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Former Olympian returns to coach at Wichita Swim Club

The Wichita Swim Club had a coaching position open for around an hour before an Olympian called looking for a job.

Good timing. It is even better when that Olympian is a home-grown talent. Caroline (Bruce) McAndrew is returning to the Wichita Swim Club as an assistant coach and will start work on Sept. 16.

“To bring her back in the fold is fantastic,” WSU general manager and coach Brian Kupferer said. “With her ties to the organization…. coming up through this program and being able to show the kids that are here that this is what you can do.”

McAndrew, who attended Trinity Academy, finished ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke in the 2004 Olympics and won NCAA 100- and 200-meter breaststroke titles at Stanford. She also competed in the 2005 World University Games and earned Pacific-10 Conference women’s Swimmer of the Year honors in 2005.

Her duties will include coaching and helping organize meets and train and scheduling coaches. She replaces Todd Kramer, who went to the Columbia (Mo.) Swim Club.

Kupferer said McAndrew recently moved to California after living in Australia. She is returning to Wichita with her husband, Thomas McAndrew, a former Stanford football player.