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Missouri Hires New Swim Coaches John Pontz, Julie Stupp

The Mizzou swim program is getting a major makeover as Greg Rhodenbaugh adds to his staff. He has now added two names with John Pontz and Julie Stupp as his new coaches, and both of them have very impressive resumes to bring to the table.

From the press release, Pontz comes to Mizzou from Maryland, where he spent four seasons as both an assistant and associate head coach. With the Terrapins, he helped the squad earn two top-25 NCAA finishes. From 2004 to 2008, Pontz was an assistant at Northwestern. During his time in Evanston, he helped the Wildcats put together the most successful run in school history, with three top-10 NCAA team finishes, two individual champions and a pair of NCAA records."

As for Stupp: "She is best known as the only woman in history to qualify for the Division I NCAA Championship meets in both swimming & track and field," writes Braden Keith over at Swim Swam. "She spent three seasons from 2004 through 2007 with the Auburn Tigers, where she was a part of two National Championship teams. She then transferred for her 4th year of swimming at Arizona, where she broke school records in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM."