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swimming Building a winning tradition

The Simpson College Swimming team is the youngest of Simpson’s athletic programs and one of the school’s fastest growing sports. The women’s program was initiated in 1997 and the men’s program was established in 2009.The 2013 season will kick-off the addition of diving to both programs as they move into a brand new pool. With participation numbers rising each season, the Storm are quickly becoming one of the top swimming programs at the Liberal Arts Championships and the Midwest.

What it takes

The Simpson swimming and diving program is the next step for serious, competitive swimmers looking to swim with some of the fastest in the Midwest all while having the opportunity to excel in the classroom and explore interests outside the pool. Our team’s philosophy is based on hard work, dedication, striving to improve while staying positive and achieving success as a close-knit family. The bond and attitudes the swimmers will develop here at Simpson will not only lead to success in the classroom, but carry on with them for the rest of their life.


Playing at Simpson gives you access to some of the best athletic facilities in the Iowa Conference and the Midwest.

A former assistant coach at Simpson, Eric Crawford became the interim head men’s and women’s swimming coach in September of 2012.

Beginning in 2013, members of the swimming and diving team will have the opportunity to swim in a brand new pool, which will be located at the Indianola YMCA. The new pool will feature a 13.5 feet deep end, eight, 25-yard lanes, two, one-meter diving boards, one, three-meter diving board and a warm-up/coold-down section. The venue will be able to seat up to 400 fans. Simpson’s main indoor facilities, the Carse Fitness Center and the Cowles Center, house a variety of different amenities for training, strength and conditioning and recreation. Simpson’s indoor facilities include a 5,000 square-foot weight room, a competition fieldhouse for basketball and volleyball, racquetball courts, a wrestling room, a 25-meter swimming pool, locker rooms and indoor batting cages. Other outdoor venues include Dick and Nancy Buxton Memorial Tennis Courts, McBride Baseball Field and the Simpson Softball Complex. Simpson’s golf teams practice and compete at the Indianola Country Club.

Kent campus center

In the fall of 2012 Simpson celebrated the much-anticipated opening of the Kent Campus Center, which quickly took its place as the central meeting place and crown jewel of the Simpson College campus. The student center includes several restaurants, including Au Bon Pain and Red Mango, as well as the college bookstore and the Principal Black Box Theatre. The second floor features the Hubbell Dining Room and space for several Simpson offices.

2012-13 Date Opponent Oct. 20 Augsburg Pentathlon Nov. 16 * at Loras Nov. 30 at UNO Invitational Dec. 1 at UNO Invitational Dec. 7 Iowa Central CC (men) Dec. 7 St. Mary (women) Jan. 12 * at Coe Jan. 18 at Grinnell Invitational Jan. 19 at Grinnell Invitational Jan. 25 Iowa Lakes CC 1 Feb. 14-16 at Liberal Arts Championships - Home duals in bold * Iowa Conference dual 1 Cedar Rapids, Iowa

eric crawford

Crawford came to Simpson as an assistant in 2011, where he helped the Storm set seven school records at the Liberal Arts Championships to close the season.

A 2008 graduate of Luther College, Crawford was a three-time honorable mention All-American and participated in the 2008 NCAA Division III National Championships. While swimming for the Norse, he helped set school records in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.

interim Head Coach

Crawford has also coached for the Altoona Swim Club and Des Moines Lincoln High School. He did his prep swimming at Lincoln, where he still holds the school record in the 100 butterfly.

exceptional academics

As an athlete at Simpson, you’ll have the opportunity to excel both on the field and in the classroom. Simpson’s quality liberal arts program offers more than 75 majors, minors and programs. Want to learn more about the Simpson Experience? Check us out online at and discover what it means to be a Simpson student. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-362-2454, email or schedule online at

Student-athlete support Strength & Conditioning Simpson’s strength and conditioning program will be an important element in your athletic experience at the college. Simpson’s certified strength and conditioning staff will work with you to build a fitness plan that can reduce the risk of injury and improve your athletic performance. Athletic Training The athletic training staff at Simpson realizes that in order to have a successful season, the top priority for parents and coaches is the athlete’s health. The four certified athletic trainers on staff and their 30 students provide quality healthcare to over 500 athletes. To help keep costs down, they evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate all athletes on campus. In addition, two team physicians routinely visit the training room to evaluate athletes and determine the need for further testing and care.

Building Leadership skills NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Simpson is one of only two Division III schools in Iowa to participate in the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. Some of the highlights of Simpson’s program include: • Academic assistance through study tables for first-year students and tutors for individual subjects • Leadership, character and professional development through seminars and guest speakers • Community service opportunities with the Special Olympics and other agencies that provide programming for students with special needs • Mentoring program that provides support for first-year students by pairing them with an upper-class student SAAC The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is one way for you to get involved in athletics beyond your sports team. As a SAAC member, you’ll be a part of a leadership group that provides a voice for studentathletes at the college and within the NCAA. SAAC members are focused on fostering positive images of athletes and often plan activities on campus. In the past, athletes on the committee have planned Spirit Day, National Student-Athlete Day and community service events.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for becoming an NCAA Division III student-athlete, visit:

2012-13 Swimming Brochure  
2012-13 Swimming Brochure  

Learn what its like to be a member of the Storm swimming team.