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Kennedy was the subject of a , which noted "Johns Hopkins swimmers learn that one constant of their coach is his willingness to try anything new that might make them faster.":
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Johns Hopkins junior (Montrose, CO/Montrose) entered the 2009 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships as the defending national champion in the 200 backstroke. He'll look to defend that championship on Saturday, but didn't wait that long to make his mark on the championships as he won the national championship in the 100 backstroke Friday evening. He is the first Johns Hopkins swimmer to win the 100 back at the NCAA championships since Chris Ornee in 1993. He joins Ornee and Mark Horning (1973) as the only Hopkins swimmers to win the 100 back at the NCAA Championships.
Johns Hopkins swimmers learn that one constant of their coach is his willingness to try anything new that might make them faster. "I'm 57 years old, and the athletes are 18, 19, 20, so there's a natural disconnect," Kennedy says. "If we coach by doing the same stuff all the time, they'll start to question, because there are new things going on all the time." The swimmers quickly learn that nothing they do is exempt from his tinkering. Kennedy has a sort of motto: "If it's not broken, break it anyhow to go from good to great." Kitayama says this can take getting used to. "If something works, I don't want to change it, even if I know that I can be better," she says. "What has gotten me through all the changes is knowing that, when it comes right down to it, Coach really does know what he's doing."Thomas will look to defend his national championship in the 200 back on Saturday, when he could become the first Johns Hopkins swimmer to win back-to-back titles in the same event since Matt Johnson won four straight titles in the 100 butterfly (1995-98).
That's when he sat down with John Dierkes, A&S '77. They had met years ago through their work at investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons and had recently become reacquainted through Johns Hopkins alumni swimming events. Knowing that Dierkes had broad contacts in the cancer fundraising community, Smith hoped to identify potential donors and match them to his cause.