CSCAA / Northwestern University
Groseth began his coaching career in 1974 at Cincinnati, where he compiled a 21-9 record in three seasons. In 1977, he left for Tulane, where he led the Green Wave to a 4-6 dual-meet mark and second place at the Metro Seven Championship.
Groseth accepted his first coaching position at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, where his teams won seven consecutive Catholic League titles in addition to four National Catholic Championships. During his stay at Fenwick, Groseth produced 28 All-America swimmers. In 1982, he was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame.
Prior to coming to Northwestern, Groseth coached 10 seasons at Iowa State, compiling a 46-42 dual-meet record. Under his tutelage, 16 Cyclone swimmers combined to win 41 Big Eight Conference championships. Groseth twice earned Big Eight Coach of the Year accolades.
A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2007, Groseth began his coaching duties at Northwestern in 1989, taking over a team that finished last in the Big Ten in each of the 11 seasons prior to his arrival. During his tenure Groseth has built the Wildcats into a contender, finishing in the upper half of the conference in seven-consecutive years from 2001-07, including a third-place effort in 2004.
Groseth was named the NCAA Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 in the midst of an on-going string of nine-straight NCAA appearances from 2001-09. Overall, he led Northwestern to 12 NCAA Championships berths — all since 1995. In fact, only twice after that year have the Wildcats failed to place a swimmer in the NCAA meet under Groseth. In 35 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Groseth has produced more than 65 swimmers who have participated at the NCAA Championships, including world record-setter Scott McCadam, World Games gold medalist Eric Hansen, four-time World Games medalist Grevers and NCAA record holders Grevers, Alexandrov, Bruno Barbic and Kyle Bubolz.
Groseth has long been a respected coach on the national level. In 1992, he instructed some of the nation’s top distance swimmers at the US national distance camp. In 1993, he took the US Junior National Team to compete in Paris, France, and in 2007 was an assistant coach with the USA’s World University Games team.
Groseth has been honored multiple times by his peers for his coaching acumen. He received the Richard E. Steadman Award after the 2001-02 season from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). He was the recipient of the ASCA “Bob Ousley” Award for contributions to the sport in 2003 and won the John Newman Award for contributions to Illinois Swimming in 2008.
Marin Aquatic Club / North Bay Aquatics
Don Swartz began his club coaching career in 1967 as an age group coach with George French at Ladera Oaks Aquatic Club in Northern California. After a stop in Davis, CA he moved to Marin County to become Head Coach of the Marin Aquatic Club. From 1970 to 1976 he coached several swimmers to Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American teams including several world record times. One of his swimmers, Rick DeMont, became, in 1973, the first person to break the 4 minute barrier in the 400 meter free while winning the World Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
The Marin Aquatic Club had numerous high school All-Americans and regularly placed in the top 10 at the AAU National Championships. Don was a Board member of the ASCA and a featured speaker at several World Clinics for ASCA. He was a coach on the 1975 World Championship staff and on the 1977 National team staff for the dual meets in East Germany and Russia.
In 1977, Don founded the Creative Performance Institute and for eight years specialized in teaching the mental side of the game to coaches and athletes. His workshops covered topics including: goal setting, risk taking, anxiety management and visualization. His clients included many high school, club and collegiate teams. He also worked internationally in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Sweden and Ireland.
In May of 2005, Don re-entered the active coaching world as a member of the highly regarded North Bay Aquatics program under the direction of Ken DeMont. North Bay Aquatics is a rapidly developing program with senior swimmers at the Sectional and National level. His commitment is best stated as: “My goal is to provide the best coaching possible by continuing to expand my potential. I am still growing as a coach. Since I no longer coach in a vacuum my capabilities grow each week.”
USA National Team Manager / Chef de Mission
Carol “Penny” Pence Taylor has done it all in competitive swimming, as an athlete, competitor, coach, official and administrator. In 1948, she was a member of the US Olympic Team competing in the 200 meter breaststroke in London. She was a member of the Lafayette Swim Club in Indiana, swimming for Hall of Fame Coach Dick Papenguth while attending Purdue University. She was a member of the US Team for the first Pan American Games in 1951, winning a gold medal in the 3×100 meter medley relay and a bronze medal in the 200 meter breaststroke. Penny was a six-time US National Champion and American record holder in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 250 meter breaststroke events for a span of five years. In 1951, she was also one of the ten finalists of the coveted “A.A.U. Sullivan Award” for the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Penny competed in Masters swimming for over forty years, and has been a National Champion and record holder in breaststroke events in her age group.
For 35 years as a professional swim coach in the St. Louis area, she organized and developed three swim teams. Ferguson – Ritenour YMCA Team won three National Women’s Team Championships. The Parkway Swim Club, a team of 400 swimmers, won numerous state and district team titles. For 12 years, she was club coach with Tom Jager, three-time gold medal Olympian in the sprint freestyle. Penny is a charter member of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), and the first woman to be elected to ASCA’s Board of Directors.
As a volunteer and administrator, Penny has served in many positions for USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport. At the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games, Penny was the team leader for USA men’s and women’s teams in Los Angles and Barcelona. She was Head Manager at the 1986 FINA World Championships in Madrid and the 1991 FINA World Championships in Perth. She was Manager for the United States Swimming National Teams in numerous international competitions. She was a volunteer deck marshal for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
She was Chef de Mission (head of delegation) for all aquatic sports for the 1994 FINA World Championships in Rome, the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth and the 2001 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka. She continued in this capacity at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona 2003, Montreal 2005, Melbourne 2007, Rome 2009, Shanghai 2011 and in Barcelona again in 2013.
She was a member and secretary of the Olympic International Operations Committee of USA Swimming for 24 years; this body determines policy and procedures for all swimming competition of the National Team in international events. She will begin her eighth term in September, 2012. She has served as Central Zone Director of USA Swimming and was a member of the Board of Directors of USA Swimming for five years. She is a member of the Convention Committee for the United States Aquatic Sports Annual Convention. In 1999, she was the recipient of the prestigious United States Swimming Award presented annually to one person for their contribution to USA Swimming. In 2005, she was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.
Penny is organized, productive and admired for her efficiency above and beyond the pool. Her friendly and efficient manner has placed her in high esteem.