Jan. 14, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona Head Swimming Coach Frank Busch has been selected to help coach the United States team at the 2003 X Fina World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain. This year's championships will take place from July 13-27. Busch will serve as an assistant coach for the women's squad.
Busch, who was honored as the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1993, last coached at the World Championships in 1998. In his career, he has made numerous coaching appearances at the international level, six at the World Championships alone.
Busch is no stranger to other international competition. In fact, Busch helmed the 1997 Pan-Pacific Games squad, and he has also been named the 1998 US Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year, among many other honors.
"It's a very prestigious honor. Outside of the Olympics, the World Championships are the most important event in the sport," said Busch.
Coaches for the World Championships are chosen by vote by the athletes who are slated to participate in the games.
Joining Busch at the World Championships is a multitude of Arizona swimmers. Current Arizona swimmer, junior Juan Veloz, a champion at the 2002 Central American Games, will be swimming for Mexico. Sophomore Emily Mason, who earned valuable international experience at the 2002 Pan-Pacific Games, will represent the United States.
Elsewhere, senior Beth Botsford will participate in the forthcoming Pan-American Games.
Arizona alumna, and former NCAA and Olympic Champion, Amanda Beard also intends to swim for the United States in Barcelona. Beard has been training with the Wildcats for the Championships for the balance of the year.
Meanwhile, both Arizona's men and women's swimming and diving squads return to Pac-10 conference competition on January 24-25 against two nationally ranked teams, Stanford and Cal. All events will take place at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on the University of Arizona campus. Admission is free.