Amanda Kendall Dismissed from Arizona

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 28

September 12th, 2012 College, News

Before swimming a meet with the Wildcats, senior transfer Amanda Kendall has been dismissed from the team for “breach of contract and team policy” according to sources close to the team.

Kendall transferred to Arizona prior to this season from LSU, where she was an All-American in two seasons of NCAA competition. She broke her hand prior to her junior year NCAA Championships, expected to be a huge breakout after winning 4 gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games. She was subsequently dismissed by head coach Dave Geyer, and Arizona coach Eric Hansen took a chance on her with one year of eligibility remaining (senior transfers carry little risk, as they often don’t receive much scholarship money and are exempt from APR calculations).

Kendall’s addition to the Wildcats would have been a huge boon scoring-wise after they lost many transfers of their own. A peak-shape Kendall is capable of winning NCAA titles, or at the least certainly a few NCAA medals, and provide a huge boost to the already-stout Arizona relays. The Wildcats still got much better in the off-season through transfers with the addition of former Maryland swimmer Megan Lafferty.

This season is Kendall’s 4th year enrolled in college, meaning she would be able to transfer prior to next season and complete her 4th season of eligibility (in 5 years, as allowed by NCAA rules).

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Swim Baron

Are you kidding? This kid gets bailed out by zona and this is how she thanks them. Tough breaks are one thing, stupidity is another. Unfortunately there are LOTS of people saying “I told you so.” Good luck Amanda.

Scottish swimmer

It is only kendall’s 4th year enrolled in college

J. C.

From what I hear, the decision to take Amanda Kendall was the trigger for four unhappy swimmers to leave the team. They were pretty much told that “if they didn’t like it they could leave.” I wonder if it was worth it.

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