Washington Names Joe Dykstra Assistant Swimming Coach

Oct. 24, 2000

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

A 1998 UW graduate with a degree in zoology, Dykstra spent the last two years obtaining his master's degree in sport administration at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Volunteers' men's swimming and diving squad, which placed seventh overall at last season's NCAA championships. After finishing his degree, Dykstra worked as a regional sales manager at Aqua Quip Pool and Spa in Seattle.

'We're very excited about Joe's return,' Wender said. 'As a former team captain, Joe was a tremendous leader and the knowledge and insights he gained at Tennessee have helped him grow as a coach.'

A four-year letterwinner from 1994-98, Dykstra ranks among the Huskies all-time top 10 swimmers in three events including the 200 butterfly and both individual medleys. Dykstra swam career best times of 1:50.08 in the 200 IM and 1:50.11 in the 200 butterfly at the 1997 Pac-10 championships and 3:56.22 in the 400 IM at the 1998 Pac-10s.

A native of West Covina, Calif., Dykstra was a two-time recipient of the team's most inspirational award in 1996 and 1998 and was named to the Pac-10 all-academic second team as a senior. He also earned rookie MVP honors in 1995, the most improved award in 1996 and the Husky Tyee Club award in 1998.

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