Women’s Hall of Honor Inducts Two Swimming & Diving Greats
Friday November 9th 2012
The UT Women’s Hall of Honor induction brought back lots of memories and alumni back to the 40 Acres to honor two great aquatic legends. UT’s first paid diving coach, Mike Brown (Brownie), and Kara McGrath Chavey delighted the crowd with inspirational speeches at the luncheon and then Saturday were honored on the field during halftime of the Iowa State game. The Horns (8-2) won the game!!!
Kara (McGrath) Chavey (Swimming, 1984-87)
(B.A. English [magna cum laude], The University of Texas, 1987)
An 11-time All-American and six-time honorable mention All-American who helped lead the Longhorns to four consecutive NCAA team titles, (McGrath) Chavey was one of the top butterfly swimmers in school history. (McGrath) Chavey made an immediate impact on the Forty Acres in her freshman season in 1983-84, as she placed third in the 200-yard butterfly, eighth in the 100-yard butterfly and 12th in the 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships to help Texas win its first NCAA team crown and third overall national title. She received the prestigious V.F. Neuhaus Endowed Presidential Scholarship, UT’s highest endowed scholarship honor, following her freshman year. (McGrath) Chavey earned four All-America honors and one honorable mention All-America accolade as a sophomore in 1984-85 by placing second in the 200 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay, seventh in the 400 individual medley, eighth in the 100 butterfly and 16th in the 200 freestyle. She also broke UT’s school record in the 200 butterfly as a sophomore, a mark that stood until 2008. During her junior season in 1985-86, (McGrath) Chavey recorded her second consecutive NCAA runner-up finish in the 200 butterfly and also placed 15th in the 400 individual medley and 16th in both the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle to lead UT to its third consecutive NCAA title. During the summer prior to her senior season, she represented the United States at the 1986 FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) World Championships in Madrid, Spain, where she placed fourth in the 200-meter butterfly. (McGrath) Chavey served as team co-captain as a senior in 1986-87 and led the Longhorns to their fourth consecutive NCAA team title. She placed second in the 200 butterfly and the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 100 butterfly and 14th in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. (McGrath) Chavey earned an additional All-America honor by swimming on UT’s 800 freestyle relay in the preliminary round, before Texas won the event in the finals. Following her senior season, she claimed UT’s prestigious Donna Lopiano Leadership Award. (McGrath) Chavey was also tabbed the Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and claimed a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. A four-time league individual champion during her collegiate career, she also led the Longhorns to four consecutive SWC team titles. (McGrath) Chavey graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Following her graduation, she represented the United States at the 1987 Pan American Games and won a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly. She and her husband, UT graduate Dr. William “Rusty” Chavey, live in Superior Township, Mich., with their seven children. (McGrath) Chavey is a homemaker who has homeschooled all seven of her children: Halley (21), Will (19), Sarah (17), Joseph (15), Maggie (13), Lucy (11) and Christopher (9).
Mike Brown (Diving Coach, 1976-94)
(A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 1970; M.S. Secondary Education, Indiana University, 1973)
A three-time National Diving Coach of the Year honoree, Brown was a part of 14 National Championship and 31 conference championship teams in his 18 seasons (1976-94) at the helm of the Texas men’s and women’s diving programs. During his tenure in Austin, Brown coached 28 All-Americans, 18 U.S. National Team members and five Olympians. His Texas divers captured a total of seven NCAA individual titles and 26 conference individual championships. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Brown was a successful diver in his own right. During his collegiate career at Dartmouth College, he earned three NCAA All-America honors and was a three-time EISL (Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League) Conference champion. Brown was an AAU National Champion in 1971 and competed internationally for the U.S. National Diving Team from 1972-76. After the completion of his competitive diving career, he moved into the role of head men’s and women’s diving coach at Texas. On the women’s side, Brown helped UT claim one AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) National title (1981) and eight NCAA Championships (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991) in addition to a combined 16 conference titles (four Texas AIAW and 12 Southwest Conference). He developed one AIAW individual national champion (Denise Christensen, three-meter in 1980), two NCAA individual champions (Kelly Jenkins, three-meter in 1989; Robin Carter, three-meter in 1994) and one NCAA Diver of the Year (Robin Carter in 1994). Brown was honored as the National Coach of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA) in 1983, 1991 and 1994. On the men’s side, Brown helped UT win five NCAA Championships (1981, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991) and 15 Southwest Conference titles. He tutored four NCAA individual champions (Matt Scoggin, one-meter in 1983 and 1984; Jason Rhodes, three-meter in 1991 and 1992). Following his time at Texas, Brown spent six years with his family in Victoria, British Columbia, and one of those coaching with Pacific Coast Diving. Since 2000, Brown has coached both the men’s and women’s diving teams at the University of Hawai’i alongside his wife, Anita Rossing. Under Brown and Rossing’s guidance, Hawai’i divers have earned 28 NCAA All-America honors and two NCAA individual titles. QiongJie Huang claimed the 2005 NCAA crown on the one-meter springboard, while Emma Friesen won the 2008 NCAA title on the one-meter springboard. In addition, the 2005-06 Hawai’i women’s squad was the top point-scoring diving team at the NCAA Championships. A seven-time selection as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Diving Coach of the Year while at Hawai’i, Brown just completed his fourth year on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee, where he is co-chair of the NCAA Diving Rules Subcommittee. Brown also has had extensive coaching experience at the international level. The 1992 U.S. Olympic Team coach and a four-time coach for Team USA at the World University Games (1979, 1981, 1985 and 1987), he served as a U.S. National Team coach for a 17-year period (1979-96). Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth in 1970 and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 1973. He and Rossing live in Honolulu, Hawai’i, with their daughter, Rika Rossing. A two-time All-American diver at Texas who graduated in 1985, Anita Rossing competed for Sweden in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Rika recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo.