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Betsy Graham was named head coach of the Catawba College women's swimming program in 2001. She launched the men's program in 2006. She came from the University of Arkansas, where she served as an assistant from 1996 until coming to Catawba.
Last season, the Catawba men finished fourth at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Meet while the women finished ninth. Under the direction of Graham, Sabastian Holmberg stood out earning the Conference male Swimmer of the Meet and All-American honors by finishing 5th at the NCAA II National Meet in the 100 fly. As a team the men finished 22nd at Nationals behind Holmberg and Magnus Lundgren. Under Graham, Catawba has produced four All-Americans and seven All-Academic team members, including two Academic All-Americans from this past season in Katia Kruglov and Nadine Brockmann. Last year, the women's team finished fourth in the nation in academics as a team, while the men also earned CSCAA Academic Team Honors. Graham also coaches US National Paralympian, Ashley Owens a Catawba sophomore, who claimed four medals at the 2010 World Championships.
Prior to her stint at Arkansas, Graham served as the head coach of the Aqua-Tex Swim Team (ATEX) in Houston, TX. As head coach of the ATEX squad, Graham enjoyed many highlight including a swimming finalist at the 1996 Olympic trials. She also coached two Olympic Festival medalists as well as junior and senior national champions. Graham also coached a 1994 and 1996 male academic All-American and placed a swimmer on the national junior team. She owns a Level Five certification.
Before her stint at Arkansas, Graham had previously been an assistant at Ferris State and Northern Michigan Universities. She concluded her studies at Northern Michigan, earning a bachelor of science degree in recreation in 1989.
Graham, who was born in Richmond, VA, attended high school in Kingsville, TX, where she was an All-American in 1983-84. She was a two-time team captain at the University of Wyoming in 1987-88 and a NCAA Nationals qualifier in 1986 while swimming at Texas Tech. Graham was a senior national qualifier from 1984-86.
Graham resides in Salisbury with her daughter, Rilee Elizabeth.