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Kyle Sanders

 

Kyle began competitive swimming in 1984 at the age of 5 for the Bentonville Stingrays which later became known as the Walmart Swim Club under Coach Caroyln Haefner and Coach Stuart Smith.

 

As a member of the Stingrays, he was a multi-time State, Central Zone, and Region 8 Champion capturing several High Point awards along the way. He first qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM at the age of 15.  He went on to become a Junior National Qualifier in the 50, 100, 200 Freestyle, 200 & 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 100 & 200 Breaststroke.  In 1995 he was awarded the Arkansas Swimmer of the Year.  He was ranked as a Top 16 USA Swimming finalist in several events. At the age of 18 he was a National Qualifier in the 100 Breast and 200IM. 

 

Kyle was a member of the Bentonville High School swim team from 1995-1998 where he was a multi-time individual State Champion, 3-time Team State Champion and won All American Honorable Mention his senior year.

 

In the spring of 1998, Kyle was recruited to swim at The University of Texas at Austin under Coach Eddie Reese.  As a member of the 4-time Big 12 Championship and 3-time NCAA Championship Longhorns, Kyle was a 3-time letter winner.  During his time at Texas, Kyle competed at the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 Breaststroke.  Kyle graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Design.

 

Kyle went on to design swimwear in Los Angeles under Warnaco Brands (owners of Speedo, Nautica and Ann Cole).  From there he moved to Shanghai, China where he designed active apparel.

 

In 2007, he returned to the US and began working for Academy Sports & Outdoors.  His love for the sport of swimming never left.  In 2008, he founded the South Shore Sails and Masters Swim Team in League City, Texas.  From 2008-2011, the club grew from 20 to 100 plus members.  He coached multiple age group Texas State Champions, Sectional Qualifiers and NCSA Junior National Qualifiers before moving to Houston in 2012.

 

After a brief hiatus, Kyle was back at it again coaching for the DADS Club Swim Team in Houston, Texas and again leading members to become Texas State Champions and state record holders.

 

This past year, in 2016, Kyle returned to his original roots of Bentonville, Arkansas, taking a position at the Walmart Corporate Office.  Kyle moved with his wife of 14 years and their 3-year old identical twin boys.  His boys are now swimming where Kyle first began his swimming career at the Walmart Fitness Center and he's looking forward to seeing them in the competitive lanes soon.