Phone: 941-256-USMS (8767) or 800-550-SWIM (7946) toll free. Fax: (941)556-7946
Laura Hamel, Communications and
Laura manages USMS publications, including SWIMMER magazine, the STREAMLINES e-newsletter series, and articles published on usms.org. She also oversees USMS social media and video campaigns and works with outside media entities to promote Masters swimming.
Laura managed her own freelance writing, editing, and organizational consulting business prior to joining the USMS staff. After a decade-long career in law enforcement, she attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in organizational studies.
Originally from Northern California, Laura feels most at home in the mountains or in the water. She enjoys backpacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, and adventure swimming. She swam competitively until age 12, and then didn’t return to the sport until age 42. Laura has been an active volunteer and participant with the Sarasota YMCA Sharks and Sharks Masters swim teams for the past decade. Swim mom to a miler, she’s spent many years officiating at age group meets, overseeing kayak support crews at open water events, and serving as webmaster and assistant coach. She has completed the Level 3 USMS Coach Certification course.