Rick Curl, founder of the Washington area’s most prominent swim club, was banned for life by USA Swimming in the wake of this summer’s revelation that Curl had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old swimmer in the 1980s.
Curl, 62, had accepted a provisional suspension from USA Swimming on Aug. 1 and was set to have a hearing before the National Board of Review on Wednesday, but waived his right to a hearing. According to a statement released Wednesday on USA Swimming’s Web site, Curl voluntarily gave up his membership and was added to USA Swimming’s list of banned individuals, which is posted on the organization’s Web site.
The ban was first reported by the Associated Press. Curl’s attorney, Thomas J. Kelly, Jr., did not return a call seeking comment.
In July, Kelly Davies Currin, who swam for Curl in the 1980s, told The Post that Curl molested her for four years beginning when she was 13 and he was 33. In 1989, Currin and her parents signed an agreement with Curl in which the family agreed not to pursue criminal charges or disclose the abuse in exchange for $150,000.