Alumni Updates


Several OA Class of '14 Reunite in Santa Barbara

Annie Larsen, Hannah Grubbs and Allison Stevens at UCLA vs UCSB vs BYU

OA Alums turn Collegiate Triathletes!

Two OA alums have added new “gear” to their repertoire! Last spring, while working on her engineering degree, Allie Light (OA ’12) joined UCLA’s Triathlon Team (Spring 2014 Female Champions). The season begins in January, so Allie has only been in one race, the Goleta Beach Long Course Triathon (1 mile swim, 22 mile bike, 5 mile run), where she came in second in her age group (20-24) with a time of 2:09.47 and third woman overall. She has been invited to help promote the idea of making triathlons an NCAA sport for women at the 2014 Women’s Collegiate National Championshhip in Florida in early November.

Megan Howard (OA ’13) has turned her extracurricular focus from the US Naval Academy’s Swimming and Diving team to their club Triathlon Team. At the recent Richmond Rox Olympic Triathlon, Megan was the first woman out of the water! After swimming 1500 meters (first female out of the water!), 40 K Biking (through the hills of Virginia) and 10 K running (along the river, through downtown Richmond), Megan finished 4th in 2:26:36.99. Looks like those OA open water experiences such as the Tiburon Mile and the Escape from Alcatraz inspired Megan! Her combined team finished first in the Collegiate Cup that day.

Way to go OA Ladies!


Allie in OA Shirt on Oregon Training Trip


                                                                 Go Megan, way to finish STRONG!

NESCAC Championships 2014: Colleen O'Brien (Hamilton), Sam Swinton (Tufts), Jenny Hu (Tufts), Aly Levine (Williams)
Quote from OA alum Brooke Woodward (Emory Senior)

"I feel like no matter what happens at NCAAs, I couldn't ask for more from the past 18 years. I've made every one of my best friends from swimming, learned countless life lessons, had great successes and failures too, challenged myself, laughed so hard I cried, and persevered. I nearly quit four years ago and now I've had the best four years and none of it was about times."


Ward Named MPSF/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior Andrea Ward concluded the regular season in historic fashion by taking home her school record fourth MPSF/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week award, as announced by the conference.

Ward was part of four victories on senior day, which also was the final home meet of her career against rival Cal Poly, taking the 100 yard butterfly (54.54) and 200 yard freestyle (1:51.76), along with providing a leg on two winning relays. Ward joined the relay team of Allie Knight, Sophia Yamauchi, and Anne Peanasky in taking the 200 yard medley relay (1"45.20). In a fitting end to senior day she joined the all senior team of Yamauchi, Peanasky, and Monica Garcia en route to first place in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:30.50).

Ward now has seven total MPSF Female Athlete of the Week honors in her career. 


Women's Swimming & Diving Opens 2013-14 Season at Middlebury Tri-Meet

Samantha Swinton was a productive point-scorer for Tufts

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Divers Sami Bloom and Kylie Reiman won for Tufts to highlight the women's swimming & diving team's effort in a tri-meet at Middlebury College with Connecticut College on Saturday.

The host Panthers topped Tufts 190-108. The Tufts - Connecticut College final score was 186-102 in favor of the Camels.

Bloom won off the one-meter board with a total score of 210.98. Reiman, who had finished fourth in one-meter diving, scored 224.93 points to win the three-meter event in her collegiate debut. Bloom placed second at 222.38 points.

Senior Jenny Hu returned from an off-season injury to swim a 1:07.50 in the 100 breaststroke for second place.

Junior Samantha Sliwinski recorded a pair of thirds for Tufts. She timed 25.05 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 54.58 in the 100 free.

The top first-year finish among the swimmers came from Amanda Gottschalk with a 2:31.44 touch in the 200 breaststroke for third.

To close the meet, Tufts was the runner-up in the 200 frestyle relay. The foursome of Hu, first-year Sophia Lin, Sliwinski and sophomore Sarah Mahoney was less than one second off the winning pace with their 1:39.94 time.

Sophomore Samantha Swinton had three fourth-place finishes in the 200 free (2:00.73), 200 butterfly (2:17.22) and 100 butterfly (1:02.78). Another fourth-place showing was produced by Mahoney in the 1,000 freestyle (11:05.27).

The Jumbos compete in their home opener next Saturday against Keene State at 1 pm.


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Ward Named MPSF/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Andrea Ward was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week after winning three individual events and three more relays as UC Santa Barbara swept a pair of victories in last weekend's tri-meet against Cal Poly and Hawaii.

Ward won individual races in the 500 freestyle (4:55.18), 100 butterfly (55.31) and 200 butterfly (2:03.46). She was also a part of the Gaucho foursomes that won the 400 and 200 medley relays and the 800 freestyle relay. The San Leandro, Calif. native was also a member of the second-place 400 freestyle relay squad.

"Andrea had some great swims for this early in the year and is very deserving of this honor," said UCSB head coach Gregg Wilson. "This should be a very exciting year."

Ward and the Gauchos will return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 1 when they travel to UCLA for a four-way meet against the Bruins, Oregon State and Florida Gulf Coast.