April 5, 2011

Smith Head Coach Kim Bierwert Appointed To NCAA Division III Swimming Committee

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Kim Bierwert, head coach of swimming and diving at Smith College, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III swimming committee for a four year term starting in September of 2011.

The committee serves as the guiding committee for Division III swimming.  It reviews, directs, and oversees the operational aspects of conducting the championships from a procedural standpoint.  The committee also reviews sport specific rule submissions and implements the incorporation of those rules into the rule book.

"I am excited about the prospect of working with the members of the committee to help foster the growth of swimming and diving in Division III," said Bierwert.  "I am hopeful that we can continue to create a championship for Division III that is competitive, exciting and well run. The championship should continue to recognize and honor the performances and accomplishments of the athletes as athletes and students in line with the philosophy of Division III."

Bierwert becomes the sixth member of the Smith athletic department to serve or have served on a NCAA committee.  Director of Athletics and Recreation Lynn Oberbillig chaired the NCAA Executive Comittee, while Karen Klinger '87 served on the rowing committee, and assistant athletic director and former volleyball coach Bonnie May still sits on the volleyball committee.  Head track & field coach Carla Coffey served on the first NCAA committee for that sport when it was combined from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and Christine Davis has been a part of the NCAA tennis committee.

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