O’Dea Swim & Dive

Since 1992, O’Dea’s Swim & Dive Program has developed into a team of champions with high expectations to reach challenging goals with inner resolve and tenacity of spirit. In 2000, the Irish won the State Meet Title and have finished in the top four at State numerous times since then. We have produced:

  • 11 Metro League Titles
  • 9 State Champion Event Titles
  • 3 State records
  • 22 Academic All-Americans
  • 19 All-American Athletes
  • Coach Tom Schutte was named WIAA High School Swimming “State Coach of the Year” in 2000, 2004, and 2011 and Metro League Coach of the Year five times.
  • Coach Schutte was inducted into the O’Dea Athletic Wall of Honor in 2010.
  • Diving/Asst Swim Coach Ed Artis was named WIAA High School Swimming “State Coach of the Year” in 2015

The Fighting Irish squad added diving as an exciting dimension of our program in 2001 with Paul Prociv breaking new ground as O’Dea’s first state competitor in diving. We have a great diving coach- Coach Ed, exceptional diving boards, and great enthusiasm to develop this piece of our program. In 2015, Casey Benson won the 3A WIAA State Championship, and in 2106 he broke his own school records with 467.80 points (11 dives) and 289.20 points (6 dives) and was an exciting addition to our Championship team.

O’Dea’s Swim and Dive Team continues to build upon their outstanding success. Our program seeks to develop young men who are motivated, disciplined, and goal-oriented both in the classroom and the pool. In 2016, 13 of our 26 athletes were on the Honor Roll and our team GPA was 3.32. We have incorporated IKKOS swim glasses into our training the past few years and utilize this technology to teach the brain to adapt to world class swim stroke and turn techniques. We look forward to great things this year!


2017/2018 Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location Time/Result
Friday December 1 Lakeside Helene Madison 3pm
Friday December 8 Roosevelt Medgar Evers 4pm
Friday December 15 Garfield Medgar Evers 4pm
Friday December 29 Walla Walla Whitman TBD
Friday January 5 Eastside Catholic Medgar Evers 4pm
Saturday January 6 Kentridge Invitational KCAC - Federal Way 8am
Friday January 12 Bainbridge Bainbridge 3:30pm
Friday January 19 Blanchet Medgar Evers 4pm
Friday February 2 Metro Prelims Snohomish Aquatic Center TBD
Saturday February 3 Metro Finals Snohomish Aquatic Center TBD
Friday February 9 District Prelims Mary Wayte - Mercer Island TBD
Saturday February 10 District Finals Mary Wayte - Mercer Island TBD
Friday February 16 State Prelims KCAC - Federal Way 9:45am
Saturday February 17 State Finals KCAC - Federal Way 9:25am

Coach's Corner

Swim SchutteCoach Tom Schutte has been the Head Coach at O’Dea High School since 1992. In his 24 years of coaching he has led his team to a WIAA 3A State Team Title in 2000, seven top four State trophy finishes, one Sea-King District 2 title, and 11 Metro League Championships. Coach Schutte has been named WIAA 3A State Coach of the Year three times in 2000, 2004, and 2011. He was inducted into the O’Dea Wall of Fame in 2010. He is proud to have produced 22 NISCA Academic All Americans, 19 All Americans in Swimming, and nine individual State Meet title event champions. He has served proudly on the Executive Board of the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for many years and is an active competitive swimmer in United States Masters Swimming. Coach Schutte is blessed to be the spouse of Jennifer and father of Sophia and Aidan.

For more information about Irish Swim & Dive please contact O’Dea Athletic Director, Monte Kohler, at (206) 624-2068 or odad@odea.org

State Champions - Swimming
Metro League Champions - Swimming
1999 2000 2001 2002
2004 2005 2006 2007
2009 2010 2011