Washington State University women's swimming assistant coach, Lindsay Henahan enters her first season with the Cougars as a member of the coaching staff. However she is no stranger to Gibb Pool or head coach Erica Quam's coaching style. Henahan, a member of the Cougar swim team from 1999-2003, was a NCAA All-American in the 100 butterfly after placing 16th in the event at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Henahan still holds the 100 butterfly school record she set in 2003 with a time of 53.75. She is also a member of the record holding 200 free relay (1:32.82) and 200 medley relay (1:42.33) both set in 2001.
After graduating from WSU with a degree in psychology, Henahan moved to Arizona to both train and work as a coach for the Arizona Desert Fox. She competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, placing 35th in the 100 butterfly. That same year Henahan placed seventh at Nationals and second at the U.S. Open in the 100 butterfly as well.
In 2005, Henahan competed at the FINA World Cup at Long Island, N.Y., where she placed fourth in the 50 butterfly and fifth in the 100 butterfly making her the second fastest American woman in both events. Also in 2005 Henahan was a finalist for Rochester Sportswoman of the Year honors. She also received Niagara District Senior Swimmer of the Year accolades in both 2004 and 2005.
In 2004, Henahan joined the coaching staff at the Rochester Institute of Technology as an assistant coach for the school's combined men's and women's swimming program. There she was in charge of the women's weight programs as well as dryland programs for both the men and women. In addition, she was in charge of developing and implementing stroke, IM, middle distance, and distance workouts, while also coordinating recruiting efforts.
During the 2007-08 season, Henahan coached, Caitlyn Burr, the school's first NCAA Division III women's qualifier in more than 15 years in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM. Henahan also coached Erik Zelbacher, a three-time NCAA D-III All-American. In her four-year tenure at RIT, Henahan watched the Tigers break 47 school records and 17 swimmers earn Empire 8 Championship titles as well as All-Conference honors from 2004-08.
From 2004-08, Henahan assisted with the Fairport Area Swim Team (FAST) of Fairport, N.Y., working with swimmers ages 9-17, focusing on the development of swimmers 14 and under. While there Henahan established swim camps focusing on technical improvement, underwater kicking as well as stroke and turn development. At FAST, she also worked with New York state high school champions as well as junior and senior national level swimmers.
Henahan graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a master's degree in school counseling for grades K-12. She was born and reared in Rochester, N.Y., where her parents, Rick and Joanne still reside. Her brother Patrick is entering his senior year as a swimmer at St. Bonaventure, where he is also a team leader. Ricky, her youngest brother, is beginning his freshman year as a swimmer at Tennessee. Henahan is the proud owner of a fat American Bulldog named Mina. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her friends, and traveling.
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