16 Swimmers To Join Team In Fall
Rife, Conchuratt, McGeehan, Thompson Win Individual Races
Four Added To Women's Roster, Two Join Men's Team
Musketeers Post Top Time In Every Event
Women Predicted To Finish Ninth
The Xavier swimming team will compete three times at home this year. The team will also compete against some of the nation's top talent at the University of Texas and stay in Ohio for the Atlantic 10 Championships this season.
Xavier student-athletes were honored today at the Scholar-Athlete Awards Program which is part of the university's All Honors Day.
Two Atlantic 10 Conference championships will be held in the near future for the Musketeers. The track and field team will run at the A-10 Indoor Championship this weekend while swimming starts next week. Both tennis teams are also in action.
Brent MacDonald will be entering his fourth season as the head coach for both the Xavier men's and women's swimming teams for the 2012-13 campaign. During the fall of 2008, MacDonald was named the interim head coach, was officially named head coach in 2009 and is entering his sixth year overall with the teams after also serving as assistant coach from 2006-08.
Over the past five years MacDonald has been with the team, he has coached one of the most decorated swimmers in Xavier history in Michael Zennedjian. A 2012 graduate, Zennedjian was named the 2009 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and twice earned the A-10 Most Outstanding Performer (2011, 2012). He finished his career at Xavier with 11 individual and five relay A-10 Championship medals.
MacDonald, a four-year swimmer and record-holder at Valparaiso University, came to XU with extensive coaching experience at the high school and club level. In addition to his duties at Xavier, MacDonald also currently serves as the head satellite coach of the Cincinnati Marlins club team, which he joined in October of 2006.
Prior to working with the Cincinnati Marlins, he served as the assistant swimming coach at Noblesville (Ind.) High School. MacDonald has made a couple of other coaching stops in his career including a stint as the girls' swimming team head coach at Marshfield (Wis.) High School. He also spent two years as the aquatics director at the Marshfield YMCA before taking the Noblesville position.
MacDonald graduated in 2003 from Valparaiso with a degree in sports administration.