Queens Head Coach
USA National Team Coach / Six-Time CSCAA Coach of the Year
/ Eight-Time Bluegrass Mountain Conference Coach of the
Dugdale begins his 10th year in charge of the Queens
University of Charlotte men's and women's swimming programs in
University of Charlotte continued its historic run of national
dominance, winning both the men's and women's NCAA Division II
National Championships for the fifth straight year.
honored for the second straight season as the CSCAA Women's
Swimming Coach of the Year, bringing is total to six such honors.
Additionally, he was both the men's and women's Bluegrass Mountain
Conference Coach of the Year, earning his seventh and eighth such
awards from the league.
Kusch was selected as the CSCAA Male Swimmer of the Meet for the
third straight year after winning a total of seven event
championships, including four individual events and three relay
races. Kusch was also a part of four NCAA record swims, setting the
mark in the 100-Yard Backstroke (44.09), 100-Yard Butterfly
(44.32), 100-Yard Freestyle (41.73), and swimming the first leg of
the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay (2:49.98).
Lapshina was named the CSCAA Female Swimmer of the Meet, the
first such award for a Queens swimmer since Patricia Ortega
won the award in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. The Ekaterinburg, Russia
native won four individual events and was a member of three relay
Lapshina was a
part of five NCAA record swims, setting benchmarks in the 100-Yard
Backstroke (52.07), 100-Yard Butterfly (52.16) and 100-Yard
Freestyle (48.16), while also swimming the first leg in both the
400-Yard Freestyle Relay (3:18.04) and the 400-Yard Medley Relay
In total, the
Royals collected 23 event crowns and set 11 NCAA Division II
records during the four-day meet. The women's team now holds a
total of 14 NCAA Division II records, and the men hold 14 of the 19
NCAA Division II top marks.
tallied 83 All-American swims, including 60 All-Americans and 23
Honorable Mention All-Americans to set a new program
Kunert, Bobbie Gichard, and Erico Cuna each competed
internationally for their home countries at the 2019 FINA
World Championships. Hannah Aspden and Carson Sanocki also appeared
on the inernational stage, competing for Team USA at
the Parapan American Games Lima 2019.
The Royals also
won the men's and women's BMC titles for a fifth consecutive year
as both Kusch and Polina won their respective Swimmer of the Year
awards from the conference.
A native of Kenosha, Wis.,
Dugdale joined the Royals in the summer of 2010 from the SwimMAC
Carolina, where he assists Head Coach David Marsh in all
aspects of running Team Elite whose members include Olympian Cullen
Jones and record holders Nick Brunelli, Nick Thoman and Josh
In addition to
working at Queens, the summer of 2012 Dugdale started as the
Director of High Performance for SwimMAC Team Elite. He assisted in
placing five athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team that returned to
Charlotte with three gold medals and three silver.
joining SwimMAC Carolina, Dugdale was an assistant coach at Duke
University, where he helped lead recruiting and leadership
development. While at Duke, Dugdale had a hand in seeing both
the men and women break all but three school records while moving
up the ACC and NCAA ranks. In 2008, he spearheaded the merger of
two club programs, Tar Heel Aquatic Team and Blue Devil Aquatic
into Duke Aquatics, currently a Silver Medal program.
Dugdale was a
member of the men’s swim team at Auburn University becoming a
three year letter-winner, 1989-1991, before getting his start in
collegiate coaching at his alma mater in 1992. Like many of the
Queens swimmers have done in this first year, Dugdale helped to
transition the Tigers’ program into the one it is today with
countless NCAA and SEC Championships.
As a junior,
Dugdale was tapped as Marsh’s first recruiting coordinator
and helped Marsh recruit the university’s first SEC and NCAA
Championship Team. He assisted in coaching 218 All-American
honorees, 16 Academic All-Americans, and one Olympian, Yoav Bruck
a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance at Auburn
in 1995. Dugdale has two children, Sydney and
Wingate Head Coach
University head men’s and women’s swimming
coached the Bulldog women’s team for 19 seasons and the
men’s team for 15 seasons. Last season, the Wingate women
finished seventh at the 2019 NCAA national championship meet in
Indianapolis. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs claimed 17th
place on the 2019 NCAA leader board.
Wingate had 16 first team All-American swims and 35 honorable
mention All-American swims at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis.
Sanocki has coached Wingate student-athletes to 440 All-American
swims. In addition to the significant national success, both
Wingate teams finished second in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Wingate was the only NCAA or NAIA school with three men’s
swimming student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-America®
at-large teams (as selected by CoSIDA).
Niklas Martin, Giacomo Viazzo and
Markus Furst represented
the Bulldogs on the honor squad. Wingate Swimming has 30
student-athletes who have earned Academic All-America® at-large
On the 2019
College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) team
charts, the Wingate women posted a 3.46 GPA. The Bulldog men had a
3.40 GPA. Both WU
swimming teams were recognized as 2018-19 Scholar
All-America teams by the CSCAA. Nineteen Bulldogs were named
Scholar All-Americans by the same organization.
University was the co-host for the 2018 NCAA Division II national
championship meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Bulldogs
did not disappoint, as the men took seventh place and the women
claimed eighth place. Wingate defended its national championship in
the women’s 800 Freestyle Relay at the 2018 NCAA
The WU 800
Freestyle Relay championship quartet returned intact for
Van Horen (’19),
Maria Madsen (’19)
Alex Divelbiss (’17).
Earlier, both Wingate teams finished second in
Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship meet in
In June of
named Google Cloud Academic All-America® men’s at-large
team selections by CoSIDA. On the CSCAA team charts, the Wingate
women posted a 3.56 GPA. The Bulldog men had a 3.19 GPA. Both
swimming teams were recognized as Scholar
All-America teams by the CSCAA. Fourteen Bulldogs were named
the Wingate women finished third at the 2017 NCAA national meet.
The 2017 meet marked the third consecutive year the Bulldogs have
brought home team hardware (WU was third in 2015 and second in
2016). On the men’s side, the Bulldogs jumped 10 places on
the team leader board from their 2016 appearance, scoring 198
points to finish sixth at NCAAs.
the national championship in the women’s 800 Freestyle Relay
at the 2017 NCAA meet. Divelbiss, Madsen, Van Horen and Kosic
claimed gold medals at the 2017 NCAA event. Divelbiss was the
Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of
the Meet as the Bulldogs took second place in the league meet. The
Wingate men were also second in the 2017 BMC event.
the only NCAA Division II school with three swimming
student-athletes on the 2017 Academic All-America® at-large
teams (as selected by CoSIDA):
Lucas Cuadros and
Leif-Henning Kluver. On the
College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) team
charts, the Wingate women posted a 3.49 GPA. The Bulldog men had a
3.36 GPA. Both WU
swimming teams were recognized as Scholar
All-America teams by the CSCAA in 2017.
women’s swimming team finished a school-record second in the
2016 NCAA Division II national championship meet. Sanocki was named
the NCAA Division II women’s swimming Coach of the Year by
his peers. The Bulldog men finished 16th at the season-concluding
meet, only 4.5 points behind number 15 Indianapolis.
women won six 2016 national titles (three relays, three
led the way with four gold medals (one individual, three relay).
Arkhipova won a
relay gold medal (400 Medley Relay) and an individual gold medal
two relay gold medals, joining Arkhipova on the 400 Medley Relay
and starting Wingate’s championship haul by swimming a leg on
the 200 Medley Relay. Senior
Caitlin Coughlin earned
a national title by playing a role on Wingate’s 200 Freestyle
NCAA Division II records on the way to victories in the 200 Medley
Relay (1:39.90), the 400 Medley Relay (3:40.28) and the 200
Butterfly (52.52). Prior to the 2016 NCAA meet, both Wingate squads
finished second at the 18th annual Bluegrass Mountain Conference
teams receive significant academic awards every year, both from the
College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and the
College Sports Information Directors of America
Eighteen members of
the WU swimming program were 2016 Scholar All-Americans, as named
by the CSCAA. Both WU squads were named 2016 Scholar All-America
teams by the CSCAA. The Wingate men qualified with a 3.45
cumulative team GPA, while the Bulldog women made the list with a
3.37 cumulative team GPA.
women’s swimming team finished third at the 2015 NCAA
Division II swimming and diving championships. The Bulldog men
finished 12th, one point behind 11th-place Delta State (Miss.).
Wingate’s men finished 12th (or better) at the NCAA meet for
10 consecutive years. Both Bulldog teams finished second at the
17th annual Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship
the Bulldogs claim two national titles at the 2015 NCAA Division II
swimming and diving championships. Individually, Dumur won the
women’s 100 Butterfly with a new national record time of
52.42. Dumur and three teammates touched first in the women’s
400 Medley Relay with a new school record time of 3:40.28. Dumur
set her third 100 Fly national record of the day with her relay
time of 51.99.
In the 2015
NCAA 400 Medley Relay, Dumur’s teammates
addition to Dumur’s new 100 Butterfly national and school
record (in the relay), both Kosheleva and Petrenko set new school
records in the 100 Breaststroke (1:02.12) and 100 Freestyle
became the third WU female to win an individual national title in
2015, joining diver
Lindsey Taylor (2012)
The Bulldog 400 Medley Relay quartet was the first WU women’s
relay team to earn a national crown. The Wingate men’s
swimming program has 14 national championship swims, including
three by 2012 Olympian
Bulldogs received 2015 Academic All-America® at-large honors
from CoSIDA: senior
Zeraidi was a
men’s at-large first team selection, while
Cuadros was a
second team choice. On the women’s side,
Arzadon was a
women’s at-large third team pick.
the Bulldog teams swept the Bluegrass Mountain Conference (BMC)
titles for the second year in a row. The 2014 crown gave the
Wingate men seven consecutive BMC titles, while the Bulldog women
earned four BMC trophies (2011-14). Sanocki has received the Bob
Busby Award for BMC Coach of the Year 11 times.
In the 2014
NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships, the Wingate
women finished sixth with 230.5 points. Drury (Mo.) won for the
fifth time in six years, compiling 486 points. The Bulldog men
claimed eighth place with 221 points. Drury won for the 10th
consecutive season, posting 569.5 points. Wingate senior Marko
Blazevski won his third NCAA Division II national title in the 400
Individual Medley at the 2014 NCAA event. In 2014, seniors
Reed Miller and
named to the Academic All-America® at-large teams for
sent a school-record 22 student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA national
championship meet. The Bulldog women established a school record
with 242.5 points at the 2013 NCAA meet. The Wingate men missed a
third straight fifth-place finish by three points, as Wingate
recorded 262 points. From 2009-13, only two teams finished in the
NCAA men’s swimming top six each year…Wingate and
perennial national champion Drury.
the 2012 NCAA Division II men’s swimming Coach of the Year,
as selected by his peers in the College Swimming Coaches
Association of America (CSCAA). Sanocki helped the WU men tie for
fifth place in the NCAA Division II national championship meet.
Wingate had five national champions at the 2012 national
national scene, Sanocki served the second year of his two-year term
as president of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America
(CSCAA) in 2014. In 2010, the CSCAA elected Sanocki to this role.
He has served the organization in three two-year segments. The
first two-year term was president-elect, while the final two years
(2014-15, 2015-16) were past president.
pool, Sanocki and his teams host a national-recognized Special
Olympics swimming venue every April. The Bulldogs received the NCAA
Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence in 2011,
recognizing the long-running volunteer service project.
guided the Wingate University Bulldogs to 11 Bluegrass Mountain
Conference championship titles (seven men’s titles, four
women’s championships). He has earned the Bob Busby Award for
BMC Coach of the Year 11 times (six men, five women). Sanocki
resides in Charlotte with his wife
their four children:
Kendall. Lily is a
freshman on the WU women’s swimming team this
Catawba Head Coach
Michael Sever has been named the men’s and women’s swim coach. Sever comes to Catawba from the University of Maine, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2012.
“I am pleased to bring someone with Michael’s experience to Catawba College,” stated Catawba AD Larry Leckonby. “He has experience at the top NCAA level and has also built outstanding USA Swimming youth programs and Masters programs.”
While at Maine, Sever was involved with all aspects of the NCAA I program. During his three seasons, the Black Bears set 36 new team records and had one NCAA B qualifier. The swim team produced 33 Maine Honor Scholar-Athletes in 2015.
"I would like to express my gratitude to President Brien Lewis, Athletic Director Larry Leckonby, and Associate Athletic Director Craig Turnbull for this opportunity,” said Sever. “My swimming career began in North Carolina and I am thrilled to be back with my family. There's an undeniable sense of community at Catawba and a very talented team of student-athletes. I am eager to bring new vision and leadership to the swimming program and excited about the opportunities ahead."
Sever was the Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Rhode Island for one year before taking his post at Maine. During that year, he led the team to a fourth place finish at the ECC National Championships out of 51 teams.
A graduate of East Carolina, Sever earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in communications from the ECU School of Design. He did post-graduate work in graphic design at the American College of London in England.
Sever was a freestyle sprinter at East Carolina for three years. Now an avid open water marathon swimmer, he is currently training for a 40-mile marathon swim. Sever is an active member and competitor of U.S. Masters Swimming.
“Michael is an outstanding coach who has the knowledge and work ethic to take Catawba to the next level (nationally),” said East Carolina Coach Rick Kobe. “I anticipate seeing great results immediately.”
He began coaching as a student assistant with the Pirates in 1992-93 then stepped away from coaching as he founded a communications design and marketing company. He returned to coaching in 2009 when he founded Triton Swimming in East Providence, Rhode Island.
Triton is a premier New England US Masters Swimming (USMS) team affiliated with SwimRI. Sever built the team and SwimRI finished third place at the 2012 SCY Championships. He started another Masters team, Black Bear Aquatics in 2013 and expanded with USA Swimming in 2014.
Both Sever and his wife, Victoria, have roots in North Carolina. He is from Shelby, while Victoria is from Jamestown. They have two children, Taylor and Cooper.
Lenoir Rhyne Head Coach
Hired on April 1, 2007, Paul Schiffel became Lenoir-Rhyne's first-ever Women's Swimming Coach and took over the men's program when it came on board three years ago.
Schiffel has coached four All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honorees over the past two years and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II All-American in Chelsea Kyle in 2012 (women's 200-yard butterfly).
After nine seasons, the Bears have showed marked improvement and should be a contender for the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in the near future.
Schiffel currently serves as the Owner and Coach of the Catawba Valley Aquatics Club and had been the Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams at St. Stephens High School from its inception in 1992 and lasting 15 years.
Schiffel also served as the Head Coach of the Hickory Seahorse Swim Team (1978-84 and 1986-89) and coached a swimmer who later became a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2000 and 2002).
In the 1980s, Schiffel coached several swimmers who qualified for the Olympic Trials and United States Senior Nationals.
Several team accomplishments for Schiffel were the 1985 NCS Short Course Age Group Championship and St. Stephens’ second-place finish in the NCHSAA Championship in 2006.
Schiffel graduated from East Carolina University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and earned his master’s degree in education from ECU in 1981 as well.
Schiffel, a member of the East Carolina Men’s Swimming Team, earned Team MVP honors as a junior and served as an assistant coach for the Pirates from 1975 to 1978.
Schiffel recently retired as a Physical Education Teacher at St. Stephens Elementary School in Hickory, N.C.
SCAD Head Coach
Bill Pilczuk is
entering his 5th year as the Head Coach for
the men's and women's swimming program, after being hired in August
2015. Pilczuk has helped the Lady Bees win 3 of the last
4 NAIA National Titles in 2016, (where he was named NAIA Coach
of the Year), 2018 and 2019 (where he was named CSCAA NAIA Coach of
the Year). The men’s team has gone on to earn Runner-Up
honors each year, the 4 highest finishes in team
Prior to being
named head coach, Pilczuk served as the assistant coach at SCAD for
two season. As an assistant, Pilczuk helped lead both the men's and
women's team to 2-top five finishes at the NAIA National
Championships in 2014 and 2015. The men's team finished third in
both seasons, while the women's team earned back-to-back NAIA
National Runner-Up Awards.
joining the Bees, Pilczuk worked part time in swimming as he spent
time with his two young children as his wife Davana began her
career in Savannah, GA. In this time, he worked as a
consultant to individual swimmers, club teams, camps and clinics,
including working with several 2012 Olympic team members in the
lead-up to London.
Pilczuk was the National Sprint coach and National Youth coach for
Great Britain, and was coach on several international teams
including the World Championships, Junior World Championships,
European Championships, European Juniors, Australian Age-Group
Championships and the FINA World Cups.
graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 1994 and
received a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1998. As
an athlete, Pilczuk was a 3-time NCAA All-American, Pan American
silver medalist, Pan Pacific champion, World Champion in 1998,
5-time USA National Champion, 50m free American Record holder,
3rd at the 1996
Olympic Trials, 4th at the 2000 Olympic Trials,
and was a member of the 4x50m medley relay World Record in
originally from Cape May, New Jersey, and attended Lower Cape
May Regional High School, swimming for the Cape May Swim Team and
the Wildwood Crest Dolphins where he was coached by Auburn Alumn
Dave (TJ) Hart.
Carson Newman Head Coach
Coach Jordan Taylor is entering his fifth season as the head coach
of Carson-Newman Men's and Women's Swimming in 2019-2020.
After being named head coach for the 2014-2015 campaign, Taylor led
the team to receiving its first invitation to the NCAA DII Swimming
and Diving Championships in Indianapolis where five of the nine
swimmers left the Championships with All-American honors and all
nine were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. The Eagles
finished the dual meets undefeated with a record of 5-0. Through
the duration of the season, school records in 33 events were set at
least once. The women’s team finished 15
th in the nation, while the men finished the year in
18th according to the CSCAA pool. In total, the Eagles accumulated
33 All-Conference titles by 11 athletes, five All-Americans and
four Honorable Mention All-Americans.
In 2016, the program made history at the BMC Championships at the
Rock Hill Aquatic Center in Rock Hill, S.C., where the Eagles
finished with 23 All-BMC honors and reset 13 school records.
The following year, the Eagles posted the best finish in program
history at the 2017 BMC Championships under Taylor.
The C-N men finished with a point total of 1036, an improvement of
more than 200 points from where they finished the 2016 BMC
Championships. They also placed third, two spots higher than last
year's team. The women put on a better performance than any of
their previous showings at the conference meet, piling up 1126
points to also earn a spot in third place. Over the course of four
days, 18 different Eagles earned All-BMC honors in 26 events.
The team then returned to the NCAA DII National Championships
where the Eagles reached All-American status in 12 events with
30 separate honors being bestowed upon 13 student-athletes. The
women finished the event with in 17
th place with 87 points, matching the best finish in
program history. The men compiled 24 points to finish 26
2018 saw the Eagles earn 38 All-BMC plaudits at the conference
championships. Taylor then lead a program-best eight swimmers to
the National Championships.
Taylor specializes in the middle distance and stroke specific
athletes for Carson-Newman Swimming, training various groups of
athletes 10 times per week in the of areas of aerobic/anaerobic
capacity and power.
Taylor comes to Carson-Newman from Edinburgh, Scotland where he was
the lead coach of the Warrender Baths Club, Scotland's most
successful and largest swimming club. He coached a squad consisting
of 19 domestic and international swimmers.
Competitively, Taylor garnered multiple Great Britain national
titles in multiple events. He also swam for the Great Britain
national team during his career. He was ranked the third-best
swimmer in his age group. During his time at University of
Edinburgh, the school's swimming program won the national title in
He earned his college degree at the University of Edinburgh,
graduating with honors and with a Bachelor's of Science degree in
Applied Sports Science.
Ellenor Grier has been named the new head men’s and
women’s swim coach and certified pool director at Mars Hill
University, as announced by Director of Athletics Rick Baker on
August 9, 2019.
Grier, an alumna of Mars Hill, returns after serving as the
Athletics Crew Supervisor, Swim Coach and Aquatics Director at
Warren Wilson College for the past three years. Grier was
responsible for many aspects in her various roles including, but
not limited to, recruiting athletes, being elected the Treasurer of
the Appalachian Swim Conference, creating work programs to provide
students with skills and discipline to succeed as students and
future employees, as well as representing the Aquatic Center
Project through television interviews on local Asheville news
Prior to joining Warren Wilson, Grier served as a swim instructor,
head lifeguard and assistant manager at Swim Club Management Group
in Huntersville, North Carolina from May 2014 to August 2015.
While there, Grier taught a variety of age groups and skill levels
proper swimming techniques while also ensuring appropriate safety
and enforcing pool rules and maintaining the pool.
Grier served as swim team captain at Mars Hill for three years
where she assisted previous head coach Teddy Guyer in meet
organization and planning, developing and implementing practices as
well as demonstrating her strong leadership skills to her fellow
teammates through determination and perseverance. Grier
graduated from Mars Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in
She later obtained her Master of Science degree in Coaching and
Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in