Gallaher named ODAC Coach of the Year

| February 10, 2014

The 2013-14 Vixen swim team with coaches Jason Gallagher and Bonnie Kestner

Vixen coach Jason Gallaher was named swim coach of the year by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference at ODAC’s 2014 Women’s Swimming Championship last weekend in Greensboro, N.C.

Gallaher accepted the honor during the Conference Awards and Team Trophy presentation Sunday night.

“It was definitely a surprise for me to get this award,” said Gallaher, who was honored by ODAC once before in 2005.

Sweet Briar swim coaches have won the award seven times in the past 30 years. Assistant coach Bonnie Kestner, former Vixen head-coach, was named coach of the year in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2002, and in 2008, Alex Kuhn secured the honor. The Vixen team won the ODAC championships in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987.

To Coach Gallaher, it all comes down to his team.

“It’s nice to get recognized by your peers in this way, but the credit for the award should definitely go out to the swimmers,” he said. “They performed well at every session of this meet. It’s a great group of student-athletes. They worked hard all year and their efforts paid off when it was most important. I’m very proud of they way they handled this season.”

Star swimmer Megan Monahan ’17, who set several Sweet Briar pool records in the fall, broke the 200-meter backstroke ODAC Championship meet record in Greensboro with her time of 2:05.07, also beating the NCAA Division III B Cut time of 2:05.94. On Saturday, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Monahan, Mollie Smith ’17, Lydia Fleck ’16 and Margaret Raymond ’17 bested SBC’s 2009 record with a time of 8:17.26.

Sweet Briar concluded 2014 championship swimming in fourth place with a total of 349 points. For more highlights, visit vixenathletics.com. A complete list of 2014 championship results, including consolation finals results, is available at odaconline.com.

Janika Carey

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