Jim Henry begins his third season as the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of women’s swimming and diving at Yale in 2014-2015. Henry’s first two seasons saw immense success and improvement for the Bulldogs as 18 of the possible 23 school records have been reset during his tenure. He looks to continue to improve the team’s performance at Ivy League Championships and qualify more athletes to the NCAA Division I Championships this year.
In his first season at Yale, Henry, along with assistant coach Dani Korman and diving coach Chris Bergère, led the Bulldogs to a 5-2 winning season in Ivy League dual meet competition. In addition, the Bulldogs took fourth place at the Ivy League Conference Championships. Eva Fabian, Callie Fosburgh, Alex Forrester, Cynthia Tsay, and Joan Weaver earned All-Ivy First Team honors and Cassidy Lapp and Paige Meneses earned All-Ivy Second Team honors. Three new Ivy League records were set: Forrester in the 100-yard butterfly (51.57) and 200-yard butterfly (1:54.60) and Callie Fosburgh, Alex Forrester, Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.44).
The Bulldogs qualified two athletes, Fabian and Forrester, for the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships. Henry coached Forrester to a ninth place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and a 15th place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, and Fabian to a 23rd place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle. The Bulldogs finished in 34th place in the team rankings at NCAA Championships and Forrester earned All-American honors in both of her events.
Outside of the collegiate season, Henry co-coached Fabian to a third place finish at U.S. Open Water National Championships in the 10 km open water race and a third place finish at the World Championships in the 25 km in Barcelona, Spain.
Henry’s first season at Yale also saw success outside of the pool as the team was given CSCAA Scholastic All-American Honors for the 25th highest GPA in the nation. The Bulldogs earned a team GPA of 3.44 in the fall semester, which placed them as the third highest Ivy League school behind Brown and Harvard.
In his second season at Yale, Henry led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 Ivy League record and a third-place finish at the 2014 Ivy League Championships. Fabian earned Ivy League Swimmer of the Meet and Lilybet MacRae earned Ivy League Diver of the Meet honors. Nine athletes earned All-Ivy honors; Fabian, MacRae, Sydney Hirschi and Emma Smith earned All-Ivy First Team honors and Michelle Chintanaphol, Olivia Jameson, Casey Lincoln, Anna Wujciak and Kina Zhou earned All-Ivy Second Team honors. Two athletes, Fabian and MacRae, qualified for and competed at the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
The team improved their GPA rankings, earning CSCAA Scholastic All-American honors with the 16th highest team GPA (3.48) in the fall semester and the 19th highest team GPA (3.50) in the spring semester. Individual athletes Fabian and MacRae also earned First-Team CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors and Michelle Chintanaphol, Isla Hutchinson-Maddox, Olivia Jameson Casey Lincoln, Courtney Randolph, and Kina Zhou earned Second-Team CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors.
Again, Henry co-coached Fabian to a third place finish at U.S. Open Water National Championships in the 10 km open water race and a second place finish at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii.
Henry has been named as a United States National Team Coaching Member for the past three seasons, for Laura Sogar in the 2012-2013 season and for Fabian in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.
Henry’s previous collegiate coaching experience includes five years as assistant coach and one year as associate head coach for University of Texas, three years at the University of Denver, and three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Southern Methodist University.
Prior to getting into collegiate coaching, Henry was the aquatics director and head swimming coach for the Allen (Texas) Independent School District in 1998-99 and the aquatics director and head swim coach at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. (from 1995-98). Peddie finished fourth at the 1997 U.S. Nationals and was second at the U.S. Open that year. Henry led Peddie to the 1998 Junior National Team Championship and developed 31 high school All-Americans as well.