Women's Swimming

    Mike Westphal  
    Mike  Westphal

    Associate Head Coach


    Women's Swim Dive Vs Kentucky 2006

    Women's Swim Dive Vs Kentucky 2006

    Mike Westphal is entering his first season as associate head coach for men's and women's swimming and his 11th season overall at Indiana. For the past four years he has served as assistant head coach for men's swimming.

    Westphal takes the reigns as the lead coach for the men's team, concentrating on the training of the distance and middle distance group.

    Westphal has led the training for the distance group, with the 2012-13 season one of its most successful with a Big Ten title in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle for Lindsay Vrooman. Vrooman went on to finish fifth in the 500 freestyle and third in the 1,650 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She posted new school records in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free. On the men's side, Jim Barbiere took up the 1,650 free in his final season at IU, placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships and 11th at the NCAA Championships. His time of 14:54.08 at the NCAA meet set a new school record, while his 14:56.79 at Big Tens ranks second in IU history. Barbiere also posted three of the four fastest times in IU history in the 500 free during the 2012-13 season.

    As a team, the 2012-13 Hoosier men finished second at the Big Ten Championships and ninth at the NCAA meet, the best finish for the Indiana men since 1980.

    In 2010-11, the Indiana women captured their third-straight Big Ten title, winning individual crowns in the 200 IM (Allysa Vavra), 400 IM (Vavra), 200 butterfly (Brittany Barwegen) and the 800 free relay. The Hoosiers also took home 21 All-America certificates at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

    On the men's side, Indiana tallied a second-place finish at the Big Ten meet, led by Big Ten individual titles from Eric Ress (100 backstroke) and Cody Miller (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke). Ress set a new meet record in the 100 back (45.11), while Miller's winning time in the 200 breaststroke was the second-fastest time in school history (1:54.16).

    At the NCAA meet, Ress went on to earn runner-up finishes in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, and the Hoosiers took All-America honors in the 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 breaststroke.

    In 2009-10 Westphal was part of a staff that saw the women's program win its second-straight Big Ten Championship title and third in the last four years. Kate Fesenko became the first IU female swimmer to win an NCAA individual title when she smashed the school and Big Ten record in the 200-yard backstroke. In addtion, Taylor Wohrley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. On the men's side, Aaron Opell won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke and went on to earn All-America honors in the event. Sprinter Bryan Chovanec was a runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle at Big Tens.

    As the Hoosiers' distance coach the last seven seasons, in 2009 Westphal helped tutor Nikki White to a Big Ten title in the 500 free and placed two swimmers (Allison Kay, White) in the top-10 of the 1,650 free at the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers took four of the top five spots in the event at the Big Ten Championships, where IU won its second team title in a three-year period.

    In 2008, Westphal saw J.K. Koehler earn All-America honors in the 1,650-yard freestyle and top finishes from Alex Brunfeldt (500 free, 1,650 free) and Koehler (1,650 free) at the Big Ten Championships. Westphal also accompanied former IU distance standout Sergiy Fesenko and 2008 All-American Kate Zubkova to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China as a member of the Ukrainian coaching staff.

    On the women's side, Amanda Smith made a splash at the NCAA Championships by picking up All-America honors in the 500 free (14th) after finishing second in the event at the Big Ten Championships.

    In 2007, Westphal helped Koehler and Brunfeldt to top-eight finishes in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle at Big Tens. Koehler went on to finish 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. Emma Berry placed eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle as the women claimed the Big Ten title in 2007.

    In 2006, Westphal was a crucial component of a coaching staff that led the men's squad to its first Big Ten title in more than two decades. The men's squad also finished 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2006, its highest finish since 1989.
    Westphal mentored the most prolific distance freestyle swimmer in Indiana history in Fesenko. While only with the program for two years, Fesenko left with records in all the distance freestyle events. Fesenko eclipsed the school records for the 500-yard freestyle, 1,000-yard freestyle 1,650-yard freestyle in his first season with the Hoosiers, then broke his own marks again as a senior.

    Westphal, who was an assistant for Indiana's women's team before the two programs were merged prior to the 2005-06 season, was on the deck to see Fesenko pick up two All-America certificates in 2006. After earning three citations in 2005, Fesenko followed that up with two more honorable mention nods in 2006 in the 500 free and 1,650 free.
    The distance squad put three Hoosiers in the top five of the 1,650 free at the 2006 Big Ten Championships, with Fesenko, Koehler and Brunfeldt finishing second, fourth and fifth, respectively. Fesenko finished second in the 500 free.

    In Westphal's second campaign with IU, the Indiana women's swimming and diving squad finished in a program-best ninth place with 112 points at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

    In Westphal's first season with the Hoosiers, the women's program had 12 swimmers earn honorable mention All-America honors in some form. Indiana also took third at the Big Ten Championships with Big Ten titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay. IU also had what was then its third-best finish at the NCAA Championships, taking 12th with 119 points.
    Westphal joined the Hoosier women's staff in July of 2003 after previously serving as the head assistant swim coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

    At UNLV, Westphal handled recruiting duties for both the men's and women's programs, provided training programs for swimmers and managed the graduate assistants on the staff.

    Prior to his stint with the Rebels, he served for two seasons (2000-02) as an assistant swim coach at the University of Pacific under Looze. In 2002, the Pacific men's and women's teams won Big West Conference titles, and the women's squad placed 15th at the NCAA Championships.

    From 1999 to 2000, Westphal was the pool manager and head swim coach at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. He was also the head coach of the Evergreen Swim Club from 1997 to 2000. Westphal began his career as the head coach at Capital High School in Olympia, where he coached from 1996 to 2000.

    Westphal experienced great success as a collegiate swimmer. He was a four-time NAIA All-American from 1993-96 at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., and also earned Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1996. Westphal was a three-time captain (1994-96) and garnered Linfield College Athlete of the Year honors in 1995.

    Westphal earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Linfield in 1996. He also is working towards a master's degree in sports management and athletic administration.

    Westphal married the former Sarah Ewan in 2004. The couple resides in Bloomington with their daughter, Hope.


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