March 5, 2009

Wheaton's Gowdy named NEWMAC Coach of the Year

WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving head coach Jean-Paul Gowdy was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Swimming Coach of the Year during Thursday's postseason coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) following a successful league championship, which wrapped up on February 22.

Now in his sixth year, Gowdy drew his initial coaching honor due in part to the Lyons' third-place finish among 10 teams during the NEWMAC meet. Wheaton took a program-record third place for the second straight season, falling just 19.5 points shy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for second despite having fewer than 20 competitors to the Engineers' 30.

During the championship, Gowdy's charges broke 20 of the school's 25 program standards while recording eight all-conference finishes, necessitating a top-two showing in an event. Four Lyons will continue their seasons at the four-day NCAA Championship, which begins on March 18 at the University of Minnesota.

Upon inheriting a team that took seventh at the 2003 NEWMAC Championship, the Lyons placed fifth during Gowdy's initial season in 2004, fourth each of the next three years, and then third in both 2008 and 2009. Wheaton has posted a 65-29-1 dual-meet record under Gowdy.

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