Night Hawks Swimming Sets Solid Foundation for Future
February 12, 2013
The Thomas University men’s and women’s swim teams have completed their inaugural regular season of competition and have laid a solid foundation for the future.
TU will conclude their successful first year with three swimmers qualifying for the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming National Championships to be held February 27 – March 2 in Oklahoma City, OK . The Night Hawks competed in six meets from November thru the beginning of February. Freshman Logan O’Bryne (Tallahassee, FL – Florida State University H.S.) swam in all six meets with his best times of the year coming at the SCAD Invite. Logan swam middle distance freestyle and backstroke events this year. Junior Justin Akins (Atlanta, GA – Darton College) also swam in all six meets capturing a lifetime best time in the 50 Free at the Birmingham Southern Invite. Justin competed in sprint freestyle events and sprint Butterfly events. Junior Nicole Hawkins (Brunswick, GA – Darton College) competed in six meets this season, recording her best times of the year in all of her events at the SCAD invitational. Nicole competed in both distance freestyle and backstroke events. Freshman Lauren Thompson (Tallahassee, FL – Chiles H.S.) swam in five meets this season. She swam sprint freestyle and breaststroke events for the Night Hawks, clocking her best times at the SCAD Invitational.
With three swimmers gaining valuable experience at NAIA Nationals and no graduating seniors, the future is bright for the Night Hawks swim team.
Swimming Adds First Recruit
November 18, 2011
Head Swim Coach Edward Von Hertsenberg announced the signing this afternoon of the Thomas University Swimming Program's first recruit when Lauren Thompson signed a Letter of Intent to compete for the Night Hawks beginning in the Fall of 2012.
Thompson is currently a senior at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, FL. She is a 50 and 100 meter sprint freestyle specialist and has been a part of 2 State Championship teams at Chiles. During her four years as a member of the Timberwolves swim program she has also won four District Championships and two Regional Championships.
The Night Hawks will begin competing in the Fall of 2012.
TU Adds Swimming, Hires Von Hertsenberg as Head Coach
October 19, 2011
Thomas University Athletic Director, Mike Lee, has announced the addition of Men's and Women's Swimming as an Intercollegiate sport beginning in the Fall of 2012. Lee has also announced the hiring of Edward Von Hertsenberg as the program's first coach.
Swimming will become the seventh and eighth sports sponsored by the athletic department and step one in the addition of sports at TU over the next four years. Von Hertsenberg joins the Night Hawks Athletic Department from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY where he served as the Interim Head Coach since March of 2011 after spending the two previous years as an assistant coach. During his collegiate years, Edward was a two year team captain at Cumberlands and was selected as an NAIA all American in 28 total events during his career. He was not only successful in the pool but was also a major competitor in the classroom, being named a Academic All American in six semesters by the College Swim Coaches Association.
"We are thrill to add Coach Von Hertsenberg to our department", said Lee. "He came to us very highly recommended for his passion and committment to excellence".
For more information about the swim program, please email Head Coach Edward Von Hertsenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.