2012 SWAMMY AWARDS: College Coach of the Year Winner, Teri McKeever

  14 Braden Keith | December 27th, 2012 | 2012 Swammy Awards, College, Featured, News

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No Surprise: It’s Teri McKeever.

Two-Time Defending NCAA Champs

Teri McKeever’s Cal women were unstoppable at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Caitlin Leverenz broke a U.S. Open/American/NCAA Record in the 200 IM, and nearly got another one in the 200 breaststroke (missing by a slim .01 seconds). She ended up as the recipient of the 2012 Honda Award for swimming, which is effectively the swimmer of the year honor.

They broke their own NCAA and American Records in the 200 medley relay at almost a second faster than the identical foursome broke it a year prior. In maybe the most impressive swim of the whole meet, though maybe not often recognized as such, the 400 medley relay broke the NCAA Record as well. They did so without having to use Liv Jensen at all, a former NCAA Champion in the 100 free.

Meanwhile, McKeever has wrapped maybe the two most high-profile recruiting classes in college history that are likely to destroy all of those medley relay records by the time they’re done.

All-told, the Cal women won 7 NCAA titles out of 18 swimming events.

Too Easy?

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Texas A&M’s Steve Bultman has taken Breeja Larson to one of the most unbelievable runs in the history of college swimming. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)

Sometimes, just giving ‘Coach of the Year’ to the coach of the winning team is too easy. In the case of McKeever and what she’s done at Cal in the last year, including winning the NCAA Title, landing mega-recruit Missy Franklin, and helping Caitlin Leverenz really take her swimming to the next-level, both collegiately and internationally.

There are plenty of other coaches, however, who made monumental efforts, despite hitting a lower ceiling than Cal did.

Coaches like Louisville’s Arthur Albiero, who took his men from a 17th-place finish in 2011 to a 9th-place finish in 2012 at NCAA’s: more than doubling their point total in a single season. Or Chris Ip, who is currently an assistant at LSU after he finished out his run at Clemson with huge success and turned out a girls’ team that had the highest GPA in the country, despite facing the end of their program.

Texas A&M women’s coach Steve Bultman should get some big recognition too, even though his women only finished 6th at NCAA’s. He’s coached Breeja Larson to maybe the most improbable college swimming career in history, and in 2012 she broke American Records in both yards breaststroke events (the 100, many times over), won an NCAA title, and upset Rebecca Soni at the Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke. He put Cammile Adams on the Olympic Team too.

Drury head coach Brian Reynolds is always in the conversation, as his men won yet another NCAA title. This year, though, Sean Peters from Wayne State might upstage him from the Division II level; the Warriors most recent headlines have been for some power from their men’s program, but this year they knocked off Drury by a single point for the women’s title.

GreggParini 2012 SWAMMY AWARDS: College Coach of the Year Winner, Teri McKeeverOr maybe even Denison’s Gregg Parini. True, his men’s 2011 title, broke the 31-year streak. In 2012, though, they took the always-challenging second-straight title, and led nearly wire-to-wire for a huge 81-point victory.

And of course, McKeever’s counterpoint Dave Durden, who coached the men’s NCAA Championship team, gets a nod too.

Then Again

The Cal women have hit a tipping point. Every recruit that’s anybody takes a visit there. This is a team that seems to have hit a point where they’re only limited by how well they can balance their scholarship dollars: a game that McKeever seems to have mastered as well as anyone.

 

 

Comments

  1. cynthiacurran says:
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    She doesn’t have enough good freestylers to beat Georgia. Last year she had a better sprint freestyler and a better butterflyer and the diver perform better than she usually did on the platform.

    • Coacherik says:
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      No congrats for 2012? This isn’t an article on what is to be, but how well the team did last year. Geez. Ray of sunshine, you are not.

  2. cynthiacurran says:
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    She had the international swimmers, the big Arizona star Catlin-Tucson, the Northern Calif bunch Jensen and the others, the Orange County bunch Tran and Klaren and the diver., and other state swimmers.

    • duckduckgoose says:
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      Why bag on Teri for making Cal a destination for elite student athletes?!? The program is fully funded with a solid endowment and it would be silly and provincial to turn down Missy, Pelton, Bootsma, and Leverenz because they aren’t from the Bay Area. They’re not enrolling at Cal against their own free will.

      Teri adds international swimmers selectively because it reflects the mix at a world class university and she wants her swimmers to experience Cal’s diversity to the fullest extent possible. Shelly Harper and Sara Isakovic hosted a raffle during the Wisconsin meet and based on their accents it was impossible to tell which one grew up in Walnut Creek and which one grew up in Slovenia. Teri’s a great coach and leader, but I appreciate her most for how well she understands her swimmers and the University.

    • OldBear says:
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      FYI..”The Northern Calif bunch Jensen “(Paly) is in the bay area,.well within of CAL !

  3. longseeker says:
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    Don’t know why you are citing where her swimmers come from as most top swim program rosters have student athletes from many places, too.

    Louisville has or will have a pipeline to South American swimmers, USC ditto in swimmers from everywhere.

    I think Cal may not win the NCAA women’s championship in 2013 for reasons you cite (re: losing Jensen and our other sprinter/butterfly star- Isakovic. But the points could come in other events and it’s hard for me to say which events Pelton, Bootsma will enter at this stage as they are so talented.

    Oh, and the Mens 2013 championships will be a real dog fight!

    Don’t know if we can get any diving points like last year which was a pleasant surprise. And Driscoll and Breed may not be able to crack top points in the mid-distances. Other teams have more depth than Cal there.

    So maybe not 2013 for Cal (albeit I would not bet against them), but 2014 should be great with Missy, Celina Li

    • John Sampson says:
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      I think cal is going to be hard to beat….Georgia is good but usually they perform better before the NCAAs (save a few). I think cal will win the IMs, the backstrokes, the medleys, and then top 3 in a number of events. And I think Georgia has a handle on the 400&800 free relays and the 100-500 frees, and again top three in a couple events. It’s going to be very close.
      I think that bootsma tran and naze are going to have to step up in the butterflies, if they want to win. I think Cindy has a serious shot at going 50 point or faster..bootsma and naze could be 51s on a good meet. But Catherine breed is the clincher for cal, she needs to rise up and break up the Georgia death grip in the freestyles. If she can go 1:43, 4:36, and a 15:59ish cal will be in good shape.
      And for Georgia their sprinters need to step up and get top 8 in both the 200 relays. It’ll be interesting to see what amber McDermott, brittany Maclean and Hali flickinger can do. I think the freshman especially will make huge strides., what events will flickinger do? The 400 IM and 200 fly for sure, but maybe the 200 IM or 500 or 200 back? I think she would do best in the IM and she can be top 8 in the fly and maybe in the 400 IM.
      Georgia is looking tough the more I write, not to mention margalis and zhu are swimming lights out. Can’t wait till march!!!

      • Rafael says:
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        How are the points awarded for each race on NCAA? Each race, Record, and Relay?

        Cause just looking on the mens side Auburn with the addition of a flyer now look pretty strong over all sprint and relays..

        Is there a overall best swimmer prize for both genders also ?

        • Braden KeithBraden Keith says:
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          Rafael –

          Top 16 score at NCAA’s in individuals and relays. Prelims-finals meet, A-final, B-final (meaning if you’re 9th in prelims, you can finish no higher than 9th in finals).

          Individual Scoring: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
          Relays Scoring: Double above

          Unlimited individuals can be entered in an event (up until the roster limit), only 1 relay per team per relay event.Men and women are scored entirely separately; there’s no combined gender champion. There are Swimmer of the Meet awards given, though there’s no objective system for determining that as far as I’m aware (not 100% on that).

          • Rafael says:
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            For overall results.. are Diving, polo, etc. results considered together for the School Ranking or there are ranking for each sports?

          • Braden KeithBraden Keith says:
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            Diving is included with swimming. Water polo, synchro, etc. have entirely separate championships.

          • Coach GB says:
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            Does anyone remember where and why brought on the consolation scoring which started in a conference in NCAA? Original was 12 places.

          • swimmer says:
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            im going to assume that it was the increased number of 8 lane pools opposed to the 6 lane pools.

  4. Rafael says:
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    and Braden, Thanks for the explanation.. I tried looking before on NCAA site and found it a bit confusing.. much easier your info.

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