KHSAA Record-Holder Will Tarvestad Sends Verbal to Stanford

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NEW COMMIT: Stanford has received a verbal commitment from Kentucky state record-holder Will Tarvestad, one of only two members of the high school graduating class of 2019 who have broken 20 seconds in the 50 free. The Goshen, Ky. native will join the Cardinals as part of the class of 2023.

Tarvestad swims year-round with Triton Swimming under head coach Mike Essig where he is a four-time U.S. Open qualifier. He capped off a successful long course season as a two-time finalist at Junior Nationals and recorded a pair of lifetime bests at the TYR Pro Swim Series Columbus. At Junior Nationals East in December, his highest finish came in the 100 free (44.58) with a ninth-place showing. He was also a three-time champion at the 2018 Kentucky SCY Championships.

Also representing North Oldham High School, Tarvestad has finaled in every event he has swum at the KHSAA State Championships. As a junior, he won the 50 free (19.94) in state record-setting fashion and was the runner-up in the 100 free (44.16) en route to being named Swimmer of the Meet. He finished second in both of those events (20.63, 44.81) as a sophomore and placed first (21.10) and second (45.73), respectively, during his inaugural season. He has also earned NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors during his career thus far.

He told Swimming World:

“Excited to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at Stanford University! Thank you to my family, coaches, team, and friends for helping me this far. Can’t wait to see what the future holds on The Farm! Go Card! #fearthetree”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 19.94
  • 100 free – 44.16
  • 200 free – 1:38.11
  • 500 free – 4:30.47
  • 100 back – 49.14
  • 200 back – 1:48.26
  • 100 fly – 48.73

Tarvestad will be extremely valuable when he arrives on The Farm for the 2019-20 season and he’ll join a training group that includes top returning sprinters Alex Liang and Albert Mestre. Both his fastest 50 and 100 free time would’ve scored in the B-final at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships where Stanford finished second in the team standings.

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TCU and Kansas Kick Off 2018 Big 12 Conference Action

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As the 2018 NCAA season gets underway, most schools are having their first competitions this weekend. After seeing some SEC action last week, this week is all about the Big 12.

While only two of the Big 12 teams will be competing this weekend, we are still slated for some exciting racing.

According to the Horned Frog’s schedule, it looks like TCU will be splitting their rosters, with their distance swimmers attending the CSCAA Open Water National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.

Those not swimming open water, will travel to Fort Worth to face University of Texas-Permian Basin, as is their typical first dual meet showdown. At last year’s version of the meet, TCU’s men and women both emerged victorious with the men winning in a score of 143-73 and the women scoring 132-94.

Kansas University will be hosting the CSCAA Open Water Nationals after winning the meet for the past two straight years.

KU will look to secure another team victory with sophomore Lauryn Parrish, junior Jenny Nusbaum and senior Haley Bishop leading the charge after placing in the top-10 last year.

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Elaine Breeden Takes First Swim With Daughter 10 Years After Olympics

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By Dan D’Addona.

Ten years ago, Elaine Breeden was at the top of the swimming world, competing in her first Olympic Games.

When she dove into the water in Beijing, her life would never be the same.

Ten years later, Breeden was in the water once more, and again, her life would never be the same.

This time it was because she was in the water with her 8-week-old baby Julia, the first time her daughter entered a pool, a place that had so much meaning and history for her mother.

Photo Courtesy: Elaine Breeden

It was almost 10 years to the day of Breeden earning a silver medal in Beijing.

“I think I was kind of aware of that. It wasn’t planned. I had seen my Olympic teammates posting anniversary posts for 10 years, so we were all tagged to a lot of things,” Breeden said. “There are a lot of parallels. Being back there with my baby was surreal. She is going to enjoy those days in another six to eight years. Although I don’t know if I will enjoy being a swim mom as much as I was a swimmer.”

Making it even more special was the fact that the historic mother-daughter swim happened in the same pool that Breeden grew up in.

“She loves it. She is obsessed with the water. Baths are her favorite things. I think she was 8 weeks when we took her to the pool. She splashed around for a good 20 minutes and absolutely loving it. We got her out when she started shivering,” she said. “We went back to my childhood pool in Kentucky. It is my summer league neighborhood pool. There is a plaque that they put up that says childhood pool of Elaine Breeden. So we got Julia’s picture with that.”

It brought back a plethora of memories and had Breeden thinking about Julia’s future.

“It was kind of weird being back there and remembering the summer league meets and having my heat and lane written on my hand with a sharpie. I used to be a total pool rat. We would bike to morning practice then pretty much stay and play at the pool until it closed. That is how we spent our summers,” she said. “It is just kind of mind-blowing how fast things go by.”

It is hard to believe it has been a decade since Beijing, something that Breeden, who also held the longest-standing NCAA record recently broken, thinks of often.

“I still remember everything,” she said. “I loved my teammates. I knew most of them, but really getting to know them as teammates really changes your relationship. I remember how much fun we had at training camp in Singapore. I remember the huge highlights, Jason Lezak’s incredible comeback in the 400 freestyle relay. That will always be seared into my brain as one of the coolest Olympic moments and I was right there watching.”

Woven into those moments were Breeden’s swims.

“Those went by like a blur. I had the 100 fly the first day and I remember not being able to sleep the night before because the Opening Ceremony was right by my window it seemed, so the fireworks were pretty loud,” she said. “I remember just being so excited. I had never represented the U.S. at that level. I was disappointed because I didn’t make the finals, but you can’t be too disappointed with 10th in the world. 
I ended up getting seventh in the 200 fly. I was happy to get into that final.”

But it was the medley relay that ended up being the most life-changing for Breeden, even swimming in the preliminaries.

“I swam the prelim leg,” she said. “That was really cool. Being asked to be a member of that relay — I didn’t realize how life-changing that would be. You never really know who will be on those relays. The first thing people ask is if I got a medal. We got the silver medal in finals. Being an Olympian is life-changing enough, but being a medalist is crazy.”

Now the life-changing swims are much more simple, full of smiles between mother and daughter.

“It was pretty relaxing. She was handling it so well. She just loved it. Part of me was relieved because I envision us having a lot of fun at the pool in the summers,” she said.

And it will be a bond they will be able to share for a lifetime.

Photo Courtesy: Elaine Breeden

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Stanford Picks Up Distance Ace Andrew Matejka With Verbal

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NEW COMMIT: Stanford’s distance group just became even stronger with the recent verbal commitment from Andrew Matejka. The Wellesley, Mass. native will make the move to Palo Alto to join the Cardinal’s class of 2023.

Matejka swims for Gator Swim Club where he is a four-time U.S. Open qualifier. He had a phenomenal 2018 NCSA Spring Championships, placing second in the 500 free (4:21.65), third in both the 1000 (9:08.43) and 1650 (15:17.01) and 15th in the 200 free (1:38.91).

He is the current New England Boys 15-16 record holder in the 1500m free with a time of 15:51.02 set back in 2017. Matejka is coming off a successful long course season where he finished 15th in the 400m free (4:00.28), 18th in the 800m free (8:21.97), and 24th in both the 200m free (1:53.50) and 1500m free (16:00.92) at Junior Nationals.

The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American is a rising senior at Wellesley High School. He attended both the National Select Camp last fall as well as the National Open Water Select Camp this past August.

He told Swimming World:

“It’s a dream come true to announce my commitment to continue my education and swim career at Stanford University! Thank you to my family, coaches, teammates, friends, dog and anyone else who has ever given me the opportunity to do what I love! I can’t wait to get out to The Farm and represent the Cardinal! #GoCard #FearTheTree”

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:38.91
  • 500 free – 4:21.65
  • 1000 free – 9:08.43
  • 1650 free – 15:17.01

When Matejka arrives on The Farm for the 2019-20 season, he will join one of the top distance groups in the nation. Stanford took third through eighth in the men’s 1650 free at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships. Of those six A-finalists, Matejka – whose best mile time would’ve ranked him 11th at Pac-12s last season – will have all but one to train with.

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USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee Statement On World Anti-Doping Agency Plan to Accelerate Russia Reinstatement

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On Wednesday, USA Swimming’s Athletes’ Committee released a statement on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s plan to accelerate Russia’s reinstatement, saying, “it is our future, our sport, and our responsibility to demand that the rules are enforced.”

The International Paralympic Committee last week had urged the Russian authorities and WADA to increase their efforts to resolve the ongoing stalemate regarding the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

RUSADA is currently on a three year doping suspension by WADA. Earlier in the year, the Russian Olympic Committee’s ban was lifted by the International Olympic Committee.

USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee Statement:

COLORADO SPRINGS – The USA Swimming Athletes’ Committee has consistently expressed that clean sport is the cornerstone of competitive excellence in sport. In recognition of our unwavering position, we stand with fellow athletes worldwide in support of clean sport and insist that the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee vote to hold their original course on the plan for reinstatement of Russia.

WADA took clear, decisive action, instituting a clear roadmap by which Russia can achieve reinstatement. To accelerate the reinstatement process before all of the conditions are met is capitulation.

The rules are clear; they exist to ensure that clean sport is achieved in an independent, fair, and justified manner. It is our future, our sport, and our responsibility to demand that the rules are enforced.

We insist that WADA stands with us – athletes who cherish and uphold the fundamental principles of the Olympic movement: spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play – as we stand together with athletes around the world, in urging WADA to hold the line on the Russia Roadmap.

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Aggies Get Verbal From In-State Freestyler William Coakley

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NEW COMMIT: Katy, Texas native William Coakley has announced his intention to stay in-state and swim for the Texas A&M Aggies beginning in the fall of 2019.

A four-time Junior Nationals qualifier, Coakley does his club swimming with Katy Aquatics and competed in the 200m and 400m freestyle events at Summer Juniors in August. At the College Station Speedo Sectionals in March, he finished fourth in the 500 free (4:26.20) and recorded three lifetime bests. He finished sixth overall in the 500 free (4:23.70) at Speedo Juniors West last December.

Coakley also represents Seven Lakes High School where he is a three-time Texas 6A State Championship finalist. As a junior, he finished third in the 200 free (1:39.50) and fifth in the 500 free (4:30.94) after placing 15th in the 500 (4:37.81) as a sophomore.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my education and swimming career at Texas A&M! I could not be more thankful for my family, my friends, and my coaches who helped me along the way! With the wonderful programs and amazing coaching staff, I cannot wait to become an Aggie! Gig’em”

His best times include:

  • 100 free – 46.73
  • 200 free – 1:38.27
  • 500 free – 4:23.70
  • 1000 free – 9:17.52
  • 1650 free – 15:41.84

His coach, Travis Sandifer, told us:

“Great young man that will thrive at Texas AM.  He has a dedication to be the best he can be and help his team be the best it can be.”

Coakley will provide valuable depth to the Aggies’ freestyle lineup when he arrives on campus as a member of the class of 2023. His current fastest 500 free time sits just outside scoring range at the 2018 SEC Championships where the Aggies finished second in the team standings.

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Passages: William & Mary Long-Time Coach Dudley Jensen

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The William & Mary athletics department is saddened to announce the recent passing of former men’s swimming & diving coach Dudley Jensen (1925-2018). Jensen was a fixture at W&M for nearly 50 years, from 1951-96, and coached the men’s swimming & diving team for 33 years over three tenures from 1951-89.

A graduate from Springfield College, Jensen arrived in Williamsburg in the summer of 1951 as an instructor in physical education and men’s swimming & diving coach. Over the years, he earned promotion to full Professor of Physical Education and then Kinesiology, was the Chair of the Physical Education Department from 1978-84, and also served as the university registrar from 1964-1975. In 2008, he was named an Honorary Alumnus by the W&M Alumni Association.

As the men’s swimming & diving coach, Jensen grew the Tribe program immensely, and produced several of the greatest seasons in school history. Beginning with a 6-5 season in 1960-61, Jensen’s team had 15 winning seasons, including W&M’s only undefeated season (10-0) in 1969-70, and a 10-1 campaign the following year. At the Southern Conference Championships, the Tribe had five second-place finishes, including four-straight seasons between 1969-72 as well as in 1964. Overall, Jensen’s record was 170-144-1 (.541), still the all-time record for any coach in W&M swimming & diving history, men or women.

Jensen coached six W&M Hall of Fame inductees, and was himself named to the Hall in 1995. His charges included 1963 NCAA qualifier Ron Good ’65, who won three-straight Southern Conference titles in the 50 free, as well as Pete McIntosh ’65, the 1965 Southern Conference MVP and five-time conference champion. McIntosh would go on to coach W&M for the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons, while Good coached UVA to a 55-33-1 (.624) record over nine seasons from 1969-78. Towards the end of his tenure, Jensen’s team included Shawn McLane ’86, a two-time NCAA qualifier and four-time All-American in diving.

Jensen graduated from Bourne High School in Massachusetts in 1943, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving on active duty until 1946. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves from 1947-58, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant, and also served in the Coast Guard Reserves from 1946-86, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Jensen was also a basketball official for 45 years, and a Lay Minister at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg for 20 years.

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2008 Diving Olympians Nick Robinson-Baker and Jevon Tarantino on History of Hall of Fame – Aquatic Complex

2008 Diving Olympians Nick Robinson-Baker of Great Britain and Jevon Tarantino of the United States visited the International Swimming Hall of Fame last week to reminisce on their diving careers and what the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex means to them.

Robinson-Baker and Tarantino talked in depth with the International Swimming Hall of Fame Historian Bruce Wigo about their personal histories with the Fort Lauderdale pool (0:53) and their histories with each other (1:24).

Robinson-Baker and Tarantino competed in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (1:41), placing seventh and fourth respectively in the 3m synchro event.

The duo also talked about how big of a deal the pool was to them growing up as kids (2:26) and watching legends like Greg Louganis compete in the pool. Robinson-Baker also talked about why Fort Lauderdale was such a big tourist attraction to divers (2:52) from not just the United States, but from all over the world, attracting the likes of Tom Daley, Fu MingxiaGuo Jingjing and many other great divers.

The City of Fort Lauderdale has approved a $27 million renovation for the pool and Robinson-Baker talked about what that will mean to the future of diving in the area (4:16).

Nick Robinson-Baker and Tarantino also decided to throw it back and jump around on the boards. They treated us to a Team USA-Team GB synchro event off the 10m platform (5:53).

  • Nick Robinson-Baker would come visit several times a year and train with Tim O’Brien since he was about 10-years-old.
  • Robinson-Baker’s last event in Fort Lauderdale was at the USA Diving Grand Prix, his synchro partner was injured so he paired up with Dwight Dumais (USA) to be able to conclude his diving career in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Jevon Tarantino was a Boca Raton native and dove at the Hall of Fame pool in Fort Lauderdale with Dave Burgering.
  • Tarantino was an NCAA champion at the University of Tennessee in 2004.

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Bryan Christiansen Named New Head Coach At Frostburg

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Frostburg Director of Athletics Troy A. Dell announced this morning that Bryan Christiansen has been hired from a national search as Frostburg’s next head swimming coach.

Bryan Christiansen is entering his first season as the head coach of the Frostburg State University swimming teams. This will be his first head coaching position at the collegiate level in his career.

Christiansen was named the assistant coach of John Carroll University’s swim teams in 2017, where he was part of the coaching staff that was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Staff of the Year for the 2018 season, while leading both the men’s and women’s to the 2018 OAC Championship.

“I first want to express my gratitude to Director of Athletics Troy Dell and the rest of the search committee for offering me the responsibility to lead the Frostburg swimming team,” said Christiansen. “I’m excited to become a part of the community here in Frostburg and begin working with an impressive and dedicated group of athletes. We have the opportunity to achieve some great things as a program over the next few years as we transition to Division II and I am honored to be at the helm.”

During his tenure with John Carroll, Christiansen coached 19 conference champions, and both Men’s and Women’s Divers of the Year. JCU also set seven OAC records, 13 varsity records and had two NCAA All-Americans.

Prior to his tenure with JCU, Christiansen served as an assistant coach at SUNY New Paltz from 2015-2017. He was part of a coaching staff that led their teams to second place finishes in the 2016 and 2017 SUNY Athletic Conference, coached eight conference champions while setting three SUNYAC records, 14 varsity records and 13 pool records. The SUNY New Paltz swimming teams both went undefeated in the 2016-2017 season.

Christiansen has coached swimming since 2008 at the club and high school levels and still active with summer swim camps, also directing the New Paltz Elite Camp from 2016-17.

Christiansen graduated from Hiram College, earning his bachelor’s degree in history in 2008 with a 3.82 GPA. He was a three-year captain of the men’s swim team and was named the MVP in the 2006-2007 season. He was part of the 800-meter freestyle relay team that finished with a time of 7:06.60 in 2008, still a Hiram College record to this day.

He earned his master’s degree in communication and media technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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