Janella Bart Named Assistant Swimming Coach

Aug. 10, 2001

SEATTLE - Former Husky captain and 2001 graduate Janella Bart has been named an assistant swimming coach at the University of Washington. Bart will work with all of the team's distance freestyle swimmers, in addition to recruiting and assisting UW head coach Mickey Wender in all administrative aspects of the program.

'It's a tremendous opportunity for Husky swimming and Janella Bart to have someone coming out of the program right onto the coaching staff,' Wender said. 'Janella understands the program and has been very successful both as a student and as an athlete at the University of Washington.

'She was one of the few swimmers who, when I first got here in 1998, did absolutely everything I asked of her. I think she is a great example of what Husky swimming is about and what our program can do for someone.'

A four-year letterwinner, Bart finished her eligibility in 2001, serving as one of the team's captains along with classmate Irene Schneider, with whom she also shared the squad's most inspirational award.

As a junior, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native enjoyed her most successful season as a Husky, qualifying for the NCAA championships in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyle and then swimming in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bart improved her time dramatically in the 1650 free over the course of the season (from 17:03 to 16:34), and still owns a pair of UW school records in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events.

Bart, who graduated this past June with a bachelor's degree in economics, is a two-time winner of the team's most improved award and was a finalist at the U.S. Open Water Swimming National Championships in August of 2000.

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