Swimming Off to Arena Invitational This Week

Taylor Noonan

Nov. 15, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif.- UP NEXT: Arena Invitational
Nov. 17-19
Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool - Long Beach, Calif.

ON THE SLATE: Preliminaries will commence at 9:00 AM daily for the men, followed by the women at approximately 10:30 or 11:00 AM. Finals will begin at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 17 women's teams will be competing in the three-day meet, including Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents Cal State Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Pacific and UC Santa Barbara. Day one will consist of the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 400 medley relay.

LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros tied UC San Diego this past Saturday at home, 149-149. USD won a total of nine of the 16 events in the dual meet, including two individual wins by freshman Taylor Noonan: the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.62) and 500 yard freestyle (5:00.40). The Toreros also won both relays on the day as Kristyn Deckard, Sarah Geerdes, Kelly Stone and Jacquie Kimmel captured the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:47.84 and Noonan, Kelly Stone, Melissa Andruzzi and Francesca Finucane won the 400 yard freestyle relay in 3:31.74. Heather Hippensteel won both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving as well with scores of 231.08 and 224.93, respectively.

USD'S TOP RETURNERS FOR 2011-2012: Sarah Geerdes, Senior - Last season Geerdes posted USD all-time records in the following events: 200, 400, and 800 free relays, 400 medley relay, 50 freestyle, and 200 freestyle. Geerdes also took home first-team All-MPSF honors in the 200 freestyle and second-team recognition in the 200 IM, 100 freestyle, and 400 free relay.



Melissa Andruzzi, Junior - Andruzzi was a second-team All-MPSF selection last season in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 400 free relay. She set all-time records last season in the 400 and 800 free relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.

Kristyn Deckard, Junior - Deckard earned second-team All-MPSF honors last season in the 200 medley relay while also setting USD records in the 200 and 400 medley relays and 100 and 200 backstroke.

Francesca Finucane, Junior - Finucane was named second-team All-MPSF in 2010-2011 in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 free relay. She set USD records in the 100 freestyle, 400 and 800 free relays, and 400 medley relay.

Jacquie Kimmel, Junior - Kimmel took home second-team All-MPSF recognition last year in the 200 medley relay. She set team records in the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 medley relay.

Eleanor Phillips, Sophomore - Phillips opened her collegiate swimming career in 2010-2011 by earning second-team All-MPSF honors in the 400 IM and the 200 butterfly.

Kelly Stone, Junior - Stone garnered second-team All-MPSF honors in the 100 butterfly while also setting USD records in the 200 and 400 medley relay.

HEAD COACH Mike Keeler: Mike Keeler has done a remarkable job at USD in the development of San Diego's swimming and diving program since taking over as the Toreros head coach in the fall of 1998. Spanning 13 complete seasons, Keeler's student-athletes have shattered virtually every school record. Under his guidance the Toreros won back-to-back team titles at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships (2000 & 2001) and made the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships (2003)- setting the table for San Diego's successful bid for membership in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2005. Prior to USD, Keeler served as assistant men's swim coach at Purdue University in Indiana for five seasons. Keeler held assistant swim coaching posts for the women's swimming program at Purdue (1993-94), similar men's and women's positions at the University of Miami (1991-93) and at Michigan State (1988). Through the 1989-91 seasons, Keeler was the assistant men's coach for Michigan State. A 1984 graduate of Central Michigan University, Mike earned his B.S. Degree in Physical Education. He went on to earn his M.S. degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis on Coaching and Athletic Administration, at Michigan State in 1992. He is currently a member of the United States Swimming, College Swim Coaches Association, and the American Swim Coaches Association. He was the lead-author of "Biomechanical Analysis: Stroke Frequency/Velocity Testing Protocol", an article that appeared in the United States Swimming Magazine "Coaches Quarterly." Mike and his wife Michele have three children, Matthew, Mitchell and Mayce.