July 4, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio -
Ohio swimming and diving head coach Greg Werner will join the USA Swimming World Championships team as the head team manager for the men's squad when the World Championships get underway this month. This marks the tenth time Werner has been part of the U.S. National Team staff. Eight of his ten appointments have come during his 14-year tenure at Ohio.
"It is always an honor to be selected; however, there is no greater honor and privilege than representing your country," Werner said. "This appointment is great recognition of the hard work and accomplishments of our athletes and staff at Ohio."
The World Swimming Championships will be held in Rome, Italy from July 26 through Aug. 2. The squad selection meet will be held July 7-11, in Indianapolis, Ind.
As the team manager, Werner will serve as a liaison between the coaches and the athletes. He also hopes to take something away from the experience.
"Beyond my primary responsibility of supporting the World Championship team, I try to bring something back to Ohio every time I go on one of these trips," Werner said. "Basically what I'm going to try to do is learn something new and affirm what we are already doing here at Ohio. I want to be more knowledgeable following the conclusion of the experience."
Werner and the Bobcats recently wrapped up another strong season in the Water, finishing second at the Mid-American Conference Championships and capturing eight conference crowns as part of the event. Ohio also boasted the MAC's Outstanding Senior Swimmer and Swimmer of the Year in Ashley Marion (London, Ontario). Werner also helped Chelsey Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.) qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she finished 35th in the 50 freestyle and 5st in the 100 freestyle. The `Cats also enjoyed success out of the water as well, as they placed five on the Academic All-MAC team.
Werner has guided three women's team to conference team championships, picking up titles in 2000, 2001 and 2008. He has coached six MAC swimmers of the year, one All-American and countless individual conference champions. Last summer, Werner saw three Bobcats compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., representing 60 percent of the participants from the Mid-American Conference.
Werner will assume his duties July 10, and remain with the team through the World Championships, with his role set to end Aug. 3.