Saturday, February 14, 2009

Three Time All-American and DePauw Graduate Katie Doogan Takes in 2009 Championships

With records falling at unprecedented rates at this year's championship meet, any mark set prior to Nashville is at risk of being bested, if not destroyed.

Few in the history of SCAC swimming can provide more insight into what it takes to perform at such elite levels than 2008 DePauw University graduate Katie Doogan.

Before the 2009 Championships began, Doogan held three individual SCAC records in the 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM and the 200-yard backstroke. Thursday night Lis Starr of Centre broke her 200-yard IM record in a time of 2:06.36 (Listen to Starr).

However Doogan still holds two individual records. Her 400-yard IM time held up Friday night as former teammate Callie Boehme, who finished second to Doogan in 2008, won in 2009 but was not able to break her record. Tonight another Doogan record will be on the line in the 200-yard backstroke - a record she set back in 2005 in a time of 2:06.35.

Doogan, a three-time conference Swimmer of the Year and the 2008 SCAC Woman of the Year, still resides in Greencastle, Ind., as an employee of DePauw - working in the department of fundrasing at the University.

A native of Troy, Michigan, Doogan was a three-time all-American at DePauw and won 10 individual SCAC swimming titles during her four-year career (tied for second all-time and just one shy of the record 11 held by Jane H. Champman of Sewanee).

To listen to the entire interview with Katie, click here.

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