Tricia began her own competitive swimming career at age 10 in Durban. She swam with Owen Kuiper at the Pinetown Otters and coach Frank Gray at North Durban swim clubs. At age 15 she broke the South African national record in the 800m freestyle and went on to also break the 400m and 200m freestyle national records. At age 18 she left for the States on a scholarship to North Carolina State University. While at NC State she won four Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles (three in the mile and one in the 500 yards freestyle). Her junior year, she placed 10th in the mile at the Division 1 NCAA Championships. She was a Collegiate Athletic and Academic All-American. She swam in the British Olympic trials in 1984, placing 3rd in the 800m freestyle. She was joined at North Carolina by her sister Susan Butcher.
with coach Owen Kuiper
Tricia Butcher with the staras of the Durban North swimming club.
Tricia started coaching swimming as an undergraduate assistant at North Carolina State University – assisting with both the men’s and women’s programs. After graduating with a Masters degree in Food Science and Biochemistry, she moved to Colorado. She worked for 5 years in the food and nutritional supplement industries in both research and product development before starting a family. Today her three daughters are all actively involved in swimming and her own love for swimming drew her back to the sport. She began coaching with Wolfgang Dittrich in January 2009 and loves working with kids of all ages.
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