Pac-12 All-Century Women's Swimming & Diving team announced
Olympians, national champions fill the 33-member all-century team
SAN FRANCISCO (February 16, 2016) - On this week’s edition of ‘Pac-12 Sports Report’, hosts Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson announced the Women’s Swimming and Diving All-Century team--a group of 26 swimmers, six divers and one coach.
This team of Olympians and national champions was selected by a panel of 25 coaches, swimmers, administrators and media members. The top four vote-getters in each of the six disciplines; two additional “wild card” swimmers qualified via a second vote of the remaining fifth, sixth and seventh place finishers. To determine the All-Century divers, the top two divers in each of the three disciplines were selected.
To ensure that the team truly encapsulated the past century of Pac-12 women’s swimming and diving, 10 Pre-Title IX nominees were included on the ballot. These standout swimmers and divers attended Pac-12 universities but did not compete collegiately due to the lack of opportunities for women in intercollegiate athletics at the time.
All 26 All-Century swimmers competed in at least one Olympiad, and collectively, they have won 101 Olympic medals. Jenny Thompson and Natalie Coughlin are the most decorated with 12 Olympic medals each, which ties Dara Torres for most Olympic medals won by an American female. In addition, this group represents 110 NCAA individual titles (95 swimming, 15 diving).
During his twenty years at Stanford, coach Richard Quick led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles and developed 35 NCAA champions. One of greatest coaches in the history of the sport, Quick won five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and three Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards, earning him the title of Pac-12 Coach of the Century. In addition to his accomplishments at the collegiate level, he led the United States Olympic team during six Olympic games.
California’s Natalie Coughlin, one of the most decorated Olympians, is the Pac-12 swimmer of the Century. The owner of 11 individual NCAA titles, Coughlin was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year for all three of her years at Cal. She was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Pac-12 diver of the century is Michele Mitchell, a four-time All-American from the University of Arizona. In addition to being the most decorated diver in Arizona history, Mitchell served as the diving coach at the University and is now the director of operations for the swimming and diving programs.
See below for the entire team:
Jenny Thompson, Stanford (1991-1995) – Freestyle sprints
Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead, USC (1984-1987) – Freestyle sprints
Amy Van Dyken, Arizona (1991-1992) – Freestyle sprints
Jenna Johnson, Stanford (1985-1989) – Freestyle sprints
Janet Evans, Stanford (1989-1991) – Freestyle distance
Debbie Meyer, UCLA – Freestyle distance
Lindsay Benko-Mintenko, USC (1996-1999) – Freestyle distance
Haley Anderson, USC (2010-2013) – Freestyle distance
Natalie Coughlin, California (2001-2003) – Backstroke, Freestyle sprints
Missy Franklin, California (2013-2015) – Backstroke, Freestyle sprints
Lea Loveless-Maurer, Stanford (1991-1994) – Backstroke
Melissa Belote, Arizona State (1976-1979) – Backstroke
Rebecca Soni, USC (2006-2009) – Breaststroke
Amanda Beard, Arizona (1999-2000) – Breaststroke
Tara Kirk, Stanford (2000-2004) – Breaststroke
Agnes Kovacs, Arizona State (2001-2004) – Breaststroke
Mary T. Meagher, California (1984-1987) – Butterfly
Dana Vollmer, California (2007-2009) – Butterfly
Misty Hyman, Stanford (1997-2001) – Butterfly
Karen Moe, UCLA (1973-1975) – Butterfly
Crissy Ahmann, Arizona (1988-1991) – Butterfly
Summer Sanders, Stanford (1990-1992) – Individual medley, Butterfly
Katinka Hosszu, USC (2009-2012) – Individual medley
Kristine Quance-Julian, USC (1994-1997) – Individual medley, Breaststroke
Donna de Varona, UCLA – Individual medley
Kaitlin Sandeno, USC (2002-2004) – Individual medley
Samantha Pickens, Arizona (2011-2015) – IM Diving
Victoria Ishimatsu, USC (2009-2012) – IM Diving
Blythe Hartley, USC (2002-2006) – 3M, IM Diving
Eileen Richetelli, Stanford (1990-1995) – 3M Diving
Haley Ishimatsu, USC (2013-2015) – Platform Diving
Michele Mitchell, Arizona (1979-1982) – Platform Diving
Coach of the Century
Richard Quick, Stanford (1988-2005)
Swimmer of the Century
Natalie Coughlin, California (2001-2003)
Diver of the Century
Michele Mitchell, Arizona (1979-1982)