Carol Zaleski is the former president of USA Swimming and the powerful and influential Chairperson of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee. She is the recipient of the 2009 Paragon Award for Competitive Swimming and a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
She has volunteered and worked as a judge, starter and referee for everything from local swim meets to several Olympic Games. She served as President of USA Swimming an unprecedented four terms (1986-1988, 1988-1990, 1994-1996, 1996-1998) and has conducted workshops on officiating and administration of swimming throughout the United States and has served on various committees of the United States Olympic Committee including the Overview Commission with George Steinbrenner and the Olympic Games Preparation Committee. In 1992 she was elected President of United States Aquatic Sports.
She was elected to the FINA Technical Swimming Committee and served as Honorary Secretary (1988-1992) and as the first woman Chairman (1992-2005). She currently serves as Vice-Chairman and has been the leader of interpreting and formulating the rules for international swimming. She was elected President of UANA in 2003. She is the first female referee both at a FINA World Swimming Championship and an Olympic Games.
Zaleski received the 1992 United States Swimming Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Sport of Swimming. In 1990, she has received the USS Athletes Appreciation Award and she was the keynote speaker at the first International Coaches Seminar held in Olympia, Greece. Currently she is the longest-serving member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors (1979).