Williams College head coach of men's & women's swimming, Steve Kuster, entering his 14th year at the helm of both Eph programs has been named to the September 10, 2012, "Faces in the Crowd" section in Sports Illustrated magazine.
Kuster is the 35th Eph named to "Faces in the Crowd" since August of 1989 and this marks the first time the Ephs have had "Faces in the Crowd" honorees in consecutive weeks as last week Nikki Kimball '93 was recognized. Kimball was selected for smashing the record time in The Long Trail Run (273 miles) by more than two days when she ran from Canada to the Massachusetts border in five days, seven hours and 42 minutes.
For the third consecutive year Steve Kuster was named the National Women's Coach of the Year at the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships held in Indianapolis. Kuster has been the national women's coach of the year four times in his time at Williams.
In 2011-12 the Williams women's team finished 2nd to Emory University at the NCAA Championships and Kuster's Ephs won seven individual titles and two relays, setting meet records in three of the individual events and both relays.
See Kuster in "Faces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated's online version of September 10, 2012 issue HERE.
Additionally, Eph senior Logan Todhunter was named the Swimmer of the Meet for the second time in her career. By winning the 2012 200 IM for the third year in a row Todhunter raised her total of individual titles won to 11, which tied the NCAA Division III record set by Kenyon swimmers Patrica Abt and Carla Ainsworth.
Kuster's 2011-12 Williams women's team went undefeated in dual meets, 8-0, and notched wins over Division I foes Boston College and Fordham.
Last February the Williams women won a 12th consecutive NESCAC title, which represents all that have been contested to date. The Williams men finished 8th at the NCAA's and won their 11th NESCAC title of the 12 contested, earning the Ephs an impressive 23 out of 24 possible NESCAC titles.
At the 2012 NCAA Championships junior Paul Dyrkacz became just the third Eph male to have collect three NCAA individual titles in a career when he topped the field in the 400 IM.
Last June two members of the Williams women's team, Caroline Wilson and Logan Todhunter, and Paul Dyrkacz on the men's team traveled with coach Kuster to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.