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All-American Bergstrom returns as volunteer assistant coach

October 09, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION --- Former Texas A&M All-America swimmer Jason Bergstrom has returned to campus to serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Aggie men’s swimming and diving squad, head coach Jay Holmes announced on Wednesday.

One of the greatest success stories in Aggie swimming and diving history, Bergstrom came to A&M after receiving the final roster spot from Holmes in 2006 and finished his career as a five-time All-American and the fastest 100-yard backstroker in school history. After high school, Bergstrom, from Friendswood, Texas, had trained for a year with the women’s swim team at the University of Houston before joining the Aggies as a non-scholarship athlete.

“Jason Bergstrom was a guy with talent and a whole lot of ‘want-to’,” Holmes said. “He came here with the attitude of doing whatever it took to be great, and it was a pleasure to play a role in his development as a swimmer. I think he will be a huge asset to our program as a mentor and as an example of what can be accomplished with hard work.”

Bergstrom is still the Aggies’ school record holder in the 100-yard backstroke and ranks No. 7 in the 200 back. He also swam the backstroke leg on the Aggies’ school record teams in the 200- and 400-medley relays. Showing his versatility, he also helped the Aggies break the 200 medley relay school record while swimming the butterfly leg in 2008.

After graduation from graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in agricultural journalism in 2010, Bergstrom has been coaching swimming at the Houstonian Health and Fitness Club in Houston, Texas. At the Houstonian, Bergstrom coached masters swimming, started a USA Swimming age group program and taught private lessons to swimmers of all ability levels.

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