Princeton Men’s Swim & Dive Announces Captains, Incoming Class for Upcoming Season

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After the cancellation of the remainder of their 2016-17 season in December, Princeton Men’s Swim & Dive has announced captains and an incoming class of nine for 2017-18.

Late last year, the team was suspended and ultimately had their season cancelled after misogynistic and racist messages were discovered on a school listserv.

At the time, Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan said, “We expect appropriate, respectful conduct from them at all times. The behavior that we have learned about is simply unacceptable. It is antithetical to the values of our athletic program and of the University, and will not be tolerated.”

While there is still no complete roster available for the 2017-18 season, Princeton Athletics has announced both captains and a strong incoming class for the fall.

Schafer, Jung, Buerger Named 2017-18 Captains

The Princeton men’s swimming and diving team is set to resume competition for the 2017-18 season, and the team voted its rising senior trio of Zach Buerger, Drew Jung and Ben Schafer to serve as tri-captains for the upcoming season.

Buerger is a former first-team All-Ivy League honoree (800 free relay, 2015) who reached the Ivy ‘A’ final in the 100 and 200 fly at both the 2015 and 2016 Ivy League Championships.

“It is a great privilege to be named captain for the coming year along with my teammates Ben and Drew,” Buerger said. “I look forward to leading the team to great successes both in the pool and out. We are determined to put every last effort into our training, while also being outstanding role models in the community. Finally, we look forward to welcoming the incoming class into our great family of PUCSDT, as we set our sights on the 2017-2018 season.”

Jung will serve as the senior leader of the diving corps, where he has competed since his freshman season.

“It is an honor to be working alongside Ben and Zach as we serve our team in the coming year,” Jung said. “I look forward to welcoming a very promising incoming class, and competing alongside a group of friends and teammates who pour their hearts into this sport and into each other. As we keep on building this group into a team that we can continue to be proud of, I am confident in our ability to perform at the highest level this coming season.”

Schafer is a multiple-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree (400/800 free relays, 400 medley relay, 2016), and he earned second-team All-Ivy League honors as the runner-up in the 200 fly at the 2016 Ivy League Championships.

“I am thrilled to have been selected by my peers to help lead the Men’s Swim and Dive team into a new era both in and out of the water,” Schafer said. “The opportunity to be a main contributor in forging a new culture with people I consider my closest friends, is a task that I look forward to taking with both hands. Zach and Drew are both outstanding individuals, and the prospect of competing alongside them has my heart racing for my final swim season at Princeton.”

Princeton Men’s Swim & Dive Announces Class of 2021

The Princeton men’s swimming and diving team will welcome nine talented newcomers (eight swimmers, one diver) into the Class of 2021 this fall. Head coach Rob Orr, diving coach Drew Livingston and assistant swim coach Mike Joyce are excited to welcome this group to the University and add them to a new foundation that the program is building upon. You can read about the full group below.

Christian Berry
Sprint Free • Memphis, Tenn. • Memphis Univ. School

Before Princeton won the Tennessee state championship in the 50 free … 10-time All-America honoree … helped Memphis University School to state team title … finalist at both Summer and Winter Junior Nationals … holds his high school and club (Memphis Thunder Aquatic Club) records in both the 50 and 100 free … team captain … student-athlete representative to Southeastern Swimming LSC … recipient of the Al Wright Christian Character Award in Athletics for his high school … Scholastic All-American … Dean’s Scholar … member of the National Honor Society … top times include: 20.42 (50 free); 45.18 (100 free).
Personalborn Aug. 1, 1998 … son of Michael and Karen Berry … has two siblings, Sheridan and Charlotte … enjoys golfing … intends to study Operations Research and Financial Engineering with a certificate in Finance.

Coach Orr: “Christian has been a high school state champion in Tennessee in the sprint events and relay events numerous times. Both his high school and club teams in Memphis have had much success at the state level with him as a leader. We look forward to him bringing those leadership qualities to our team in the fall. Christian could be a relay candidate from the very beginning.”

Joshua Brown
Sprint Free/IM/Breast • Kobe, Japan • St. Mary’s International

Before Princetonhad five top-two finishes in 2016 Singapore National Championships, including wins in the 100 free and 200 IM … placed fourth in the 100 free at the 2016 Japan National Championships … qualified for the 100 free in the 2017 Japan Open … holds high school team records in the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, and both the 200/400 medley and free relays … served as team captain … class valedictorian … top times include (all in meters): 22.96 (50 free); 49.33 (100 free); 1:01.90 (100 breast); 2:15.04 (200 breast); 2:02.57 (200 IM).

Personalborn June 29, 1999 … son of Jason and Yoshiko Brown … interested in space and spaceflight … enjoys music and technology … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “Joshua is an incredible and versatile sprinter from Japan. All of Joshua’s current listed times are either in long-course meters or short-course meters and thus he will be very new to short-course yard swimming. Joshua will bring a lot of international experience and raw speed to our team. We look forward to watching him develop as he learns the NCAA and Ivy format. We also look forward to helping him achieve his goals on the international scene.”

Mark Forese
Free • New Canaan, Conn. • St. Luke’s School

Before Princetoncompeted at YMCA SC and LC Nationals between 2014-17 … won Fairfield County 50 free title … served as captain for New Canaan YMCA Caimans … Dartmouth Junior Book Award recipient … earned Science, French and Latin Departmental Distinctions … member of the Cum Laude Society … top times include: 21.3 (50 free); 46.9 (100 free); 1:43.7 (200 free); 52.3 (100 back); 53.5 (100 fly).

Personalborn Feb. 11, 1999 … son of Jennifer and James Forese; father is a member of the Princeton Class of 1985 … has three older brothers: Jack, Tommy, and Bobby; Jack was a YMCA SC national champion in the 50/100 free and swam at Duke … has multiple extended family members who attended Princeton … enjoys skiing, biking, and classic rock music … considering multiple areas of study at Princeton, including chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Coach Orr: “We’re lucky Mark will be joining us next year. Mark is a sprint/middle freestyler from Connecticut. As Mark continues to train and learn at the collegiate level we are confident he will become a potential relay candidate and have a decorated career as a member of our team. Mark most recently was a finalist at this past year’s YMCA National Championship Meet in Greensboro.”

Corey Lau
Breast • Minnetonka, Minn. • Minnetonka

Before Princetonwon three individual Minnesota state titles, and led Minnetonka to 2017 team title … swam the breast leg of the national public school record-breaking 200 medley relay … hold Minnesota Class AA state record, as well as five high school and four club records … five-time sectional champion … competed at 2016 Olympic Trials … 2016 US Open finalist … multiple-time finalist at several Junior/Senior Nationals events … six-time NISCA All-America … voted team’s Hardest Worker as a junior and senior … NISCA Academic All-America … three-time USA Swimming All-American … graduated Summa Cum Laude … top times include: 100 breast (54.81); 200 breast (2:00.91).

Personalborn Feb. 19, 1999 … son of Simon and Crystal Lau … has an older brother Colin, who swam for Carleton … enjoys ultimate frisbee, basketball, and water skiing … plays the cello … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “We’re excited for Corey to be joining our team. Corey has competed at the highest level within USA Swimming as a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. This past year Corey and his high school team in Minnetonka broke a national high school record with Corey swimming the breast leg of the relay. His experience from these two meets will set him up nicely for collegiate swimming.”

Charles Leibson
IM/Free/Breast • Cincinnati, Ohio • St. Xavier

Before Princeton — five-time All-America honoree … earned first-team all-state honor … holds Cincinnati Aquatic Club record in the 200 IM and 500 free … part of Ohio record-setting 200 medley and 200 free relays … part of 2016 NISCA high school national champion … team captain in both water polo and swimming … earned first-team all-state honors and captain of the 2017 state champion water polo team … won Scholar-Athlete Award for both swimming and water polo … Academic All-America honoree … top times include: 200 IM (1:48.72); 200 free (1:38.86).

Personalborn Nov. 5, 1998 … son of Darrell and Ann Leibson … enjoys golf and skiing … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “Charles was a bit of a sleeper in this past recruiting class. We feel as though Charles is just getting going in his swimming career and we’re anxious to watch his development both physically and mentally within the sport. Charles reigns from one of the nation’s best high school swim teams at St. Xavier in Ohio. While at St. Xavier, Charles was a team captain and state champion. His versatility and athleticism will allow Charles to be used in a wide variety of events.”

Arthur Markley
Distance Free/Fly • Lancaster, Pa. • J.P. McCaskey

Before Princeton — five-time individual sectional champion for the Lancaster Aquatic Club … three-time Summer Junior National qualifier … 2015 USA Swimming National Select Camp invitee and participant … holds multiple club records, including 500/1000/1650 free … 2017 Lancaster Aquatic Club Sportsmanship Award winner … three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … National Honor Society and Language Honor Society member … National Merit Scholarship winner … IB Diploma Program candidate … top times include: 1650 free (15:18.80); 1000 free (9:12.92); 500 free (4:28.67); 200 free (1:40.99); 200 fly (1:50.95).

Personalborn Nov. 28, 1998 … son of Chris and Dorothy Markley ’88 … has a younger brother George … has multiple family members who attended Princeton, including mom (Dorothy ’88), grandfather (John May ’56), and cousin Caroline Barry ’15 … plays the cello for the school orchestra … intern/volunteer at the Lancaster General Research Institute working with Familial Hypercholesterolemia … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “Arthur comes to us from nearby Lancaster. While training with the Lancaster Aquatic Club (LAC), Arthur developed into one of the nation’s top distance freestylers. Arthur’s coaches at LAC give him high praise as his work ethic is superb. With guys like Arthur joining our program we expect the daily training environment to become even further competitive.”

Levy Nathan
Middle/Distance Free • Highland Park, Ill. • Highland Park

Before PrincetonRookie of the Meet at the Long Course Discovery Student Loans Senior Championships (2015) … placed third in the 500 free at the Illinois state final … swam fourth-fastest 200 free in Illinois during senior season; placed fifth in the 200 free state final as a junior … invited to the 2017 Olympic Training Center Camp … holds school records in the 100, 200, and 500 free; also part of record-setting relays … two-time team captain … placed second in the United States for DECA Virtual Business Challenge … National Spanish Honor Society member … top times include: 200 free (1:39.25); 500 free (4:25.93); 1000 free (9:21.26); 1650 free (15:34.34).

Personalborn Aug. 31, 1999 … son of Helene and Jordan Nathan … has three older siblings: Reeven, Sophie, and Chase; Reeven swam at Amhert and is an All-American triathlete … enjoys scuba diving, comic books, and fishing … intends to study Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “Levy is both a middle and distance freestyler from Highland Park. He continues to drop significant time in all of his freestyle events. We feel Levy will immediately impact our freestyle training groups as he can swim both the middle and distance events well. Levy completed this past short course yards season at his Illinois high school state championship meet, where he swam times that impressed many.”

Sam Tarter
Free/IM • Gaithersburg, Md. • Georgetown Prep
Before Princeton — nine-time NISCA All-American (five individual, four relays) … two-time first-team All-Met selection by the Washington Post … named Most Outstanding Swimmer for the Washington Metropolitan Prep School league … led team to conference title … holds Montgomery County Swim League record in 200 medley relay … finalist at Junior National … Zone Select Camp invitee … team captain … Scholastic All-American … earned Scholar-Athlete honors for Potomac Valley … top times include: 45.52 (100 free); 1:38.53 (200 free); 4:27.31 (500 free); 1:49.99 (200 IM); 3:55.84 (400 IM).

Personalborn Sept. 26, 1998 … son of Kenley and Susan Tarter … volunteers for KEEN of Washington, A Wider Circle, Bethesda Cares, and Red Wiggler Farm … will be traveling to Southeast Asia this summer to work with a sports camp serving refugee youth … enjoys playing the drums, sailing and boating … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Coach Orr: “Sam is coming to us from one of the nation’s most notable club teams in Nations Capital Aquatic Club (NCAP). While at NCAP Sam trained alongside Olympian Katie Ledecky on a daily basis. We’re excited for him to bring that level of training to our team next year. Sam’s versatility allows us to be flexible with where we will use him in both dual meets and championship styled meets. Sam was our first “commit” this past year. He’s going to do great things for PUCSDT.”

Colten Young
Diving • Coto deCaza, Calif. • Crean Lutheran

Before Princetontwo-time state champion … won Academy League and CIF three times apiece … four-time club national champion … represented USA Diving at the Junior Worlds in Penza, Russia (2014), as well as at a youth competition in Germany (2016) … invited to compete at World Trials this summer … holds the California state record and the Academy League record … team captain … a member of the USA Diving’s High Performance Squad Tier II three times … Elite Scholar-Athlete honoree … National Honor Society member … Distinguished Scholar.

Personalborn April 17, 1999 … son of Roger and Kerry Young … has an older sibling Madison, who was an All-America diver at Georgia Tech … cousin Lindsey Ensign Olson ’09 was an All-Ivy League volleyball player at Princeton … has played the piano since he was four and has completed Level 10 of the Certificate of Merit for piano … enjoys going to the beach … undecided on course of study at Princeton, but considering either the psychology or business fields.
Coach Livingston: “Colten has been mentored by one of the nation’s elite coaches, Hongping Li. He comes to Princeton from Southern California with a plethora of national level success on both springboards and platform. However, we are most excited about the character and work ethic Colten will bring to our team. Colten will be an immediate contributor to PUCSDT’s conference and national success.”

Press releases courtesy of Princeton Athletics. 

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Binghamton Swimming & Diving Announces Captains for 2017-18

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Binghamton Swimming & Diving, a Division I – America East Conference program recently named eight swimmers, four male and four female as captains for the 2017-18 season.

The women took fifth at the AEC Championships this season highlighted by sophomore Brooke Pettis‘ third-place finish in the 100 butterfly. The men competed at the ECAC Championships where they finished fourth. Senior Liam Cashin lead the Bearcat men with a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM.

Binghamton Swimming & Diving Names 2017-18 Captains

VESTAL, N.Y. – Head swimming and diving coach Brad Smith announced the captains for the 2017-18 season today. Four females and four males were named.

“I am proud and excited for our new captains, said Brad Smith. “Each were selected because they define what is to be a BEARCAT swimmer and diver by their teammates and coaches. Additionally, they all bring a unique perspective and set of skills and talent necessary to successfully lead our teams forward. A better group could not have been selected and I have bit of confidence in the leadership of these young men and women.”

On the women’s side, Kristen Pozmanter, Maria Trivino, Jenna Rice and Bridget Johanson were selected.

Pozmanter is a senior business major and member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. In her freshman season, she set the first-year record in the 1000 and currently sits sixth all time in the 1,000 and fifth in the mile.

Trivino, a senior chemistry major, was honored with the H2O award (hardest to outdo) in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She placed fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 400 IM at the 2016-17 America East Championships and currently ranks third all time in the breaststroke and second all-time in the 200 and 400 IM.

Rice and Johanson are both senior business marketing majors that have been with the program for three seasons. Johanson ranks ninth all-time in the 1,000 and seventh in the mile.

On the men’s side, Travis Blank, Max Willard, Alex Brion and Zachary Kaplan were honored.

Blank is a senior biomedical engineering major who enters his second season as a team captain. He is a member of the National College Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Fraternity. He was named the 2015-16 Bearcat swimmer of the year and was voted most improved in 2014-15. He currently ranks sixth all-time in the 100 back.

Willard, a junior economics major, enters his first season as captain for the Bearcats. He sits fifth all-time in the 1,000 free, seventh in the mile, ninth in the 200 back and eighth in the 400 IM.

Brion another junior who is studying environmental science went undefeated in the 50 and 100 free during the 2016-17 season. He was named the Binghamton Athletics Athlete of the Week once this past season and also earned the H2O award and team MVP in 2016-17. He ranks third all-time in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free.

The final captain on the men’s side, Zach Kaplan is a junior economics major. He was voted most improved for the 2015-16 season and named Bearcat Swimmer/Diver of the year this past season. He earned Dean’s List distinction in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 as well as the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll. He holds the freshman record in the 200 backstroke and placed seventh in the 200 back and eighth in the 100 back at the 2017 ECAC Championships.

Press release courtesy of Binghamton Athletics. 

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An expensive date: Campenaerts fined by UCI

Victor Campenaerts may have bagged himself a date with his stunt at the Giro d’Italia time trial, but the bill is racking up before he’s even sat down to dinner, as he’s been fined 100CHF by the UCI for ‘damaging the image of cycling’.

Campenaerts unzipped his skinsuit at the start and finish of his time trial effort on Tuesday to reveal the words ‘Carlien daten?’ – ‘Carlien, date?’ – penned across his chest. Remarkably, it worked, and the mystery woman, Carlien Cavens agreed to go out with the LottoNL-Jumbo rider after being tracked down by Belgian media. 

The UCI, however, failed to see the stunt as a feel-good story, and Campenaerts’ name appeared on the Giro jury’s report for Wednesday’s stage 11, alongside a rider who had slipstreamed for too long and a directeur sportif who’d driven irresponsibly. 

“Behaviour of a rider which damages the image of cycling. 1st infringement,” reads Campenaert’s offence, citing Article of the UCI’s regulations.

The regulations call for a fine of between 20CHF and 100CHF, and Campenaerts was hit with the maximum.  

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Mark Cavendish among those to offer support to MotoGP world champion involved in cycling crash

Former road cycling world champion says motorcyclist Nicky Hayden is in his thoughts after being taken into intensive care following cycling accident.

Mark Cavendish has been among those to offer support to Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP world champion who is in intensive care after being being involved in a collision with a car while cycling in Italy.

Hayden was cycling in Rimini in eastern Italy when he was knocked off his bike on Wednesday afternoon, suffering serious head and chest injuries.

The 2006 world champion was transferred to a hospital in the nearby city of Cesena where doctors said on Thursday morning that his condition “remains extremely serious”.

On Wednesday the hospital said that Hayden had suffered multiple fractures and a cerebral edema, but were waiting until his condition had stabilised before carrying out any operations.

Mark Cavendish, a keen MotoGP fan himself, was among those to offer his support to Hayden and his family and friends.

Hayden’s current team, Red Bull Honda, said that they were thankful for the messages of support, saying only that the medical teams in Italy were working hard and they would provide updates as soon as they are available.

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Victor Campenaerts fined 100 Swiss francs for using Giro d’Italia time trial to get a date

Date already shaping up to be pretty expensive

If Victor Campenaerts had hoped that the date he secured during the Giro d’Italia time trial could be a cheap one, then the UCI commissaires have thrown a spanner in the works by fining him 100 Swiss Francs.

The Belgian national champion was told to take it easy on Tuesday’s stage, so took the opportunity to write “Carlien, will you go on a date with me” on his chest, which he proudly displayed to the cameras at the start and finish of his rather leisurely ride.

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However, the killjoys among the UCI commissaires have decided that Campenaerts’ actions “damaged the image of cycling”, fining him the equivalent of £78.

The good news for Campenaert is that Carlien, who Belgian journalists tracked down to be Carlien Caven, a businesswoman from Antwerp, agreed to the go on a date, but admitted that she hadn’t actually been watching the stage so had missed Campenaert’s romantic gesture.

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Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in Australia Installs Privacy Curtains for Muslim Women

The Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in Auburn, New South Wales, Australia has installed privacy curtains so Muslim women can swim without being seen by other pool users. The lightweight curtain runs around the glass walls of the program pool which holds all female swim sessions for two hours each Sunday.

The pool was opened in March and Belgravia Leisure, which runs the facility, says the curtains were installed to “overcome cultural barriers and encourage Muslim women to use the pool.” Auburn Council General Manager Malcolm Ryan said that, “There was a very high demand for female-only classes at the aquatic centre before redevelopment to cater for the differing modesty requirements. These classes were very popular but due to the centre only having one pool before redevelopment, the high demand wasn’t being met. With the installation of curtains at the program pool, the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre is inclusive to the whole community at all times and can cater to any requirement, without it impacting on the rest of the centre.”

Muslim women won’t have to wear anything special in the new facility, which was opened in March of this year. They will be free to wear a swimsuit that is comfortable, rather than a “burkini” or a hijab that they’d have to wear in public pools.

The old pool at Auburn did not have these regulations and would often shy Muslim women away from the sport. They now predict that Muslim women can feel comfortable around other women in the female-only setting. 13-year-old Fatima Mossavi was one of the first people to use the pool in her lessons with the Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association. “I have been swimming since I was seven but not all my sisters can — this is good for us because they want to swim in private and now they don’t have to wear anything special,” she said.

The pool operator has the rights to section off this part of the pool thanks to the anti-discrimination act. Section 126 states that exemptions to the act can be granted in order: “to provide people of a particular race with equal or improved access to facilities, services or opportunities to meet their special needs”.

The pool is one of three at the facility and is primarily used as an instructional pool. The locals hope it will lead to an increase in participation from Muslim women in the area. Ladies-only memberships are available at the pool, with lessons in water safety offered every week alongside women’s swimming sessions every Sunday afternoon.

You can read the full report from The Daily Telegraph here

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David Marsh Officially Splits With SwimMAC

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In a report published in the Charlotte Observer today Olympic head coach David Marsh confirmed that he is officially splitting from SwimMAC after 10 years working with the club. Marsh had stated back in February that he would be stepping away from his role as Head Coach and CEO of the club, and it was unclear at that time what his future role in the club would be. Marsh had been at the helm of SwimMAC since 2007, leaving a successful tenure at Auburn that saw his teams win a combined 12 NCAA Championship titles.

SwimMAC and Marsh issued a joint statement on the matter today, stating “SwimMAC Carolina and Coach David Marsh have mutually agreed to part ways, bringing to a close Mr. Marsh’s tenure at the club.” The statement continued to define the separation from the club as “effective immediately.”

For now Marsh will continue to coach in Charlotte and direct the Team Elite program at Queens University. While Team Elite has been under the SwimMAC umbrella, it appears that it is now solely under the direction of Marsh. That opens the possibility of moving the program, which has over a dozen national and international swimmers, away from Charlotte, although according to the Observer report the group will stay in Charlotte and train at Queens for the immediate future.

While in Charlotte, Marsh has mentored numerous Olympians, including helping a record six SwimMAC swimmers earn spots on the 2016 Rio Olympic Team for the United States. Marsh also served as the women’s head coach for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team for this summer’s Games. While Marsh did not issue comments beyond the joint statement with SwimMAC, he did say he will have more information on his future plans in the coming days. You can read the full article from the Charlotte Observer here.

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Auburn Swim Camp with Brett Hawke, Sergio Lopez and Rowdy Gaines is Filling Up Fast

Auburn Swim Camp Session 1 in now closed.  Room still left for Session 2-3-4, but register soon!

Brett Hawke and Sergio Lopez come together to lead the Auburn Swim Camps along with a staff (see below) of highly qualified, accomplished, and enthusiastic coaches, counselors and collegiate swimmers. Brett Hawke’s coaching staff will combine the best of the Auburn Camp Tradition while incorporating the techniques used to create champions across the globe.


“I’d like to personally invite you to attend this premier summer experience and share with you our winning formula for success. It’s sure to be the highlight of your summer- and possibly even your year. I look forward to seeing you there!!!”
Auburn Head Swimming Coach, Brett Hawke

This camp will feature technique instruction which will provide swimmers with the tools for success that can be applied to their training and development throughout their careers.

5/13 – 5/14 ~ Saturday to Sunday

2017 Starts and Turns Elite Camp

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages 9-18

Cost: $ 420.00   |   View Details   |   Register Now ››

5/28 – 6/01 ~ Sunday to Thursday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Day Camp-Session I)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

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5/28 – 6/01 ~ Sunday to Thursday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Overnight Camp-Session I)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

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6/03 – 6/07 ~ Saturday to Wednesday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Day Camp-Session II)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

Cost: $ 690.00   |   View Details   |   Register Now ››

6/03 – 6/07 ~ Saturday to Wednesday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Overnight Camp-Session II)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

Cost: $ 750.00   |   View Details   |   Register Now ››

6/09 – 6/13 ~ Friday to Tuesday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Day Camp-Session III)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

Cost: $ 690.00   |   View Details   |   Register Now ››

6/09 – 6/13 ~ Friday to Tuesday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Overnight Camp-Session III)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

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6/15 – 6/19 ~ Thursday to Monday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Day Camp-Session IV)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

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6/15 – 6/19 ~ Thursday to Monday

2017 Auburn Swim Camps (Overnight Camp-Session IV)

Location: James E. Martin Aquatics Center-AU Campus  |  Ages: 9-18

Cost: $ 750.00   |   View Details   |   Register Now ››

Brett Hawke

Head Coach

In his ninth year as head coach of Auburn Swimming & Diving, Brett Hawke has continued to uphold the championship tradition of the Tigers. And he continues to move the program forward while competing against the nation’s best in the Southeastern Conference.

Hawke led the Auburn men to a sixth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, including guiding the Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay to a NCAA title. He also coached the Auburn women to another top-15 finish at the NCAA Championships and 12 All-America honors.

At the 2014 SEC Championships, Hawke coached Marcelo Chierighini to his third straight SEC title in the 100 freestyle. The Tigers won three out of five relay titles at the conference meet and another individual championship in the 100 backstroke from Kyle Darmody.

During the 2013 season, Hawke led the Tigers to another top-five finish at the Southeastern Conference championships as the men pulled in a runner-up finish and the women came in fifth. He also coached up 10 All-Americans for the year including the NCAA champion in the 100 butterfly, Olivia Scott.

Sergio Lopez

Associate Head Coach

Sergio Lopez Miro, who has coached current NCAA Champions Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling and has spent the past two years as the head high performance coach of the Singapore Swimming Association, was named the Associate Head Coach for Auburn Swimming and Diving in April 2016.

Murphy and Schooling were both 2016 Olympians in Rio. Murphy swept the backstroke events, setting an Olympic record in the 100, and won gold as part of the United States’ 4×100 medley relay team. Schooling, from Singapore, also won gold, defeating Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly in an Olympic record time and swam in the semifinals of the 100 freestyle.

Before moving to Singapore, Lopez was the head coach at the Bolles School in Florida. Beginning in 2007, Lopez guided Bolles to some of the best high school times in history. Bolles high school team won 27 straight boys State Championships and 24 straight girls State Championships in Florida’s Class 1A. At one point his teams held five out of the 11 independent school National High School Records in yards. In 2012 Bolles set all three of the high school relay records in a single meet. Along with Murphy and Schooling, Caeleb Dressel, a 2016 United States Olympian and the 2016 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and Bahamian and former Auburn star Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace were some of the standouts to train under him at Bolles.

Lauren Hancock

Associate Women’s Head Coach

Lauren Hancock is in her second year as the associate women’s head coach at Auburn after being hired in the summer of 2015. Along with her duties with the women’s team, she oversees Auburn’s middle distance group.

In her first year on the Plains, Hancock had an immediate impact on the program. Eight current women’s team members advanced to the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, with Annie Lazor swimming in the finals of the 200 breaststroke. She also coached Carlos Martinez to an Olympic spot, accompanying him to Rio as part of the Guatemalan coaching designation.

Hancock joined the Auburn staff after serving as the head coach at Conejo Simi Swim Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., since 2010. During her tenure, she trained three U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, seven U.S. National qualifiers and 13 U.S. Junior Nationals qualifiers.

Rowdy Gaines


2x Olympian and triple Gold Medal winner, former world record holder, 17x National Champion. Throughout the 1980s Rowdy Gaines was the fastest swimmer on the planet. His world records confirmed his place in swimming history. The Olympic Boycott of 1980 came during the peak of his career, when he set world records in the 100 and 200-meter freestyles and Swimming World Magazine voted him World Swimmer of the Year.

Tyler McGill

Assistant Coach

Former Tiger swimming great, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 15-time All-American Tyler McGill is currently in his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

A 2010 Auburn graduate, McGill joined the Auburn staff prior to the 2013-14 season. McGill was also a gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by swimming in the preliminaries for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay. He also placed sixth in the 100-meter butterfly at the same Olympics after earning the second-fastest time (51.32) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. McGill is the Auburn record-holder in the 100 fly (long course and short course) with a time of 44.63 and he wrapped up his competition career last week at the U.S. Open with bronze medals in the 100 fly and 50 free.

Throughout his four years as a swimmer for Auburn, McGill not only racked up the All-America honors, but he also was a two-time NCAA champion (400 FR, 400 MR) and an SEC champion (800 FR). His senior season alone accounted for five All-America honors (200 FR, 200 IM, 400 MR, 200 MR, 100 Fly), and he had five top-10 individual times on the Auburn squad during that season.

Kirk Grand

Assistant Coach

Kirk Grand, who has been the volunteer assistant coach for Auburn Swimming & Diving since 2013, was elevated to a full-time assistant coach during the summer of 2016.

Grand, who specialized in psychophysiology while earning his PhD from Auburn, assisted with the day-to-day functions of the Auburn swimming and diving program over the past three seasons. He presented evidence-based research to the team and lead mindfulness, self-talk, physiology and performance anxiety information sessions.

Grand remains a research associate for the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University and has also previously worked with the Longhorn Swim Camp and has been a USA Swimming Head Coach in Bloomington, Ind., designing training plans for athletes ranging from national level to learn to swim. From 2011-13 he was a head men’s high school swim coach and a swim technique instructor in Bloomington, Ind.

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Sprinters’ teams mess up chase at Tour of California as Rally Cycling take surprise 1-2 breakaway win

Unexpected win for Evan Huffman ahead of team-mate Rob Britton in Santa Clarita

Evan Huffman and Rob Britton delivered a surprise 1-2 finish for the continental Rally Cycling team as the WorldTour sprint squads misjudged the chase on stage four of the Tour of California.

Huffman, a former Astana rider, and Britton were part of a five-rider break that went clear early on the stage to Santa Clarita, building up a huge advantage on a day that had been expected to provide a bunch sprint.

However the WorldTour teams working for the likes of stage one winner Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and stage three winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) underestimated the strength of the break.

The chase was frantic over the final 20km, with the peloton hitting speeds of 60kmh on flat roads in pursuit of the break.

But it wasn’t enough, with Huffman jumping early to cross the line with a comfortable lead, as Britton came around Lennard Hofstede to take second.

13 seconds behind it was Peter Sagan who led hom the bunch sprint ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Kittel.

Despite the action at the front of the race, there was no change at the top of GC with Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) maintaining his two second lead over George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).

How it happened

The fourth stage of the Tour of California featured a 159.5km stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita, and offered a chance for the sprinters ahead Thursday’s summit finish and Friday’s time trial, so it was a slight surprise to see a four-man breakaway take a maximum lead of nine minutes at one point in the stage.

In the move were two riders from Rally Cycling in Rob Britton and Evan Huffman, who were joined by Gavin Mannion (United Healthcare), Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb), and Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis).

The fivesome managed to hold their sizeable advantage for much of the hilly part of the stage, but once into the flat final third the gap began to tumble.

Entering into the final 50km and their lead was down to 4-30, with Katusha-Alpecin and Quick-Step Floors, working for Alexander Kristoff and Marcel Kittel respectively, responsible for much of the damage.

However the breakaway continued to work well together, still holding a lead of 3-30 going into the last 25km as Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo began to lend a hand at the front of the peloton.

There was a sense of panic on the front of the peloton as riders began to realise that the breakaway could succeed, although a series of uphill drags began to make the break lose time.

But entering in to the final 10km and the break still held a lead of 1-45, but that was falling quickly as Quick-Step and Katusha continued to work on the front.

At the back of the race Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) suffered an unfortunately timed mechanical, but was able to regain contact with the peloton with 5km to go.

The stage win looked destined to go to the break, but Team Sky weren’t giving up just, setting a fast pace that briefly split the peloton in a brief crosswind section, but with most of the contenders safely in the front group.

With 800m to go Huffman jumped clear of the break, and was able to hold off the charge of the other breakaway riders, as team-mate Britton came around Hofstede to deliver a famous 1-2 finish for Rally.


Tour of California 2017, stage four: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita (159.5km)

1. Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling, in 3-41-52
2. Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
3. Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
4. Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis
5. Gavin Mannion (USA) United Healthcare, all at same time
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 13 secs
7. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
8. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
10. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates, all at same time

General classification after stage four

1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 16-04-48
2. George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 2 secs
3. Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, at 14 secs
4. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data, at 16
5. Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 45 secs
6. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team, at 48 secs
7. Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
9. Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
10. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors, all at same time

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