Garman earns No. 1 spot on TSN Best of the Best swimming list

Rick Peterson


Former Seaman coach Rod Garman, who coached Seaman to the 2018 Class 5A-1A boys state championship, earned the No. 1 position on' Top 10 Best of the Best Shawnee County Coaches swimming and diving list.

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Seaman's championship season capped an impressive three-year climb for Garman's Vikings, who finished eighth in 2016 and fifth in 2017 before winning the 2018 title by 150 points.

Garman continues to be heavily involved in the sport as an administrator for the Kansas State High School Activities Association.   

Former Washburn Rural coach Elaine Pardee, who was the Junior Blues' first swimming coach, holds down the No. 2 spot on the Best of the Best list, followed by the late Chet Laney, a legendary coach at Topeka High.

Former Washburn Rural and Seaman coach Jeff Handley and former Hayden head coach and current assistant Laura Schmidt round out the top five on the Top 10.

Current Topeka High coach Kenneth Bennett was a decisive winner in the Reader's Choice poll, while Garman and Schmidt finished second and third in balloting by TSN readers.

A five-person panel of current and past sports media professionals with more than 150 years of combined experience met to help determine the final Best of the Best Top 10.

Former Topeka High coach Gunner Kelly is No. 6 on the Best of the Best list, followed by Topeka West Hall of Famer Ed Poort, Seaman coach Bernie Tuck, Bennett and former Hayden coach Stephanie Stark to round out the Top 10..

Here's a look at the Top 10 and Readers Choice Awards:


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Heights, WU product Rottinghaus nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Rick Peterson


Former Shawnee Heights and Washburn University volleyball star Faith Rottinghaus is one of the MIAA's two nominees for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

FaithNCAAsFormer Shawnee Heights and Washburn volleyball star Faith Rottinghaus has been nominated by the MIAA for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. [File photo/TSN]

Rogers State softball pitcher Andrea Morales was also nominated by the MIAA for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Rottinghaus, the MIAA's 2021-22 Female Student-Athlete of the Year, is one of 151 total student-athletes combined between NCAA Division I, II, and III and one of 39 from the Division II ranks to be nominated by conference offices for the prestigious award.

Rottinghaus will now move forward and be considered for Top 30 honors, which will be released in October and consist of 10 nominees from each of the three NCAA divisions.

 From there, the selection committee will narrow the pool to three finalists from each division.

The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2022 Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.

At January's NCAA Convention in San Antonio, the national Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, and the NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced.

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