Men's Swimming & Diving Overview/Updated July 2006
July 12, 2006
The 2006-07 season will be Tom Hodgson's 27th as head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at St. Thomas. During that period, he has coached more than 40 All-Americans and more than 50 conference champions.
Diver Steve Klugherz won All-American honors in 1998 and 2001, and reached nationals in each of his four seasons.
In 2001-2002, freshman backstroker Dave Linn won two MIAC championships and had a pair of top-15 finishes at nationals to earn honorable mention All-American status. In 2002-03, Linn repeated as MIAC champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke and placed 16th at nationals in the 200 backstroke.
Linn graduated in May 2005 with a 3.98 grade-point average and will attend medical school. He became the fourth student-athlete in UST history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors three times. In 2001-02, freestyle standout Kristen Murray was voted CoSIDA Academic All-America with a 3.95 gpa. In addition, the Tommie team regularly has earned Academic All-American honors by the national coaches' association.
The team takes a Christmas training trip to Florida every other season, and schedules competitions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Team members train in the O'Shaughnessy Hall pool; divers use the new pool at the neighboring College of St. Catherine.
The men's and women's swimming teams share a unique camaraderie that arises from shared workouts, competing in many of the same meets and supporting each other in the pool and around campus. The team has a campus-wide reputation for its community service and charity projects and twice earned national recognition in recent seasons by the National Association of College Athletic Directors.