FOUNDERS: RAY MITCHELL AND DIANA DAYMOND


RAY MITCHELL        

  • Founder: College Swim Recruiting:  2009
  • Director Terrapins Swim Team 1989 – present
  • Terrapins Head Coach 1989 - 2008

 Ray has coached for 33 years at all levels of competitive swimming; USA Swimming, High School, Collegiate and summer league. He formed the Terrapins Swim team in 1989. Ray was the USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year for 1998, 1999 and 2003 and the Pacific Swimming Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003. He is the only coach in the history of USA Swimming to be awarded the Developmental Coach of the Year 3 times. He has qualified more swimmers to the USA National Junior team than any other coach in US history. He has coached National Champions Kate Dwelley, Lauren Rogers, Laura Davis and Natalie Coughlin. His swimmers have qualified for USA Swimming National “A” and “B” teams, World Championships, Pan Am games, World University Games, Pan Pacific Games and Goodwill Games teams. Since 1989 his teams have racked up over 30 top ten finishes at the USA Junior and Senior National levels, winning National titles in 1997 and 2000. His swimmers have also broke  numerous Regional, National and American Records.

 Ray has developed over 150 High School All-Americans, over 300 NAG ranked swimmers and many National and Olympic trial finalists. He has served as the Head Women’s coach for the USA National Junior team, coached numerous USA World Cup teams and also served on the USA Swimming Club Excellence task force and the Athlete Tracking task force.

 Ray has also spent over 30 years assisting swimmers with their collegiate aspirations and helping them gain admissions to the finest Universities in the USA. Ray’s swimmers have attended Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Fordham, Syracuse, USC and many other top schools. Ray personally knows most top USA Collegiate coaches and his swimmers have been top recruits by many of these great USA coaches. 

 Ray helps coach the Terrapins National Group  during the summer months and administrates the club’s  business affairs. Ray is currently on the USA Swimming National coaching staff.  He and his wife Cindy have a 11 year old son, Chase.


Diana Daymond

  • Founder: College Swim Recruiting 2009
  • Head Coach: Hong Kong Island Stingrays 1997-2003
  • Head Coach: Jakarta Aquadragons: 1990-1994

Diana has been deeply involved in competitive swimming for over 40 years as a swimmer, coach and swimming parent. Drawing on her vast aquatic experience  in combination with 18 years spent living and working overseas Diana founded College Swim Recruiting after mentoring a number of International swimmers to successful applications to their dream swimming schools such as Harvard, Princeton and UC Berkeley.

As a teenager Diana was a Nationally ranked butterflyer, qualifying for Olympic Trials, multiple National Championships and the Collegiate National Championships representing UC Davis.  She has also held Chilean  and USA Masters National Records.  After graduation from US Berkeley with a degree in developmental Psychology, Diana went on to study Architecture at MIT. Shortly there after Diana moved to Chile and started her family while continuing to work as an architect.

 In 1989, Diana and her family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia for 5 years.  While in Jakarta, Diana was the head coach of the Jakarta Aquadragons, an international swim team with over 150 swimmers ages 4-18. During this period Diana first began to mentor her swimmers through the admission process for  American colleges.

Upon her families relocation to Hong Kong in 1994, Diana’s coaching reputation preceded her and she was asked to be the founding Head Coach of the Hong Kong Island Stingrays. In the 7 years that Diana served as the Stingrays the team became a regional force with over 150 swimmers, winning the regional club championships for International School Swim Teams. Under Diana’s vision the Stingrays became a model exhibiting the highest standards of training, competition and personal excellence in a developmental swim program. In addition to coaching swimming, Diana successfully guided a number of Stingray and national Hong Kong swimmers through the college recruiting process. At this time Diana also began to volunteer as an Academic Counselor for MIT conducting applicant interviews and gaining advanced insights and training in the college application cycle.

 Currently Diana resides in Singapore with her husband Don Hanna. Her daughter Becky was a four year varsity swimmer at Wellesley College. Diana’s son Colin was a varsity swimmer at Princeton University where he was a Captain of the swim team, held several University records, was an Ivy Champion and an Academic All American. Colin participated in the 2008 USA Olympic Swimming Trials and is the Hong Kong National Record Holder. His club swimming team was the Terrapins where he trained with Ray Mitchell.

 Diana’s dynamic experience as a serious competitive swimmer, coach, parent and graduate of top American Colleges brings a specialized perspective to the mentoring and guidance of high school athletes  seeking university admission to schools which combine academic excellence with an outstanding athletics.   Her 18 years spent overseas  brings a particularly deep understanding to the admissions process for international student athletes.

 


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