BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo dedicated the Alumni Arena Pool and Natatorium competition pool after former women’s swimming and diving head coach, the late Dorsi Raynolds. Surrounded by friends, family and former student-athletes, UB named the pool the Dorsi Raynolds Competition Pool on Saturday, Feb. 29 on the final day of the Mid-American Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. After a long battle with cancer Raynolds passed away on April 16, 2018.
Raynolds served as head coach of the UB swimming and diving team from 1992 to 2005. She finished her 13-year career with the Bulls with 67 dual meet victories – at the time, the most in school history. Over her career, she placed 70 swimmers on all-conference teams, including two-time Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Year and UB Hall of Famer Jennefer Brankovsky.
Prior to joining the MAC in 1998, Raynolds led the Bulls to five straight conference championships – first in the East Coast Conference in 1994, followed by four straight in the Mid-Continent Conference. She was named Mid-Continent Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Over her 32-year career, Raynolds also held coaching positions at Drew University, Northern Michigan, Boston University and Wells College. She most recently served as the swim coach and aquatics director at Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Vermont.
Raynolds was a 1985 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a standout swimmer. She was a 16-time All-American, four-time state champion in the butterfly and the New York State record holder in the 50 fly. She graduated with school records in the 100 and 50 fly. A two-time team captain, Raynolds helped the Bombers to four straight SUNYAC titles and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame.
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