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Cory Chitwood
Cory  Chitwood

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Arizona, 2012


Leah Smith Named to USA Swimming National Team

Junior swimmer makes squad for second-consecutive year


Busch Announces Three Additions to Virginia Swimming and Diving Staff

Cory Chitwood, Sam Busch and Clif Robbins tabbed as assistant coaches

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Cory Chitwood finished his second season as an assistant coach in 2015. Chitwood works primarily with the Cavalier distance group.

In 2014-15, Chitwood guided Leah Smith to NCAA titles in the 500 free and 1,650 free. Smith broke the NCAA record in the 500 free and set new ACC and UVa records in the 1,000 free and 1,650 free. In addition, Smith won ACC titles in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,650 free and the ACC Champion 800 free relay was made up entirely of the Cavaliers' distance group.

In his first season, Chitwood helped guide the Cavaliers distance swimmers to three ACC Championships, including Brad Phillips in the men's 1,650 free and Leah Smith in the women's 500 and 1,650 free. Smith went on to finish third in the mile at the NCAA Championships, while Hanne Borgersen earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 16th-place finish. Smith broke the school record in three events (500, 1,000 and 1,650 free) and set new ACC records in the 500 free and the mile.

Before coming to Charlottesville, Chitwood joined the Cavaliers from LSU, where he was an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season and worked primarily with the Tiger mid-distance and specialty-stroke swimmers.

The 2012 graduate of Arizona won three consecutive NCAA Championships in the 200 backstroke and was a 14-time All-American as well as a four-year conference all-academic team member.

On the international stage, Chitwood was a member of the U.S. National team and finished 10th in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:00.03 in the semifinals at the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Before LSU, Chitwood served as the Northern Kentucky Clippers club team's head assistant coach, specializing with the elite 11-12 and 13-14 year old age groups after he completed his collegiate career.


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