Former Standout Swimmer Dee Dlugonski Named Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 23, 2006 - Penn State head swimming and diving coach Bill Dorenkott announced today that former swimmer Dee Dlugonski has been named an assistant swimming coach. Dlugonski replaces former assistant Nittaya Klim, who accepted the head women's swimming coach position at the University of Akron back in April. Dlugonski returns to her alma mater after one year away following her standout career both in the pool and in the classroom.

Dlugonski spent the last year as a graduate assistant swimming and diving coach at the University of Connecticut. Last year, the Huskies had a dual meet record of 5-2-1 and also finished first at the Terrapin Cup and sixth at the Big East Championships.

A nine-time All-American, seven-time Big Ten Champion, and a four-time College Swimming Coaches' Association of America (CSCAA) Academic team selection, Dlugonski also holds six school records and three Big Ten records. A three-time team captain, she helped lead the Nittany Lions to two Big Ten Championships in 2002 and 2005. She will now look to help coach the team to its third straight Big Ten Championship after the Nittany Lions won their second straight title this past year.

Dlugonski graduated last May as the Marshall of the College of Health and Human Development/Kinesiology, with the highest grade point average (3.96) in the Kinesiology Department. She graduated ranked first in a class of 114 in the Department of Kinesiology, and 17th in a class of 909 in the College of Health and Human Development. She was a first team selection on the ESPN The Magazine At-Large Academic All-American team in 2005 and was also the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.



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