m BR (Short Course Meters); 7 Final, 200m BR (Short Course Meters); 2 Final, 400m MED-R (Short Course Meters)


US OPEN - 2 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR MoO DiP - 4 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR WORLD - 9 Semi, 200m BR WC TRIALS - 6 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR


OLY - 7 Final, 200m BR OLY TRIALS - 3 Final, 100m BR; 3 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR 2003 US OPEN - 2 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR SUM NATS - 2 Final, 100m BR; 3 Final, 200m BR 2002 SUM NATS - 18 Final, 100m BR; 22 Final, 200m BR

Coaching Career[]

Hired as assistant swim coach at Miami University in August 2010[]

Miami University's head men's swimming and diving coach Pete Lindsay announced the hiring of 2004 Olympian Scott Usher as his new assistant coach. Usher comes to the RedHawks from St. Louis, Mo. where he served as head developmental coach of Parkway Swim Club.

While coaching at Parkway, Usher oversaw more than 100 athletes, managing and planning their practices as well as managing the facility. Prior to that, he served as assistant coach at Boilermaker Aquatics for a year and spent six years as a clinician for USA Swimming.

"Scott is an up-and coming coach," Lindsay said. "He has had good success working for Boilermaker Aquatics and Parkway Swim Club. Scott's experience as a competitor and ambassador for USA Swimming will benefit our team's learning and the university's recruiting."

Usher was born and raised in Grand Island, Neb., attending Grand Island Senior High School. From there, he went to the University of Wyoming where he became the most decorated swimmer in school history, winning six Mountain West individual championships and being named First Team All-America four times. Over the course of his college career he won 35 out of 36 dual meet breaststroke events. A 2006 graduate with a degree in criminal justice, he served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Cowboys for two years after his eligibility had expired.

While at Wyoming, Usher earned a spot on the U.S. National Team and competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where he took seventh place in the 200-meter breaststroke. Some of his other swimming accomplishments include qualifying for the World Championships four consecutive years from 2004-07, earning a silver medal at the 2006 World Championships, earning a bronze medal at the Pan-Pacific Championships in 2005 and earning bronze at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

"I'm really excited to come to Miami University and get back into college swimming," Usher said. "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Pete and to share my experiences and knowledge from my time as an athlete with the team. It will be great to pass on what I learned as an international competitor and also to learn from Pete's wealth of knowledge as a college coach."