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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.

http://www.wetswim.org/news/wets-2016-newsletter/

The link to the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame is below

http://www.tsdhof.org/

 

 

Olympian Jill Sterkel 

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

 

 

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  

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

No other Longhorn sports program comes close to the success of Longhorn Swimming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Rosemary Slack  

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 into 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.

http://www.tsdhof.org/melvin-pat-patterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 quality of many of the pictures below are poor.  When I find better photos,  I will replace them. 

 

1976-1979

 

 

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

                Coach Paul Bergen has a short tenure but it is long on success

               Coach Paul Bergen has a short tenure but it is long on success

 

1980-1981 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.

 

             

 

        

 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

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Denise Christensen  wins the National Championship in the 3M dive. All American 6 times

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Black is National Champion in the 1650 free. All American 4 times

 

 Coach Quick is a tornado over water. He recruits well and funnels his team talent into 5 National Champions. 

Coach Quick is a tornado over water. He recruits well and funnels his team talent into 5 National Champions. 

Coach Richard Quick  - 1982-1988

  •  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

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 wins the National Championship 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.

 

 

1982 - Coach Richard Quick National Champion

 

Debbie Risen wins the National Championship in the 100 back

1983- Coach Richard Quick (pending)

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

 

1986 -  National Champions coach Richard Quick

Richard Quick Is National Coach Of The Year

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

1987 - National Champions coach Richard Quick

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1988 - National champions coach Richard Quick

 
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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 Pending 

 

1989 - Coach Mark Schubert Pending

 

 

 

2016 Andrea Hayes HOH 

 

1990 - National Champions Coach Mark Schubert

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

 

 

TOP of the charts 1991

 

Dorsey Tierney wins the National Championship in the 200 breast. All American 16 times

 

Jodi Wilson wins the National Championship in the 100 back. All American  10 times

 

 

1992-Coach Mark Schubert 

 

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

 

 

 

1993-2006- Coach Jill Sterkel

Jill Sterkel's Olympians who represented the USA 

 

 

Colleen Lanne' wins the National Championship in the 50 and 100 free. All American 14 times.  She is a member of the boycotted Moscow Olympics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Coach Jill Sterkel 

 

 

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 pending

 

 

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)

 

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Kim Brackins  2006 - 2012

    Kim Brackins takes the reigns of the Women's Swimming Program

   Kim Brackins takes the reigns of the Women's Swimming Program

 

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)

 

 

 

Katie Riefenstahl

• 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)

 

 

Kelsey Amundsen

• 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Lob

 

• Three-time All-American
• Honorable Mention All-American
• Big 12 Champion
• 2012 Academic All-Big 12 (first team)

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Coach Kim Brackin(Pending))

     It has been 25 years since Texas Women won a National Championship

    It has been 25 years since Texas Women won a National Championship

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