Kim Bierwert | Head Coach | Women’s Swimming / Women’s Diving | Smith College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

I look for people of character and dedication who have the desire to improve. Talent is fine but a desire to be a dynamic part of the team and a desire to improve are critical.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

She came in as a talented swimmer who had never really set goals other than to improve and whose times were outside the top 40 in our conference. We came up with a definite goal for her first season with technique, strength, flexibility and times embedded within the goals we wanted to achieve. Once locked into those goals she took off and become one of the top 8 backstrokers in the conference and was team captain and now owns a successful business.