Catherine Vogt

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Catherine Vogt
Catherine Vogt is a USA Swimming national open water swimming team coach from North Carolina and an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. Vogt, during her second year with the Trojans in 2010, helped send 11 women's swimmers to the NCAA Championships as USC placed seventh, its best finish since 2003. Also, the Trojans posted a combined seven top 4 individual finishes and had two All-American relays. The men's squad finished 11th at NCAAs with a 10-swimmer squad.



She coached Chip Peterson, a 2005 world 10 km champion, and a number of world-class swimmers and Olympians at the Trojan Swim Club in Los Angeles, California with Dave Salo and Kevin Clements including 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim silver medalist Haley Anderson and gold medalist Oussama Mellouli.

She previously coached at the University of North Carolina, her alma mater where she was a top distance freestyler. She has helped guide 15 swimmers at USC to All-American honors, including Katinka Hosszu, a three-time NCAA champion. Coach Vogt focuses her efforts on open water swimmers and USC's distance swimmers like Haley Anderson

Haley Anderson was third in the 1650-yard freestyle and sixth in the 500-yard free at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships and won the Pacific-10 titles in both events. Anderson also won gold in the 1500m free at the 2011 World University Games and was fourth in the 10 km at the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. Under Vogt's tutelage in 2010, Anderson was fourth in the 1650y at the NCAAs and was a consolation finalist in the 500y free. She also represented the U.S. at the at the Pan Pacific Games, finishing fourth in the 10K and the 1500m free and eighth in the 800m free. At the 2010 World Open Water Championships, Anderson was fourth in the 25K. Also, USC's Richard Charlesworth finished just one spot (ninth) out of earning All-American honors in the 1650y free at the 2010 NCAAs.

International Career

Coach Vogt also served as head coach for the 2009 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team that competed at the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy where the swimmers won 1 silver medal, 1 bronze, posted five top 10 finishes and finished fourth in the overall team scoring among 36 nations. She served as assistant coach with the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Seville, Spain. She was also the head coach for USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team at the 2008 Open Water test event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics course. She was the head coach for the American team at the 2006 Pan Pacific Open Water Swimming Championships in Long Beach, California and at the 2007 Pan American Games. She was also the assistant men's swimming coach at the 2007 Pan Am Games where she became the first woman to be named to an American men's team staff at an international competition. She also was an assistant coach at the USA Swimming National Select Open Water camps in 2006 and 2007, as well as at the 2005 World Swimming Championships and at the 2006 World Open Water Swimming Championships.

She has coached age group and senior swimmers that qualified and won medals at the World University Games, Open Water National Championships, World Open Water Swimming Championships, U.S. Senior National Championships, Junior Pan Pacific Games, World Championship Trials, and U.S. Olympic Trials.

Prior to coaching at North Carolina, Vogt coached at the Carteret Currents Swimming Club in North Carolina. She has also coached club teams in Virginia and Mississippi, and swam for North Carolina for four years in the distance freestyle (competing as Catherine Frock).


She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2000 with degrees in education and psychology, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and Dean's List at UNC from 1997-99.


She is married to Matt Vogt, who is a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps. Their first baby, Carson Elizabeth, was born 1 October 2010.

Selected Open Water Swimming Athletes

2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Vogt was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Day in and day out, early in the morning and late at night, University of Southern California coach Catherine Vogt cares for her athletes with the maternal instincts of a tigeress. Beneath her perennial stunning smile lies a fiercely competitive nature. Her gorgeous blue eyes miss nothing and express much. The only coach at the 2012 London Olympics to personally coach both a male and female marathon swimming finalist, she went 2-for-2 in the Olympic 10K. Coach Vogt prepares her athletes strategically and tactically in practice so they can execute in the field of play. She exudes confidence that is implicitly understood and utilized by her athletes. With the Serpentine as her chess board, she advised the right moves at the right times for Haley Anderson (silver) and Ous Mellouli (gold). For her dedicated work on a daily basis, for her calm but intense demeanor on a feeding pontoon, on deck or onshore, for her success at the Olympics, Coach Catherine Vogt is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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