University of Wyoming - Swimming

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Kristen Pritchett  |  Assistant Coach

Kristen Pritchett, a 14-time All-American swimmer, enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Wyoming swimming program in 2017-18.

Prior to Wyoming, Pritchett spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri. During her tenure there, Pritchett was part of the most successful seasons Mizzou Swimming & Diving’s had seen up to that point. During Pritchett’s time at Missouri, the men’s and women’s teams recorded their highest ever NCAA finishes and greatest number of individual qualifiers in program history.   In her last year with the Tigers, both programs notched program-best NCAA finishes as the men placed eighth and the women 11th at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Fabian Schwingenschlogl won Mizzou’s first-ever individual NCAA title as he claimed top honors in the 100 breaststroke. Additionally, six total swimmers claimed first team All-America honors at the 2016 NCAA Championships.  In addition, over the course of 2015 and 2016, three Tiger swimmers were selected to the US National Team.

A backstroke and freestyle specialist, Pritchett attended Texas A&M and claimed 14 All-America honors in her swimming career. As a junior at the NCAA Championships, she placed third in both the 200 back and 500 free at the NCAA Championships and helped the Aggies to a fourth-place team finish. As a senior in 2010, Pritchett took sixth in both the 200 back and 500 free at the NCAA Championships.  She was named the Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore in 2007 and won five individual conference crowns, three in the 200 back (2007, 2008 and 2010) and two in the 500 free (2007 and 2010).

Pritchett placed 5th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 backstroke and took first in the 200 free and second in both the 400 free and 200 back at the 2008 U.S. Open.

On an international level, Pritchett was a member of the U.S. National Swimming Team from Sept. 2008 - Sept. 2010 and was the captain of the 2009 World University Games team. At the 2009 World University Games, she earned silver medals in the 200 back and 400 free, a bronze medal in the 200 free and was the anchor for the gold medal-winning 800 free relay team.

Pritchett earned a Master of Positive Psychology and Coaching from the University of Missouri in 2016, a Master of Real Estate Finance in 2010 from Texas A&M, and a bachelor's in finance from Texas A&M in 2009. The former Kristen Heiss, she married Christian Pritchett in August 2014.


Jim Bossert  |  Assistant Coach

Bossert was named assistant coach for the Wyoming swimming and diving teams on June 27, 2017.

Bossert grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., and started swimming at the age of seven.  While in college,he knew he wanted to become a swim coach.  He swam collegiality at NCAA Division III Grove City College in Grove, City, Pa., from 2011-15, and was elected a team captain his final season.  For the 2016-17 season, Bossert served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Alabama, working specifically with the middle distance and distance swimmers.  He took over the breaststroke and individual medley group in February 2017 prior to the SEC Championships, as the full-time group coach was out with an illness.

Bossert’s other coaching experience included working with Crimson Tide Aquatics in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (2016-17) and the California Baptist University Group Swim Team (2015).  Bossert also worked at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs during the summers of 2012-14.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Grove City College in May 2015, and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis is exercise science in May 2016 from California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.  Bossert is engaged to his fiancée, Ali, who he met while attending Cal Baptist.

“I met Jim (Bossert) several years ago when he was working at the Olympic Training Center, and like myself, he was able to watch all the best coaches and athletes in the sport and learn from them," UW head coach Dave Denniston said  He’s gone on to complete his master’s degree and work at the University of Alabama before coming here to Wyoming.  Jim brings a real positive presence to the pool deck.  He has a wealth of knowledge, is young and full of energy.  I think he is really going to connect with our athletes on a personal level.  He has the expertise to take our swimmers to the next level.


Nick Dillinger  |  Graduate Assistant Coach

Nick Dillinger enters his second season as an assistant coach at Wyoming with the 2017-18 campaign. Dillinger arrived at UW after a successful swimming career at the University of Cal. After three seasons competing for the Bears, Dillinger served as an undergraduate assistant during the 2015-16 season and helped the Bears to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Dillinger competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle as well as the 200m and 400m freestyle relay at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships. In 2013, he earned All-American honors as a member of the 200m freestyle relay team with a time of 1:16.79. As a true freshman, Dillinger had the team's third-best time in the 50m freestyle (20.20) during the first half of the 2012-13 season, set Nov. 30 at the Georgia Fall Invitational.

A native of Gillette, Wyo., Dillinger competed for the Gillette Swim Team and became the Junior National Champion in the 50m freestyle. At Gillette High School, he was a six-time individual and six-time relay state champion. Dillinger was also 12-time High School All-American selection, an Academic All-American, a three-time Wyoming Male Swimmer of the Year, a two-time Male Swimmer of the State Meet, and captained Gillette’s state championship team.

Dillinger is currently a student in the University of Wyoming’s College of Law.