Many of our swimmers continue on to higher education. Swimming builds character, discipline, time management, goal setting and other characteristics that benefit our athletes beyond their time at COBRA. Some of our swimmers have been recipients of full or partial athletic scholarships which provide unique opportunities for our swimmers to attend college or university while continuing their swimming career. Below are some of our COBRA alumni who have been recognized for their swimming achievements by colleges or universities.


Sophie Cieplucha

University of Nevada – Reno (UNR)

2013 – Present

Qualified for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials in 100m and 200m Breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m and 400m IM. Participated on the Swim Ontario Team at Paul Bergen Junior International SCM Championships in Portland, Oregon, Swim Canada Team at North American Challenge Cup winning two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze. Bronze Medal winner at Canada Cup (2012) in the 200m breaststroke. Sophie has been a member of COBRA Swim Club since 2008.

Majoring in International Business.

Sophie at UNR

Victoria Thicke – Rattray

Texas Christian University (TCU)

2011 – Present

Qualified for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials. Qualified for the 2010 Canadian Nationals in the 100-back, 200-back and 200-IM. Finished 22nd in the 200-back and the 200-IM. Won her Top Age Group time award in the 100-back, 200-back, 200-breast, 200-IM and 400-IM from 2007-2010. Member of the COBRA Swim Club under the tutelage of Bill O’Toole

Plans to pursue a degree in the field of science.

Victoria at TCU

Paige Miller

Texas A&M

2011 – Present

2009 graduate of Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada where she was a member of the honor roll. Competed for COBRA and was coached by Bill O’Toole. Helped set the Canadian senior national record in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Won the 50 butterfly at the 2009 Canada Cup and was on the 2009 Canada Summer Games team.

Major in Biology

Paige at Texas A&M

Natalie Gallant

Henderson State University (Arkansas)

2008 – 2012

Major in Business Management with a Minor in French

Natalie at Henderson State

Jennifer Noddle

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

1998 – 2001

Competed at the Canadian Nationals, placing ninth in the 100 Breast, sixth in the 200 Breast and 11th in the 200 IM.

Majored in communications studies with a minor in political science with career aspirations of journalism, motivational speaking, or public service.