133 Swimmers, 4 Water Polo Players Named to 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Ella Eastin of Stanford cheering at the 2018 Women’a NCAA Division I Championships – Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

Each year the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the efforts of top student-athletes for their efforts both in the classroom and in their sport.

This year, CoSIDA has named a total of 37 Division I swimmers to their 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District at-large teams. The All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts and four divisions throughout the United States and Canada. The four divisions are the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and College Division (NAIA, Canadian schools, and all other two-year schools).

CoSIDA is expected to announce the All-America nominees in June.

The full list of men’s honorees can be found here, while the women’s at-large honorees can be found here.

Listed among the men’s honorees are 20 NCAA Division I swimmers, 17 NCAA Division II swimmers, 23 NCAA Division III swimmers, and 5 College Division swimmers.

Notable student-athletes for the men’s list include Caeleb Dressel (Florida), Dean Farris (Harvard), Anton Ipsen (NC State), and PJ Ransford (Michigan).

The women’s list of honorees hosts 17 NCAA Division I swimmers, 21 NCAA Division II swimmers, 27 NCAA Division III swimmers, and 3 College Division swimmers.

Katie Ledecky (Stanford), Ella Eastin (Stanford), Asia Seidt (Kentucky), Hannah Moore (NC State), and Amy Bilquist (Cal) are among the top honorees for the women.

In addition to the 133 swimmers who were named, a total of four water polo players were also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Luca Cupido (Cal) and Blake Parrish (Stanford) represent the men’s team, while Makenzie Fisher (Stanford) and Victoria Rose Meek (California Lutheran University) represent the women’s.

To learn more about the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District team, click here. 

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Rebecca Weiland Announced as University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate Head Coach

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On Monday, Alaska Nanooks swimming head coach Scott Lemley announced the addition of Rebecca Weiland to his staff, who will serve as the program’s first-ever associate head coach.

Weiland replaces the void left by former assistant coach Stacy Fiser and will work alongside Lemley throughout the upcoming 2018-19 season. Weiland becomes the first female to oversee the Alaska Nanooks women’s swim team in a head coaching capacity, as Lemley has served as the program’s head coach since it was resurrected in the fall of 2005.

“Rebecca’s athletic background is extensive and her deep, competitive experience will provide our swimmers with a great deal of wisdom,” Lemley said on Monday. “Her two academic degrees speak to a deep love for athletics and student development, qualities which are prized at UAF. I’m particularly excited at the prospect of a female head coach presiding over the women’s swim team for the first time in our program’s history.”

Last season, Weiland served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an NCAA Division I program. While with the Badgers, Weiland help UW break 13 school records, five Big Ten Conference records, had three swimmers earn NCAA DI All-America statuses and three others be named All-America Honorable Mentions.

Weiland also assisted with constructing and implementing workouts and daily practice plans, while also maintaining the teams’ social media accounts, aided with recruiting and served as the teams’ academic liaison.

Prior to Wisconsin, Weiland was the assistant coach at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from 2015-2017. Weiland oversaw more than 70 student-athletes on SCSU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams while with the Huskies, eventually leading to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship title in 2017. Additionally, Weiland was with the Huskies while they broke 14 school records and one NSIC record, while eight female student-athletes qualified and competed at the NCAA DII Swimming and Diving National Championships in 2017.

In March of 2017, Weiland was selected as a recipient of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) Jean Freeman Scholarship, an award for “exceptional contributions” by assistant coaches to emphasize “leadership, integrity, honesty, competitive attitude and personal graciousness.”

“A couple of years ago, Rebecca did such a great job as the assistant coach at St. Cloud State University, she was nominated for the Jean Freeman Scholarship, an award given to the top-six NCAA assistant coaches in the country each year,” Lemley continued. “Assistants from all three levels, Division I, II and III, can be nominated for this award. Rebecca was recognized in 2017 and it’s our good fortune she’s going to end up here this fall.”

Weiland was a four-year letter-winner for swimming at the University of Minnesota from 2011-2015. As a 13-time All-American swimming for the Gophers, Weiland racked up an impressive resume that included four B1G Ten Conference titles, four consecutive appearances at the NCAA DI Swimming and Diving National Championships and multiple B1G Ten Conference honors. Additionally, Weiland competed at the Olympic Trials in both 2012 and 2016.

Out of the pool and in the classroom, Weiland was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.

Weiland graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Minnesota in 2015 and earned her master’s degree in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State in May 2017.

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Wisconsin State Champ Katrina Marty Verbally Commits to Arizona State

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NEW COMMIT: Fitchburg, Wisconsin’s Katrina Marty has announced her verbal commitment to swim for Arizona State University as a member of the Class of 2023.

A multiple time Wisconsin swimming state champion, Marty does her club swimming with Madison Aquatic Club. She’s a junior at Madison West High School.

She wrote on her CollegeSwimming profile,

“I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Arizona State University! I want to thank my family, my friends, and everyone else who has helped and supported me on this journey. Go Sun Devils!”

Primarily a backstroker, her best times are:

  • 50 Back 25.33
  • 100 Back 53.88
  • 200 Back 1:57.96
  • 50 Fly 25.10
  • 100 Fly 55.30

At her junior year Division 1 High School state championship meet in November, Marty touched third in the 100 fly (55.32) and won the 100 backstroke in a new lifetime best time (53.88).

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Open Water Junior National Champion Ivan Puskovitch Verbally Commits to USC

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NEW COMMIT: Open water star Ivan Puskovitch has announced his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Southern California, beginning in the fall of 2019.

Puskovitch is a two time Open Water World Junior qualifier. Earlier this month he was the USA Swimming Open Water 7.5K Junior National Champion. The Trojans have a history of attracting and producing open water talent, including Haley AndersonBecca Mann, and Erica Sullivan.

From West Chester, PA, Puskovitch is a junior at Episcopal Academy where he is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a NISCA All-American. He was the 2018 Easterns Champion in the 500 freestyle, and was the four time Inter Academic League Champion in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM. He does his club swimming for Episcopal Academy Aquatic Club. On both teams Puskovitch is coached by Chris Lear.

He said,

“I am honored to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Southern California to continue my academics and swimming! I would like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible, especially my Mom, my Brother and my Coach, Chris Lear. Fight On!”

Puskovitch gets better with distance, but also has some strong IMs. His lifetime bests are (SCY/LCM):

  • 500/400 Free: 4:27.35/3:59.46
  • 1000/800 Free: 9:20.70/8:14.50
  • 1650/1500 Free: 15:32.73/15:45.68
  • 200 IM: 1:50.39/2:09.07
  • 400 IM: 3:54.22/4:28.26
  • 200 Fly: 1:53.43/2:06.73

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Jeana Kempe Rounds Out New Coaching Staff At Auburn

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Jeana Kempe, who spent the past six seasons as part of the staff at LSU, has been hired as an assistant coach by Gary Taylor at Auburn, Taylor announced on Monday.

“I’m really excited to welcome Jeana to the Auburn Swimming and Diving Family,” Taylor said. “I think one of the things that really excited me the most about Jeana was her energy, enthusiasm and passion for Auburn and really wanting to have an opportunity to be here. I am drawn to people that are drawn to me and that are drawn to Auburn University and Jeana was from day one. She is a ball of energy, very out-going and very easy to communicate with.

“Jeana will be a fantastic recruiter and will get to know her athletes on a really deep and personal level,” Taylor continued. “She comes to us with great swimming experience at the NCAA Division I level at UCLA but she also has some really good coaching experience at Northern Arizona first and then over the past six years at LSU. She will be a tremendous asset to this program in a variety of areas.”

Kempe began her career at LSU as an assistant coach in Oct. 2012 before being promoted to Associate Head Women’s Coach in April 2017.

“I am honored and really excited to be a part of the future of the Auburn Swimming and Diving program,” Kempe said. “Gary’s personality is infectious and his vision for Auburn is second-to-none.”

During Kempe’s time at LSU the women’s team has reached new heights, finishing fifth at the SEC Championships in 2016, its highest finish since the 2011-12 season. The program also sent a program record 11 swimmers and divers to NCAA Championships in back-to-back years.

Kempe also aided in individual success, especially the development of Caley Oquist into the top backstroke specialist in program history. In four seasons, Oquist broke school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke and qualified for NCAA Championships three straight seasons.

In addition to working with Oquist, Kempe contributed to Colleen O’Neil’s growth in the breaststroke events. In three seasons under Kempe, O’Neil qualified individually for NCAA’s in the 100 breast and 200 breast and set the second-fastest 100 and 200 breast times in school history. At the 2016 NCAA Championships, O’Neil was also a part of the school record 400-medley relay team.

Kempe has also worked with men’s team members Silas Dejean, Garrett House and Harry Ackland during her time in Baton Rouge. Dejean was a part of the 400-medley relay school record team and also qualified for NCAA Championships with two relays in 2015. Dejean, Ackland and House also swam times on LSU’s top-10 list.

“I would like to thank Dave (Geyer) and Doug Shaffer for the opportunity to be a part of the LSU program over the last six years,” Kempe said. “I appreciate the time I have spent in Baton Rouge growing as a coach. My time here has shaped the person I am today.”

Prior to her stint at LSU, Kempe served as an assistant coach for two years at Northern Arizona. Kempe led NAU swimmers to 14 NCAA ‘B’ cuts and 14 school records. In addition, 28 program all-time top-five swims were registered.

NAU posted two top-three finishes at the WAC Championships with Kempe as an assistant coach, including a second place finish in 2012. Four NAU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans during the 2011-12 season. The swimmers won five individual titles during the 2012 WAC Championships.

During her time in Flagstaff, Kempe also worked with developing the training schedule and dry land programs, organizing recruiting logistics and coordinating alumni relations.

Kempe, the former Jeana Fuccillo, was a four-year letter winner at UCLA. She helped lead the Bruins to a pair of second-place finishes in the Pac-12 Conference during her career. She was a three-time top-eight finisher at the Pac-12 Championships and served as team captain her senior season.

Following her collegiate swimming career, Kempe worked in the UCLA athletic department. Kempe mentored student-athletes and helped them succeed in the class room.

Kempe worked as an academic graduate assistant in the NAU athletic department while pursuing her graduate studies in the college of education. As a graduate assistant, she helped the academic coordinators in eligibility and performance of student-athletes.

While in Flagstaff, Kempe gained coaching experience working with the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club.

Prior to swimming at UCLA, Kempe was the Illinois High School Swimmer of the Year, a Junior National Champion, Olympic Trials qualifier (2000 and 2004), National Junior Team member and a US National Finalist.

Kempe, a native of Lebanon, Ill., was an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection at UCLA and earned her undergraduate degree in sociology in 2007. She completed her master’s degree in educational psychology and human relations at NAU in December 2009.

Kempe and her husband, Andrew, have a daughter, Avery.

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Jennah Haney Returning To Wisconsin As Assistant Coach

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Jennah Haney is headed home.

The former Wisconsin swimmer has been named to the Badgers’ coaching staff, first-year head coach Yuri Suguiyama announced Monday.

“Jennah’s energy and enthusiasm are going to impact our program right away,” Suguiyama said. “She is a talented, passionate, hard-working coach and I’m thrilled to have her coming back to Madison.”

“It’s always been a dream of mine to return home to Wisconsin and coach for the Badgers,” Haney said.

“It was an easy decision after coming back to campus and meeting Yuri. The amount of energy he brings, just being around him for a short amount of time, you couldn’t help but be excited. It’s something I knew I wanted to be a part of.

“I look forward to doing anything I can to help him lead the program.”

Haney spent the past two seasons on staff at Akron, serving one year as a graduate assistant before being named assistant coach in 2017-18. In addition to her on-deck role, she served as the Zips’ recruiting coordinator.

A native of Milton, Wisconsin, Haney was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers who competed in the breaststroke and individual medley. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and was named recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award as a freshman.

Haney graduated from UW in 2014 with a business degree in consumer affairs and went on to earn a master’s in education/sport science at Akron in 2017.

Prior to joining the staff at Akron, Haney spent a year as an assistant coach with T2 Aquatics in Naples, Florida. Her responsibilities included serving as lead coach for the program’s senior performance and senior one groups.

“One of the things that stands out about Jennah is that she brings a great perspective,” Suguiyama said. “Club swimming is the heartbeat of college swimming and Jennah’s recent experiences there, combined with her experience working with a championship-level program in Akron, will be invaluable.”

Haney’s coaching career began in Madison, where she spent a year as a coach with Badger Aquatic Club after finishing her time as a competitive swimmer.

She and fellow UW alum Kristy Brager are the newcomers named to Suguiyama’s first staff. They are joined by returning assistant coach Neil Caskey and diving coach Anton Slobounov.

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Mitch Dansky Named Assistant Coach for Notre Dame Swimming & Diving

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University of Notre Dame swimming and diving head coach Mike Litzinger has officially named Mitch Dansky as the newest assistant coach on the Irish swimming and diving staff. A six-year collegiate coaching veteran who has spent the past five years at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Dansky arrives at Notre Dame following the departure of assistant coach and meet director Joe Spahn, who assumed the head coaching role at Pepperdine in April.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mitch and his wife, Mary, to our Notre Dame swimming and diving family,” Litzinger said. “Mitch is an accomplished coach with a great deck presence. Not only will he mesh well with our outstanding staff, but I am looking forward to the energy he will bring as we continue to pursue excellence in the ACC and at the NCAA level.”

“I would like to thank Mike Litzinger, his incredible staff, Juli Schreiber, Jack Swarbrick, Father (John) Jenkins and his office for this amazing opportunity,” Dansky said. “It was important to me that the place I coached offered athletics and academics at the highest levels. Notre Dame is one of the few universities in the country that can offer both. Notre Dame has a rich history of success, and I cannot wait to help these athletes reach their goals in the sport and in life. Mike’s vision for this program is amazing, and I am looking forward to helping the program reach the top of the ACC and the NCAA.”

Dansky began his coaching tenure at SMU in August of 2013, and worked as a men’s swimming assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Mustangs over the last five seasons. Dansky mentored distance, middle distance and sprint competitors in the water, along with serving as the program’s academic liaison with the Athlete Learning Enhancement Center (ALEC) in addition to his recruiting duties. Athletes who competed under Dansky’s tutelage at SMU earned 30 American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship event victories, established seven conference records, claimed four combined conference Most Valuable Swimmer honors, notched five school records and made one swimming appearance at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Outside of collegiate competition, Dansky represented SMU as an assistant coach at the 2017 USA Swimming Southern Zone Diversity Select Camp. During his time in Dallas, he also served as the director of the Mustang Swim Camp program from 2013-18.

Prior to arriving at SMU, Dansky spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men’s swimming team at the University of Connecticut. He specialized in the development of the Huskies sprint swimmers, and was responsible for organizing all dryland training for the team in addition to his recruiting coordinator duties. UConn racked up 18 school records during the 2012-13 campaign with Dansky on staff. Dansky spent time as an assistant coach for the UConn university aquatic club during his initial collegiate coaching stop in Storrs.

Dansky was a four-year distance swimmer at UConn from 2008-12, specializing in the 500 and 1650 freestyle events. He was named team captain as a senior during the 2011-12 season, and was a finalist at the BIG EAST Championship in each of his four seasons swimming the 1650 free. Dansky graduated with top-10 times in the UConn record book in the 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM events, and was a member of the UConn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Dansky graduated from UConn in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with a minor in political science. He earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in May of 2017, with a concentration in organizational dynamics. Dansky is officially certified by USA Swimming.

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NC State Adds Mark Bernardino To Staff As Associate Head Coach

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NC State swimming & diving head coach Braden Holloway bolstered his staff on Monday with the addition of 31-time ACC Coach of the Year and 2018 International Swim Coach’s Association Hall of Fame inductee Mark Bernardino.

“I am excited that Mark will be joining the Wolfpack,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “He brings passion, energy and knowledge that can not only elevate our current student-athletes, but also our staff as well. Mark is one of the best coaches to walk the pool deck, both in college and for USA swimming. His desire to develop and teach is constant, contagious and runs deeper than ever. As we continue our drive to win NCAA titles, Mark can help us reach that next level we are looking to attain.”

A longtime member of the USA National Team staff, most recently from 2010-2014, Bernardino comes to NC State following four seasons as associate head coach at South Carolina. Prior to that he served as head coach at Virginia from 1978-2013.

During his tenure at UVA the Cavaliers captured 27 ACC Championships; the men’s program became the first in ACC history to win the ACC Championship 16 times while its women became the first program in ACC history to win it 11 times. His 510 career victories rank fifth all-time in NCAA swimming while he coached four NCAA individual champion swimmers, six NCAA relay titles, three NCAA record performances, one NCAA Swimmer of the Championship meet and 13 Olympians.

“I am honored and excited to join the NC State University Swimming and Diving Family,” said Bernardino. “I would like to thank Coach Braden Holloway, his staff and swimmers, Athletic Director Dr. Debbie Yow and Associate Athletic Director Michelle Lee for their trust in me, and for this opportunity.

“Coach Holloway and his staff have overseen the most remarkable turn-around ever witnessed in the sport of swimming. They are primed and ready to contend for national championships and I am energized and enthused at the prospect of helping them attain their goals. I am keenly aware of the storied history of this Swimming and Diving program and I will work to my fullest capacity to help the Wolfpack reach higher milestones in the years ahead. There is something very special that fuels the minds, hearts and bodies of these swimmers and this staff and I look forward to pursuing their goals beside them.”

Bernardino has coached one Olympic silver medalist, one world and American holder, 102 First-Team NCAA All-American swimmers, 127 All-American relays, 26 ACC Swimmer of the Year Awards (18 swimmers) including 11 men and seven women, 16 ACC Freshman of the Year Awards (nine men, seven women), 164 male individual ACC titles, 118 female individual ACC titles, 50 male ACC relay titles and 52 female ACC relay titles and six male individual SEC titles.

Bernardino’s 31 ACC Swimming Coach of the Year awards, including 18 on the men’s side and 13 on the women’s, are the most earned in ACC Swimming history. The Cavaliers were also among the best performing programs at the NCAA Championships under his tutelage as they earned the second-most top-ten finishes at the NCAA Championships of any program in ACC history. The men and women each earned four top-ten finishes, highlighting a combined 46 finishes inside the top-25.

Throughout his time at South Carolina the Gamecocks became a mainstay at the NCAA Championships. The Gamecock men finished 15thin 2018 while the men and women earned three and one 16th-20thplaces finishes respectively.

Along with his success at the college level, Bernardino also has extensive experience at the international level. He served as head coach of the USA World University Games team in 2009 and 2011, assistant coach of the USA Pan-American Games team in 2011, assistant coach of the USA National Junior Team in 2000 and head coach of the East Team at the USA Olympic Festival in 1993. He also served as head coach of the Ecuadorian National Team from 2015-17.

His impact went beyond the pool as at Virginia the women’s teams was a CSCAA All-Scholastic Academic for 19 consecutive years while the men’s team earned the honor 13 years in a 19 year span. He coached four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 19 ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship winners and 13 ACC Scholar Athlete of the year winners.

Bernardino also served as president of the CSCAA from 2010-2012 and on the CSCAA executive board from 2010-2014.

He joins an NC State program in the midst of a remarkable stretch of success, and in search of more with his addition. After winning its fourth straight ACC Championship on the men’s side and finishing third at the ACC Championships on the women’s, NC State wrapped up the 2017-18 season with a fourth-place finish nationally and five NCAA titles on the men’s side and an 18th-place finish on the women’s, the fifth-straight year it has finished inside the top-20.

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NC State Adds Mark Bernardino To Staff

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NC State swimming & diving head coach Braden Holloway bolstered his staff on Monday with the addition of 31-time ACC Coach of the Year and 2018 International Swim Coach’s Association Hall of Fame inductee Mark Bernardino.

“I am excited that Mark will be joining the Wolfpack,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “He brings passion, energy and knowledge that can not only elevate our current student-athletes, but also our staff as well. Mark is one of the best coaches to walk the pool deck, both in college and for USA swimming. His desire to develop and teach is constant, contagious and runs deeper than ever. As we continue our drive to win NCAA titles, Mark can help us reach that next level we are looking to attain.”

A longtime member of the USA National Team staff, most recently from 2010-2014, Bernardino comes to NC State following four seasons as associate head coach at South Carolina. Prior to that he served as head coach at Virginia from 1978-2013.

During his tenure at UVA the Cavaliers captured 27 ACC Championships; the men’s program became the first in ACC history to win the ACC Championship 16 times while its women became the first program in ACC history to win it 11 times. His 510 career victories rank fifth all-time in NCAA swimming while he coached four NCAA individual champion swimmers, six NCAA relay titles, three NCAA record performances, one NCAA Swimmer of the Championship meet and 13 Olympians.

“I am honored and excited to join the NC State University Swimming and Diving Family,” said Bernardino. “I would like to thank Coach Braden Holloway, his staff and swimmers, Athletic Director Dr. Debbie Yow and Associate Athletic Director Michelle Lee for their trust in me, and for this opportunity.

“Coach Holloway and his staff have overseen the most remarkable turn-around ever witnessed in the sport of swimming. They are primed and ready to contend for national championships and I am energized and enthused at the prospect of helping them attain their goals. I am keenly aware of the storied history of this Swimming and Diving program and I will work to my fullest capacity to help the Wolfpack reach higher milestones in the years ahead. There is something very special that fuels the minds, hearts and bodies of these swimmers and this staff and I look forward to pursuing their goals beside them.”

Bernardino has coached one Olympic silver medalist, one world and American holder, 102 First-Team NCAA All-American swimmers, 127 All-American relays, 26 ACC Swimmer of the Year Awards (18 swimmers) including 11 men and seven women, 16 ACC Freshman of the Year Awards (nine men, seven women), 164 male individual ACC titles, 118 female individual ACC titles, 50 male ACC relay titles and 52 female ACC relay titles and six male individual SEC titles.

Bernardino’s 31 ACC Swimming Coach of the Year awards, including 18 on the men’s side and 13 on the women’s, are the most earned in ACC Swimming history. The Cavaliers were also among the best performing programs at the NCAA Championships under his tutelage as they earned the second-most top-ten finishes at the NCAA Championships of any program in ACC history. The men and women each earned four top-ten finishes, highlighting a combined 46 finishes inside the top-25.

Throughout his time at South Carolina the Gamecocks became a mainstay at the NCAA Championships. The Gamecock men finished 15thin 2018 while the men and women earned three and one 16th-20thplaces finishes respectively.

Along with his success at the college level, Bernardino also has extensive experience at the international level. He served as head coach of the USA World University Games team in 2009 and 2011, assistant coach of the USA Pan-American Games team in 2011, assistant coach of the USA National Junior Team in 2000 and head coach of the East Team at the USA Olympic Festival in 1993. He also served as head coach of the Ecuadorian National Team from 2015-17.

His impact went beyond the pool as at Virginia the women’s teams was a CSCAA All-Scholastic Academic for 19 consecutive years while the men’s team earned the honor 13 years in a 19 year span. He coached four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 19 ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship winners and 13 ACC Scholar Athlete of the year winners.

Bernardino also served as president of the CSCAA from 2010-2012 and on the CSCAA executive board from 2010-2014.

He joins an NC State program in the midst of a remarkable stretch of success, and in search of more with his addition. After winning its fourth straight ACC Championship on the men’s side and finishing third at the ACC Championships on the women’s, NC State wrapped up the 2017-18 season with a fourth-place finish nationally and five NCAA titles on the men’s side and an 18th-place finish on the women’s, the fifth-straight year it has finished inside the top-20.

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The Week That Was: Ledecky Smashes Records In First Meet As Pro

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This was a huge week of competitions across the United States as national and international swimmers continue to prepare for this summer’s big long course meets. Check out a recap of all the records that were broken along with the biggest stories of the week below in the week that was!

The Week That Was #5 – Brazilian Olympian Henrique Martins Tests Positive

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It was revealed this week that Brazilian Olympian Henrique Martins tested positive for a banned substance on WADA’s list of prohibited substances. The result came from a surprise doping test on March 27th, which will give Martins an opportunity to present his case in front of a FINA doping panel in Switzerland. Martins has already hired Marcelo Franklin as his lawyer. Franklin has previously defended Cesar Cielo, Joao Gomes, and Etienne Medeiros. Martins was a member of Brazil’s 2016 Olympic Team and competed at last summer’s World Championships as part of Brazil’s medley relays and in the sprint free and fly events.

The Week That Was #4 – USA Diving Nationals Underway Without Olympic Champ Boudia

David Boudia, London 2012 – Photo Courtesy: Toni L. Sandys

The 2018 USA Diving National Championships were underway this week without one of Team USA’s biggest names. David Boudia revealed on his Instagram account earlier this week that he will be taking a break from diving following a recent concussion, effectively removing him from this week’s nationals and from having a chance at a spot on Team USA’s World Cup Roster. The final World Cup roster for the United States was announced at the conclusion of the competition, with Olympians Katrina Young and Steele Johnson among those earning spots on the roster. You can see full recaps from each day of USA Diving Nationals here.

The Week That Was #3 – Tim Hinchey Among CEOs To Testify On Sexual Abuse

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Tim Hinchey, the CEO of USA Swimming, is set to testify before a House subcommittee on sexual abuse in Olympic sports. He is one of several sports executives who is scheduled to appear, including the CEO’s of U.S. Gymnastics, the USOC, USA Taekwondo, and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport. The hearing is coming on the heels of many U.S. gymnasts coming forward about the sexual abuse from Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, and while the spotlight has been on USA Gymnastics there has been plenty of recent scrutiny on the policies of USA Swimming and how they have handled allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. USA Swimming previously came under fire in 2010 for how the organization handled sexual abuse scandals, which led the USOC to create the Center for SafeSport.

The Week That Was #2 – Andrew, Lochte, And Dressel Highlight 2018 Atlanta Classic

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One of the two big meets this weekend was the 2018 Atlanta Classic down in Georgia, with several big names throwing down some impressive swims and some Olympians making their long course debut for the season. Michael Andrew broke a pair of records over the weekend, with two huge swims in the 100 breaststroke (59.98) and 50 free (21.73). That 50 free time was Andrew’s PB and broke Nathan Adrian’s record from 2016. Caeleb Dressel was clearly racing tired but still put together two wins on the final night of the meet in the 200 IM (2:01.98) and 100 free (49.65). Other notable swims included Micah Sumrall with a meet record in the 200 breast (2:26.16) and Molly Hannis’ meet record in the 100 breast (1:07.25). You can see all the recaps and results from the 2018 Atlanta Classic by heading over to our meet page.

The Week That Was #1 – Ledecky Smashes World Record To Start Indy Pro Series

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

All eyes were on Katie Ledecky this weekend as she went on an in-season record-breaking spree like only Katie Ledecky can do. In her first meet as a pro swimmer Ledecky started things off with a bang, casually dropping her own world record in the 1500 free by 5 seconds to nearly become the first woman under 15:20 when she touched the wall in 15:20.46. That moved her to the fastest in history by a staggering 18 seconds and gives her 9 of the top 10 performances in history. She also recorded the second-fastest 400 free in history, the third-fastest 800 free in history, and a dominant win in the 200 free. There were plenty of other fast swims this weekend, including Lilly King swimming the fastest 100 breast in the world (1:05.90), Melanie Margalis blasting a new best time in the 400 IM (4:36.81), and Daniel Roy becoming the youngest American ever under 2:10 in the 200 breast. You can see full recaps of each session on our meet page.

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