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Eagles Make a Splash. Hire Former Olympian to Lead Swim and Dive

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Dara Torres picked to rebuild controversial Swim and Dive program at Boston College

Dara Torres at the US Olympic Trials prior to Beijing Games in 2012 (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images).

Less than a year ago the future of Boston College’s swim program looked bleak, with many calling to shut the program down after news of a hazing scandal rocked the Boston College community. The program was initially suspended for the Fall 2023 semester, with the suspension later extended through Spring 2024.


Even prior to the suspension, the Boston College program had struggled to gain respectability. Over their last three years of competition, the women’s team finished dead last at the ACC championships each year. The men fared only slightly better, finishing eleventh of twelfth in 2022, sandwiched between two last place finishes.

Now Blake James has pushed the chips to the middle of the table to relaunch the program with a goal of regaining respectability and competing in a loaded ACC who welcome the addition of two of the top programs in the country, Cal and Stanford, who have for combined 30 team National Championships, this summer. To compete in the reloaded conference, the Eagles will welcome Dara Torres as the new head men’s and women’s swim and dive coach. The fifty-seven year old will have a tough road ahead but her reputation should be a major asset in recruiting, as the program rebuilds towards relevance

Torres is one of the most decorated swimmers in Olympic history, earning twelve medals across five Olympic games. Her twelve medals, including four golds, are tied for the most among female swimmers in the history of the games and were earned across her 24 year Olympic career, spanning from the 1984 Los Angeles games to the 2008 Beijing games. She made her Olympic debut as a seventeen year old and by the time she retired had broke the record for oldest American to swim at the Olympics at forty-one. On top of the medals, she set six world records and ten American records, with her first coming at fifteen years olf in the 50 meter freestyle.


Out of the pool, Torres is also a bestselling author, with multiple books finding a place on the New York Times bestseller list, including Gold Medal Fitness which reached the top spot. In addition, she serves as an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and has been honored multiple times for her humanitarian efforts, including winning the Thurman Munson Award and participating in multiple Swim Across America events to raise money for cancer research.

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