WETS (Working Exes For Texas Swimming) Was Organized In 1968 When A Group Of Former Longhorn Swimmers, Divers And Coaches, Headed By Tex Robertson, Met To Promote University Of Texas Aquatic Excellence. The Initial Goals Of WETS Were To: Honor The Past Accomplishments Of UT Swimmers And Divers; Promote The Present And Future Success Of Texas Swimming And Diving; And To Provide A Common Forum For All Former Texas Swimmers, Divers, Coaches And Fans To Gather And Stay Connected. Their Site Information Is Listed Below.
The link to the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame is below
Olympian Jill Sterkel the greatest
Jill Sterkel arrived in the Forty Acres from Hacienda Heights, Calif., in the fall of 1979 as a student-athlete on the women's swimming and diving team. She has served as the Executive Director of the T-Association since 2006.
Prior to joining the T-Association staff, Sterkel was the head coach of the UT women's swimming team from 1992-2006 and assistant coach of the UT women's swimming team from 1986-91. As an athlete, she was a four-time Olympian, winning two gold medals and two bronze in freestyle and relays. She is a 16-time individual national champion, and is a two time winner of the Honda Award as National Female Swimmer of the Year .
Sterkel earned her undergraduate degree in education and a master's in Kinesiology.
Jill Sterkel has received more honors then anyone in UT swimming history that includes 4 Olympic's teams in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988
Jill Sterkel wins the National Championship in
the 50 free 1980-1983
the 100 free 1980- 1983
the 50 fly 1980-1983
the 100 fly 1980-1983
Jill Sterkel's honors include
1981- Jill is the only Longhorn Swimmer who has received the Broderick Cup National Female Athlete of the year
1979 and 1980 Broderick Award for National Swimmer of the Year.
Holds the national record for points scored (100) in 1981 and 1982.
Named to the All American team 27 times
Jill is a true Longhorn and American legend... and a fantastic person! I can’t say enough good things about her and I have seen her in action in various capacities. Since this is an athletic site, I’ll be brief. In the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal, the US women were expected to dominate. But the East German “Ladies”, fueled by performance enhancing drugs, stole the show. No gold medals for the US women swimmers. On the last day, the last event, the 4X100 relay, the US swimmers were determined to win gold. After 2 legs, they were behind. Then a 15 year old girl hit the water for the US and took the lead.... Jill Sterkel! The ladies hung on to win Gold!!! Fast forward 4 years, and Jill was primed to win many gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.... she was going to be the talk of the swimming world.... but, yes, she never got the chance to dominated because Jimmy Carter decided the US would boycott the Olympics. Jill still swam in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics....the First American swimmer to quality for 4 consecutive Olympics!!!!! But as awesome as she was in the pool, Jill is a better mom and human being! Her greatness should never be overlooked. 👏👏👏💐💐💐🤘🤘🤘🏊♀️🏊♀️🏊♀️🏊♀️🥇🥇🥇 by Jim Deitrick
A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn Swimming follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase from many fine book stores about Texas Longhorn Sports or please visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com for more detailed information
No other Longhorn sports program comes close to the success of Longhorn Swimming.
Longhorn women's Swimming has won Nine National Championships
1981 AIAW, Coach Paul Bergen
1982 AIAW Coach Richard Quick
1984 Coach Richard Quick
1985 Coach Richard Quick
1986 Coach Richard Quick
1987 Coach Richard Quick
1988 Coach Richard Quick
1990 Coach Mark Schubert
1991 Coach Mark Schubert
In 1963 Rosemary Slack coached and sponsored the synchronized "Turtle Club" founded by Anna Hiss.
In 1969 Rosemary became the first swim coach for the women's swim team and won the first SWC championship held at UT-Arlington.
1971 - 1979 Coach Melvin "Pat Patterson- The Journey to an exciting Destiny Begins.
1971 - 1979 Coach Melvin "Pat Patterson
Top song 1971
Below is the link to Coach Patterson's induction into the Swimming Hall of Fame.
Mike Sorrells served as an assistant coach under Pat Patterson at the University of Texas from 1971-1972. Coach Sorrells was the driving force to separate the state meet into 5A and 4A-and-under divisions, giving more athletes the chance to compete at the highest level. He was voted TISCA Coach of the year in 2001. Over the course of his career he coached more than 40 individual and relay state champions and sent five of his swimmers to the Olympics.
The women’s swimming years 1971- 1975 are covered under “Women’s sports 1886-1977.
1976- Coach Patterson
Beery Boggs finishes 6th, 7th, and 10th at 3 different events at AIAW nationals. Micaela Brown places 8th in the AIAW National meet in the 3-meter dive.
1977-1978 Coach Ray Woods
The 1978 team competed internationally in Mexico. Individual school and conference records were set by Julie Gray, Lisa Kelsey, Ann Giardeau, Marilyn Fulbright, and Diane Walker.
Swimmers adjust quickly to new head swim coach Ray Woods coaching style by setting individual and relay records . Julie Gray, Lisa Kelsey, Ann Giardeau, Marilyn Fulbright , and Diane Walker lead the way.
1979 Texas women lit the tower orange. Led by Joan Pennington who won 5 evernts, Dian Girard with 4 the Longhorns beat Houston for the state titled. At the AIAW national championship the Horns place 4th.
Dian Girard wins the National Championship in the 400 IM.
All American 14 times.
Joan Pennington wins the National Championship in the 100 fly and the 100 IM in 1979 and 1980, , the 50 fly in 1979, and the 200IM in 1979.
All American 26 times
1979-1981 Coach Paul Bergen recruits and develops 2 Longhorn National Champions
Coach Paul Bergen is responsible for recruiting and developing 2 Longhorn Collegiate Championship teams. Some of the swimmers he coaches include Alice Jones, Deana Deardurff, Jenny Kemp, Joan Pennington, Jill Sterkel, Kim Linehan, and Tracy Caulkins.
Paul is the first swimming coach to apply the training methods used on race horses to swimming. He serves on the USA coaching staff for the World Championships in 1975, 1978 and 1982, and with Canada in 1986. He is an Olympic coach in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 2000.
Joan Pennington wins 5 events in the TAIAW state meet and at the National meet she is the high scorer.
Team finish’s 4 at the national meet.
Coach Bergen's Olympians who represented The USA
Kim Linehan wins the National Championship in the 500 in 1981 and 1982 - 1650 free in 1981 and 1982 - the 200 fly in 1981 and 1982. She is a member of the Olympic team in 1980 and 1984. All American 20 times
1980- Coach Paul Bergen's Finish 3rd in the Nation
Longhorns have 6 swimmers with 9 of the nations top times but Texas falls to Stanford for the national championship in the AIAW. Horn swimmers set 8 individual school records and 4 relay records.
The lady Horns manage to defeat Perennial national power Arizona State, win the TAIAW, and finish within 6 points of the National Championship
1981- Coach Paul Bergen's Team wins the National Championship
Coach Bergen Is recognized as National Coach Of The Year 1981
Carol Borgmann wins the National Championship in the 100 IM in 1981 and the 100 IM and 200IM in 1982. All American 18 times
Kim Black is National Champion in the 1650 free. All American 4 times
1982- Coach Paul Bergen's Team wins the National Championship
Early in the swimming season Texas in three days defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and USC. The team was very deep in talent in swimming and diving. Sterkel, Linehan and Bormann led the way to the second AIAW National championship
Coach Richard Quick - 1983-1988
HOH in 2004
Teams win five straight NCAA titles from 1984-88
Coaches 17 UT Olympians, 25 individual NCAA Champions, and 11 NCAA relay titleists
Coaches two swimmers of the year
Five-time NCAA Coach of the Year
Head coach of U.S. Olympic teams in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2004
Named National Swim Coach for women and men through 1988. He was coach of the World Championship in 1986 and the Pan American Games in 1987.
Coach Quicks Longhorn swim eams from 1983-1986 had the best GPA of all Longhorn womens sports
Coach Quick's Olympians who represented the USA
Tiffany Cohen also wins the National Championship in the 500 free and 1650 free.
Tracy McFarlane Wins The National Championship In The 100 Breast In 1985, 1987, And 1988.
Leigh Ann Fetter wins the National Championship in the 50 free in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and the 100 free in 1989 and 1990. All American 24 times
Tori Trees wins the National Championship in the 200 back.
Kim Rhodenbaugh three time NCAA champion and 10 time All American in the 200 IM and 200 breast.
Betsy Mitchell also wins the National Championship in the 100 and 200 back in 1986, 1987, and 1988 and the 200 IM in 1987. All American 20 times.
Betsy Mitchell receives a NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
Debbie Risen wins the National Championship in the 100 back
1983- Coach Richard Quick (pending)
AIAW folds as the NCAA Takes over Women's Athletic's. Lopiano said " From a philosophical and financial standpoint, we (Texas) are not eager to conduct our program under NCAA rules". Women athletes "will lose considerable protection and due process which they now enjoy with the AIAW." "Our coaches will now " be forced to hit the road and spend considerable time recruiting off campus and thus spend less time teaching and guiding the college experiences of athletes currently on campus." Lopiano ended her interview by saying "for all practical purposes the AIAW was dead, and therefore, UT had no choice but to follow everyone else into the outstretched arms of the NCAA."
Karen McGrath receives a NCAA post-graduate scholarhip. (no picture)
1984 - National Champions coach Richard Quick
Richard Quick is National Coach of the Year
Agneta Eriksson wins the National Championship in the 100 free. All American 7 times
Carrie Steinseifer is an Olympian in 1984
1985 - National Champions coach Richard Quick
There were 9 All Americans on the 1985 team.
In winning the SWC the team members win 18 of 24 events and set 11 SWC meet records. 12 horns qualify for the NCAA Championships. 17 swimmers and one diver qualify for the 1985 National championship swim meet. Tiffany Cohen McGrath and Risen each qualify in 5 individual events.
The breaststroke is the women Longhorns strongest event with Rhodenbaugh and McFarlane leading the way. Cohen sets a new NCAA record in the 1650 and 500 meters. Risen sets a pool record in the 100 back and Tori Trees wins the 200 back.
The Horns logged 5 of the fastest times in the nation in 1985.
Tiffany Cohen is named Collegiate Female Swimmer of the Year.
1986 - National Champions coach Richard Quick
Richard Quick Is National Coach Of The Year
Longhorns this year lose dual meets to Florida and Stanford and the team is week in sprint freestyle events but the Horns still qualify for 50 swimming events.
Debbie Risen wins the National Championship in the 100 back in 1982
Patty Sabo wins the National Championship in the 400 IM. All American 14 times and HOH inductee.
1987 - National Champions coach Richard Quick
Mitchell, MacFarlane, Drolsom and Eyles set the seasons fastest time in the 400 yard relay.
Mitchell was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year. Mitchell set
TEXAS POOLED ITS TALENT
The Longhorn women beat Florida and the men followed suit
By Hank Hersch
February 02, 1987
The women's swimming team from the University of Texas rolled into Florida last Saturday top-ranked but with plenty to prove. The Lady Longhorns had one eye on the future: Florida and Stanford, co-rated No. 2, figure to be their biggest obstacles to a fourth straight team title at the women's NCAA championships in Indianapolis in March. And another on the past: The Lady Gators routed Texas at the U.S. Open in Orlando two months ago.
The Lady Longhorns weren't at their best either, arriving at O'Connell Center in Gainesville without Betsy Mitchell, the world-record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, who had the flu, and Tiffany Cohen, 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-and 800-meter free-styles, whose right shoulder was ailing.
But coming hard, wave after wave, the deep and spirited Texans swamped Florida 67-46, behind a pair of formidable freshmen, Carrie Steinseifer and Andrea Hayes. In the process they served notice that there was nothing idle about their chant of "Orange Tower '87"—an allusion to the tradition of illuminating the campus tower in orange whenever Longhorn teams win national titles—and that they are worthy successors to the '84, '85 and '86 Texas championship teams.
On Saturday morning the Lady Longhorns had crammed into coach Richard Quick's Holiday Inn room and were munching Raisin Bran. But the eating stopped as soon as Quick flicked off the cartoons and began announcing the day's lineup. Rhythmic handclaps punctuated the reading of the names. Looks intensified. Three hours before the showdown, battle cries filled the air. The Longhorns credit such camararah-derie for their success. "Everyone pushes each other, but we're close-knit," says Steinseifer, an '84 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 freestyle. "Nothing's more important to Richard than us."
The Texas women entered O'Connell Center cheering and never stopped. Steinseifer and sophomore Stacy Cassiday finished one-two—the winning time was 1:48.86—in the 200-yard freestyle. And Hayes ably filled in for Mitchell by bagging the 200 back (2:01.67) and for Cohen by placing second behind Florida's Tami Bruce (9:44.64) in the 1,000 free. With three events to go, the Horns had finished in the money 17 times to Florida's 11, and they led 49-39.
After the three-meter diving, the Longhorns' lead narrowed to 52-45, but they could still clinch by winning the next event, the 200 breaststroke. Florida sent out a formidable obstacle in the person of last year's NCAA champ, Cindy Ounpuu. But Texas junior Tracey McFarlane out touched her in 2:19.13. "When we get out there and race, we surprise people," McFarlane said. Florida coach Randy Reese lamented, "We just didn't get it done."
Reese's troubles weren't over. He also coaches the Gators' No. 1-ranked men's team, and later he lost the annual family showdown with his older brother Eddie, who coaches the No. 4-ranked Texas men. Texas ran up 16 uncontested points when Florida failed to enter the diving competition, but even so, the Gators could have pulled the meet out by winning the last event, the 400 free relay. But on the final leg, Longhorn freshman Doug Gjertson, swimming against Florida's Paul Wallace, erased a lead of nearly a body length, to win it for the Horns in 3:01.01, a microthin .01 ahead of Wallace. That gave Texas the meet 56½-54½.
The Lady Longhorns weren't on hand to cheer the men on, having left the center curiously subdued. "We didn't want to rub it in their face," Quick explained. Ex-Gator great Tracy Caulkins had caught an eyeful from the stands, however. "With the depth they have, they'd really have to blow it not to win the NCAAs," she said.
1988 - National champions coach Richard Quick
Longhorns qualify 17 for the NCAA meet. A swimmer in every event except the 100 butterfly. Tracey McFarlane gets hurt after her first event and Coach Quick thinks that might hurt the teams chance of a National Championship.
Coach Mark Schubert- 1989-1992
Coach Schubert Is a member of the USA's Olympic Swimming Team coaching staff in 1980 (which the USA did not attend), 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. He is also part of the team staff for the 2008 Olympics.
In 1997, he is inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) as an Honor Coach.
Coach Schubert's Olympians who represented The USA.
1989 - Coach Mark Schubert SWC Champs and 2nd at Nationals
Coach Quick left Coach Schubert in good shape when he left Texas. Returning are 4 SWC champs, 1 NCAA champion, one American record holder, 10 All- Americans, and 4 Olympians
2016 Andrea Hayes HOH
1990 - National Champions Coach Mark Schubert
The Horns win their 8th national championship by the closest margin in the history of the NCAA. The score is Texas 632 and Stanford 622.5. The team record before championship play is 9-1.Leigh Ann Fetter is the first woman in the history of swimming to break the 22 second barrier in the 50 free style. The National Championship came down to the 400 freestyle relay . Texas is behind after the first three swimmers but Fetter came thru and the Longhorns are national champions.
Diving Coach Mike Brown is National Coach of the Year
Mark Schubert is National Coach of the Year
1991 - Coach Mark Schubert team wins the National Championship
Once again the Horns are underdogs to Stanford. They had already lost to Stanford once in 1991. This team has 11 All American returning from the 1990 team. Senior Leigh Ann Fetter is the leader and underclasswomen Hansen and Bedford helped the team win their 7th national title in 8 years.
TOP of the charts 1991
Jodi Wilson wins the National Championship in the 100 back. All American 10 times
Dorsey Tierney wins the National Championship in the 200 breast. All American 16 times. (looking for better photos)
1992-Coach Mark Schubert Team was runner-up at the NCAA meet.
14 upperclassman return including 10 All Americans and two national champions but that was not enough as Stanford and Florida start to dominate women’s swimming. No individual national champion Longhorns this year. Team is 3rd in the NCAA meet. Whitney Hedgepeth just missed making the Olympic team. Coach said this years team was the strongest distance team he ever coached.
This was Schubert’s last year as a Horn. He accepted the USC swim coach job at USC on May 18th.
Katy Arris is National Champion in the 1650 free. All American 19 times
Erika Hansen wins the National Championship in the 500 free. All American 9 times
Whitney Hedgepeth wins the National Championship in the 200 back in 1992 and 1994. All American 20 times
Wikipedia states that Whitney initially signed with Florida where she received seven All American honors at the NCAA meet in 1990. Following her freshman year, she transferred to Texas and finished her NCAA career swimming for coach Jill Sterkel. As a Longhorn swimmer, she won three more NCAA championships and received another twenty All-American honors, for a career total of twenty-seven.
Whitney Hedgepeth wins the National Championship in the 200 back in 1992 and 1994. All American 20 times
1993-2006- Coach Jill Sterkel
Jill Sterkel's Olympians who represented the USA
Top of the Chart
Diving Coach Mike Brown is National Coach of the Year
Kristi Busico is an Academic All American.
1994- Coach Jill Sterkel 12 SWC title and runner up at the National meet.
There are three individual national championships , two silvers , and 5 bronze. Team is led by Whitney Hedgepeth and B.J. Bedford. There are 18 members of the team qualify for the NCAA meet. Bedford set two SWC records in the 100 and 200 breast stroke and Kristi Busico won teh 200 breaststroke. Robin Carter was high point diver.
Tobie Smith wins the National Championship in the 1650 free. All American 10 times
1995- Coach Jill Sterkel pending
1996- Coach Jill Sterkel Pending
1997- COACH JILL STERKEL
1999- Coach Jill Sterkel
Jill Sterkel is an Assistant Coach for the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
2001 - Co-Head Coach Jill Sterkel and Mike Walker
Sterkel is in an assistant coach at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka Japan. It is marked as the first time a female served in an assistant coach's capacity for Team USA.
2002 - Co-Head Coach Jill Sterkel And Mike Walker(pENDING)
TOP OF THE CHARTS 2002
2003 -Co-Head Coach Jill Sterkel And Mike Walker (PENDING)
In 2003, Sterkel served as the head coach for the World University Games in Daegu, Korea.
2004 -Co-Head Coach Jill Sterkel And Mike Walker(PENDING)
Alisa Schuknecht is an Academic All American. (no picture)
2005 - Co-Head Coach Jill Sterkel And Mike Walker (PENDING)
Paige Nath Academic MVP (no picture)
Sarah Wanezek teamMVP (no picture)
Kim Brackins 2006 - 2012
Coach Kim Brackins Olympian who represented the USA
2006 Coach Kim Brackins(PENDING)
Katie Robinson is Academic MVP
Kacie Gaskin is team MVP
2007 Coach Kim Brackin(PENDING)
• Four-time All-American
• Four-time honorable mention All-American
• Four-time Big 12 Champion
• Two-time finalist, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials
• Two-time finalist, 2007 USA Swimming National Championships
• 2010 and 2011 Academic All-Big 12 (first team)
Mary Yarrison is an Academic All American.
2008 Coach Kim Brackin(pending)
Kathryn Kelly is an Academic All American.
2009 Coach Kim Brackin(Pending)
2010 Coach Kim Brackin(Pending)
Karlee Bispo is an Academic All American.
2011 Coach Kim Brackin(Pending)
• Six-time All-American
• Three-time honorable mention All-American
• Six-time Big 12 Champion
• School record holder, 400 medley relay
• 2011 Academic All-Big 12 (first team)
• Three-time All-American
• Honorable Mention All-American
• Big 12 Champion
• 2012 Academic All-Big 12 (first team)
2012 Coach Kim Brackin(Pending))
Coach Carol Capitani 2013 to present
Names to follow-up Shelby Cullinan, Diana Wilcox , Maren Taylor, Kathryn Kelly , Mary Yarrison
2016 history stops here - information to be added in the future