Kean Resurrects Women's Team

Kean University Director of Athletics Jack McKiernan announced today that the Kean University women’s swimming program, dormant since 2003, would resume as a varsity sport during the 2017-18 school year.  The addition will bring the New Jersey Athletic Conference up to six women's programs.  The NJAC does not presently conduct a women's championship.  At present, the other five (The College of New Jersey, Montclair State, Ramapo, Rowan and William Paterson) participate in the Metro Conference with the NJAC title awarded to the team with the best record in league dual-meet competition.

Kean School Records

“This is a perfect time to add a sport to the Kean University athletic department and women’s swimming will be a great fit with our campus and community,” said McKiernan. “We have strong swimming programs locally and within the state and the addition of women’s swimming demonstrates our willingness to seek out and meet the needs and desires of our students. We have had tremendous accomplishments with our women’s athletic programs and feel that women’s swimming will be another successful sport for Kean athletics. We look forward to welcoming these student-athletes to our Kean Cougar community.”

Kean will look to hire a new leader for the program this summer, and the foundation for the re-born program will be laid by a women’s club swimming team in the 2016-17 school year.  Kean's coaching history includes legendary New Jersey high school coach John Casadia.  Casadia led Vineland High School to six state titles and a state-record 489 wins.

Kean’s pool inside D’Angola Gymnasium is regulation size and will be ready to host the team right away. Plans are also in the works for upgraded timing technology.

This is the first program Kean athletics has added to its offerings since men’s volleyball began in the 2011 season. That program has reached incredible heights in its first six years, including five conference championships, five appearances in the NCAA Division III Final 8 and a No.1 national ranking in 2015.

Women’s swimming will be the first Kean program resuscitated since women’s tennis returned from a five-year hiatus in 1996.  The last women’s program added from its infancy to the current offerings was women’s lacrosse, also in the 1996 season.

Once a varsity sport, the Kean swim program will immediately join its NJAC sister institutions (The College of New Jersey, Montclair State, Ramapo, Rowan and William Paterson) already offering swimming as the sixth member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference for swimming and diving. This past year the TCNJ was named conference champions for the seventh straight year.  The Lions are a perfect 28-0 since the return of NJAC women's swimming & diving as a conference sport in 2008-09.

Kean School Records

50 Free 25.9 Amy Bowen ECAC 3/2-4/89
100 Free 56.3 Barbara McGregor NJAIAW 2/13-14/81
200 Free 2:04.8 Barbara McGregor EAIAW 1981
500 Free 5:37.1 Barbara McGregor Monmouth 1/31/80
1000 Free 12:03 Joon McGavin Stony Brook 1986
1650 Free 20:16.5 Joon McGavin NJAIAW 1985
50 Fly 29.06 Shaina Rudolph Staten Island 11/3/00
100 Fly 1:04.96 Shaina Rudolph USMMA 1/24/01
200 Fly 2:31.91 Shaina Rudolph METS 2/18/01
50 Back 30.8 Barbara Van Olst NJAIAW 1981
100 Back 1:07.80 Sharon Titus Manhattanville 1/30/92
200 Back 2:00.50 Jennifer Runyon St. Francis 1/23/91
50 Breast 35.40 Maryann Walburn St. Peter's 2/6/89
100 Breast 1:15.34 Maddalena Mustillo Montclair State 11/17/98
200 Breast 2:46.06 Maddalena Mustillo William Paterson 12/4/97
100 I.M. 1:05.1 Barbara McGregor EAIAW 2/13-14/81
200 I.M. 2:08.0 Michelle Russell Adelphi 1/11/96
400 I.M. 5:21.13 Maddalena Mustillo Stevens 1/23/98
IM Diving{R} 445.80 Christina Moe USMMA 12/1/90
IM Diving{O} 494.85 Christina Moe USMMA 12/1/90
200 Free Relay 1:46.0 Barbara VanOlst Debbie Adams Nannette Lozier Barbara McGregor NJAIAW 1979
400 Free Relay 3:52.8 Nannette Lozier Debbie Adams Barbara VanOlst Barbara McGregor EAIAW 1979
800 Free Relay 8:46.0 Barbara McGregor Debbie Adams Donna Green Nannette Lozier EAIAW 3/1-3/80
200 Medley Relay 2:01.8 Sharon Baublis Barbara McGregor Carol Ziarowski Nannette Lozier Temple 12/15/79
400 Medley Relay 4:32 Sharon Baublis Carol Ziarowski Lyness Raya Barbara McGregor NJAIAW 2/13-14/81