Splash - March/April 2012 - (Page 32)

SWIM dyNASTIES RICHARD QuICK DAvID MARsH JACK bAueRLe toDD warshaw/Getty IMaGes KeVIN C. Cox/Getty IMaGes KeVIN C. Cox/Getty IMaGes by Mike Watkins D epending upon whom you ask, establishing a dynasty in sports requires winning multiple consecutive championships – some say a minimum of four – whether they be divisional, conference, national or world. Many teams have accomplished this feat in the time that records and titles have been recorded, and swimming is no stranger to this phenomenon, which is becoming less common as parity continues to permeate throughout team sports. But what elements – coaching, recruiting, motivation, training, college and athletic department support, talent development, desire – make these teams so successful for so many years? Ask around and you’ll get a variety of answers, but the universal response is not a surprising one. “It takes all of those pieces to continue to win because if you could pinpoint one thing that makes championship teams successful, every team would be successful,” said Jessen Book, coach of the women’s team at Kenyon College and a swimmer on four NCAA Division III championship teams at Kenyon in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Each group is different every year, so it’s not like you’re on an assembly line creating the perfect team each year. It takes work and a complete buy-in about what we’re all about and striving to achieve.” yeArs oF DomiNANCe From 1937 to 1959, two Big Ten schools, Michigan and Ohio State, dominated the NCAA record books with nine and 10 national titles under Matt Mann and Gus Stager (Michigan) and Mike Peppe (Ohio State). Michigan won the first five, followed by Ohio State with three straight in two separate spurts – 1945-47 and 1954-56. Stager added three more from 1957-59. In the 1960s, the University of Southern California (USC) won four NCAA men’s titles (1963-66) under the direction of Peter Daland, and Indiana University recorded six straight crowns (1968-73) with James E. “Doc” Councilman at the helm and a guy named Spitz headlining four of those teams. Daland added four more titles (1974-77) at USC, adding to his storied coaching career, but the next string of winning campaigns wouldn’t come until Skip Kenney and Stanford University won three between 1985 and 1987. The University of Texas and Eddie Reese brought four trophies back to Austin from 1988-91, and Stanford and Kenney added three more from 1992 to 1994. Reese capitalized on a stellar recruiting class that included future Olympic gold medalists and world record holders Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Ian Crocker to win three titles in 32 sPLAsH • March/April 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2012

Splash - March/april 2012
Contents
Mailbag
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Grand Prix Update
Training With
Keys to Success
Club Excellence Profile
Athletic Foodie
Your Photo
Trials Pool Finds a Home
Ah, the Memories!
NCAA Championship Preview
College Swimming Dynasties
No Cow, No Cream
Top 10 List - LCM
Interactive
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
A Swimmer You May Know
Eight Songs/best Race Ever
Plugged In
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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