Michele Lowry will join the Utah swimming and diving coaching staff as an assistant coach.
June 12, 2013
"I am very excited to join the Ute family," Lowry said. "Joe is a wonderful coach and I am so thrilled he asked me to join him at Utah. This team has the potential to do amazing things this season and I am looking forward to taking the distance program to new levels. Coaching for a Pac-12 Conference school is a great opportunity and I am excited to have the chance to coach such a talented group of student-athletes."
Lowry was an assistant coach on Dykstra's staff at North Texas for the last three seasons, where she helped the Mean Green rewrite 36 school records books with 14 coming during the 2012-13 campaigns. North Texas captured a second-place finish at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
"I am thrilled that Michele wanted to make this move with me to Utah," Dykstra said. "She has been an integral part of the program's success over the past three seasons at North Texas and is someone who I have total faith and trust in coaching student-athletes on our team smartly and passionately. Her dedication to developing well-rounded student-athletes will also pay dividends for our program in the classroom and community."
Under Lowry's tutelage last season, Kimmy Phillips became the first North Texas swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she took 26th in the 1650 freestyle (16:19.26) and 52nd in the 500 freestyle (4:48.61).
Before Phillips, Catia Weickgenant broke the school's 500 Freestyle record four times, setting the Sun Belt Conference record twice, the Mizzou Invite record, and the conference-meet record. Weickgenant also won a Sun Belt weekly award and took gold at the SBC Championships in the 500 Freestyle.
Lowry earned a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Denver in 2009, and earned her master's degree in higher education from North Texas in May 2012. She also served as a Student-Athlete Affairs Coordinator at UNT where she was the academic advisor for the men's and women's golf teams during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Hailey, Idaho native competed for the University of Denver, where she was one of the most accomplished swimmers in the history of the SBC. She qualified for the NCAA Championships as a senior in the 400 IM and the 1650 Freestyle for the Pioneers and was named the SBC's Most Outstanding Female Swimmer in 2008-09.