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Hall of Fame

NOVA Hall of Fame

We take great pride in our swimmers who have gone on to National and Olympic careers in the sport of competitive swimming.

Aaron Peirsol - USA

  • 2000 Olympics
    • Silver Medal 200m Backstroke
  • 2004 Olympics
    • Gold Medal 200m Backstroke
    • Gold Medal 100m Backstroke
    • Gold Medal 4x100m Medley Relay
  • World Record Holder 200m and 100m Backstroke races

 

Amanda Beard - USA

  • 1996 Olympics
    • Silver Medalist - 200m Breaststroke
    • Silver Medalist - 100m Breaststroke
    • Gold Medalist - 4x100 Medley Relay
  • 2000 Olympics
    • Bronze Medalist - 200m Breastroke

 

Jason Lezak - USA

  • 2000 Olympics
    • Gold Medal - 4x100 Medley Relay
    • Silver Medal - 4x100 Freestyle Relay
  • 2004 Olympics
    • Gold Medal - 4x100m Medley Relay
    • Bronze Medal - 4x100 Freestyle Relay
  • World Record Holder

 

John Mykkanen - USA

  • 1984 Olympics
    • First NOVA Olympian
    • Silver Medalist - 400 meter Free
    • American Record - 800 meter Free

 

Gabe Woodward - USA

  • 2004 Olympics
    • Bronze medal 400m Free Relay

   

Colleen Lanne - USA

  • 2004 Olympic Games
    • Silver Medal - 400m Freestyle Relay

 

Derya Buyukuncu - Turkey

  • 1996 Olympic Games
  • 2000 Olympic Games
  • 2004 Olympic Games
  • 2008 Olympic Games

Stacianna Stitts (Winfield)

  • 2000 Olympic Games
    • Gold Medal 400m Medley Relay

     

Mike (Milorad) Cavic - Serbia

  • 2004 Olympic Games
  • 2008 Olympic Games
    • Silver Medalist - 100m Butterfly - lost to Michael Phelps by 0.01 seconds

 

Jessica Hardy - USA

  • 2005 World LC Championships
    • Silver Medalist - 100m Breaststroke - World & American Record
  • 2007 World SC Championships
    • Gold Medal 50m Breaststroke

Flip Darr - USA

Founding Head Coach Irvine NOVA. Placed swimmers on the ’68, ’72, ’76 and ’84 USA Olympic Team, including John Mykkanen.    

 

 

 

USA National Team Members

  • Diana MacManus 2002 World Championship Team; 2003 Pan Am Games
  • Sean Moore 1996 National Junior Team
  • Tom Shields 2008 National Junior Team
  • Courtney Cashion 2000 National Junior Team
  • Hayley Peirsol 2002 World Championship Team; 2006 Pan Pac team
  • Dave Denniston 2002 World Championship Team
  • Kicker Vencill 2001 World University Games Team
  • Steve West 1999 Pan American Games Team
  • Keri Hehn 2007 Pan American Games Team
  • Tara Thomas 2005 National Junior Team
  • Bethany Goodwin 2003 Pan American Games Team