Arizona’s Best Breaststroker, Kennedy Lohman, Transfers to Texas

Kennedy Lohman has announced her transfer from the University of Arizona to the University of Texas after one season in Tucson.

Lohman hails from Louisville, Kentucky, part of a group of very impressive swimmers from the Lakeside Swim Team. An alumna of Sacred Heart Academy, she won three consecutive KHSAA state titles in the 100 breaststroke during her freshman through junior seasons.

TOP TIMES

  • 100y breast 59.81
  • 200y breast 2:10.87
  • 200y IM 2:00.76

During her sole season at Arizona, Lohman was the Wildcat program’s go-to breaststroker. She swam breaststroke on their medley relays at the NCAA Championships, with the 200 medley scoring in the A final and the 400 medley relay scoring in the B final. Lohman carries lifetime best breaststroke relay splits of 26.70 in the 50 and 58.43 in the 100, impressive times that will benefit Texas immediately. Additionally, she went her lifetime bests in the 100 breast and 200 IM while at Arizona, though her 200 breast PR is from 2013.

Lohman nearly scored individually at NCAAs this spring, reaching 17th in the 100 breast prelims with a 59.94, just off of her PR of 59.81 from the 2016 Texas Invite. That meet was also where she split a 26.70 on the 200 medley relay.

At Texas, Lohman could takeover breaststroke medley relay duties right away. Madisyn Cox just graduated, and she split 58.30 and 27.18 on the Longhorns’ scoring relays at NCAAs last season– Lohman would actually be an upgrade in the 200 medley relay. Lohman will get two years to train and race with Olivia Anderson, a 1:00/2:11 breaststroker who will be a junior this upcoming season. The incoming freshman class for Texas is very freestyle-heavy, so Lohman will probably take Cox’s spot as the program’s top breaststroker.

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wethorn
5 years ago

Is she eligible next year or does she have to sit out a year?

Longhorn
Reply to  wethorn
5 years ago

Yes

Hannah
Reply to  wethorn
5 years ago

Only interconference transfers have to sit out.

Kennedy Lohman
5 years ago

I respect everyone’s opinions on the new coaching staff and on my transfer to UT. My decision is nothing directly related to the coaching change. I had been thinking of leaving before we found out about the new coaches. I have a lot of respect for Augie and what his staff accomplished at UVA. I had a great year in Tucson and made a lot of good friends on the team. I have no hard feelings for anyone involved with the UofA swim program. I just knew it wasn’t the best fit for me. Also, Brandy Maben and Rocket were amazing coaches. I learned a lot from them.

75M FREE
Reply to  Kennedy Lohman
5 years ago

Kennedy <3

Friendship
5 years ago

Brandy Maben is a great coach

Swimfan
Reply to  Friendship
5 years ago

Even better recruiter…bad for Arizona to see these swimmers leave.

Just a friend
5 years ago

58.4 best relay split 100 yard breast

Texas Fan
5 years ago

Welcome to Texas. Very happy you will be joining the Team. Hookem!!

This hurts
5 years ago

Only promising part of this job was the women’s program and the recruiting DeMont did. Breaststrokers leaving program, guessing has to do with direct coach leaving.

JohnJ
5 years ago

Not surprised. Augie is the wrong choice for the job. There will be more people leaving.

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Reply to  JohnJ
5 years ago

And the next domino falls. Goodbye Annie Ochitwa.

azfan400
5 years ago

Chewbacca has it about right. Demont is a good stroke coach but was not very good at the “managerial and inspirational” aspects of the head coaching position. Nice guy, wrong fit for the job. One of the assistants created a lot of drama and controversy on the team. Lohman would have left regardless. Overall the switch to Augie Busch has been positive. Best of luck to Kennedy.

Reply to  azfan400
5 years ago

Definitely wouldn’t go so far as to say he wasn’t good at the “inspirational aspect.” He was great at that.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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