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Jill Shovlin enters her eighth season as coach of the Canisius College synchronized swimming program. The Canisius alum has continued the Griffs' winning tradition leading the Blue and Gold to seven-straight ECAC championships as the head coach, 16-straight overall for the program. Between 2008 and 2010, Canisius earned three consecutive third-place showings at the U.S. Collegiate National Championship, while in 2011 and 2012 the team placed-fourth at the conclusion of the national event.

During the 2013 season, Canisius placed first in each of its first four events before eventually placing fourth at the National Championship. The Griffs had three swimmers named to the All-America team.

In addition to her time at Canisius, Shovlin has coached the Tonawanda Aquettes since 2004, the 2010 U.S. Age Group National Champions. Shovlin has also served as the U.S. Under-12 head coach and was the assistant coach for the 2011 U.S. 11-12 National Team.

During her time at Canisius, Shovlin was the first synchronized swimmer to be named an All-American three years in a row, achieving the feat during her first three seasons. As a sophomore, Shovlin finished third in the solo event at the U.S. Collegiate Championships and took fourth as a junior. Shovlin was a four-time Eastern College Athletic Conference solo champion, leading her team to four ECAC East Regional Championship crowns.

Adding to her four ECAC titles as a student-athlete, Shovlin has directed her team to seven ECAC titles as head coach, which brings her career total to 11 ECAC Championships.

The 1999 New York State Female Athlete of the Year was a three-time national solo champion and two-time member of the national team champions. She was a member of the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Junior National teams and was a three-time Empire State Games Gold Medalist.

After leaving Canisius, Shovlin was a member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids for one year.


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Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Canisius '03
Phone: (716) 888-3765