Competitor Coach of the Month: Carol Capitani, Texas Longhorns

Competitor Coach of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based coach who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Coach of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one coach whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a coach who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite coach wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.

Carol Capitani has the herd headed in the right direction.

The Longhorn wrangler – aka head coach of the University of Texas Longhorns – helped lead one of the bigger dual meet upsets of the past few seasons this month as her Texas team handed defending NCAA champs Georgia their first home loss in 22 years.

It was a huge 171-124 win for Texas on the road against the Bulldogs, with senior Madisyn Cox nailing three individual wins to power the Longhorn stampede. Cox’s development has been on full display this year. In her four seasons under Capitani, Cox has improved her 200 IM from 1:59.3 to 1:52.8, her 400 IM from 4:16.1 to 4:03.1 and her 200 breast from 2:14.1 to 2:07.21.

The Georgia win wasn’t Capitani’s only success of January. The Longhorns also went on the road to beat Auburn 156-139, with Cox also winning three events. In between those two duals, breaststroker Olivia Anderson also put up a top-3 finish at the Arena Pro Swim Series’s opening stop in Austin.

Capitani’s Longhorns jumped to #1 in the CSCAA dual meet poll and to #4 in our January Power Ranks. The Longhorns are currently the only team in the nation with a swimmer ranked inside the NCAA’s top 16 in every single event for the season.

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1anda2

Wrong Olivia Anderson. The one at the Arena Pro Series is a Canadian distance swimmer, not the Texas breaststroker.

Mikeh

“In her four seasons under Capitani, Cox has improved her 200 IM from 1:59.3 to 1:52.8, her 400 IM from 4:16.1 to 4:03.1 and her 200 breast from 2:14.1 to 2:07.21.”

Now THAT is great coaching! How many programs can boast a star swimmer who improves every year?

X swimmer

well I hear there’s a coach on the Texas men’s team that seems to do that every year

NYC Unicorn

And there is even a more famous Coach Cap in Austin.

Dawgpaddle

Capitani is the real deal. Congratulations to her and her fine team.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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