Head Coach Skip Kenney Tabbed Pac-10 Coach Of The Year

April 12, 2005

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford's Skip Kenney was named Coach of the Year, while California's Duje Draganja and Dominik Meichtry were named the Pacific-10 2004-05 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, respectively, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Kenney led the Cardinal to their 24th consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. At the Conference Championships, he coached his swimmers to eight individual and three relay titles. Kenney coached Stanford to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 17th of Kenney's career.

Draganja, a senior from Split, Croatia, won the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly, at the Pac-10 Championships. He was also a member of California's 400 freestyle relay team, which established a new Pac-10 meet record. At the NCAA Championships, Draganja won the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and contributed to three Golden Bear relay titles, including the NCAA record-breaking 200 freestyle team, helping California to a fourth place finish. His time of 41.49 in the 100 freestyle broke former Bear Anthony Ervin's NCAA record.

Meichtry, a freshman from Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, placed second in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 1650 freeestyle at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Meichtry finished 10th in the 200 freestyle. Meichtry helped Cal beat Stanford for the first time in almost 14 years with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle and third-place finish in the 200 in their dual-meet clash.

The Swimmer, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors are determined by a coaches vote.

courtesy of Pac-10

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