John Champe’s Maddie Oliver seen here in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2016 VHSL 4A Girls Swimming Championship has commit to swim for Georgia Tech beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year. / Photo © Aaron Wyche / Viva Loudoun
Aldie, VA (July 5, 2016) – John Champe graduate Maddie Oliver will swim for Georgia Tech beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“I was thrilled to commit, said Oliver! It was great being able to focus on enjoying my Senior year, on my academics, and swimming without the pressure of waiting to hear back from colleges. Working with the Georgia Tech coaching staff and the swim team was awesome! They were all very welcoming and helpful through the whole recruiting process.”
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Its beautiful 400-acre, tree-lined campus is located in the heart of Atlanta, and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,682 students. Georgia Tech’s industrial engineering program has been ranked #1 for more than two decades. Ten of the undergraduate engineering programs – and all 11 graduate engineering programs – are in the top 10 of nationally ranked programs. Georgia Tech’s graduate computer science program also ranks in the top 10. It’s Women in Engineering program has awarded more engineering degrees to women than any other program in the country. Additionally, U.S News & World Report ranks GT #7 among public universities in the country.
“I liked Georgia Tech’s engineering program and I had always wanted to swim for a Division 1 ACC team, said Oliver. I visited GT during the summer of 2015 and went on an official recruiting visit September 11th. I fell in love with the school and team so when they offered me a spot on the team it was an easy decision to commit.”
Oliver’s head swimming coach will be Courtney Hart. Coach Hart enters her seventh season at the helm of the Georgia Tech swimming program. An assistant coach for two years, Hart was named head coach of the Yellow Jackets’ on April 30, 2009 and is the eighth head coach in the history of the program. Thanks in part to deep recruiting classes and a development of talent, Hart has steadily built Georgia Tech into a program that can compete in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference. Her Yellow Jackets have annually been one of the nation’s top academic swimming & diving programs. The men’s swimming & diving team has earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2013 and 2014, while both the men and women’s programs annually earn CSCAA Academic honors.
Assistant Coach Bill Koppelman will be Oliver’s, middle-distance coach, which is the distance she swims. Coach Koppelman was introduced as an assistant on the Georgia Tech swimming & diving staff in July 2012 after serving in the same capacity for six years at TCU. In his time at both Georgia Tech and TCU, he has aided in the development of numerous top-level swimmers that have landed spots in the Olympics, NCAA Championships and World Championships.
“My first year, I hope to be able to contribute to the team right away. I would love to score points for the team at the ACC Conference Meet.”
Oliver, a 2-time Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Girls Swim Team selection, has swam with Snow Swimming since the age of 10. When asked about one of her fondest memories in the pool during that tenure Oliver shared, “Winning the 200 medley relay at the 2015 regional meet with my teammates Maddie Graham, Maddie Littlepage, and my sister Maren Oliver.”
“I am so thankful of my parents and family, said Maddie, especially my parents who got up at 4:30am every morning to drive me to practice, until I got my license. I had the best year round coach – Jim Rumbaugh, who was tough, but encouraging the whole time. And lastly, my Snow teammates who are like family and were there to push me every morning.”
When asked what advice she’d give others pursuing their dream, Maddie shared, “Actually committing to your dream and working hard to achieve that dream does pay off.”
Please join us in wishing Maddie the very best in the pool and in the classroom as she pursues a degree in Biomolecular or Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech University.
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