Oct. 2, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Pete Motekaitis, the former UC Davis head men's swimming coach and the current associate head coach for the Aggie women's swimming and diving team, has been named on the 2012-13 USA Swimming National Team staff as a personal coach for a National Team member. He serves as mentor for Scott Weltz, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials champion and an Olympic finalist in the 200-meter breaststroke, who made the U.S. squad in both breaststroke events.
Motekaitis, whose appointment began in September, remains on the roster for one full year. He is one of 64 coaches on the list, all of whom are eligible to participate in the National Team coaching programs, access various USA Swimming resources and receive National Team coaching incentives for their athletes' performances in the "Operation Gold" competition. Last year's Operation Gold meet was the Olympic Games.
The team of Weltz and Motekaitis earned headlines earlier this year when Weltz, a 2009 honorable mention All-American, upset Eric Shanteau and Brendan Hansen with a Trials record of 2:09.01 in the 200 breaststroke. That winning time earned Weltz a berth to the Olympic Games in London, where he finished fifth.
This is the second time Motekaitis has been named to the U.S. National Team coaching list. He previously guided Cal alumna Haley Cope on her path to two gold medals at the FINA World Championship and a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Motekaitis, a 1983 UC Davis graduate, enters his 19th overall season with the Aggie aquatics program and his third on the women's swimming and diving staff.