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United States Air Force Academy Women’s Swimming & Diving 2012-13 Table of Contents Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Table of Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Quick Facts/Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Athlete Bios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-20

The Staff Head Coach Casey Converse . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Asst. Coach Colleen Murphy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Diving Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

This is Air Force Swimming Cadet Natatorium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Air Force Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 How We Train. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 A Day in the Life of a Cadet-Athlete . . . . . . .24 Air Force Careers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Meet The Falcons Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

History 2011-12 Season Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Academy Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Quick Facts

Media Guide The 2012-13 Air Force women’s swimming and diving media guide is produced as a source of information for the media. Other materials may be obtained by contacting the athletic media relations office:

General Information Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .USAFA, Colo. Colors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue & Silver Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Falcons Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000 Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1954 Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Div. I Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mountain West Home Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cadet Natatorium Superintendent . . . . . . Lt. Gen. Michael Gould Athletic Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Hans Mueh Coaching Staff Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casey Converse Alma Mater/Year . . . . . . . . . . . Washburn/1984 Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .719-333-4765 E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . .keith.converse@usafa.edu Career Record/Years . . . . . . . . . . . 283-219-2/27 School Record/Years . . . . . . . . . . . 271-184-2/24 Head Diving Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stan Curnow Asst. Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Colleen Murphy Asst. Diving Coach. . . . . . . . .Capt. Lauren Berg Team Information 2011-12 Dual Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-3 2011-12 Conference Finish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8th Letterwinners Returning/Lost . . . . . . . . . .19/10 Newcomers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Athletic Media Relations Assoc. AD/Communications . . .Troy Garnhart Asst. Director (Swimming SID) . Nick Arseniak Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .719-333-9251 E-mail . . . . . . . . . . nicholas.arseniak@usafa.edu Mailing Address . . . . Athletic Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2169 Field House Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USAFA, CO 80840 Web Site . . . . . . . . . . . . GoAirForceFalcons.com

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Air Force Athletic Media Relations 2169 Field House Dr. USAF Academy, CO 80840 Phone: 719-333-2313 Fax: 719-333-3798 Working Press Credentials Press and Photograph credentials are issued to members of the working media only. These credentials may be obtained by contacting the athletic media relations office. Upon acceptance of applications, appropriate passes can be picked up at the Athletic Media Relations office. Press Parking There is no press parking available. The earlier you arrive, the better parking you’ll find. Air Force Practices All Air Force practices, both home and on the road, are open to the media. Media members wishing to film practice must make arrangements with the athletic media relations office to attend practice. A representative from the athletic media relations office must accompany you.

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Honors & Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 National Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Letterwinners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33 The Academy The Air Force Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Academy Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Air Force Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

Post-Meet Procedures Head swim coach Casey Converse and head diving coach Stan Curnow will be available 10 minutes following the end of the meet on the pool deck. Swimmers and divers will be available immediately after. The Air Force locker room and training room are closed to all media. Final results are available following the meet upon request. In-Season Interviews All Air Force athletes and coaches are available for interviews with the following guidelines: All interviews must be set up through the athletic media relations office at 719-3339025 or 719-333-2313. All interview requests must be made at least one day in advance so that the athlete or coach can be properly notified. Credits The 2012-13 Air Force women’s swimming and diving guide was written and designed by assistant athletic media relations director Nick Arseniak. Editoral assistance provided by the Air Force athletic media relations office and the women’s swimming and diving staff. Photos courtesy of DenMar Services. On the Cover Featured on the front cover is the 2012-13 team on the deck of the Cadet Natatorium.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Head Coach Casey Converse

Casey Converse Head Swimming Coach 25th Season Washburn (1984) - B.A. Northern Colorado (2006) - M.S.

The 2012-13 season marks coach Casey Converse’s 28th year of coaching college swimming and his 25th at the Air Force Academy. With an overall dual meet record of 271-184-2 at Air Force, Converse is the winningest swim coach in Academy history. Air Force had one of its strongest seasons in 2011-12, going 13-3 in head-to-head competition, the most wins since 2005. The Falcons’ winning percentage of .813 was the best at the Academy since 1998. Air Force set six school records and had 17 school top 10 swims. In addition, freshman Kim Davis, who set three school records on her own, became the first Falcon women’s swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Trials, doing so in the 200 meter breaststroke. The 2010-11 season saw seven school records set, including all four relay events. In addition, Air Force had 17 swims that cracked the school’s all-time top 10 list. “I am grateful for the successes we have achieved as a team here at the Academy,” said Converse. “Anyone who knows anything about our program over the past 20 years knows that the credit for all the victories we have enjoyed goes to the tremendously dedicated officercoaches and cadet-athletes. On a personal level, I am struck by what a privilege it is to work at the Academy and to be a part of the history of this great institution.” Converse continued, “I am fortunate to have been acquainted with two of the ‘founding fathers’ of the swim program at the Academy. Bob Nugent and Paul Arata both wore many hats during their time as officer-head coaches,

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but both expressed their passion and best memories in terms of their coaching opportunities. As the first full-time civilian head coach, I feel fortunate to be able to devote the largest part of my energies to building the swimming and diving programs. This is a luxury that former officer-coaches did not have.”

After guiding the men’s and women’s swimming programs for 10 years, Converse is in his 13th season coaching only the women and his 24td season overall at the Academy. Converse has built an outstanding program with both teams over the last two decades. Over the past few seasons, Converse has more than met the challenge of transforming the women’s squad from a dominant Division II program to a respected member of the Mountain West Conference. For eight seasons (1989-96), Converse directed the women to an outstanding 73-21 record at the Division II level. The Falcons were dominant in the Division II ranks, winning five conference championships (Continental Divide and Pacific Collegiate) and two national championships (1995 and 1996). Additionally, the women finished in the top 10 nationally five times. Individually, Converse has coached 32 different athletes who have earned first-team AllAmerica honors a total of 178 times. He has also guided six athletes to 13 national titles, four relay teams to national titles (including the 1996 400-medley relay team that established an NCAA Division II record), 10 swimmers to Western Athletic Conference titles and two Mountain West Conference champions.

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In 1998, Connie Cann became the second Falcon to compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. Under Converse’s guidance, Cann finished fifth in the WAC Championships in the 100 butterfly before going on to finish 21st in that event at the NCAA Championships. No stranger to national acclaim, Converse has earned coach of the year honors a total of five times at either the NCAA Division II level, the WAC or the Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference. As impressive as his record is in the pool of competition, Converse has also coached athletes that have accomplished a great deal academically. A total of 68 athletes have earned academic all-conference honors 119 times under Converse, leading all Academy teams in this category. In 2009, 10 Falcon swimmers and divers earned academic all-conference honors. The Falcons also had 10 academic all-conference honorees in 2004, when the CSCAA named Air Force a Scholar All-American team with a 2.990 cumulative grade-point average. Prior to arriving at the Academy, Converse guided the swimming program at New Mexico State. His three-year tenure may have been short, but the Aggies benefited from Converse’s knowledge. The women achieved their first winning season in a decade as they went 6-5 in 1988 while the men recorded their best finish ever (fourth) at the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) Championships. A total of 10 swimmers qualified for the U.S. Nationals, while 37 school records were established.

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Head Coach Casey Converse

The Converse File

Casey Converse with daughters Rosie and Maggie Converse netted a dual meet record of 12-35 while in Las Cruces. Before his college coaching career began, Converse was the assistant coach of the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlin Swim Team. In 1984, he guided the Mid-American swim team in Topeka, Kan., and from 1981-84, he served as Mid-America’s head age group coach. His coaching career began in 1980 in San Antonio, Texas, as he was the Metropolitan YMCA’s head master’s coach. Converse was a member of the coaching staff for the U.S. Long Distance swimming team at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Few college coaches, in any sport, can match Converse’s own athletic career accomplishments. A distance freestyle specialist, Converse swam on the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team as an 18-year old, placing ninth in the 400 freestyle. At Alabama, Converse burst onto the national scene as he not only won the national title in the 1,650 free his freshman year, but also set an American record and became the first man to break the 15-minute mark in the event (14:57.39). He also broke the NCAA record in the 1,000 free that same year. Converse lives in Colorado Springs. He has two daughters, Rosie and Maggie.

The following year, he was the head coach for the Athletes in Action summer project which produced five finalists at the U.S. Nationals in Mission Viejo, Calif. His service to the sport includes NCAA Y.E.S. (Youth Education through Sports) guest clinician in 1993 and 1999. A native of Topeka, Kan., Converse graduated from Mission Viejo High School (Calif.) in 1976 and went on to attend the University of Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Washburn University (Kan.) in 1984. He also received his master’s degree in science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006.

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Full Name: Keith Converse Hometown: Topeka, Kan. College Education: Washburn University (Kan.), B.A. in Education, 1984; University of Northern Colorado, M.S. in Sport Administration, 2006 College Career: University of Alabama--1976 Olympic Team member (400 freestyle, ninth); NCAA Champion and All-American; Set NCAA (1000 freestyle) and American (1650 freestyle) records Coaching Accomplishments: 1994, 1995 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year; 1993, 1995 PCSC Women’s Coach of the Year; 1991 WAC Coach of the Year; 1992 Division II National Champions (Women); Nine Division II National Champions; Seven Western Athletic Conference Champions; 60 All-Americans; Two Mountain West Conference Champions Coaching Experience: Metropolitan YMCA, 1980; Mid-American Swim Team, (Head Age Group Coach) 1981-1984; Mid-American Swim Team, (Head Coach) 1984; Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins (Asst. Coach), 1985; New Mexico State University (Head Coach), 1985-1988; U.S. Air Force Academy --(Head Coach women’s swimming), 1988-present. Inside the Numbers with Converse Year W L T 1989 15 5 0 1990 16 5 0 1991 19 7 0 1992 18 3 0 1993 15 6 0 1994 13 9 0 1995 18 8 0 1996 15 7 0 1997 13 7 0 1998 22 2 2 1999 6 9 0 2000 9 7 0 2001 11 8 0 2002 6 7 0 2003 13 6 0 2004 8 6 0 2005 18 15 0 2006 7 10 0 2007 4 10 0 2008 2 11 0 2009 6 14 0 2010 2 9 0 2011 2 10 0 2012 13 3 0 Total 271 184 2

Pct. .750 .762 .731 .857 .714 .591 .692 .682 .650 .865 .400 .563 .579 .461 .684 .571 .545 .412 .286 .154 .300 .182 .167 .813 .600

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Assistant Coach Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy Assistant Swimming Coach First Season Oakland University (Mich.),1996

Colleen Murphy enters her first season as Air Force women’s swimming assistant coach. Murphy comes to the Academy from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was the head coach. Murphy was also a three-time NCAA Div. II Coach of the Year during her tenure at Truman State.

Most recently, Murphy also served as interim club coach at Phoenix Swim Club in 2010-11. She also has club coaching experience with Wildcat Aquatics from 1997-99. Murphy has worked numerous swim camps at the University of Texas, Penn State and Arizona State University.

During each of her five years at Xavier, Murphy led the Gators to state titles. In addition, Murphy has coached numerous All-American swimmers and relays at Xavier. Murphy also coached current Falcon women’s swimmer Elizabeth Keenan during her years at Xavier.

Murphy was a five-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at Oakland University (Mich.). She was a member of the 1994 NCAA Div. II Championship team and was on the runner-up teams (to Air Force) in 1995 and 1996. Murphy graduated from Oak-

land University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in exercise science. She earned her master’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky and certificate in college counseling from the University of California-San Diego. Murphy is married to Joe Fanthorp. They have two children, son Brady and daughter Makenna. Murphy’s father was a former sergeant and firefighter in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam.

Prior to her tenure at Xavier, Murphy served as athletic director/history teacher at then-newly opened Chandler Prep Academy in Chandler, Ariz. Murphy was the head men’s and women’s swimming coach/senior woman’s administrator/instructor in exercise science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. From 200305. Murphy guided Truman State to NCAA Div. II NCAA Championships all three years there, earning NCAA Div. II Women’s Coach of the Year each of those years. Murphy is the first female coach to win an NCAA Swimming Championship. During her time at Truman State, Murphy had four swimmers earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In 2005, she had a Walter Byers award winner in Truman State swimmer Sarah Dance. Murphy has also served as assistant swimming coach at the University of Iowa from 2001-02 and at Truman State from 1999-2001.

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Diving Coaches

Stan Curnow Head Diving Coach 20th Season Brigham Young University (1997)

Stan Curnow begins his 20th year with the Falcons as head diving coach, the longest tenure in Academy history for a diving coach.

impeccable, including 26 conference titles, 17 All-Americans and two NCAA Division I champions.

During his first 19 years, Curnow has continued Air Force’s proud tradition in diving. Three women have earned first-team All-American honors at the Division II level while the men annually place among the conference’s elite. A recent four-year stretch saw the Falcons win the men’s platform dive at the MWC Championships (Brady Lindberg in 2006 and 2007, Kyle Van Valkenburg in 2008 and 2009).

A native of Denver, Colo., Curnow was named a high school All-American in diving and was a champion performer on the trampoline. He attended BYU and graduated in 1977 with a degree in physical education. He completed his master’s degree in the same field in 1978. As a competitor at BYU, Curnow was the Western Athletic Conference diving champion three out of four years and earned AllAmerican honors in 1972 and 1974. He was also a finalist in the 1972 Olympic Trials.

Outside of the pool, Curnow has been an asset to the Academy as well, being named the 1998 athletic department Instructor of the Year. Curnow came to Air Force from BYU, where he coached for 14 years. His record there was

Curnow was named the Mountain West Conference’s diving coach of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2006, and was formerly a member of the NCAA Diving Rules Committee.

Curnow, shown with his family, is a three-time Mountain West Conference Diving Coach of the Year.

Capt. Lauren Berg Assistant Diving Coach 4th Season USAFA (2007)

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Capt. Lauren Berg enters her third year as the assistant diving coach for both men’s and women’s diving teams at Air Force. In addition to diving coach duties, Berg works in the Academy athletics department assisting in managing the athletic department scheduling and grading office.

Berg received her commission through the United States Air Force Academy in May 2007. Upon receiving her commission, she received her first assignment and moved to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, where she assumed her duties with the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron.

Berg is a 2007 graduate of USAFA. The Englewood, Colo., native was a four-year letter winner in diving and team captain as a junior while at the Academy. she was a standout in the classroom at the Academy, earning Mountain West Conference AllAcademic honors all four years.

Formely Lauren Bursey, she was married in July 2012, to Andy Berg, who is an assistant coach with the Air Force hockey team.

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

2012-13 Season Outlook

Team Captain Senior Haley Holcombe

Air Force women’s swimming & diving looks to continue its upward rise at it enters the 2012-13 season. With a large returning group, added to another strong freshman class, head coach Casey Converse is confident he has the right mix for another successful season. Air Force returns its fastest swimmers in every event but the 50 free from a successful 2011-12 team that went 13-3 in head-to-head competition. “This group has a chance to be one of the better teams at the Academy since the early 1990s,” Converse said. “For the first time in awhile, we are going to have swimmers that can score in every event for us, which hasn’t been the case for us the past few years. We’re going to be a little lean in the sprint-free events, but have gained some depth in the distance free events which we really haven’t had in the past.” With the success last season, the Falcons have also ramped up their schedule, competing against tougher competition and taking on more events. The Falcons will find out how good they are right away, as the team faces a busy opening month of October with five events on the docket. “Our schedule is going to be tough early on, but I look for our swimmers to be up to the challenge,” Converse said. “It 2012-13 Air Force

will definitely make the team tougher in the long run as we get ready for the conference championships. October is going to be an intense month for us. We’ll know a lot about our team right away, especially opening against a conference opponent in New Mexico. Swimming against Idaho and Wyoming in November will also present good challenges for us as we prepare for the Houston Invitational to cap off the Fall slate. We’ll regroup in January and start preparing for the conference championships and the Colorado Senior Open.” Air Force also welcomes a key addition in new assistant coach in Colleen Murphy, who comes to the Academy with very accomplished credentials. “The addition of Colleen is huge for our program,” Converse said. “She brings some big-time credentials to our program, being a three-time NCAA Div. II Coach of the Year. She brings valuable coaching experience to our team and is a great resource for our swimmers.” The team captain will be senior Haley Holcombe. Holcombe is one of Air Force’s top butterfly and medley swimmers. “Haley will be our team captain this season,” Converse said. “We’ve brought in some great swimmers these last few years and Haley has led the way. So she was the perfect fit in regards to leading this team and has been up to the challenge. She is 6

complemented by a strong senior group, aided by Rosie Mayou and Alexandra Trobe.” According to Converse, Air Force will be strong in the backstroke, breaststroke and medley events. The Falcons return junior Samantha Laughlin and sophomore Kim Davis, who combine to hold five of the six school records in the back, breast and medley events. Laughlin owns the school record in both back events, while Davis owns the school 200 breast and both medley records. In addition, Davis became Air Force’s first female swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic Trials, doing so in the 200 meter breast. “Sam is coming off a tremendous sophomore season and is training extremely hard for us right now,” Converse said. “She will also swim some sprint-free for us, but she has the chance to be even better in the back events for us this season. Kim gained some valuable experience in getting to train for the Olympic trials. Getting to compete there will only help her development as a strong swimmer.” The sprint-free group will be led by senior Heather Ireland. Ireland will be joined by Laughlin, junior Hannah Cesare and seniors Lauren McGuire and Trobe and freshman Haylie Stanat. “We lost our top sprinter, Cassie Fletcher and another solid sprinter in Women’s Swimming & Diving

2012-13 Season Outlook Alison Ceranski, to graduation,” Converse said. “We’re a little lean there, but have a solid group we look to step up this year.” The distance free group is much improved with the addition of freshman Sara Menke. In addition, sophomore Clara Heffernan, junior Michelle Kuyper will see action in the 1000. Junior Erin Bleyl and freshman Olivia Strom, in addition to Heffernan will be the top 500 free swimmers for Air Force. “With the addition of Sara, we have a swimmer that can score well for us in the 1000 free,” Converse said. “She’s already swimming at a high level and will most likely crack our school top 10 list.” Laughlin and Bleyl will anchor the backstroke events. The juniors are first and second all-time in both the 100 and 200 back events. Ireland will also swim some back events in additon to freshman Brooke Wheeler and junior Liz Harrison. The breaststroke events will be led by Davis and Mayou. Davis is the school record holder in the 200 breast and Mayou is a school top 10 performer in both events. In addition, sophomore Noel Nic-

cum and senior Katrina Castellanos bolster a strong group for the Falcons. Freshmen Leah Weber and Madelyn Huttner will also swim some breast events. The butterfly events will be anchored by junior Gabby Aranda and Holcombe. Junior Elizabeth Keenan and freshmen Jenna Tasic and Wheeler will also swim some fly events as well. Aranda and Holcombe are both rank in the school top five for both fly events. The medley events, especially the 200 IM, will also be a team strength. Davis is the school record holder in both the 200 and 400 IM and Aranda and Holcombe are both ranked in the school top five. The Falcons have further depth in the medley events with returning senior Castellanos and the addition of freshman Huttner. “The 200 IM might be our strongest event,” Converse said. “Freshman Madelyn Huttner has been swimming lights out in practices and has been right up there with Kim. Gabby and Haley have also been strong in the medley events as well.”

Converse feels the team has room for improvement in the relay events. After setting school records in all four relay events two years ago, the Falcons fell just short of setting records a season ago. “We didn’t have one relay swim that met our expectations last season,” Converse said. “That’s something we’re working very hard at. On paper, we’re looking good in the relays, but we won’t really know until we get in the pool and compete.” The diving team has added depth with the addition of three freshmen. Sophomores Lainie Long and Jeanne Nolan and junior Rachel Kennedy return. They are joined by freshmen Zoe Van Wirt, Jessica Horn and Summer Getty. “The goal for the team is to move up in the conference standings at the Mountain West Championships,” Converse said. “We have some tough early-season competition. We hope those meets prepare us for the back end of the season as we make the push towards the conference championships.”

Sophomore Kim Davis 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier

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Team Roster

Air Force Women’s Swimming & Diving 2012-13 Roster

Name Gabbrielle Aranda Erin Bleyl Katrina Castellanos Hannah Cesare Kim Davis Summer Getty Liz Harrison Clara Heffernan Haley Holcombe Jessica Horn Madelyn Huttner Heather Ireland Elizabeth Keenan Rachel Kennedy Michelle Kuyper Samantha Laughlin Lainie Long Rosie Mayou Lauren McGuire Sara Menke Noel Niccum Jeanne Nolan Haylie Stanat Olivia Strom Jenna Tasic Alexandra Trobe Zoe Van Wirt Leah Weber Brooke Wheeler

Year Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Head Coach: Diving Coach: Assistant Coach: Assistant Diving Coach:

Casey Converse (Washburn 1984) – 25th season Stan Curnow (BYU 1997) - 20th season Colleen Murphy (Oakland University (Mich.) 1996) – 1st season Capt. Lauren Berg (USAFA 2007) – 3rd season

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Event 5-6 5-8 5-5 5-10 5-8 5-2 5-1 5-8 5-8 5-3 5-7 5-7 5-5 5-2 5-5 5-11 5-6 5-8 5-9 6-0 5-5 5-7 5-6 5-7 5-3 5-7 5-6 5-9 5-5

Height Fly Back Breast/IM Free IM/Breast Diving Back/Free Mid-Distance IM/Fly Diving IM/Breast/Back Back/Free IM/Free Diving Free Back/Free Diving Breast Free/Fly Distance Free Breast Diving Free Mid-Free Fly/Free Free Diving Breast Back/Fly

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Hometown/High School Biloxi, MS/Biloxi Tucson, AZ/Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Roseville, CA/Woodcreek Ennice, NC/Homeschooled Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood Plymouth, MN/Maple Grove University Manassas, VA/Osbourn Park Olympia, WA/Olympia Snellville, GA/Brookwood Southbury, CT/Pomperaug North Tustin, CA/Esperanza Coronado, CA/Coronado Phoenix, AZ/Xavier Wasilla, AK/Wasilla Orland Parl, IL/Sandburg Destin, FL/Fort Walton Beach Newnan, GA/Landmark Christian School Derby, KS/Derby Douglasville, GA/Landmark Christian School Murfreesboro, TN/Father Ryan Houston, TX/Magnolia West Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso Arlington, TX/Lamar Fort Walton Beach, FL/Choctawhatchee Tinley Park, IL/Lincoln-Way North Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland Monument, CO/Lewis-Palmer Bartonville, TX/Homeschooled Suwanee, GA/Lambert

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Meet The Falcons

Katrina Castellanos

Haley Holcombe

Sr. • 5-5 • Breaststroke/Medley Roseville, CA (Woodcreek)

Sr. • 5-8 • Butterfly/Medley Snellville, GA (Brookwood)

2011-12: Took season off to focus on academics. 2010-11 Highlights: Swam the fastest 100 and 200 breast times for the Falcons ... 200 breast time was third-fastest in school history ... swam the second-fastest 200 IM and third-fastest 400 IM on the team ... also part of the school recordsetting 200 and 400 medley relays.

2012-13: Team Captain. 2011-12 Highlights: Third-fastest times on the Personal Bests team in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 indi- 100 Fly 55.31 vidual medley ... top time in 100 fly was 56.11 at 200 Fly 2:02.36 MW Championships ... top time in 200 fly was 200 IM 2:08.57 2:06.25 at Cougar Classic ... top time in 200 IM 400 IM 4:35.21 was 2:13.00 at MW Championships ... also swam the 200 and 100 free in events ... swam the third leg on the team’s fastest 400 medley relay group. 2010-11 Highlights: Team MVP ... All-MW in the 100 and 200 butterfly ... set school record in the 200 fly (2:02.36) and swam second-fastest 100 fly (55.31) ... was also part of the school-record 200 and 400 medley relays ... made the finals in the 200 meter fly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, finishing 17th overall ... swam the second-fastest 400 IM time of the team, which is also the 10th fastest in school history ... also swam the third-fastest 200 IM time on the team. 2009-10 Highlights: Swam the team’s fastest times in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley ... owns the school record in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.85 ... 100 fly time of 55.81 is third-fastest in school history ... 200 IM time of 2:02.85 is 10th at AFA ... led-off the 800 free relay and was third leg of 200 medley relay. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in swimming for coach Greg Puckett … team captain as a senior … four-time All-American … winner of Exemplary Athlete award … also competed for Swim Atlanta, coached by Chris Davis, Sr. … graduated with honors … AP Scholar … four-year Scholastic All-American … four-year Scholar-Athlete ... school record holder in the 200 fly. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 1 … daughter of Steve and Terrie Holcombe ... major is systems engineering human factors ... nickname is Hailstorm … greatest moment in sports was competing at Senior Nationals in 2008 and being on a relay that broke a 13-year-old state record as a senior … hobbies include reading, watching movies, going to concerts and dancing … favorite food is ice cream … favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird ... favorite movie is My Best Friend’s Wedding … something not many people know about her is that she is scuba certified … if she could trade places with one of her teammates for a day, it would be Alex Trobe because she admires her sense of purpose and her ability to make those around her feel important and special ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Wipe Out.

Personal Bests 100 Breast 200 Breast 200 IM 400 IM

1:05.87 2:20.49 2:15.41 4:38.18

2009-10 Highlights: Swam the fastest 100 breaststroke and 200 breast times for Air Force ... time of 2:21.10 in 200 breast is third-fastest in school history ... time of 1:05.87 in 100 breast is sixth-fastest in school history ... also swam the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley ... was also second-leg of 400 medley relay team. High School: Lettered four years in swimming ... three-year team MVP ... allleague honoree ... also swam for the Arden Hills club team, coached by Brian Nabeta. Personal: Member of cadet squadron 11 ... daughter of Raul and Sally Castellanos ... has three siblings ... the biggest influence on her sports career has been her family, because “they have supported me throughout my swimming career and are always available to give me helpful and encouraging advice.”

Getting to Know Haley... • I enjoy listening to: Country Music. • Who’s had the biggest influence on your sports career and why: Landon Harris. He was one of my coaches in middle school and he taught me what it meant to give my all to a sport. He taught me that if you want to be the best at something it was more than practice and talent; it was about heart. I have had a passion for swimming since I was young and he taught me how to use that passion in practice and in races. He was a major part of how I became the swimmer I am today. • Favorite quote: “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – JFK

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Heather Ireland

Rosie Mayou

Sr. • 5-7 • Freestyle/Backstroke Coronado, CA (Coronado)

Sr. • 5-8 • Breaststroke Derby, KS (Derby)

2011-12 Highlights: Swam the team’s thirdfast time in four events, the 50 and 100 free and Personal Bests 100 and 200 back events ... top time in 50 free 50 Free 24.16 was 24.16 and 100 free was 52.38 ... top time in 100 Free 52.38 100 back ws 57.36, which is the third-fastest in 100 Back 57.36 school history ... top time in the 200 back was 200 Back 2:06.74 2:06.74, which is the eighth-fastest in school history...earned Coaches Award at postseason banquet. 2010-11: Took sophomore season off to focus on academics. 2008-09 Highlights: Recorded the Falcons’ second-fastest time of the season in the 500 freestyle (5:25.21) ... turned in the fourth-fastest times in both the 100 back and 200 back ... also competed in the 200 freestyle. HIGH SCHOOL (Coronado): Lettered four years in swimming for coach Randall Burgess ... team captain as a senior ... three-time CIF finalist ... Texas high school champion in the 200 freestyle relay in 2005 ... swam for the North Coast Aquatics swim club, coached by Jeff Pease. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 36 ... daughter of Ken and Patti Ireland ... has a younger brother, Andrew, who is a junior at the University of North Carolina and who also swims the back and free events for their men’s swim team ... majoring in humanities ... plans a career in cyber warfare ... hobbies include cooking and reading ... favorite food is a California burrito ... favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s ... person in history she’d like to meet is Ronald Reagan ... biggest influence on her sports career has been her parents ... noteworthy thing about her hometown is the Hotel Del Coronado ... favorite athlete is Missy Franklin because she was so genuine during her Olympic interviews and such a talented competitor.

2011-12 Highlights: Swam the fastest 100 breaststroke and second-fastest 200 breast Personal Bests time for the Falcons ... top time in 100 breast 100 Breast 1:05.21 was 1:05.21, which is the third-fastest time in 200 Breast 2:22.86 school history ... 200 breast time of 2:22.96 is the eighth-fastest at AFA ... earned third Academic All-MW Team honor. 2010-11 Highlights: Swam the team’s second -fastest 100 and 200 breast times ... swam the 10th fastest 100 breast time in school history ... swam the sixth-fastest 200 IM time on the team, shaving over two seconds off her previous careerbest ... earned second Academic All-MW Team honor. 2009-10 Highlights: Swam the teams’ second-fastest 100 and 200 breaststroke events ... time of 1:07.00 in the 100 breast is the 10th fastest in school history ... named to All-MWC Team. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in swimming for coach Ron Meisch … also swam for the Wichita Swim Club, coached by Katie Yevak … graduated first in her class (along with four other students) … president of National Honor Society … head drum major in senior year. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 8 ... given name is Rosalie … daughter of James and Stacy Mayou … has two younger brothers … major is economics … the biggest influence on her sports career has been her parents ... is the C Flight Commander in her squadron. Getting to Know Rosie... • lived in England for four years • favorite quote: Life without music is like a journey through the desert – anonymous

Getting to Know Heather... • Favorite quote: “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden • Something most people don’t know abot me: I like to create ceramics. • Enjoys listening to: Anything from Jimmy Buffett to Mumford and Sons to Katy Perry!

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Lauren McGuire

Alexandra Trobe

Sr. • 5-9 • Freestyle/Butterfly Douglasville, GA (Landmark Christian School)

Sr. • 5-7 • Freestyle Pittsford, NY (Pittsford Sutherland)

2011-12 Highlights: Top 10 swimmer on the team in the 100 free and 100 fly ... top time in 50 Personal Bests free was 25.99 ... top time in 100 free was 54.58 50 Free 24.68 ... top time in 100 fly was 1:01.15 ... also swam 100 Free 54.17 the 200 free. 100 Fly 59.58 2010-11 Highlights: Ranked amongst the team’s top 10 in the 50 and 100 free and 100 fly ... swam a career-best time in the 100 fly at the Georgia Tech Invitational. 2009-10 Highlights: Swam the team’s third-fastest 50 free time and fourthfastest 100 free time ... also swam the 100 fly. High School: Lettered four years in swimming for coach Cassie O’Bryant … fourtime state qualifier … also swam for Swim Atlanta, coached by Doug Gjertsen … earned one letter each in track and cross country … state champion in cross country in 2005 … National Honor Society vice president and Honor Board prefect … member of Beta Club … named to High Honor Roll. Personal: Member of cadet squadron 34 ... nickname is Mac … daughter of Perry and Lauren McGuire … has three siblings … majoring in behavioral science with a minor in Spanish … plans to attend graduate school and become a pharmacist … on the Commandant’s list twice and the athletic directors list six times ... hobbies include making homemade funnel cakes, bedazzling, reading, and hanging out with friends …favorite food is Chick-Fil-A … favorite movie is The Notebook … biggest influence on her sports career have been her parents … pre-race ritual is to listen to music and stretch.

2011-12 Highlights: Shaved nearly a full second off her previous career best in the 50 free, Personal Bests with a time of 25.47 ... also swam a career-best 50 Free 25.47 time of 55.21 in the 100 free ... also swam the 100 Free 55.21 200 free ... Team Most Inspirational Award re- 200 Free 1:58.23 cipient for the junior class ... earned third Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honors. 2010-11 Highlights: Swam sixth-fastest 200 free time on team ... also swam top 10 times in the 50 and 100 free events ... anchored the 400 free relay vs. Utah ... earned second Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honors ... named team most inspirational sophomore. 2009-10 Highlights: Ranked amongst the top five on the team in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free ... swam second fastest team time in the 200, 500 and 1650 free ... anchored the 800 free realy team. HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five varsity letters in swimming for coach Marty Keating … all-state performer … sectional champion and state champion … winner of sportsmanship award … also swam for the Rochester Rapids club team, coached by Shane Logan … earned two varsity letters in indoor track and one letter in outdoor track … named to Honor Roll … member of National Honor Society. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 10 ... daughter of Steven Trobe and Bonnie Majestic-Trobe … has a younger sister … majoring in political science … plans to become a pilot after graduation … on the superintendent’s list ... hobbies include snowboarding, hiking and swimming … favorite food is choco tacos … favorite movie is Good Will Hunting … most noteworthy thing about her hometown is the Erie Canal … if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Jersey Shore ... something most people don’t know about her is that her middle name is Zena ... credits her high school swim coach, Marty Keating, as having the biggest influence on her sports career.

Getting to Know Lauren... • Something not many people know about you: I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. • favorite athlete is: Tim Tebow, because he’s awesome! • favorite quote: “Eat to pain!!” –Kim Davis

Getting to Know Alexandra... • enjoys listending to the Dave Matthews Band • If you could trade places with one of your teammates for day, who would it be and why? Haley Holcombe, because she is one of the most genuine people I know. She is an inspiration on the team for her determination and work ethic and has one of the most graceful butterfly strokes ive ever seen. • favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Gabbrielle Aranda

Erin Bleyl

Jr. • 5-6 • Butterfly/Medley Biloxi, MS (Biloxi)

Jr. • 5-8 • Backstroke/Freestyle Tucson, AZ (Pusch Ridge Christian Academy) 2011-12 Highlights: Top five on the team in seven different events ... swam the team’s fastPersonal Bests est 500 free with a time of 4:58.83, which is the 100 Free 51.25 sixth-fastest in school history ... was second- 200 Free 1:50.70 fastest in the 100 and 200 back and 200 free 500 Free 4:58.83 ... top time in 100 back was 56.15, which is the 100 Back 56.15 second-fastest in school history ... top time in 200 Back 2:01.66 200 back was 2:02.17 ... also swam the fifth-fastest 100 free, fourth-fastest 1000 free and fourthfastest 400 IM ... Led off the fastest times of the 200 and 400 free relay groups. 2010-11 Highlights: Posted one of the best freshman campaigns in AFA history, setting three individual school records and three relay records for a total of six school records ... set school records in the 100 back (56.28) and 200 back (2:01.66) and 100 free (51.25) ... also swam in the record setting 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relay groups ... swam the fastest times for the season in four events (100, 200 free & 100, 200 back) ... ranks second all-time at AFA in the 200 free and ninth in the 500 free ... also swam the 200 meter free at the Indianapolis Grand Prix ... earned the team Coaches Award. HIGH SCHOOL (Pusch Ridge Christian Academy): Lettered four years in swimming ... team captain as a senior ... led Pusch Ridge to third-place finish in states as a senior and second-place finish as a junior ... set state records in the 100 back and 200 free as a sophomore ... scholastic All-American ... National Honors Society member ... also swam for Flying Fish Arizona club swim team ... high school swimming coach was mother, Mary Beth Bleyl. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 17 ... major is human factors ... has a sister and brother ... sister, Shawna, attends West Point and is on the softball team ... parents are USAFA grads and were also on the Wings of Blue jump team ... hobbies are eating, sleeping, hiking, watching TV shows and baking ... favorite food is jalapenos ... favorite movies are the Truman Show and the Princess Bride ... favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities ... something most people don’t know about her is her favorite animals are sharks ... credits her first swim coach, Troy Reister, as having the biggest influence on her sports career because ‘he taught me to love swimming’ ... daughter of Wallace and Mary Beth Bleyl.

2011-12 Highlights: Swam the team’s fastest 100 butterfly with a time of 56.25 ... secondPersonal Bests fastest times on the team in the 50 free, 200 fly 50 Free 24.14 and 200 IM ... 50 free time of 24.14 was done 100 Fly 56.23 on a relay split ... swam a time of 2:02.67 in the 200 Fly 2:04.04 200 fly, which is the third-fastest time in school 200 IM 2:06.59 history ... swam a time of 2:07.61 in the 200 IM ... also swam on the team’s fastest 200 medley relay group. 2010-11 Highlights: Swam the team’s fastest 200 IM and the fourth-fastest in school history ... swam the second-fastest 100 and 200 fly times on the team ... 100 fly time is fifth and 200 fly is fourth-fastest in school history ... swam fourthfastest 100 breast time, and fifth-fastest 100 and 200 back times on the team ... also swam the 100 meter fly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. HIGH SCHOOL (Biloxi): Lettered four years in swimming and one year in softball ... team captain ... earned gold awards in the 100 fly and 200 IM and silver in the 100 fly and bronze in the 100 free at the state championships ... set five school records ... was the class vice president as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... AP scholar ... girls’ swimming scholar athlete ... graduated sixth in her class of 338 ... high school swimming coach was Al Pickich ... also swam for Biloxi Elit Swim Team coached by Jamie Lee. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 40 ... major is management ... has twin siblings ... nickhame is Gabby ... hobbies are singing, dancing, cooking, ping pong and golfing ... favorite book is Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job ... person in history she’d like to meet is the young Imelda Marcos to try on all of her shoes with her ... credits her club coach Jamie Lee as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... if she could be on any reality TV show it would be Meet the Kardashians ... daughter of Alex and Anne Aranda. Getting to Know Gabbrielle... • Favorite food: Empenadas and Pho. • Something not many people know about you: slight fear of butterflies.

Getting to Know Erin... • Favorite quote: “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.” --Abraham Lincoln.

• I enjoy listening to: Mumford & Sons, Simon & Garfunkel, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, The Cataracts, Jack Johnson, Britney Spears. • If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Gator Boys. • Favorite quote: “Don’t let the haters stop you from doin’ your thang.” –Mean Girls

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Hannah Cesare

Liz Harrison Sr. • 5-1 • Freestyle/Backstroke Manassas, VA (Osbourn Park)

Sr. • 5-10 • Freestyle Ennice, NC (Homeschooled) 2011-12 Highlights: Swam the team’s fastest 100 and 200 free times and third-fastest 500 Personal Bests free ... time of 51.68 in the 100 free is the sixth- 50 Free 24.26 fastest in school history ... time of 1:51.71 in the 100 Free 51.68 200 free is the third-fastest in school history ... 200 Free 1:51.17 was on the 200 free relay and anchored the fast- 500 Free 5:05.58 est 400 and 800 free relay groups. 2010-11 Highlights: Swam the second-fastest 200 free and third-fastest 50 and 100 free times on the team ... 100 free time is 10th-fastest and 200 free is 6th-fastest in school history ... was a part of three school record relays; the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley. PRIOR TO ACADEMY: Swim coach was Ted Orton. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 38 ... has five siblings ... hobbies are hiking, cooking, baking and hanging with her little sisters ... most notable thing about her hometown is that it is one of the largest producers of Christmas trees and pumpkins ... daughter of Ray and Kim Cesare ... favorite quote: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” -George S. Patton.

2011-12 Highlights: Shaved 16 seconds off her career best in the 1000 free ... swam the team’s Personal Bests fourth-fastest 200 back and fifth-fastest 100 100 Back 1:01.76 back ... top 100 back time was 1:01.81 and top 200 Back 2:08.75 200 back time was 2:09.28 ... earned Team Most 500 Free 5:31.45 Inspirational Sophomore Award. 1000 Free 11:19.54 2010-11 Highlights: Swam fourth-fastest 100 and 200 back times on team ... also swam the fifth-fastest 400 IM ... also swam the 1000 in a meet ... swam the ninth-fastest 200 back time in school history at the MW Championships. HIGH SCHOOL (Osbourn Park): Lettered four years in swimming ... team captain and scholastic All-American as a senior ... helped lead Osbourn Park to four consecutive district and regional titles ... high school swimming coach was Kate Thomas ... swam for QDD club swim team, coached by Rick Benner ... National Honor Society and French Honor Society member ... graduated Magna Cum Laude. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 17 ... major is political science ... sister, Caitlyn, swims at Alabama ... also has a brother ... nickname is grandma ... hobby is reading and favorite book is 1984 ... favorite movie is The Dark Knight... favorite food is chicken wings ... something not many people know about her is that her older brother and her share a birthday ... enjoys listening to Switchfoot and Needtobreathe ... daughter of Scott and Karen Harrison ... favorite quote: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill Getting to Know Liz... • person in history she would like to meet is Lee Harvey Oswald so that I can ask him if he worked alone. • If you could trade places with one of your teammates for day, who would it be and why? Olivia Strom, because she can do the coolest braids EVER. • If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Toddlers and Tiaras .

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Elizabeth Keenan

Rachel Kennedy

Jr. • 5-5 • Medley/Freestyle Phoenix, AZ (Xavier)

Jr. • 5-2 • Diving Wasilla, AK (Wasilla)

2011-12 Highlights: Swam career-bests in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 fly ... swam fourthPersonal Bests fastest 200 free and fifth-fastest 200 fly on the 200 Free 1:55.03 team. 500 Free 5:07.70 2010-11 Highlights: Ranked fourth on the 100 Fly 59.52 team in the 200 and 500 free, 200 breast and 200 Fly 2:08.51 200 fly events ... also ranked sixth on the team in the 100 fly. HIGH SCHOOL (Xavier): Lettered four years in swimming ... led Xavier to four state titles ... all-state and all-region ... All-American relay qualifier ... earned team’s outstanding freshman, junior and senior awards in addition to team sportsmanship award ... National Honor Society and National Spanish Honors Society member ... high school swimming coach was current Air Force assistant coach Colleen Murphy ... also swam for the Phoenix Swim Club, coached by Dave Gibson. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 21 ... nickname is Liz ... has two siblings ... hobbies are listening to music, shopping and spending time with friends and family ... favorite food is pancakes ... favorite movie is The Great Gatsby ... credits her grandfather as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... something most people don’t know about her is that she lived overseas for four years ... favorite quote: “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” -Walt Disney ... daughter of Vince and Carol Keenan. Getting to Know Elizabeth...

2011-12 Highlights: Set career-highs for points in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives Personal Bests ... scored 221.41 points in the 1-meter against 1m 221.41 Colorado State ... scored 206.41 points in the 3m 206.41 3-meter against Northern Colorado ... Academic All-MW and MW Scholar Athlete for the secondstraight year. 2010-11 Highlights: Second on the team in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events ... scored 187.95 points in the 1m vs. Northern Colorado ... scored 198.98 points in the 3m vs. BYU ... Academic All-MW and MW Scholar Athlete. HIGH SCHOOL (Wasilla): Lettered three years in diving, four years in soccer and one year each in track and cross country ... team captain for two years in diving and three for soccer ... three time diving region champion and finished second at state ... all-state soccer tournament member as a junior ... state qualifier in track and cross-country ... state champion in gymnastics as a freshman ... National Honors Society member ... class valedictorian ... high school diving coach was Larry Smith. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 12 ... nickname is Red ... has two siblings ... brother, David, attends the Naval Academy ... majoring in biology ... on the superintendent’s list ... hobbies are mountain climbing, snowboarding, dance, musical theatre, planting flowers, smiling, laughing, and baking cookies ... favorite food is Eggo waffles ... favorite movie is Gladiator ... person in history she’d like to meet is Helen Keller because she faced so much adversity as a young child and never gave up to improve herself in all aspects of her life ... daughter of Dan and Janet Kennedy.

• Pre-race/meet rituals: coffee and a bagel for breakfast.

Getting to Know Rachel...

• Favorite athlete and why: Jenny Thompson. I remember looking up to her as a swimmer when I was young. I even had the opportunity to meet her at a swim meet. She is a very genuine and hardworking person and her accomplishments both in and out of the pool are amazing.

• I enjoy listening to: Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Ke$sha

• If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

• Something not many people know about you: I do not like and will not eat vegetables. If it is a vegetable that I do like, then I consider it a fruit.

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• Favorite athlete and why: 2008 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson- She took the sport of gymnastics to a whole new level of perfection.

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Michelle Kuyper

Samantha Laughlin

Jr. • 5-5 • Freestyle Orland Park, IL (Carl Sandburg)

Jr. • 5-11 • Backstroke/Freestyle Destin, FL (Fort Walton Beach)

2011-12 Highlights: Swam career-bests in the 200 free and 1000 free ... swam third-fastest Personal Bests 1000 free and fifth-fastest 500 free time on team 200 Free 1:55.08 ... also swam sixth-fastest 100 free time. 500 Free 5:05.98 2010-11 Highlights: Ranked second on the 1000 Free 10:46.56 team in the 1000 and 1650 free events ... ranked third in the 500 free and seventh in the 200 free ... earned freshman team inspirational award. HIGH SCHOOL (Sandburg): Lettered four years in swimming ... All-American as a senior ...team captain as senior ... team MVP as a junior and senior ... made it to junior nationals in 2009 ... National Honor Society member ... graduated Mu Alpha Theta ... high school swim coach was Jane Caliendo ... also swam for Hickory Willow Swim Association, coached by Tom Rieman. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 3 ... has a younger brother ... nickname is Chelle ... major is meteorology ... hobbies are running in my free time, watching movies and watching the Chicago Blackhawks! ... favorite food is Chicago pizza ... favorite movies are Boondock Saints and Armageddon ... favorite book is SEAL of Honor ... credits her high school teammates as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... daughter of Henry and Karen Kuyper.

2011-12 Highlights: Set school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke ... time of 55.37 in the Personal Bests 100 and 1:59.77 in 200 back, both set at MW 100 Back* 55.37 Championships ... also swam third-fastest 100 200 Back* 1:59.77 free and fourth-fastest 50 free on the team ... 50 Free 24.22 also swam on the fastest 200 and 400 medley 100 Free 53.27 relay groups. * School Record 2010-11 Highlights: Ranked second on the team in the 100 and 200 back events ... ranked seventh in the 50 and 100 free and 200 IM events ... 200 back time is seventhfastest and 100 back time is eighth-fastest in school history ... part of the second record-setting 200 medley relay group. HIGH SCHOOL (Fort Walton Beach): Lettered four years in swimming and two in volleyball ... team MVP, Swimmer of the Year, FWBHS Athlete of the Year and scholar athlete as a senior ... set school records in the 50 free, 100 back and 200 and 400 free relays ... also swam for the YMCA National Team, sectionals, district and state teams ... helped lead FWBHS to county and district titles ... high school swim coach was Pam Braseth. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 23 ... has three siblings ... nicknames are Sam, Sami and Shamuu ... major is management ... favorite movie is the Notebook ... something most people don’t know about her is that she’s lived in nine states ... Favorite quote: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future.” --Proverbs 31:25 ... daughter of David and Donna Laughlin.

Getting to Know Michelle... • Pre-race/meet rituals: I just like to stretch a lot, and listen to music. • I enjoy listening to: Anywhere from country to rap…it just depends on the day.

Getting to Know Samantha...

• Favorite quotes: :“I’ll never reach my destination if I never try…” - Garth Brooks, The River “The biggest risk you can take is to step up on that block and dare someone to beat you” - Jane Caliendo, High school coach

• Hobbies: Reading intellectual poems, interpreting songs, eating salad with ranch and pepper, face-booking, supplying people with laughter, attempting to pop-lock-and-drop-it, taking snapshots of memories, organizing my room, shopping for exquisite clothing items, wearing sweet shoes, and finding new ways to put eyeliner on. • Favorite foods: Salad, Heluva Good French onion dip with chips, pesto pizza, Pinkberry Yogurt, Hamburgers with pickles, Chicken Tenders, Long Horn Steakhouse steaks, mashed potatoes with cheese, Chuy’s Tex-Mex food, and of course watermelon sour patch kids. • Pre-race/meet rituals: I pray right before my races.

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Kim Davis

Clara Heffernan

So. • 5-8 • Medley/Breaststroke Brentwood, TN (Ravenwood)

So. • 5-8 • Distance Free Olympia, WA (Olympia)

2011-12 Highlights: Team MVP ... school record holder in 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast ... Personal Bests first ever Air Force women’s swimmer to qual- 100 Breast 1:06.17 ify and participate in U.S. Olympic Trials ... set 299 Breast* 2:16.78 school record in 200 IM with a time of 2:02.45 200 IM* 2:02.45 and 200 breast with a time of 2:16.78 at MW 400 IM* 4:22.79 Championships ... set school record in 400 IM at * School Record Houston Cougar Invite with a time of 4:22.79 ... top 100 breast time is 1:06.17, which is ninthfastest time at Academy ... also swam fastest 1000 free time on team (10:36.62) ... on fastest 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay groups ... placed 100th in 200 meter breast at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 2:40.26 ... MW allacademic. HIGH SCHOOL (Ravenwood): Lettered four years in swimming ... 200 breaststroke time was top 10 in the nation for 18 year olds ... national and junior national qualifier ... on the Principal’s list every semester ... high school swim coach was Angel Curtiss ... swam club for Excel Aquatics, coached by Mark Walker. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 13 ... major is biology ... has an older sister ... hobbies are watching Grey’s Anatomy and napping ... favorite food is cookies ... favorite movie is Star Trek ... something most people don’t know about her is that she is lactose intolerant ... credits Caroline Bechtel as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... if she could be on any TV show, it would be the Amazing Race with her sister ... has country music on her iPod ... favorite quote is:“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” ... daughter of John and Tara Davis.

2011-12 Highlights: Swam the fastest 1650 free on the team ... ranked second in the 500 Personal Bests and 1000 free and third in the 200 free ... MW 200 Free 1:54.32 all-academic. 500 Free 5:05.16 HIGH SCHOOL (Olympia): Lettered four years 1000 Free 10:44.00 in swimming ... school record holder in the 200 1650 Free 17:31.90 and 500 free in addition to several relay records ... three-time scholastic All-American ... high school swim coach was Mel Smith ... swam club for Tacoma Swim Club, coached by Jay Benner and Trever Gray. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 10 ... has an older brother ... nickname is Clarita ... hobbies are playing the cello and piano, listening to music and singing ... favorite food is Korean ... favorite movie is the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice ... credits Jay Benner has having the biggest influence on her sports career ... most noteworthy thing about her home town is that it rains almost every day ... favorite athlete is Roger Bannister ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Minute to Win it ... favorite quote is: “Carpe Diem.” ... daughter of Mike and Becky Heffernan.

Getting to Know Kim... • Favorite athlete and why: Mckayla Maroney, solely because of the perfect vault she did at the Olympics. • If you could trade places with one of your teammates for day, who would it be and why? Noel Niccum, so I could finally understand what is so great about Texas. • Pre-race/meet rituals: Have fun! Not eating an entire thing of macaroni and a jalepeno bagel 10 minutes before my race…

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Lainie Long

Noel Niccum

So. • 5-6 • Diving Newnan, GA (Landmark Christian School)

So. • 5-5 • Breaststroke/Medley Houston, TX (Magnolia West)

2011-12 Highlights: Second on the team in all three dives ... scored career-high 237.67 points Personal Bests in 1-meter dive and 250.87 points in the 3-meter 1m 237.67 at the Foster Duals ... scored career-high 143.50 3m 250.87 points in the platform at the USC Trojan Invite. Platform 143.50 HIGH SCHOOL (Landmark Christian): Lettered four years in diving, two in swimming, track and cross country and one in soccer ... Wendy’s Heisman finalist ... National Honor Society member ... Beta Club member ... high school diving coach was John Ames ... dove club for Atlanta Diving, coached by John Ames. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 18 ... major is english ... nickname is Lulu ... has five siblings, three of whom graduated from service academies ... hobby is reading ... favorite food is pizza ... favorite movie is the Notebook ... favorite book is the bible ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Real Housewives ... has country and pop on her iPod ... favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” --Phillipians 4:13 ... daughter of Dr. James and Lisa Long.

2011-12 Highlights: Swam the second-fastest 100 breast, third-fastest 200 breast and fifthPersonal Bests fastest 200 IM times on the team ... time of 100 Breast 1:06.14 1:06.14 in the 100 breast is the eighth-fastest in 200 Breast 2:25.74 school history ... named team most inspiration 200 IM 2:15.83 freshman. HIGH SCHOOL (Magnolia West): Lettered four years in swimming ... team captain ... earned team Hardest Worker award ... National Honor Society member ... high school swim coach was Jeremy Wade ... swam club for Magnolia Aquatic Club, coached by Terry Jones. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 11 ... has five siblings ... hobbies are horseback riding and doing anything outside ... favorite food is Italian ... favorite movis is Seabiscuit ... credits her coaches as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... favorite athlete is Barbaro ... if she could be on any TV show, it would be CSI ... had country music on her iPod ... favorite quote is: “He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing. He does not shy away from the sword. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds” Job 39:v21-24 ...daughter of Michael and Lisa Niccum.

Getting to Know Lainie... • Something most people don’t know about me: I play the harp. • Notable thing about her hometown: Country music star Alan Jackson is from there. • Who’s had the biggest influence on your sports career and why: My mother and father because they spent countless hours driving and supporting me.

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Meet The Falcons

Jeanne Nolan

Summer Getty

So. • 5-7 • Diving Valparaiso, IN (Valparaiso)

Fr. • 5-2 • Diving Plymouth, MN (Maple Grove University) HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: High school diving coach was Stacy Truman ... dove for Bounce Diving Academy, coached by R. Scott Truman.

2011-12 Highlights: Fourth on team in 1-meter and 3-meter dives ... scored career-high 164.18 Personal Bests points in 1-meter dive against New Mexico ... 1m 164.18 scored career-high 196.20 points in 3-meter 3m 196.20 dive at Foster Duals. HIGH SCHOOL (Valparaiso): Lettered three years in diving and one in soccer ... team captain ... National Honor Society member ... high school diving coach was Bill Chappo. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 21 ... has two siblings ... nickname is Jeannie ... hobbies are reading and music ... favorite food is mac and cheese ... favorite movie is the Gladiator ... something most people don’t know about her is that she has a pilot’s license ... credits her parents as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... most noteworthy thing about her home town is there is a lot of corn ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Survivor ... daughter of Matt and Julie Nolan.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 13 ... has an older sister ... major is biology ... daughter of Mark and Heather Getty.

Getting to Know Jeannie... • Person in history you’d like to meet and why: Neil Armstrong to hear about his space experiences and how he got to where he ended up. • Favorite athlete and why: Michael Jordan because he persevered and succeeded even when he was told he would never be a successful player. • Favorite quote: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” – Winnie the Pooh

Jessica Horn Fr. • 5-3 • Diving Southbury, CT (Pomperaug) HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in diving and gymnastics and one year in track ... Southwest Conference Diving Champion as a senior ... four-time all-state in gymnastics ... ninth place in State Open diving as a senior ... National and Spanish Honor Society member ... Tri-M Music Honor Society member ... dove for Next Generation Diving, coached by Christopher Bergere. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 16 ... nickname is Jess ... had two younger brothers ... hobbies are reading, hanging out with friends, cycling and going on facebook ... favorite food is shrimp ... favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail ... favorite book is Harry Potter ... credits her dad as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be Survivor ... enjoys listening to Keith Urban ... favorite quote: “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” ... daughter of Barry and Tammy Horn.

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Meet The Falcons

Madelyn Huttner

Haylie Stanat

Fr. • 5-7 • IM/Breast/Back North Tustin, CA (Esperanza)

Fr. • 5-6 • Freestyle Arlington, TX (Lamar)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming...school record holder in the 100 back and 4x100 relay...female athlete of the year...scholar athlete... helped lead Esperanza to California Interscholastic Federation Championship... high school swimming coach was Matt Slevcove...swam club for Novaquatics, coached by Ken Lamont.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming and water polo and two years in basketball...owns school records in the 100 fly and 200 medley relay and 400 free relay...female athlete of the year...three-year state qualifier...National and Science National Honors Society member...Mu Alpha Theta...scholar athlete...high school swimming coach was Kendra Will...swam club for North Aquatics Sharks, coached by Gary DeGraff...senior state qualifier and holds North Aquatics 50 free record for 9-10 age group.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 36...has two older brothers...nickname is Madds...intends on majoring in biology...favorite food is Chinese...favorite movie is The Help...favorite book is The Girl Who Played With Fire...something most people don’t know about her is that she has a fear of lizards...credits her first swim coach, Nancy Thomas, as having the biggest influence on her sports career...most notable thing about her hometown is that Richard Nixon was born there...favorite athlete is Ryan Lochte...favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” ...daughter of William and Elaine Huttner.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 40...has two older brothers...intended major is chemistry...hobbies are swimming and water polo...favorite food is Mexican...favorite movie is Crash...person in history she’d like to meet is Marilyn Monroe...something most people don’t know about her is that she loves rollerblading...credits her high school coach Kendra Will as having the biggest influence on her sports career...favorite athlete is Ryan Lochte...pre-race/meet ritual is to listen to music and jam out...favorite quote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” ...daughter of Bill and Renee Tasic.

Sara Menke

Olivia Strom

Fr. • 6-0 • Distance Freestyle Murfreesboro, TN (Pomperaug)

Fr. • 5-7 • Distance Freestyle Fort Walton Beach, FL (Choctawhatchee)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming...school record holder in the 200 and 500 free...team MVP all four years...National, Spanish and Math Honors Society member...scholar athlete and science award honoree...high school swimming coach was Shannon Philbin...swam club for Excel Aquatics, coached by Mark Walker...Excel Award winner, national qualifier in the 1650...Excel Aquatics record holder in the 500 and 1000 free.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming...team MVP as a junior and senior...NWF Daily News Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011...graduated Summa Cum Laude...high school swimming coach was Jamie Garea...swam club for Coast Aquatics, coached by Brad Kale and father, Len Strom. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 25...has three siblings...older brother, Alex, is a sophomore at USAFA and is on the men’s swim team...nickname is Liv... hobby is swimming...favorite food is Jumbalaya...favorite movie is The Avengers...something most people don’t know about her is that she is hyper...credits her dad as having the biggest influence on her sports career...most notable thing about her hometown is that it’s a beach tourist town...favorite pre-race/ meet ritual is stretching...daughter of Len and Tracy Strom.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 22...has two older siblings...hobbies are camping, hiking and boating...favorite food is ribs...favorite movie is How to Train your Dragon...favorite books are the Harry Potter series...group in history she’d like to meet is the Beatles...something most people don’t know about her is that she’s been to all 50 states...credits her father as having the biggest influence on her sports career...favorite athlete is Missy Franklin...pre-race/meet ritual is a long warm up...favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”...daughter of Paul and Julie Menke.

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Meet The Falcons

Jenna Tasic

Leah Weber

Fr. • 5-3 • Butterfly/Freestyle Southbury, CT (Pomperaug)

Fr. • 5-9 • Breaststroke Bartonville, TX (Homeschooled)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in swimming and water polo and two years in basketball...owns school records in the 100 fly and 200 medley relay and 400 free relay...female athlete of the year...three-year state qualifier...National and Science National Honors Society member...Mu Alpha Theta...scholar athlete...high school swimming coach was Kendra Will...swam club for North Aquatics Sharks, coached by Gary DeGraff...senior state qualifier and holds North Aquatics 50 free record for 9-10 age group.

CLUB: Swam club for the Texas RiverSharks. PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 13...has four siblings...hobbies are unicycling, reading and climbing on things...favorite food is cupcakes...something most people don’t know about her is that she likes attempting to tumble...prerace/meet ritual is to drink tons of water...favorite book is Harry Potter...daughter of Ron Weber.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 40...has two older brothers...intended major is chemistry...hobbies are swimming and water polo...favorite food is Mexican...favorite movie is Crash...person in history she’d like to meet is Marilyn Monroe...something most people don’t know about her is that she loves rollerblading...credits her high school coach Kendra Will as having the biggest influence on her sports career...favorite athlete is Ryan Lochte...pre-race/meet ritual is to listen to music and jam out...favorite quote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” ...daughter of Bill and Renee Tasic.

Zoe Van Wirt

Brooke Wheeler

Fr. • 5-6 • Diving Monument, CO (Lewis-Palmer)

Fr. • 5-5 • Backstroke/Butterfly Suwanne, GA (Lambert)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered four years in diving ... helped lead Lewis-Palmer to Metro League and State Championships ... high school diving coach was former Air Force swimmer Alan Arata ... dove for the Mile High Dive Club, coached by Jen Hess.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Lettered two years in swimming ... county record holder in 50 back ... two-time state finalist ... swimmer of the year for Grand Cascades Swim Team ... coaches award winner ... county state swim team qualifier for six years ... high school swim coach was Kelly Whitlatch ... swam club for Swim Atlanta, coached by Wil Bayer ... three-time club state qualifier ... southeastern sectionals qualifier.

PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 21 ... has two older siblings ... hobbies are scuba diving, skiing, playing the cello and hiking ... favorite food is Italian ... favorite movie is The Princess Bride ... favorite book are the Harry Potter series ... people in history she’d like to meet are The Beatles ... something most people don’t know about her is that her favorite thing to do is scuba diving ... credits her high school coach, Alan Arata, as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be the Amazing Race ... enjoys listening to Queen, Coldplay and The Beatles ... daughter of Peter and Debbie Van Wirt.

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PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 23 ... has three siblings ... brother, Brad, is a 2010 USAFA graduate ... hobbies are anything on the water, outdoor adventure, piano and community service ... favorite foods are lasagna and blueberries ... favorite movie is Phantom of the Opera ... favorite book is the Bible ... person in history she’d like to meet is Ronald Reagan ... something not many people know about her is that she knocked out her two front teeth when she was nine ... credits coach Gary McDonald as having the biggest influence on her sports career ... favorite athlete is Ryan Lochte ... enjoys listening to Rascal Flatts ... favorite quote:”Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away” ... daughter of Bryan and Peggy Wheeler.

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Cadet Natatorium

Newly Refurbished Cadet Natatorium The Air Force Academy Cadet Natatorium underwent a complete renovation during the 2010-11 season and re-opened during the summer of 2011. The upgrades make the Cadet Natatorium one of the premier and state-of-the-art on-campus swimming venues in college athletics. - All new pool with ability to practice and compete at short-course and long-course lengths. - Starting blocks on both ends of pool. - New platform diving tower. - Added pool deck space during practices and competition. - Stairways leading up to stands (previously ladders). - One of the nation’s finest swimming fitness rooms located adjacent to the Natatorium. - New team rooms. - New lockers for both teams. - LED video board. - Updated lighting. - New roof design.

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Why Choose the Air Force Academy?

Why Choose the Air Force Academy? Undergraduate education at the Academy is second to none in the world!

The Air Force Academy offers an all-expense paid four-year college education.

The value of an Academy education is estimated at more than $250,000.

Cadets receive a monthly stipend which reaches $700 in their senior year.

Over 50% of USAFA cadets major in science and engineering and the remainder major in social sciences and the humanities.

Each graduate receives a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Graduates are guaranteed a five-year job in the Air Force - providing five years of well-paid, real-life experiences.

The Air Force Academy is regularly ranked among the top schools by US News and World Report and the Princeton Review

Class sizes are typically 20-25 students per class

The Academy has produced 33 Rhodes Scholars, 10 of them varsity athletes

Over 30 majors to choose from

Air Force Academy swimmers & divers earn all-academic ratings year after year

Air Force Academy swimmers have been named Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in four of the last nine years.

Fourteen Air Force swimmers & divers were named to the conference academic all-conference team in 2011-12.

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How We Train

Typical Training Week Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

AM

7:00-8:00 Swim 8:00-9:00 Dryland

Off

7:00-8:00 Swim 8:00-9:00 Dryland

Off

7:00-8:00 Swim 8:00-9:00 Dryland

8:00-11:00 Swim/Fitness

PM

3:45-5:45 Swim

3:30-5:30 Swim 5:30-6:15 Circuit Training

3:45-6:15 Swim

3:30-5:30 Swim 5:30-6:15 Circuit Training

Off

Off

Philosophy Air Force women swimmers train in specialty groups as the season progresses. A typical practice in the early season might ran from 6,000 to 8,000 yards. As the season progresses, volumes will remain constant or even decrease as intensity increases. Specialty groups are arranged by distance and stroke specialty. Power work and dryland training are a large component of AFA swim training.

Competitions Dual meets are used as race opportunities and fine-tuning while the main focus of the season is the Mountain West Conference Championship meet in February. Our mid-season focus-meet is the Cougar Classic, hosted by the University of Houston in November.

Strength & Conditioning Each member of the swimming team follows a uniquely designed, periodized weight training and conditioning program tailored specifically to meet individual needs and ability. Coaching Theory: Coach Spence designs team programs based on sport-specificity while enforcing and building the all-around power athlete. In addition to sport specific skills, athletes are trained and taught to maximize power, strength, balance and coordination, endurance and flexibility. About the Varsity Weight Room: 13 Varsity sports use the 12,000 sq. ft. facility housing the following equipment: • 4-lane 40-yd track for speed and agility training • 12 Olympic lifting platforms • Nine multi-station platforms • Three squat racks • 10 flat bench and incline bench stations • Three sets of dumbbells, 5-170 lbs. • One leg press • One multi-hip • One smith machine • Two leg extensions machines • Six leg curl machines

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Three standing leg curls machines Eight lat pull/seated row combination stations Six back extension/glute ham machines Various free standing flat, incline and decline benches Nine suspension strap trainers

Additional Supplemental equipment used to maximize sport specific movement: • Four 110 lb. water-filled logs (additional weight capability) • • •

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Water filled kegs ranging from 30-240 lbs. Sandbags ranging from 40-140 lbs. 30+ Medicine Balls ranging from 6-20 lbs.

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A Day in the Life of a Cadet-Athlete

A Typical Day in the Life of C2C Rachel Kennedy: My Monday: 0600: Ring ringring! My alarm goes off and I smash the SNOOZE button and roll over to fall back asleep. 0609: Ring ringring!Alrighty, now I finally get the determination to get up and at ‘em. I make a quick bathroom run, brush my teeth, put up my hair, adorn my mandatory uniform for that day, and collect the materials I will need for my classes. I make my bed, wipe down the sink and mirrors, check to make sure my trunk is locked, and then I am out the door! 0655: I am formed up on the Terrazzo with my squadron along with the rest of the Cadet Wing. We pay our respects to the American flag during our Reveille Formation and then march to our morning meal in Mitchell Hall.

1700: My strength and conditioning coach, Coach Kim, is busy working me hard running sprints, doing pull-ups, cleans, bench presses, and a variety of exercises!

0720: I eat a hardy breakfast of usually cereal and yogurt or a bagel and then head off to Fairchild Hall for my first class of the day.

1800: I stretch out nice and slow to relax my exhausted body and then I am back in the locker room, grabbing my gear, and making my way back up to the cadet area with my teammates.

0750-1143: I spend the next four hours of my life broadening my level of education by taking a variety of different classes. The classes at USAFA are incredibly nice with the consideration that they are only 53 min long and at most, there are only 20 cadets in each class. Today I have Biology 363: Genetics (double-period class), Behavioral Science 310: Leadership and Development, and Geo 310: Geospacial Analysis. In genetics, we are culturing fruit flies and determining which genes are located on which chromosomes. Very interesting material!

1820: Dinnertime! My teammates and I sit and eat the evening meal together as a team. Definitely one of the highlights of my day after a solid workout in the pool! Not to mention, it is Monday! That means pasta for dinner! YUM!

1155: I am once again formed up with my squadron on the parade field on the Terrazzo. Now we have a formal parade demonstration in which the National Anthem is played by the Cadet Drum and Bugle Corp and then all forty squadrons march in front of the Commandant of Cadets and then march to Mitchell Hall for the noon meal.

1950: Academic Call to Quarters. Now it is time to hop on that homework!! Since my grades are incredibly important to me, I work diligently, trying to minimize distractions from visitors or compelling YouTube videos. Sometimes I even pack up my work and head off to an empty classroom in Fairchild Hall. These classrooms are always open and available to cadets and are actually really nice study areas because an empty classroom to yourself means total peace and concentration. I also like utilizing the dry-erase whiteboards in the classrooms to practice writing my organic chemistry mechanisms or making outlines for assignments/papers.

1900: Now I am back in my dorm room, jumping on Facebook, listening to some tunes, doing some quick online shopping, or calling my little sister back home.

1240: For lunch, all the intercollegiate athletic teams sit together in the dining facility to enjoy some team-bonding and socialization. On days other than Mondays, sometimes the cadets have lessons or briefings about honor, professional military affairs, or events occurring at the Academy after the noon meal.

2245: I am beginning to wrap up the assignment I am working on for the evening. Of course, I am back online checking my Facebook and socializing through my email.

1310: At this time, I am more than likely back in my room, getting a head start on my homework for that evening or taking a quick 30 min “power nap” before practice starts. Sometimes however, I am back in Fairchild Hall receiving Extra Instruction from one of my instructors to get some help on an assignment. The instructors here are more than willing to work with you one-on-one if you are confused with the course material or do not quite understand a concept. It is wonderful! 1400: On my way down to the gym, I usually make a quick stop in the cadet Mail Room to see if I have any packages from home.

2300: Taps plays outside across the cadet wing indicating that the day is over and it is time to go to bed. I wash my face, brush my teeth, socialize with my roommate, and then crawl into bed.

1415:I am now down in the diving dry-land work-out room warmingup and stretching, getting ready for my afternoon practice. Of course, my teammates and I are joking around, laughing, and telling funny stories of events that occurred since the last time we saw each other. 1500: Up on the pool deck ready to dive! Of course I spend a couple comfortable minutes in the hot-tub getting mentally prepared for my practice but other than that, I am up and ready, bouncing on the boards and flipping through the air!

2315: As a de-stressor from the business of my day, I typically listen to my iPod for a few minutes before rolling over and zonking out.

1645: Diving practice is now over! I am back in the locker room, taking a fast shower and then strapping on my running shoes, getting ready for my conditioning work-out. I grab a quick snack out of swim and dive team room of chocolate milk and some string cheese or a granola bar. Then I am off to the weight room with my team for the next hour to build up my muscles and coordination.

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Air Force Careers A bachelor’s degree from the Air Force Academy can open up the doors to a variety of career fields. Featured here are a few of the many careers that former Air Force swimmers have embarked upon following their graduation:

Flying

Mechanical Engineering

Maj. Melissa May (Hyland) [pictured with husband Maj. Michael May] was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission flown in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since graduating from the Academy, May has flown T-37s, T-38s, AT-38s and F-16s. May is currently an AOC (Air Officer Commanding) in cadet squadron 21 and serves as one of the swimming team’s officer representatives.

1st Lt. Lauren White, a 2007 graduate, is currently stationed at Hill AFB, Utah. A mechanical engineering major, White has worked on engineering projects for the A-10, F-16 and T-38 planes. Pictured above is the wing of an F-16 in the Wing Shop at Hill AFB.

“I think being an intercollegiate athlete prepared me a lot for being a fighter pilot,” said May. “The first reason is discipline...No, I didn’t always want to go [to all of the workouts], but I was disciplined to get up and just do it. That has a lot of relation to what we do in the military. It isn’t always fun, but it’s something you commit yourself to doing. Also, that competitive spirit is ingrained. I needed that to get into pilot training, then to stay in pilot training and compete for a fighter. Finally, you learn how to handle stress. That feeling that I had on night one of the war with the adrenaline pumping was very similar to the feeling you get prior to swimming a big race.”

“I use everything that I learned as a cadet from the classroom, squadron and pool to lead repair teams,” said White. “Not only does the Academy prepare you for success, but also, you create lifetime friends from the unique experiences we had together.“

Electrical Engineering 1st Lt. Ginny Trimble (Miller) currently works in the Sensors Directorate of AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. There she works with a team developing electron devices for future generation electronics. “We mostly fabricate, investigate and test transistors and switches inside our fantastic Class 100 clean room,” said Trimble. “These devices are part of efforts to develop the technology of electronic components so that 15-20 years down the road, we can have more efficient electronic systems that operate at higher frequencies and/or with more power. It’s like working on many different science experiments that actually have a valuable result. I really enjoy it...there is a completely different world under a microscope, and I am excited to be a part of it.” “While here at Wright-Patt, I have run into so many different swimmers! I enjoy volunteering as one of the coaches for our masters team here (headed by Cody Rasmussen) and have great fun with other Academy kids that have been this way, some swimmers before me, others into water polo, some folks who enjoy the sport, or others who are just starting out...Swimming has allowed me to make so many friends here on our team, and is going to be what I miss the most when I move. I still talk to a few of my teammates on a semi-regular basis, and they tell me the cool stuff they are up to these days. It is nice to have those bonds across the whole Air Force though, because you know you are practically guaranteed a friend wherever you go.”

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2011-12 Season Recap 2011-12 Season Recap Date 10/8 10/15 10/21 10/28

11/11 11/17-19 1/14

1/27-28 2/4 2/22-25

Opponent/Meet at New Mexico* NEBRASKA OMAHA NORTHERN COLORADO ADAMS STATE COLORADO COLLEGE COLORADO MESA COLORADO MINES at Wyoming* Phill Hansel Cougar Invite^ at Colorado Mesa $ vs. Adams State $ vs. Colorado $ vs. New Mexico $ vs. Northern Colorado $ Incarnate Word Invitational# at Colorado State MW Championships

Place/Score L, 133-167 W, 189-86 W, 188-107 W, 179-43 W, 183-53 W, 173-66 W, 178-52 L, 122.5-171.5 9th/198 pts W, 248-49 W, 252-37 W, 247-32 W, 167-127 W, 215-79 1st, 1130 pts L, 125-175 8th, 192 pts

* Mountain West Meet $ Bill & Peggy Foster Duals - Grand Junction, Colo. ^ Meet in Houston, Texas # Palo Alto College Aquatic Center - San Antonio, Texas ! In Denver, Colo.

FINAL RECORD: 13-3 MWC Championship Finish: 8th, 192 pts

Air Force Women’s Swimming & Diving 2012 MWC Championships Recap

Women’s Swimming & Diving MVP - Kim Davis Freshman Kim Davis was named team MVP. Davis had a standout freshman year that saw her break three school records and qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Brentwood, Tenn., native set new school records in the 200 yard individual medley (2:02.45), 400 IM (4:22.79) and 200 Breaststroke (2:16.78). In addition, Davis became Air Force’s first female swimmer to qualify for the Olympic Swimming trials, doing so in the 200 meter breast.

The Air Force women’s swimming & diving team capped off a successful 2011-12 season at the 2012 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Falcons broke five school records and had 14 swims that cracked the schools’ all-time top-10 list.

Season Highlights - Most wins since 2005. - Best winning percentage (.813) since 1998. - Defeated New Mexico in a dual for first win over a MW opponent since 2005. - Fr. Kim Davis become first Falcon women’s swimmer to qualify for Olympic Trials. - Six school records. - 17 top 10 swims.

Team Awards Lindsay Michela Brown Team Most Inspirational Award Senior - Katharine Ernst Junior - Alexandra Trobe Freshman - Liz Harrison Freshman - Noel Niccum Coaches Award Heather Ireland - Jr. Captain Award Katharine Ernst - Sr.

Sophomore Samantha Laughlin led the way, earning all-conference honors in the 100 yard and 200 backstroke events. Freshman Kim Davis earned all-conference in the 200 individual medley and senior Katharine Ernst earned all-conference in the 200 butterfly. All four swims broke school records. Laughlin set the school record in the 100 back with a time of 55.37 and the 200 with a time of 1:59.77. She is the first Falcon to swim a sub-two minute 200 back at Air Force.

School Records *100 Back - Samantha Laughlin (55.37) *200 Back - Samantha Laughlin (1:59.77) *200 IM - Kim Davis (2:02.45) 400 IM - Kim Davis (4:22.79) *200 Breast - Kim Davis (2:16.78) *200 Fly - Katharine Ernst (2:01.94) *Set at MW Championships Academic All-MW (# Times Won) Sr. Alison Ceranski (4) Aeronautical Engineering 3.35 Sr. Elvira Chiccarelli (4) Biology 3.33 Fr. Kim Davis (1) Biology 3.18 Sr. Lauren Delaney (4) English 3.37 Sr. Cassie Fletcher (3) Legal Studies 3.13 Fr. Clara Heffernan (1) Biology 3.03 So. Rachel Kennedy (2) Biology 3.90 Jr. Rosie Mayou (3) Economics 3.05 Jr. Alexandra Trobe (3) Political Science 3.61 MW Scholar-Athlete (#) So. Rachel Kennedy (2) Jr. Alexandra Trobe (3)

Davis broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.45. Davis also broke the school record in the 200 breastroke at the championships with a time of 2:16.78. Ernst capped off her four-year career by setting the school record in the 200 fly with a finals time of 2:01.94 and finishing eighth overall.

Team MVP - Freshman Kim Davis

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Top Times 50 FREESTYLE 1. Beth Zeman (‘98) 2. Mary Edith Smith (‘01) 3. Connie Cann (‘99) 4. Carly Baxter (‘04) 5. Laken Stogner (‘09) 6. Karen Long (‘05) 7. Cassie Fletcher (‘12) 8. Sarah Freas (‘00) 9. Claudine Tjhio (‘97) 10. Andrea Hyma (‘05)

23.38 23.43 23.65 23.67 23.68 23.75 23.77 23.88 23.94 24.00

1996 2001 1999 2003 2009 2002 2012 1997 1993 2004

1,650 FREESTYLE 1. Jenna Tukey (‘98) 2. Rachel Tukey (‘98) 3. Patti Martinez (‘83) 4. Lauren White (‘07) 5. Julienne White (‘05) 6. Sarah Thilo (‘04) 7. Karen Burton (‘84) 8. Erika Schenavar (‘94) 9. Rachel Linnihan (‘93) 10. Tiffany Biddle (‘08)

16:40.86 16:48.72 16:51.97 17:03.42 17:05.60 17:07.70 17:11.80 17:18.83 17:20.70 17:21.96

1996 1996 1981 2005 2004 2003 1983 1994 1993 2006

100 BACKSTROKE 1. Samantha Laughlin (‘14) 2. Erin Bleyl (‘14) 3. Heather Ireland (‘13) Beth Haynes (‘98) 5. Beth Zeman (‘98) Shannon Goff (‘97) 7. Amy Hennies (‘98) 8. Niki Van’t Wout (‘02) 9. Katelyn Hunter (‘10) 10. Lindsay Jansen (‘05)

55.37 56.15 57.36 57.36 57.39 57.39 57.59 57.72 58.24 58.45

2012 2012 2012 1999 1995 1995 1995 2002 2010 2002

100 FREESTYLE 1. Jane Hwang (‘09) 2. Beth Zeman (‘98) 3. Erin Bleyl (‘14) 4. Carly Baxter (‘04) 5. Connie Cann (‘99) 6. Hannah Cesare (‘14) 7. Cassie Fletcher (‘12) 8. Mary Edith Smith (‘01) 9. Laken Stogner (‘09) 10. Sarah Freas (‘00)

51.07 51.18 51.25 51.43 51.59 51.68 51.81 51.94 52.10 52.33

2009 1996 2011 2003 1998 2011 2012 2001 2009 1999

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY 1. Kim Davis (‘15) 2. Jane Hwang (‘09) 3. Dana Hansen (‘00) 4. Maiya Anderson (‘97) 5. Gabby Aranda (‘14) 6. Sara Crowell (‘04) 7. Erika Schenavar (‘94) 8. Shannon Goff (‘97) 9. Krista Steenbergen (‘98) 10. Colleen Smith (‘06)

2:02.45 2:04.15 2:06.47 2:06.51 2:06.59 2:07.22 2:07.71 2:07.73 2:08.05 2:08.13

2012 2009 1996 1996 2011 2001 1994 1994 1996 2005

200 BACKSTROKE 1. Samantha Laughlin (‘14) 2. Erin Bleyl (‘14) 3. Amy Hennies (‘98) 4. Kaeli Kluesner (‘11) 5. Niki Van’t Wout (‘02) 6. Shannon Goff (‘97) 7. Erin Mukri (‘03) 8. Heather Ireland (‘13) 9. Alyssa Cowden (‘98) 10. Liz Harrison (‘14)

1:59.77 2:01.66 2:02.92 2:03.65 2:04.01 2:05.73 2:06.33 2:06.74 2:07.05 2:08.75

2012 2011 1996 2010 2002 1995 2000 2011 1995 2011

200 FREESTYLE 1. Jane Hwang (‘09) 2. Erin Bleyl (‘14) 3. Hannah Cesare (‘14) 4. Carly Baxter (‘04) 5. Dana Hansen (‘00) 6. Colleen Smith (‘06) 7. Lara Styles (‘05) 8. Beth Zeman (‘98) 9. Jenna Tukey (‘98) 10. Julienne White (‘05)

1:49.39 1:50.70 1:51.71 1:52.24 1:52.70 1:52.79 1:53.13 1:53.26 1:53.38 1:53.50

2009 2011 2011 2002 1996 2005 2004 1997 1996 2004

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY 1. Kim Davis (‘15) 2. Maiya Anderson (‘97) 3. Kaeli Kluesner (‘11) 4. Patty Martinez (‘83) 5. Krista Steenbergen (‘98) 6. Erika Schenavar (‘94) 7. Dana Hansen (‘00) 8. Colleen Smith (‘06) 9. Karen Burton (‘84) 10. Becky Gleason (‘10)

4:22.79 4:27.70 4:27.83 4:28.57 4:28.98 4:29.45 4:29.97 4:30.37 4:31.00 4:31.05

2011 1996 2010 1983 1996 1994 1997 2005 1984 2010

100 BREASTSTROKE 1. Tanja Hauber (‘95) 2. Blair Leake (‘07) 3. Rosie Mayou (‘13) 4. Carly Omizo (‘06) 5. Krista Steenbergen (‘98) 6. Sara Crowell (‘04) 7. Katrina Castellanos (‘13) 8. Noel Niccum (‘15) 9. Kim Davis (‘15) 10. Jane Hwang (‘09)

1:04.59 1:04.90 1:05.21 1:05.22 1:05.37 1:05.45 1:05.87 1:06.14 1:06.17 1:06.17

1995 2006 2012 2005 1995 2001 2010 2012 2011 2009

500 FREESTYLE 1. Jenna Tukey (‘98) 2. Rachel Tukey (‘98) 3. Lauren White (‘07) 4. Patty Martinez (‘83) 5. Sarah Thilo (‘04) 6. Erin Bleyl (‘14) 7. Julienne White (‘05) 8. Rachel Linnihan (‘93) 9. Alivia Berg (‘14) 10. Erika Schenavar (‘94)

4:52.92 4:55.94 4:57.55 4:58.06 4:58.26 4:58.83 4:58.99 5:00.03 5:02.53 5:02.78

1996 1995 2005 1980 2003 2012 2002 1993 2011 1994

100 BUTTERFLY 1. Connie Cann (‘99) 2. Haley Holcombe (‘13) 3. Jaymie Van Kooten (‘05) 4. Katharine Ernst (‘12) 5. Gabby Aranda (‘14) 6. Sara Crowell (‘04) 7. Beth Zeman (‘98) 8. Lindsey Kirchhoff (‘07) 9. Lara Styles (‘05) 10. Candace Staubitz (‘01) Becky Gleason (‘10)

55.22 55.31 55.72 56.10 56.23 56.45 56.94 57.18 57.45 57.58 57.58

1997 2011 2004 2010 2011 2003 1996 2006 2003 2001 2010

200 BREASTSTROKE 1. Kim Davis (‘15) 2. Blair Leake (‘07) 3. Krista Steenbergen (‘98) 4. Katrina Castellanos (‘13) 5. Maiya Anderson (‘97) 6. Sara Crowell (‘04) 7. Tanja Hauber (‘95) 8. Rosie Mayou (‘13) 9. Carly Omizo (‘06) 10. Beth Haney (‘86)

2:16.78 2:19.50 2:19.91 2:20.49 2:21.16 2:21.40 2:21.66 2:22.96 2:23.02 2:23.98

2012 2005 1995 2011 1996 2001 1994 2012 2005 1986

1,000 FREESTYLE 1. Jenna Tukey (‘98) 2. Rachel Tukey (‘98) 3. Patty Martinez (‘83) 4. Julienne White (‘05) 5. Sarah Thilo (‘04) 6. Karen Burton (‘84) 7. Lauren White (‘07) 8. Erika Schenavar (‘94) 9. Tiffany Biddle (‘08) 10. Rachel Linnihan (‘93)

10:04.95 10:11.10 10:15.21 10:16.90 10:20.06 10:24.83 10:25.49 10:26.60 10:27.06 10:30.47

1994 1994 1981 2004 2003 1983 2005 1994 2006 1993

200 BUTTERFLY 1. Katharine Ernst (‘12) 2. Haley Holcombe (‘13) 3. Gabby Aranda (‘14) 4. Becky Gleason (‘10) 5. Carly Baxter (‘04) 6. Lara Styles (‘05) 7. Jaymie Van Kooten (‘05) 8. Sara Crowell (‘04) 9. Maiya Anderson (‘97) 10. Barb Smith (‘86)

200 FREE RELAY 1:34.09 (1998 - Can, Freas, M. Smith, Zeman) 2:01.94 2:02.36 2:02.67 2:03.00 2:04.50 2:05.37 2:05.48 2:05.66 2:06.48 2:06.62

2012 2011 2012 2010 2004 2004 2004 2004 1996 1983

400 FREE RELAY 3:27.16 (2011 - Bleyl, Cesare, Berg, Fletcher) 800 FREE RELAY 7:32.79 (2011 - Bleyl, Breg, Kuyper, Cesare) 200 MEDLEY RELAY 1:45.71 (2011 - Laughlin, Castellanos, Holcombe, Fletcher) 400 MEDLEY RELAY 3:48.42 (2011 - Bleyl, Castellanos, Holcombe, Cesare)

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Women’s Swimming & Diving

Honors & Awards Team MVP (Sponsored by the Air Force Women Officers Associated) 1980 Patty Martinez 1981 Patty Martinez 1982 Patty Martinez 1983 Karen Burton 1984 Karen Burton 1985 Beth Haney 1986 Judy Hupp 1987 Kim Dornburg, Diver 1988 Kim Dornburg, Diver 1989 Dawn Dishner, Diver 1990 Dawn Dishner, Diver 1991 Kim Dornburg, Diver 1992 Tanja Hauber 1993 Tanja Hauber 1994 Erika Schenavar 1995 Beth Zeman 1996 Maiya Anderson 1997 Beth Zeman 1998 Connie Cann 1999 Connie Cann 2000 Mary Edith Smith 2001 Sarah Law, Diver 2002 Sarah Law, Diver 2003 Jessica Williams 2004 Carly Baxter 2005 Lauren White 2006 Colleen Smith 2007 Blair Leake 2008 Jane Hwang 2009 Jane Hwang 2010 Katharine Ernst 2011 Haley Holcombe College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Swimmer of the Year Erika Schenavar, 1994 U.S. Olympic Trials Kim Davis 2012 - 200 Breast U.S. Olympic Sports Festival Jenna Tukey 1995 - 800 Freestyle NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Maiya Anderson, 1997 Tanja Hauber, 1995 Blair Leake, 2007 Linda Telkamp, 1983 Shawn Whitson, 1982 CSCAA All-Academic Team Maiya Anderson, 1995 Connie Cann, 1999 Elise Melberg, 1993 Keri Schreiber, 1993 Krista Steenbergen, 1995 Women’s Team, 1992-97, 99, 00, 04

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Academy Awards Athletic Leadership 1985 Troy Devine Most Valuable Female Athlete 1993 Rachel Linnihan 1995 Tanja Hauber 1997 Maiya Anderson 1999 Connie Cann 2002 Sarah Law Outstanding Athletic Achievement 1994 Erika Schenavar Scholar-Athlete 2007 Blair Leake Mountain West Conference Champions Sara Crowell 2003 100 Butterfly Sarah Law 2001 Platform Diving 2001 One-meter Diving Jaymie Van Kooten 2004 100 Butterfly Jessica Williams 2003 Platform Diving Mountain West Senior Recognition Award Sarah Law, 2002 Jane Hwang, 2009 All-Mountain West 2002 First Team Sarah Law - 1m, 3m, platform diving Jessica Williams - platform diving Second team Laura Bader - platform diving Carly Baxter - 50 free, 200 free, 100 free Michell Hager - 1m diving Chatherine Hulse - platform diving Karen Long - 50 free Jaymie Van Kooten - 100 fly Niki Van’tWout - 100 fly Julienne White - 500 free, 1650 free 2003 First Team Sara Crowell - 100 fly Jessica Williams - platform diving Second Team Carly Baxter - 50 free, 100 free Michell Hager - 1m, 3m diving Katherine Hulse - platform diving Sarah Thilo - 500 free, 1650 free Julienne White - 1650 free Jaymie Van Kooten - 100 fly 2004 First Team Jaymie Van Kooten - 100 fly Second Team Carly Baxter - 50 free, 100 free, 200 fly Lindsey Kirchhoff - 100 fly Lara Styles - 200 free, 200 fly Julienne White - 1650 free

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2005 First Team Lauren White - 1650 free Second Team Julienne White - 500 free, 1650 free 2006 First Team Danielle Dowds - platform diving Second Team Tiffany Biddle - 1650 free Lindsey Kirchhoff - 100 fly Blair Leake - 100 breast, 200 breast Colleen Smith - 400 medley 2007 Jane Hwang - 200 mdely, 100 free, 200 free Blair Leake - 100 breast 2008 Danielle Dowds - platform diving Jane Hwang - 100 free, 200 free 2009 Jane Hwang - 100 free, 200 free Chelsea Tompkins - platform diving 2010 Katharine Ernst - 100 fly, 200 fly Becky Gleason - 200 fly 2011 Haley Holcombe - 100 fly, 200 fly 2012 Kim Davis - 200 breast Katharine Ernst - 200 fly Samantha Laughlin - 100 back, 200 back MW Diver of the Year Sarah Law - 2001, 2002 MW Diving Coach of the Year Stan Curnow - 2001, 2002 MW Swimmers of the Week 2002-03 Julienne White, Oct. 30 2004-05 Lauren White, Oct. 28 2005-06 Blair Leake, Nov. 23 2011-12 Kim Davis, Oct. 27 MW Diver of the Week 1999-2000 Sarah Law, Nov.3 Sarah Law, Feb. 9 2000-01 Sarah Law, Oct. 25 Sarah Law, Nov. 15 Sarah Law, Nov. 22 Sarah Law, Jan. 24 Sarah Law, Jan. 31 2001-02 Sarah Law, Oct. 24 Sarah Law, Jan. 24

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Honors & Awards/Dual W-L Academic All-Conference Maiya Anderson (1997) Laura Bader (2002) Julie Baker (2004) Lindsey Bauer (2002, 03, 04) Alivia Berg (2011) Lauren Bursey (2004, 05, 06, 07) Robin Cadow (2000, 01) Connie Cann (1999) Alison Ceranski (2009, 10, 11, 12) Elvira Chiccarelli (2009, 10, 11, 12) Christie Cleaver (2000, 01, 02) Kim Davis (2012) Lauren Delaney (2009, 10, 11, 12) Jenna Dolata (2009) Cassie Fletcher (2010, 11, 12) Amy Get (2005, 06, 07) Shannon Goff (1997) Clara Heffernan (2012) Stephanie Hirst (2006, 07) Katelyn Hunter (2008, 09, 10) Jane Hwang (2006, 07, 08, 09) Andrea Hyma (2005) Kallyn Johnson (2006, 07, 08) Rachel Kennedy (2011, 12) Lindsey Kirchhoff (2004, 05, 06, 07) Kaeli Kluesner (2008, 09, 10, 11) Jaime Koller (2000, 01, 02) Karley Kroschel (2001, 02) Laura Lalumia (1997) Sarah Law (2000, 01, 02) Blair Leake (2004, 05, 06, 07) Meredith Leake (2006) Rosie Mayou (2011, 12) Dawn McCown (1997) Lindsey McRoberts (2000) Rosie Mayou (2010) Ginny Miller (2003, 04, 05, 06) Shannon Moran (2001) Robbie Nitzberg (2006, 07, 08, 09) Rachel Reeder (2009, 10) Anna Rietze (2000) Ali Ross (2001) Lindsay Schaefer (2003) Rebecca Simpson (2002, 03) Colleen Smith (2003, 04, 05, 06) Mary Edith Smith (2001) Candace Staubitz (2000, 01) Krista Steenbergen (1997) Sarah Thilo (2001) Ashleigh Thomas (2002) Chelsea Tompkins (2008, 09, 10) Alexandra Trobe (2010, 11, 12) Monique Van’t Wout (2000, 01, 02) Abby White (1997) Lauren White (2004) Wendy Wilce (2001) Jessica Williams (2003)

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Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete Jane Hwang, 2009 Kallyn Johnson, 2005-08 Rachel Kennedy, 2011-12 Kaeli Kluesner, 2009-11 Blair Leake, 2004-07 Ginny Miller, 2003-06 Rachel Reeder, 2009-10 Alexandra Trobe, 2010-12

Women’s Dual Records Year W L Coach 1977 9 1 Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1978 11 3 Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1979 15 0 Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1980 20 0 Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1981 21 1 * Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1982 16 0 Lt. Col. Paul Arata 1983 21 0 Lt. Col. Paul Arata (113-5-1) 1984 17 3 Capt. Kelly Kemp 1985 20 3 Capt. Kelly Kemp 1986 21 0 Maj. Kelly Kemp (58-6) 1987 4 6 Capt. Jim Hogue 1988 9 2 Maj. Jim Hogue (13-8) 1989 8 2 Casey Converse 1990 7 2 Casey Converse 1991 10 3 Casey Converse 1992 11 1 Casey Converse 1993 9 3 Casey Converse 1994 8 4 Casey Converse 1995 11 3 Casey Converse 1996 9 3 Casey Converse 1997 10 1 Casey Converse 1998 12 1 * Casey Converse 1999 6 9 Casey Converse 2000 9 7 Casey Converse 2001 11 8 Casey Converse 2002 6 7 Casey Converse 2003 13 7 Casey Converse 2004 8 6 Casey Converse 2005 18 15 Casey Converse 2006 7 10 Casey Converse 2007 4 10 Casey Converse 2008 2 11 Casey Converse 2009 6 14 Casey Converse 2010 2 9 Casey Converse 2011 2 10 Casey Converse 2012 13 3 Casey Converse * denotes one tie; 386-168-2 (.700 winning percentage)

Conference Finishes 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) First (Continental Divide) Fourth (Pacific Collegiate) Third (Pacific Collegiate) First (Pacific Collegiate) Second (Pacific Collegiate) First (Pacific Collegiate) First (Pacific Collegiate) Seventh (WAC) Seventh (WAC)

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1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Eighth (MWC) Eighth (MWC) Seventh (MWC) Fifth (MWC) Sixth (MWC) Seventh (MWC) Seventh (MWC) Eighth (MWC) Eighth (MWC) Ninth (MWC) Ninth (MWC) Eighth (MWC) Ninth (MWC) Eighth (MWC)

Women’s Swimming & Diving

National Champions

Patty Martinez 1980 500 Free 1980 400 IM 1981 400 IM 1981 1,650 Free 1982 400 IM 1983 400 IM Erika Schenavar 1994 400 IM Barb Smith 1983 100 Butterfly 1983 200 Butterfly Krista Steenbergen 1996 200 Breaststroke 1996 200 Medley Relay 1996 400 Medley Relay Claudine Tjhio 1994 400 Medley Relay Jenna Tukey 1995 500 Freestyle 1995 1,650 Freestyle 1996 500 Freestyle 1996 1,650 Freestyle Beth Zeman 1995 100 Backstroke 1995 50 Freestyle 1995 400 Medley Relay 1996 50 Freestyle 1996 100 Freestyle 1996 200 Medley Relay 1996 400 Medley Relay

Maiya Anderson 1994 200 Breaststroke 1995 400 IM Karen Burton 1984 400 IM Ginny Caine 1979 800 Free Relay Connie Cann 1996 200 Medley Relay 1996 400 Medley Relay Alyssa Cowden 1995 400 Medley Relay Shannon Goff 1994 400 Medley Relay 1996 200 Medley Relay Beth Haney 1983 100 IM Tanja Hauber 1994 100 Breaststroke 1995 400 Medley Relay Amy Hennies 1995 400 Medley Relay 1996 400 Medley Relay Kim Hillen 1979 500 Free 1979 1,650 Free 1979 800 Free Relay Gayle Johnson 1979 800 Free Relay Robbie Kilroy 1994 400 Medley Relay Sandy Maloney 1979 800 Free Relay

Diving National Champions Linda Telkamp 1982 Three-meters

Dawn Dishner 1989 Three-meters Kim Dornburg 1988 One-meter 1988 Three-meters 1991 One-meter

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All-Americans

All-Americans Maiya Anderson (1994-96) Nicole Anderson (1981) Kim Bentler (1980-82) Nicole Berry (1984) Susan Bier (1983-86) Brenda Boeckmann (1993-94) Mitzi Braswell (1996) Karen Burton (1981-84) Cammie Butterfield (1985-86) Jane Byerly (1980) Ginny Caine (1977,79-80) Connie Cann (1996) Yiotula Chiligiris (1993-94) Diann Christianson (1980-81 & 83) Alyssa Cowden (1995) Jacqueline Diederich (1985-86) Tara Dubilo (1992-93) Julie Freedman (1994-96) Melissa Fuss (1992-93) Shannon Goff (1994-96) Beth Haney (1983-86) Joanna Hartley (1992-93) Tanja Hauber (1992-95) Jean Heffernan (1984) Teri Heitmeyer (1993-95) Amy Hennies (1995- 96) Kim Hillen (1979-81) Judy Hupp (1983-86) Melissa Hyland (1992)

Gayle Johnson (1979-80) Mary Keller (1981) Robbie Kilroy (1994-95) Laura Lalumia (1996) Rachel Linnihan (1990, 92-93) Sandra Maloney (1979-82) Lisa Martingnetti (1982) Meg Martin (1993) Patty Martinez (1980-83) Cheryl McCue (1984 & 86) Jill McKeever (1985-86) Karen O’Hair (1977) Beth Peterson (1992) Julie Richards (1977) Bonnie Schaefer (1977 & 79) Erika Schenavar (1992-94) Keri Schreiber (1992-94) Angela Slagel (1992) Barb Smith (1983-84) Krista Steenbergen (1995-96) Claudine Tjhio (1994-96) Jenna Tukey (1995-96) Rachel Tukey (1995-96) Jackie Tutman (1979) Abby White (1994) Stacey White (1992-93) Kathy Williams (1979) Beth Zeman (1995-96)

Patty Martinez (‘83), Six-Time National Champion, 23-Time All-American

Diving All-Americans Elly Bunzendahl (1996) Nancy Burdick (1980-83) Rebecca Currie (1992-94) Dawn Dishner (1988-91) Kim Dornburg (1987-88 & 91) Pamela Klein (1989) Trina Landschulz (1981-84)

Air Force’s 1977 All-Americans

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Janet Peterson (1978-81) Mary Rainaldi (1989) Sara Saxer (1992-93) Dana Strong (1983-84) Linda Telkamp (1980-83) Shawn Whitson (1979-82)

Kim Dornburg (‘91), ThreeTime National Champion, Six-Time All-American

Maiya Anderson (‘97), Two-Time National Champion, 12-Time All-American

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Letterwinners Burdick, Nancy (83) 80 81 82 83

Eddy, Solange (10) 07 08 09 10

Hauber, Tanja Rae (95) 92 93 94 95

Bursey, Lauren (07) 04 05 06 07

Edwards, Melissa (09) 06

Haylett, DeAnna (99) 96 97 98 99

Burton, Karen (84) 81 82 83

Ernst, Katharine (12) 09 10 11 12

Haynes, Beth (98) 95 96 97 98

Butterfield, Cammie (88) 85 86 87 88

Heffernan, Clara (15) 12

Byerly, Jane D. (82) 79 80

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Heidgerd, Emily (03) 00 01 02 03

Fakult, Nancy J. (86) 83 84 85 86

Heitmeyer, Teri (95) 92 93 94 95

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Fatout, Jara (92) 89 90 91 92

Hennies, Amy (98) 95 96

Cadow, Robin (02) 99 00 01 02

Fedel, Kelly (91) 88 89 90 91

Hern, Moranda (14) 11 12

Caine, Virginia L. (80) 77 78 79 80

Ferguson, Dedra (91) 88

Herndon, Robin (06) 03

Cann, Connie (99) 96 97 98 99

Fletcher, Cassie (12) 09 10 11 12

Hildebrand, Dawn (03) 01 02

Cantu, Marci (90) 87

Francz, Holly (83) 80

Hirst, Stephanie (07) 04 05 06 07

Castellanos, Katrina (13) 10 11

Freas, Sarah (00) 97 98

Holcombe, Haley (13) 10 11 12

Cave, Shelley (13) 10

Freedman, Julie (97) 94 95 96 97

Holland, Leslie (97) 94

Ceranski, Alison (12) 09 10 11 12

Freel, Melanie (84) 81

Hoskovic, Jenene M. (88) 85

Cesare, Hannah (14) 11 12

Fuller, Erin (93) 90 91 92 93

Hughes, Janice L. (99) 97 98 99

Letterwinners are listed as following:

Chambers, Jennifer (91) 88

Fuss, Melissa (94) 91 92 93

Hunter, Katelyn (10) 07 08 09 10

Name, graduation year in parenthe-

Charron, Deborah E. (85) 82 83

ses and years letters were earned.

Chiccarelli, Elvira (12) 09 10 11 12

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Hwang, Jane (09) 06 07 08 09

Current athletes in bold.

Chiligiris, Yiotula (96) 93 94 95 96

Gagne, Kathleen (89) 86 87 88

Hyland, Melissa (95) 92 93 94 95

Christianson, Dian (83) 80 81 83

Galang, Janelle (15) 12

Hyma, Andrea (05) 02 03 04 05

A

Cicchini, Michele L. (81) 78

George, Lynn (90) 87

Ireland, Heather (12) 09 11

Ahern, Maureen (97) 94 95 96

Claude, Alex (15) 12

Get, Amy (08) 05 06 07

Anderson, Maiya (97) 94 95 96 97

Cleaver, Christine (02) 99 00 01 02

Gillespie, Jodi (02) 99 00

J

Anderson, Nicole P. (83) 80 81 82

Cornish, Casey (96) 93 94 95 96

Gleason, Becky (10) 07 08 09 10

Jansen, Lindsay (05) 02 03 04 05

Apgar, Dory (99) 96 97

Cowden, Alyssa (98) 95 96 97 98

Goff, Shannon (97) 94 95 96 97

Jeglum, Karen (84) 81 82 83

Aranda, Gabby (14) 11 12

Crane, Miriam B. (81) 78

Governski, Camber (05) 02 03 04

Jensen, Heather (90) 87 88

Cribbs, Blair S. (88) 85 87

Grabarek, Julie (12) 09 11 12

Johannesen, Jennifer (90) 87 88

B

Croeber, Heidi (84) 83

Grabarek, Kelly (11) 08

Johnson, Gayle D. (82) 79 80 82

Baker, Julie (04) 01 02 03 04

Crowe, Ashley (14) 11

Gunderson, Kari (91) 88

Johnson, Kallyn (08) 05 06 07 08

Banwell, Carrie L. (80) 78

Crowell, Sara (04) 01 02 03 04

Bauer, Lindsey A. (04) 01 02 03 04

Cunningham, Tracy (91) 88 89 90 91

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Baxter, Carly (04) 01 02 03 04

Currie, Rebecca (94) 91 92 93 94

Haff, Rachel (02) 99

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Haggerty, Laura (15) 12

Kaupanger, Sallie J. (85) 82 83

Bentler, Katarina (83) 80 81 82 83

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Haney, Elizabeth A. (86) 83 84 85 86

Keenan, Elizabeth (14) 11 12

Berg, Alivia (14) 11

Davis, Kim (15) 12

Haney, Jennifer (00) 97 98 99

Keller, Mary (84) 81 82

Berry, Nicole M. (87) 85 86 87

DeFilippi, Gwen (96) 94 95 96

Hansen, Dana (00) 97 98

Kelly, Laura (14) 11

Biddle, Tiffany (08) 05 06 07

Demma, Meghan (99) 96

Harrison, Liz (14) 11 12

Kennedy, Rachel (14) 11 12

Bier, Susan (86) 83 84 85 86

Delaney, Lauren (12) 09 10 11 12

Hartley, JoAnna (93) 90 91 92 93

Kerwin, Sarah (93) 90 91 93 94

Bleyl, Erin (14) 11 12

Devaney, Nicole E. (87) 85

Boeckmann, Brenda (94) 91 92 93 94

Devine, Troy E. (85) 82 83

Book, Lisa (98) 95

Diederich, Jacqueline (88) 85 86

Borowski, Holly (04) 01 02

Dishner, Dawn (91) 88 89 90 91

Bosau, Christine (84) 81

Dolata, Jenna (12) 09 10

Bowden, Buffy (93) 90

Dornburg, Kim (91) 87 88 90 91

Braswell, Mitzi (97) 94 95 96 97

Dowd, Jessica (99) 96 97 98 99

Bronson, Gretchen (95) 92 93 94 95

Dowden, Allene (80) 78

Brock, Katherine (11) 08

Dowds, Danielle (08) 05 06 07 08

Brooks, Sara (15) 12

Dubilo, Tara (94) 91 92 93 94

Brown, Lindsay (10) 07

Dunn, Beth (91) 88 89 90

Sarah Law

Hupp, Judith M. (86) 83 84 85 86

Jurgielewicz, Tina (88) 86 87

Beavers, Meredith (02) 00 01 02

Blair Leake

Bryan, Patricia (84) 81 Bunzendahl, Elly (98) 95 96

E Eckert, Lauren (98) 95 96 97 98

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Letterwinners Killen, Brittney (01) 98

Treece, Jamilyn J. (83) 80

Lauren White

Kilroy, Roberta (96) 93 94 95 96 Kim, Esther (11) 08 09 10

Trobe, Alexandra (13) 10 11 12 Truitt, Anne (93) 90

Kinyon, Christine M. (89) 86 87 88 80

Tukey, Jenna (98) 95 96 97 98

Kirchoff, Lindsey (07) 04 05 06 07

Tukey, Rachel (98) 95 96 97 98

Kirsch, Eileen M. (82) 79 80

Turek, Maragret E. (83) 80

Klein, Pamela J. (89) 86 87 88 89

Turner, Julie (00) 97 98 99

Kluesner, Kaeli (11) 08 09 10 11

Tutman, Jacqueline E. (82) 79 80

Koller, Jaimie (03) 00 01 02

Tuttle, Karen M. (82) 79

Kroschel, Karley (02) 99 00 01 02 Kurey, Elizabeth (92) 89

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Kuyper, Michelle (14) 11 12

Vandenberg, Krissy (95) 92 Van Kooten, Jaymie (05) 02 03 04

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Schenavar, Erika (94) 91 92 93 94

Lalumia, Laura (99) 96 97

Niccum, Noel (15) 12

Schreiber, Keri (94) 91 92 93 94

Landschulz, Trina (84) 81 82 83

Nitzberg, Roberta (09) 06 07 08 09

Schubert, Kim (90) 87

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Laughlin, Samantha (14) 11 12

Nolan, Jeanne (15) 12

Seely, LaDonna (92) 89

Walker, Erika (00) 97

Law, Sarah (03) 00 01 02

O’Connell, Wendy (01) 98

Shanes, Emily (08) 05 06 07

White, Abigail (97) 94 95 96 97

Leake, Blair (07) 04 05 06 07

O’Hair, Karen A. (80) 78

Shetley, Lauren (12) 09

White, Hillary (90) 87 88

Leake, Meredith (09) 06

Omizo, Carly (06) 03 04 05 06

Silva, Donna (00) 97 98 99 00

White, Julienne (05) 02 03 04 05

Simpson, Rebecca (05) 02 03

White, Lauren (07), 04 05 06 07

Lewis, Michelle (99) 96

Van’t Wout, Monique (02) 99 00 01 02

Linnihan, Rachel (93) 90 91 92 93

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Slagel, Angela (92) 89 90 92

White, Stacey (93) 89 90 92 93

Long, Karen (05) 02

Papa, Michelle M. (88) 85 86 87 88

Slagle, Susan (82) 82

Whitman, Elizabeth Ann (89) 86 87

Long, Lainie (15) 12

Peck, Ashleigh (09) 06 07 08 09

Smith, Alexandria (99) 96 97 98

88 89

Peterson, Beth (92) 89 90 91 92

Smith, Alison L. (86) 83

Whitman, Julie (92) 89

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Peterson, Janet E. (81) 78 79 80 81

Smith, Barbara J. (86) 83 84 85 86

Whitson, Shawn V. (82) 79 80 81 81

MacIntyre, Jean E. (86) 83

Pilcher, Kelsey (13) 10

Smith, Colleen (06) 03 04 05 06

Wilce, Wendy (03) 00 01 02

Maloney, Sandra E. (82) 79 80 81

Prater, Trinette (92) 89 90

Smith, Jennifer S. (88) 85 86

Wildner, Helen (Meghan) (10) 07 08

Martin, Margaret (96) 93 94 95 96

Pugh, Kelly (99) 96

Smith, Mary Edith (01) 98 99 00 01

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Martinez, Patricia J. (83) 80 81 82 83

Pulaski, Lori (84) 81

Smith, Sharon A. (86) 83 84 85 86

Williams, Katherine A. (82) 79 80

Stapp, Katie (03) 00 01

Wilson, Samantha (15) 12

Mayou, Rosie (13) 10 11 12 McCown, Dawn (97) 94 95 96 97

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Staubitz, Candace (01) 98 99 00 01

Wiltse, Gretchen (89) 86 87 88 89

McCue, Cheryl L. (87) 85 86 87

Rainaldi, Mary Jo (89) 87 89

Steenbergen, Krista (98) 95 96 97 98

Wu, Sabina Ling (89) 86 87 88 89

McCullough, Tessie (91) 88 89

Reeder, Rachel (12) 09 10

Stewart, Ashley (03) 00 01 02

Wyatt, Conner (98) 95 96 97 98

McGuire, Lauren (13) 10 11 12

Revel, Kiley (06) 03

Stimmel, Ellen (03) 00 01 02

McElmurry, Kimberly (11) 08

Richards, Julie A. (80) 77 78 79 80

Stogner, Laken (09) 06 07 09

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McElvain, Andrea (92) 89

Rietze, Susan (04) 00 01 02

Strong, Dana L. (84) 82 83

Zeman, Elizabeth (98) 95 96 97 98

McKeever, Fil Renee (88) 85 86

Roberts, Rachel (13) 10 11

Styles, Lara (05) 02 03 04 05

Current athletes in bold

McRoberts, Lindsey (00) 97 98 99

Rodgers, Jessica (11) 08

Sweeney, Linda M. (80) 77 78

McSally, Martha E. (88) 85 86 87

Rosenow, Nancy (01) 98 99

Szwarc, Meghan (00) 00

Melberg, Elise (93) 90 91 92 93

Ross, Alexis (02) 99 00 01 02

Miller, Danielle (02) 99

Roth, Susan E. (83) 80

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Miller, Rachael (08) 05

Telkamp, Linda E. (83) 80 81 82 83

Miller, Virginia (06) 03 04 05 06

Teresky, Caitlin (11) 08 09 10 11

Moerer, Diane (00) 97 98 99

S

Therianos, Janet A. (80) 77 78

Morgan, Samantha (91) 88

Santmyer, Amy (A.J.) (93) 90 91 92

Thilo, Sarah (04) 01 02 03 04

Mukri, Erin (Jacquelyn) (03) 00 01 02

Saxer, Sarah Jane (93) 90 91 92 93

Thomas, Ashleigh (05) 02

Mullen, Deborah A. (82) 79 80

Scarberry, Elizabeth (11) 08 09

Thorpe, Charlan (90) 87 88 89 90

Myers, Mandy (96) 93 95 96

Schaefer, Bonnie Jo (80) 77 78 79 80

Thorstenson, Darcy (99) 96 97

Schaefer, Lindsay (04) 01 02 03

Tjhio, Claudine (97) 94 95 96 97

Schaefer, Shelby (13) 10

Tompkins, Chelsea (10) 07 08 09 10

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The Air Force Academy The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Course of Study Cadets are exposed to a balanced curriculum that provides the knowledge, skills and responsibilities essential to a career Air Force officer. The entire USAFA experience is integrated and mapped to achieve a set of desired outcomes in every graduate. The core academic curriculum includes courses in basic sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Cadets take additional elective courses to complete requirements for one of 32 major areas of study. About 50 percent of the cadets complete majors in science and engineering; the remainder graduate in the social sciences and humanities. Some of the most popular majors include management, aeronautical engineering, foreign area studies, history, behavioral science, civil engineering, astronautical engineering, electrical engineering and engineering mechanics. Faculty Composition The majority of the Academy’s faculty members, more than 500 total, are Air Force officers. They are selected primarily from career-officer volunteers who have established outstanding records of performance and dedication. Each has at least a master’s degree and more than 55 percent have doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field of study. About 30 percent of the faculty are civilians who bring great depth of disciplinary and educational expertise and provide academic stability and continuity. Faculty members are intensely focused on cadet learning as an integral part of their officer development. The Air Force Academy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the most accessible and involved faculty for four years in a row. To provide greater contributions by a diverse faculty, the Academy has several distinguished visiting professors and endowed professors who serve one or more years. Officers from other services, as well as officers from allied countries are also members of the faculty. Distinguished civilian and military lecturers also share their expertise with the cadets during the academic year. Athletic Program The Academy’s athletic program is designed to improve physical fitness, teach athletic skills and develop leadership qualities. To achieve its goals, the Academy offers some of the most extensive physical education, intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Cadets take at least three different physical education courses each year.

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Military Education and Training An air, space and cyberspace-oriented military education, training and leadership program begins with basic cadet training and continues throughout the four years. Seniors are responsible for the organizational leadership of the cadet wing, while juniors and sophomores seek to develop team and interpersonal leadership and instructional skills. Cadets are projected into as many active leadership roles as possible to prepare them to be effective Air Force officers. Fundamental concepts of military organization -drill, ethics, honor, Air Force heritage and physical training -- are emphasized the first summer during basic cadet training. Freshmen then study the military role in United States society as well as the mission and organization of the Air Force. Sophomores receive instruction in communication skills and juniors study the combat and operational aspects of the Air Force. The Academy offers courses in flying, navigation, soaring and parachuting, building from basic skills to instructor duties. Some cadets may fly light aircraft with the Cadet Flying Team. Summer training for cadets is divided into three, three-week training periods. There are a variety of programs available and each cadet is required to complete two training periods each summer with leave during the other period. All new cadets take six weeks of basic cadet training in their first summer. Combat survival training is a required threeweek program during cadets’ second summer. For other second-summer training periods, cadets have options such as working with Airmen in an operational unit at an Air Force installation, airborne parachute training, soaring or basic free-fall parachute training. During their last two summers, all cadets are offered leadership training as supervisors or instructors in the summer programs listed above. Extracurricular activities also are an integral part of the education program. The cadet ski club, drum and bugle corps, cadet chorale and forensics are a few of the programs available. Nominations Nominations to the Academy may be obtained through a congressional sponsor or by meeting eligibility criteria in other categories of competition established by law. For information on admission procedures, write to HQ USAFA/RRS; 2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200; USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025 or go to:

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History of The Academy In 1948, a board of leading civilian and military educators was appointed to plan the curriculum for an academy that would meet the needs of the newly established Air Force. The board determined that Air Force requirements could not be met by expanding the other service academies and recommended an Air Force Academy be established without delay. In 1949, then Secretary of the Air Force W. Stuart Symington appointed a commission to assist in selecting a site and on April 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized creation of the United States Air Force Academy. After considering 580 sites in 45 states, the commission narrowed the choice to three locations. The summer of 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott selected a site near Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado contributed $1 million toward purchase of the property. In July 1955, the first Academy class entered interim facilities at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, while construction began. It was sufficiently completed for occupancy by the cadet wing in late August 1958. Initial construction cost was $142 million. Women entered the Academy on June 28, 1976, as members of the class of 1980.

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Senior Leadership Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He directs a four-year academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor’s degree and commission as an Air Force officer. The general is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 1976. His career encompasses a wide range of assignments, ranging from head football coach of the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, to serving as Air Force aide to the President of the United States. He has held numerous command positions at the group, wing and numbered air force level, and was commander of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center during 9/11. Prior to his return to the Academy, he was Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. General Gould is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-38, T-41, KC-10, C-5, C-17, C-21, C-141 and KC-135R. The general’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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Director of Athletics mark and a second-place finish in the Mountain

junior and senior years, Mueh helped the Falcons

West Conference in 2007. The Falcons qualified

to the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer

for their first bowl game in five years, playing in

League championship and quarterfinal berths in

the Armed Forces Bowl in 2007. The program

the NCAA tournament. He was a first-team all-

has gone to a school-record five consecutive bowl

league selection in 1965.

games and averaged over 9,000 bowl tickets sold during that time.

Dr. Hans J. Mueh is in his ninth year as the director of athletics at the Air Force Academy.

Following graduation, Mueh completed two assignments in intelligence before attending the

Mueh has been just as successful behind the

University of Wisconsin where he earned his

scenes with the administration of the department.

master’s degree in chemistry in 1970. He later

Mueh restructured the department with an inter-

earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from Wis-

nal/external model that has streamlined resources

consin in 1976 as a distinguished graduate. He

and made the department more effective from top

has also completed Squadron Officer School, Air

to bottom. In addition, he has the department on

Command and Staff College and Air War Col-

course to become a federally chartered non-profit

lege.

organization which will lead to more fund-raising opportunities.

Between earning the two degrees, Mueh returned to the Academy as an instructor in the department of chemistry from 1970-72.

He

A retired Air Force brigadier general, Mueh was

Mueh was instrumental in the USAFA En-

vice dean of faculty for two years prior to his re-

dowment and the announcement of the Holaday

also served as assistant soccer coach and played

tirement from active duty in the summer of 2004.

Athletic Center, an indoor training facility. The

semi-pro soccer with the Aurora Internationals in

Mueh was heavily involved in Academy athletics

$15 million facility was completed in July 2011.

Denver during those two years, leading the Inter-

before becoming director of athletics. He was the

Mueh has also been active within the confer-

nationals to the Colorado state title in 1971. He

Academy’s faculty athletics representative from

ence and the NCAA. He was recently selected

volunteered for duty in Vietnam and served as an

1996-2004 and was a long-time member of the

to be part of the NCAA Division I Amateurism

intelligence officer in Saigon, Republic of Viet-

board of directors for the Air Force Academy

Cabinet and has been active on the NCAA’s aca-

nam and at Nakhon Phanom RTAB, Thailand, in

Athletics Association.

demics/eligibility compliance cabinet, the men’s

1972 and 1973.

Since becoming the director of athletics, Mueh

golf committee and the region 7 postgraduate

After earning his doctorate degree, Mueh re-

has led the Academy to some remarkable feats. In

scholarship committee. Mueh has been equally

turned to the Academy in 1976 as an associate

2007, the Academy was one of only three schools

active within the conference on various leader-

professor of chemistry. He remained at the Acad-

(Michigan State and Boston College) to reach

ship committees. He is currently on the awards

emy except for a stint in 1985-86 as the special

post-season play in football (2007), men’s bas-

and recognition committee and has previously

assistant for technical matters at the Defense In-

ketball and ice hockey (2006-07). It marked the

served on the joint council executive committee,

telligence Agency at the Pentagon.

first time a service academy has ever had a team

and committees on championships, television and

compete in the post-season in all three sports.

sportsmanship.

In 1986, he assumed the position of acting head, department of chemistry, before being se-

In addition, under Mueh’s watch the men’s

Before assuming his duties as vice dean at the

lected for his position of permanent professor and

basketball team has played in another NCAA

Academy, Mueh was permanent professor and

head of the department of chemistry in 1987. As

tournament and the National Invitational Tourna-

head of the department of chemistry at the Acad-

faculty athletics representative, he was active in

ment’s Final Four. The ice hockey team has won

emy, a position he held since October 1987 where

both the Western Athletic Conference and Moun-

the conference championship and advanced to

he oversaw the annual design and instruction of

tain West Conference, and was the Academy’s

the NCAA tournament five of the last six years.

25 undergraduate courses for 1,500 cadets annu-

representative on the transition team to form the

Mueh was on the selection committee that hired

ally.

new MWC, the only faculty athletics representa-

current head coach Frank Serratore and led the

Mueh was born Jan. 8, 1944, in Celle, Ger-

tive on the team. He competes in golf, racquet-

Academy’s move into the Athletic Hockey As-

many, and emigrated to the United States in 1951.

ball, handball and tennis, and has promoted Air

sociation.

He entered the Air Force in 1962 as a member

Force

The football program, the Academy’s flagship

of the Academy’s eighth graduating class, and

out his tenure, beginning with work as chairman

sport, has gone through a major overhaul under

graduated with a bachelor of science degree in

of the hockey eligibility committee, officer rep-

Mueh. He led the transition from the retirement of

chemistry in 1966. While at the Academy, Mueh

resentative to the men’s golf team and five years

the legendary Fisher DeBerry after 23 years at the

was a two-year letterwinner in soccer as a goalie.

as the officer representative to the football team.

helm to hiring current head coach Troy Calhoun,

He still holds the Academy record for saves in

Mueh is married to the former Sally Flax of

a 1989 Academy graduate. Calhoun’s impact was

a game with 30, accomplishing it twice in 1965

Cincinnati, Ohio. They have three children: Kris-

immediate, leading the Falcons to a 9-4 overall

against North Carolina and Benedictine. In his

tine, Kurt and Deborah.

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Air Force Athletics

Few schools in the country have an athletic program as extensive as the Air Force Academy’s. The goals of the athletic program are to enhance the physical conditioning of all cadets, to develop the physical skills necessary for officership, to teach leadership in a competitive environment and to build character. There are three subdivisions of the athletic program: intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and physical education. The intercollegiate program has 17 men’s and 10 women’s NCAAsanctioned teams, facing some of the top competition in the nation. Men’s teams are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, crosscountry, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

Col. Bart Weiss Vice Athletic Director

Col. Billy Walker Deputy AD

Jim Trego Senior Associate AD

Marti Gasser Associate AD/SWA Intercollegiate Program

William Carpenter Associate AD Recruiting Support

John Coulahan Associate AD Finance

Dermot Coll Associate AD Development/Gov’t

Troy Garnhart Associate AD Info./Communications

Wayne Kellenbence Associate AD Support

The Academy fields women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, rifle, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and volleyball. In addition, the Academy sponsors two non-NCAA programs; boxing and cheerleading. The majority of the Academy’s men’s and women’s programs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons compete in this conference against teams from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai’i (football only), Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming. All sports also compete against non-conference opponents, including many nationallyranked teams. The football team competes annually for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The Falcons have won the trophy 18 times, which is more than any other academy. The winner of the annual rivalry visits the White House to have the trophy presented by the President of the United States. The USAFA Cadet Field House is one of the most impressive buildings in the country. It’s a modern, versatile structure with seemingly endless uses. The $5.6 million building is five stories high and 396 feet by 426 feet, the size of three football fields laid side by side. The structure is divided into three areas--basketball arena, ice hockey arena and multipurpose area. The three sections have a combined seating capacity of more than 9,000. Clune Arena seats 5,858. The Cadet Ice Rink has a seating capacity of 2,470, while the multipurpose area seats 1,000 fans for track and field competitions.

George Nelson Associate AD Athletic Programs

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