Kira Toussaint To Train At Tennessee Through Paris, Work As Volunteer Assistant

Dutch Olympian and World Championship medalist Kira Toussaint has announced that she’s committed to continuing her training at the University of Tennessee, her alma mater, through the 2024 Olympic Games while also working as a volunteer assistant with the collegiate program.

Toussaint, who represented the Lady Vols in the NCAA for two seasons from 2015 to 2017, made her return to Knoxville earlier this year in the lead-up to the 2022 championship season.

After exhausting her NCAA eligibility in 2017, Toussaint returned home to the Netherlands to train with Dutch National Team coach Mark Faber.

 

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The 28-year-old is coming off a solid summer in the pool, though she was unable to match her career-best performances from 2021.

Toussaint won a bronze medal as a member of the Dutch mixed 400 medley relay at the 2022 World Championships, and also made a pair of individual finals, placing sixth in the women’s 100 backstroke and eighth in the 50 back.

Less than two months later at the European Championships, the Amstelveen native won bronze in the women’s 100 back, placed fourth in the 50 back, and added a pair of relay medals, including a gold on the mixed 400 medley.

During her time training under Faber in the Netherlands, Toussaint evolved into one of the best female backstrokers in the world, including breaking the world record in the SCM 50 back during the 2020 International Swimming League (ISL) season.

She was also a finalist at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021, placing seventh in the women’s 100 back. That was her second Olympic appearance, having represented the Netherlands in 2016, where she finished 18th in the 100 back.

Collegiately, Toussaint swam her first two seasons in the NCAA at Florida Gulf Coast, becoming an All-American and resetting numerous program records.

Following the 2014-15 campaign, she transferred to Tennessee, where she earned eight more All-America honors while winning a trio of SEC titles.

Under coach Matt Kredich, there is a sizable women’s pro group in Knoxville, primarily made up of former Lady Vols, including the likes of Erika Brown and Madeline Banic.

A pro swimmer taking on a volunteer assistant coaching role with the collegiate program is not an uncommon move, as it allows them greater latitude to travel and train with teams that would not necessarily be afforded to them as just a post-graduate trainee. Katie Ledecky, for example, is a volunteer assistant with the Florida Gators.

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Ghost
2 months ago

Wasn’t this known earlier in the summer?

Admin
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

She went to train at Tennessee earlier this year. The latest announcement is that she’s planning to lock in there through Paris, and that she’s becoming a volunteer assistant.

https://swimswam.com/european-record-holder-kira-toussaint-changes-training-base-to-knoxville-tn/

Ghost
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I thought I heard that part earlier too?

Admin
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

I don’t know what to tell you. Kira announced it this week.

Jim Nickell
2 months ago

Good stuff happens here every single day

Radiogaga
2 months ago

Are there any men swimmers at UT?

Curious
Reply to  Radiogaga
2 months ago

Weren’t they 2nd at SECs?

Radiogaga
Reply to  Curious
2 months ago

16th at NCAAs

Hetphob
Reply to  Curious
2 months ago

LOL! The men brag about dual meets and conference finishes but then disappear at the BIG DANCE.

Beginner Swimmer at 25
2 months ago

Yas 👸 Slay Queen 💅👄 pursuing a career in swimming while helping other swimmers.

Steve Nolan
2 months ago

I see the theme of today is “swimmers going back to where they used to train.”

SWIMGUY12345
2 months ago

Is her fiancé training there with her?

Coach
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
2 months ago

Not together anymore, and not really relevant

Meathead
2 months ago

Huge get for Coach Kredich. Wonder if she will show up to any USMS meets

DMacNCheez
2 months ago

Volunteer volunteer

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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