Greg Meehan enters his fourth season as assistant coach on the women's swimming team. Meehan specializes in working with the Bruin distance and IM corps.
2004 was a successful season for the Bruin distance swimmers. Freshman Katie Nelson swam to school-records in the 1650 Freestyle (16:07.15) and 100 Freestyle (9:44.85). At NCAA's, Nelson went on to earn All-American honors with her eighth place finish in the 1500 scm freestyle (16:06.91) and 400 scm freestyle (4:09.55).
Distance swimmer and IM'er Jane Imagane, had an outstanding freshman season as well, qualifying for NCAA's in the 1500 and 400 meter freestyle and 400 IM. Senior Jackie Lobdell finished her career qualifying for her fourth NCAA's in the 500 Freestyle (4:48.00), 1650 and 200 Backstroke.
At Pac-10 Championships, the UCLA distance group was the top scoring team in the 1650 Freestyle with a total of 92 points: Nelson, 3rd; Imagane, 9th; Lobdell, 13th; Melissa Miller, 14th; Krissy Tinney, 16th and Liz Keating, 18th.
Also in 2004, the long distance group picked up 92 points in the 1650 freestyle - scoring all six swimmers that entered the event in the top-18 (3rd, 9th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th).
During the summer of 2003, Meehan was selected as the assistant coach to the USA Swimming National Distance Camp at the USOC training Center in Colorado Springs. The top young male and female distance swimmers from around the country were selected to attend.
In 2003, Meehan helped coach UCLA to its second Pac-10 conference title. The Bruins were successful in the distance freestyle events, led by Jackie Lobdell. Lobdell placed fourth in the 500 free and sixth in the 1650 free.
Prior to joining the Bruin staff, Meehan was assistant coach at Princeton for two seasons. While at Princeton, Meehan helped coach the Tigers to a 17-0 record, including 14-0 in Ivy League competition. While at Princeton, the Tigers won the Ivy League crown (2000 and 2001) and finished 25th at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
During the summer of 2000, Meehan honed his coaching skills with Club Wolverine at the University of Michigan, which routinely produces Olympic swimmers. Before joining the Princeton staff, Meehan served one season as assistant coach and interim head coach at William and Mary.
Meehan is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. While at Rider, Meehan competed in the 200-yard backstroke and was a member of several MAAC conference champion relays.
In the summer of 2003, Meehan married Tess Tolentino. The couple is expecting their first child in December of 2004.
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