Brown Women's Swimming & Diving Team of 1984-1985

Brown Women's Swimming and Diving Team of 1984-1985
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The completion of the Smith Swimming Center in 1973 ushered in a new era of Brown University Swimming and Diving, and it did not take long for the Bears to emerge as an aquatic force in both the Ivy and Eastern Leagues. The rise to prominence became fully apparent in the 1980’s under the guidance of Head Coach Dave Roach, culminating in the performance of the 1984-1985 women’s swim team. During this period, Brown won 33 consecutive dual meets and three consecutive Ivy League titles (1983, 1984, 1985), besting swimming power Penn State in six consecutive dual meets, and finishing in the runner-up position at the 1984 Eastern Championship meet, held in Providence.  The 1984-1985 team exemplified this culture of success, producing what Roach proclaimed as “Brown’s best championship performance ever.”

Coming off the heels of a 14th place finish at the NCAA championship in 1984, the young team, led by captains Valerie Poirier ’85, Laura Reynolds ’85, Theresa Wanzor ’85 and Donna William ’86, had big shoes to fill. The Bears had graduated the largest senior class in team history the previous spring, and the freshman class was expected to perform well immediately, with several All-Americans and an Olympic Trials qualifier among the 11 newcomers. The team also returned three members of an All-American 200 medley relay in Diane Makarewicz ’86, Emily Picerne ’87 and Williams, as well as two defending Eastern champions in Linda Beane ’87 (1650 freestyle) and Picerne (100 breaststroke). Ranked 16th in the country by the National Collegiate Swim Coaches Association on November 1st, the expectation for success was great. The 1984-1985 team began with a win at William and Mary on Saturday, November 17th and Brown never looked back, ending an undefeated season (11-0, 6-0 in Ivy League competition) with a win over Cornell on Saturday February 9th.

With an undefeated season and an Ivy League Championship under their belts, the women turned their attention to the Eastern Championship. Competing against more than 30 women’s teams, the Bears dethroned the top seeded Nittany Lions by 21 points, capturing Brown’s first Eastern Championship with 706 points over three days of competition.  The meet showcased the star power of the team, as well as the depth of this united squad. Their first win of the competition came when Katie King ’86 captured top honors in the 500 freestyle by 15 one-hundredths of a second, with freshman Kendall Delgado finished third in the event. Delgado claimed the Eastern title in the 200 backstroke, running away from the rest of the field with a two-second victory, and leading a Brown sweep of the event, as Colleen Philips ’86 earned second, and Linda Beane ’87 placed third. The Bears garnered the top spot in the 800 freestyle relay, with Tracey Dew, Kendall Delgado, Katie King and Diane Makarewicz combining for the victory, as well as the 200 freestyle relay, as Dew and Makarewicz joined with Janet Shaffer and Donna Williams for the triumph. Delgado recorded her third win of the meet in the 400 IM, and Wendy Reinhardt claimed her first title with a two-second victory in the 200 butterfly. The squad sealed their championship victory with a win in the meet’s last event, the 400 freestyle relay, as Makarewicz, Valerie Poirier, Williams and Dew outswam the rest of the field. In total, Brown placed four swimmers in the top-sixteen of six events, an impressive feat in a hugely talented field. Kendall Delgado ’88 was also honored as the Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet in a vote taken by the coaches, her youthful success setting the stage for a repeat performance, as the Bears won their second Eastern title in 1986.

At season’s end, 12 Brown swimmers received All-Ivy honors. Kendall Delgado led all Ivy League swimmers, receiving first team honors in three events and second-team honors in two additional events. Katie King earned honors for the third season, Diane Makarewicz, Colleen Phillips, Donna Williams and Tracy Dew all made their second appearance on the All-Ivy team, and freshmen Jeanne Olivia and Wendy Reinhardt earned first-time nods. Four more Bears earned spots on the list for the team-boosting relay performances.  

1984-1985 Brown Women’s Swimming & Diving Team 

Theresa Gauthier, M.D. ‘85

Deborah L. Greenberg, M.D. ‘85

Valerie G. Jenkins ‘85

Laura L. Reynolds ‘85

Katelin K. Bramley ‘86

Caroline Donnenfeld Diamond ‘86

Diane M. Dodds ‘86

Laurie S. Israel-Cubell ‘86

Donna W. Knutson ‘86

Martha M. Layzer ‘86

Colleen P. Panzini ‘86

Susan A. Sgambati ‘86

Linda R. Beane ‘87

Barbara M. Calhoun ‘87

Anne Siegenthaler Loucks ‘87

Carrie Thompson Mauro ‘87

Tracey A. McBrine ‘87

Lisa C. Moran ‘87

Emily D. Picerne ‘87

Julie Deffler ‘88

Lara Holzman ‘88

Frances J. Mantak ‘88

Jeanne M. Oliva, M.D. ‘88

Wendy Reinhardt Panetta ‘88

Jacquelyn Connelly Pearson ‘88

Janet K. Shaffer ‘88

Kendall A. Delgado Voss ‘88


Dave Roach P'03 P'05 - Head Coach

Dave Sias - Assistant Diving Coach

Kevin Thorton - Assistant Coach