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THE SCHIMMEL REPORT:
15 - Current and former Terps under Schimmel own 15 Maryland men's school records
Sean Schimmel is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Maryland swimming and diving program in 2011-2012.
Schimmel has brought a renewed energy to the Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium and the college swimming community is taking notice. Once again, the Maryland women took center stage, taking fourth in the ACC Championships and 22nd in the NCAAs in 2011. Annie Fittin captured the 50 free and Megan Lafferty won the 100 fly in ACC Championship record time to lead the Terps to its second-straight fourth place finish. Lafferty went on to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors at the NCAAs and established a new conference record in the 100 fly. Fittin also picked up All-America recognition in the 100 free and the Terps repeated the status in the 200 and 400 free relays. On the men's side, Maryland established a pair of new school records while Andrew Relihan garnered All-ACC honors in the 200 back.
The Terps also went to work in the classroom as both the men and women tallied CSCAA Scholar All-America status. In addition, Maryland tabbed eight student-athletes to the Academic All-ACC Team.
The women's team landed its best finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships since 2005 in 2010, cracking the Top 25 at the meet. Maryland boasted four Honorable Mention All-Americans as Ginny Glover, Laura Wright, Fittin and Lafferty helped the 200 free relay to a 10th place finish and the 400 free relay to 12th. The squad also jumped a spot, finishing fourth at the ACC Championships in February. Both the men's and women's teams earned votes in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll during the 2009-10 campaign. Academically, the women were named a 2010 CSCAA Scholar All-American team after boasting a 3.2 team grade point average. In addition, Glover, Wright, Patty DeScenza, Alexa Hamilton, Mitch Challacombe, Aleksandar Damjanic, Brian Honore and Chris Rouchard all earned Scholar All-American status individually.
In his first season in College Park, Schimmel's squad literally re-wrote the record books, establishing an unprecedented 14 team records on the men's side and 11 on the women's. Schimmel saw four of his student-athletes land on the podium at the ACC Championships, led by a 200 fly championship from Jen Vogel. Vogel went on to garner All-America honors after finishing 14th in the event at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. Other Terps that finished in the top three at the ACC Championships, hosted by Maryland, included Relihan (3rd - 200 IM), Fittin (3rd - 100 back) and Alisa Kurbatova (3rd - 1-meter dive). Fittin joined Vogel at the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Maryland women's team finished fifth at the ACC Championships in Schimmel's inaugural season and also captured the Terrapin Cup Invitational.
Schimmel's 2008-09 team also shined in the classroom, as the CSCAA tabbed both the men's and women's teams as Scholar All-American Teams while Fittin was named a Scholar All-American. Six Terps were also named to the All-ACC Swimming and Diving Academic Team.
Schimmel arrived in College Park after highly successful stints as the associate head coach at LSU and the top assistant at Harvard. Combined, Schimmel has coached 53 All-Americans -- first team and honorable mention -- at NCAA Championships over 10 consecutive years.
"It is a great honor to be named head coach at the University of Maryland," said Schimmel. "With top academics, a world-class facility and an outstanding tradition of athletic success, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. I am truly excited about the commitment Maryland Athletics has made to the program and about becoming part of the Maryland swimming and diving family."
"Sean will hit the ground running, building Maryland swimming and diving into the national power we know we can become under his leadership," said Yow. "I congratulate Michael Lipitz and the entire search committee on this terrific coaching choice."
Schimmel spent two seasons as associate head coach at LSU, working on the staff of Adam Schmitt as the recruiting coordinator. He helped the men's and women's teams place at NCAA Championships both years, with the women's team earning a 17th place finish in 2007.
In 2008, both LSU men's and women's teams earned dual-meet rankings among the top 20 in the nation. LSU swimmers broke eight women's and 10 men's school records during his time in Baton Rouge.
"Sean is ready to take Maryland up the ranks of the ACC and the NCAA," said Schmitt. "It's a tremendous opportunity for him. He'll be a great leader for the Terrapin program and its student-athletes."
Prior to his joining the LSU staff, Schimmel spent seven seasons as an assistant men's coach at Harvard, where he also led recruiting efforts for head coach Tim Murphy.
From 1999 to 2006, Schimmel helped the Crimson to a 61-4 dual-meet record and four conference championships, with seven All-Americans and 20 honorable mention All-Americans. Harvard was 17th as a team at the 2002 NCAA Nationals. Crimson swimmers re-wrote 14 school records during that time and Schimmel had a number of swimmers qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004.
"Congratulations to Coach Schimmel and the University of Maryland," said Murphy. "Sean will bring renewed enthusiasm to Maryland's swimming and diving program for years to come."
Schimmel joined the Harvard staff after serving as head coach at the La Canada Flintridge YMCA in California, where he coached several men and women to the YMCA National Championships. There, he managed a staff of three coaches and a 115-member swim team.
As a student-athlete, Schimmel swam at Southern California (1987-91) and was a standout in the butterfly and freestyle events. He competed at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. Schimmel graduated from USC in 1992 with a B.A. in communications.
"Sean is an exceptional and thoughtful young man," said Dave Salo, current head coach at USC and a member of the Trojans' staff when Schimmel was a student-athlete. "He has the experience and the energy to lead the University of Maryland to a level of success expected by such an outstanding university."
A prep All-American at Ridgewood (N.J.) High School, Schimmel previously held the state-record mark in the 200-yard fly (1:47.39). After competing for the New Jersey Wave under Head Coach Frank McElroy, he also served as the team's assistant coach from 1991-92.
Schimmel is married to the former Tricia Starr, and the couple has two daughters, Peyton Lilly and Dillan Rose.