Texas Asst. Wyatt Collins: Eddie Reese ‘Has Meant a Heck of a Lot to Me’


As reported by Swimming World Magazine:

Less than 48 hours after the University of Texas men’s team secured its 15th national championship, coach Eddie Reese announced his retirement after 43 years. The news came as a surprise to the swimming community, and even those in Reese’s near orbit did not know until days before. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said Monday that Reese called him from Greensboro, a few hours before the Longhorns secured their national championship, and it was during that meet that Reese told his assistant coach, Wyatt Collins.

“Eddie told me at NCAAs. He pulled me aside during the meet, and we had a conversation,” Collins said. “Despite my best attempts to throw some Eddie-isms at him or get him to reconsider or to postpone, at least, for a couple days or a couple weeks and think about it some more, he was pretty adamant about it. He told me that he and (his wife) Elinor had spoken on and off for a few weeks. He felt like it was time.

“At that point, I broke down crying, as I think a lot of people in that situation would have done. He has meant a heck of a lot to me. I wouldn’t be where I am in life without him.”

The Texas swimmers learned of Reese’s decision in a 3 p.m. meeting on Monday that also included postgraduate swimmers training in Austin, support staff and former Texas assistant coach Kris Kubik. “It was emotional,” Collins said. “It was extremely emotional. A lot of tears were shed. Kris Kubik was there, and he opened things up and talked about their time together. It was a powerful meeting. Eddie said a lot of great things in a way that only Eddie can. I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the room. It was a lot to comprehend.”

Collins swam one year for Texas after transferring from Boston University, and he became the volunteer assistant coach for the team in 2013. After three seasons in that role, he was promoted to assistant coach when Kris Kubik retired after the 2016 Olympic Trials. Texas’ press release on Monday announced that Collins would become interim head coach following this year’s Olympic Trials, but until then, nothing about the day-to-day operation of the program will change. In particular, Collins has led the Longhorns’ recruiting efforts for the last five years, and he will continue to direct that area.

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Congrats to Ryan Maierle on committing to Binghamton University!


As reported by Swim Swam:

Ryan Maierle of Fordham Preparatory School and Badger Swim Club in Larchmont, New York, has delivered his verbal commitment to attend and swim for Binghamton University for the fall of 2019. A versatile freestyler that can swim all distances, Maierle will bring career-best times in the 200-500-1650 yard freestyles that would have ranked him within the top 4 of the America East Conference for the 2018-2019 season and the fastest contested time for the Bearcats last season.

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Badger alumni to watch this weekend

The college swimming season has started!

Here is a short list of just a few of the Badger alumni who will be swimming this weekend.
Some of the meets are live streamed. Good luck to all Badger swimmers and their college teammates! #ClawsDeep!

Andrew Babyak – Michigan

Garrett Towne – U of Toronto
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Natilie Eid – Yale

Jack Collins – U of Texas

Spencer Lafatta – Duke
Quinn Scanell – Duke

Patrick Conaton – Stamford

Carly Cummings – Auburn

Jack Lovless – U of Penn

Jalen Ramjohn – Iona
Shane Syron – Iona

Alexa Lantin – Boston College

Caroline Poleway – Darmouth

Josh Hendell – Dartmouth

Carlos Vasquez – Penn State

Nicole Veru – Wesleyan

Trevor Serman – Tufts

Ian Bidwell – William and Mary
Aristides Speres – William and Mary

Maria Osceguera– William and Mary
Diana Tramontano– William and Mary

Will Powers – Georgetown
James Simone – Georgetown

Ally Grusky – Williams

Scottie Beridge – Columbia

Michael Eboli – Manhattan

2 Badger swimmers selected to attend USA Swimming National Select Camp

Each fall, USA Swimming brings 96 of the top USA Swimming member athletes in the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times. During the camp, these swimmers will learn about post race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition, race strategy and more.

Badger Swim Club would like to congratulate Noelle Kaufmann and Hunter Kim for being selected to the 2018 USA Swimming National Select Camp.

Congrats to Kim Jogis on verbally committing to William and Mary!

As reported by Swimming World: Kim Jogis, Grace Tramack Send Verbals to William and Mary

Jogis, a native of Larchmont, N.Y., swims year-round with Badger Swim Club. At the Metropolitan Senior LCM Championships over the summer, she finished second in the 400m IM (5:01.41) and recorded two new lifetime bests. She also competed at Winter Juniors East and was a three-time finalist at the Metropolitan Senior SCY Championships in February.

Also competing for Mamaroneck High School, Jogis is a five-time New York Federation Championships finalist. The USA Swimming Scholastic All-American has qualified for six finals at the NYSPHSAA Section I meet as well, finishing second in the 200 IM (2:09.19) and fifth in the 500 free (5:03.13) as a junior.

She told Swimming World: “I am proud to be joining an incredible program at the College of William and Mary under such a strong coaching staff. The combination of athletics and academics was exactly what I was looking for and I am very excited for the opportunity. Thank you to all of my family, coaches, teammates and friends for their support throughout this journey, Go Tribe!”

Her best times include:

500 free – 4:58.05
1000 free – 10:19.89
1650 free – 17:00.03
200 fly – 2:09.70
200 IM – 2:06.89
400 IM – 4:27.19

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Swimming World Presents “Lessons with the Legends: John Collins”

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

As reported by Swimming World Magazine:

Lessons with the Legends: John Collins
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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The September issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach John Collins.

A lawyer by education and well-versed in modern aquatic training methods, Collins is well into his fourth decade as a decorated swim coach. As such, he has been a mentor to more than a dozen Olympians, world and national champions such as Rick Carey, Lea Loveless, Tobie Smith, Cristina Teuscher, Jenny Thompson and Cody Miller. He also directed NCAA D-III Manhattanville College aquatics for 22 years.

Coached by his father and schooled by Doc Counsilman at Indiana, Collins became an NCAA butterfly All-American and USA national team member before earning a J.D. from Fordham University. Law degree aside, Collins followed his father into the swim coaching business. For years, he ran workouts from a six-lane pool in Larchmont, N.Y., home base for the team established by his mother and father in 1945.

In 2018, he still advocates eight to 12 workouts per week. The addition of Lehman College’s 50-meter indoor pool, coupled with Badger’s “blue jewel” 50-yard outdoor facility guarantees longcourse training year-round.

Collins was a U.S. national team coach from 1984-2007 and head coach for the 1995 Pan American Games, 1997 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2001 and 2007 World Championships. He was also named 1983 ASCA Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the Metropolitan Swimming, Westchester County Sports and ASCA halls of fame.

To learn more about Collins and his many accomplishments, check out the September 2018 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Congrats to Nick Torres on his Verbal Commitment to Notre Dame

As reported by Swim Swam:

Nick Torres from Eastchester, New York has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame for 2019-20. He will join Cason Wilburn, Jack Hoagland, Topher Stensby, and Will Barao in the Fighting Irish’s class of 2023.

“I am proud to announce my commitment to the University of Notre Dame. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity, and it couldn’t have been done without my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. Special shoutout to @yugo.tsukikawa who has been my training partner for 9 years. ND ‘95 -> ND ‘23 #legacy”

Torres is a senior at Fordham Preparatory School, whom he represented at the 2018 NYSPHSAA Federation Championship. There, he was runner-up in the 200 IM (1:51.07) and fourth in the 100 back (51.12). He also contributed to FP’s 3rd-place medley relay and 6th-place 400 free relay.

Torres swims year-round for Badger Swim Club in Larchmont, New York. A USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, he competed at 2018 Speedo Summer Juniors in Irvine, swimming the 200 free, 100/200 back and 200 IM. He also earned a PB in the 100 free leading off the 400 free relay. Torres had an excellent junior year; he updated his PBs in every event.

Top SCY times:

200 IM – 1:49.27
400 IM – 3:58.11
50 back – 23.59
100 back – 50.21
200 back – 1:49.44
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Ivy League Champ Quinn Scannell Transfers to Duke

As Swim Swam Reports: 

Duke University women’s swimming and diving team has landed Quinn Scannell as a transfer for the fall of 2018. Scannell is coming off a stellar freshman season at the University of Pennsylvania, where she won the 200 back at 2018 Ivy League Championships going 1:54.64 to take down Penn and Ivy League Championships records in the event. She also ended her freshman season two more lifetime bests: a 53.57 in the 100 back for second place, and a 23.26 in the 50 free for 13th.

“I am thrilled to have Quinn Scannell joining us here at Duke,” said head coach Dan Colella. “She is coming off an amazing season of swimming and will add additional firepower to an already deep and talented group of freshmen. She also comes with collegiate experience which is an added bonus. We are looking forward to her arrival.”

Scannell grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and swam for Greenwich Academy. She was a high school All-American in the 200 free and 500 free as well as the 200 and 400 free relays. She won all four events at 2017 New England Prep School Championships while setting the NEPPSAC record in the 200 free. As a senior, she helped Greenwich claim its first NEPSAC team title.

Scannell does her year-round swimming with the Badger Swim Club. Her 200 back time would have been just outside of A-final scoring range at 2018 ACC Championships had she been a Blue Devil last year. Her 100 back would have been solidly in the B final, and her 50 free would have tied for 42nd in prelims.

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