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Henry Builds Elite Program One Step at a Time

Henry coaching the women's team before a meet.
Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.
Henry coaching the women's team before a meet. Photo Courtesy of John Lapides '72.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2017-18 season marked the first joint season of the Yale men's and women's swimming and diving teams under the direction of Jim Henry, the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving.

Since his arrival at Yale, Henry has led the women's swimming team to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League dual meet seasons and their first Ivy League championship title in nearly two decades. Moreover, the women's team has improved academically during Henry's tenure, holding the highest team GPA of among Ivy League teams in 2016. 

The joint Yale program continued to improve throughout 2017-18 season. The women's team once again were undefeated in dual meet competition and the men's team set an impressive 13 school records, including several record-breaking performances by first years.

Henry has built an elite coaching staff to further his vision for the team. In 2017, the Bulldogs welcomed the addition of associate head coach Kyle Schack and volunteer assistant coach Adriana Marmolejo, both veteran coaches with fresh insights on growing the program. Head diving coach Chris Bergère welcomed a new class of divers over the past season and has coached them to new school records and championship meets. Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kevin Norman was instrumental in building the successful first year class and the next generation of Bulldogs.

Yale's success during the 2017-18 season is only the first step in towards a greater goal. Henry and his team aim to build a top 20 program at NCAAs. Under Henry's direction, the Bulldogs has seen rapid improvement and has achieved accomplishments that had eluded the program's grasp for decade, each achievement and improvement marking another step closer to the aspirations of the program.


Report by Neil Zheng '19, Video by Evan O'Neil, Yale Sports Publicity