By USA Swimming | Tuesday, November 5, 2019
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming announced today that Catherine (Vogt) Kase, of the University of Southern California and Trojan Swim Club has been named the open water head coach for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team.
Kase will lead a team of three Americans competing in the open water 10-kilometer race in Tokyo. The open water trio of Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club), Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./TAC Titans) and Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica) punched their Olympic tickets with top-10 finishes in the 10K at the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championships, where Kase was also the team head coach.
“Catherine’s leadership, pride in team culture and legacy of success will be incredibly valuable to our team at the Olympic Games,” USA Swimming Director of Open Water Bryce Elser said. “I am confident Catherine will do a great job prepping our team for success next summer in Tokyo.”
“It is a tremendous honor to represent the United States as the head coach for Open Water,” Kase said. “I am so excited to lead such an amazing group of athletes and their coaches. Over the last 15 years, I’ve been involved in, and passionate about, open water swimming. Hopefully that experience will benefit the team as we navigate the ever-changing elements of open water. I am extremely grateful for the many people who have helped and supported me along the way. It is such a privilege to work with great athletes, coaches and USA Swimming in the lead up to and through the Olympic Games! Go USA!”
This marks the third Olympic open water head coaching position of Kase’s decorated career, with the other appearances coming in 2012 for the Tunisian Olympic Team and 2016 for Team USA. In Rio, she coached both Anderson and Wilimovsky to fifth-place finishes in their respective races. In Tokyo, she will be looking to guide Anderson to her second-career Olympic medal, while Wilimovsky and Twichell reach for their first.
Along with her Olympic head coaching roles and leading Team USA’s open water swimmers at the 2019 FINA World Championships, Kase has also been Team USA’s open water head coach at the 2009, 2013, 2015 FINA World Championships, 2014 and 2016 Pan Pacific Championships and 2007 Pan American Games.
Kase is currently the Associate Head Coach of the USC Swimming & Diving Team and Trojan Swim Club. Kase is also a member of FINA's Coaches Committee and the Chair of USA Swimming's Open Water Steering sub-committee. She joined the USC coaching staff in 2009 following her role as an assistant coach at her alma mater, North Carolina from 2005-08. Prior to her coaching career, Kase swam distance freestyle events for North Carolina from 1996-2000.
The open-water competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 begins August 5 with the women’s 10K, followed by the men’s 10K on August 6.
The team’s assistant coach will be named at a later date.