Prominent D.C. area swim coach Rick Curl voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension from USA Swimming on Wednesday, a spokesman for the organization said.
Curl, who faces charges that he sexually molested a teen girl under his tutelage at the Curl-Burke Swim Club more than 25 years ago, waived his right to the emergency hearing scheduled for Wednesday night, according to the spokeswoman, Jamie Fabos Olsen.
Curl did not admit guilt and retained the right to contest USA Swimming’s request for a lifetime ban from the sport, she said. He is scheduled to face a full hearing before USA Swimming’s board of review Sept. 19.
Curl’s attorney, Thomas J. Kelly, confirmed the action but declined to comment further. Wednesday’s hearing was scheduled to be conducted via conference call.
Curl, who announced last week he was taking a temporary leave of absence, resigned his position as president of the club he founded in 1978, the club announced in a statement Wednesday night. The club has been renamed CUBU Swim Club, the statement said; the club has taken down all references to Curl-Burke Swim Club and Curl on its Web site.