Arkansas Razorbacks add new assistant coach

Arkansas’ swimming and diving program has added Alec Kandt as an assistant coach, head coach Neil Harper announced Friday.

Alec Kandt joins the Razorbacks after serving as an assistant coach during the 2021-22 season for Davenport University. At Davenport University, Kandt led the men’s team to multiple top-eight finishes at the GLIAC Championships. Additionally, he also helped the women’s team to a top 5 finish at the GLIAC Championships.

“First of all, I want to thank Neil for this opportunity to join his team! Throughout the hiring process, everyone associated with the program was extremely welcoming and made us feel like home,” said Kandt. “After a conversation with one of my mentors Gregg Troy, the job was just the right decision and the right fit for me where I am at in my career, so it was an easy choice to accept the job for join this amazing team. Let’s go pigs!”

Kandt also served as the head coach of East Grand Rapids Aquatics from 2018 to 2021. Prior to his move to East Grand Rapids, he was a volunteer assistant swim coach at the University of Florida from 2017 to 2018, during which the Gators have won an SEC Championship. While in Florida, Kandt also served as an assistant swim coach for the Gator Swim Club.

In the pool, Kandt was a four-time college letterer at Michigan State. He also won Freshman Swimmer of the Year in 2014. Additionally, he won Swimmer of the Year three times from 2015 to 2017 and was a Big Ten Championship runner-up while there. in East Lansing. Kandt currently holds the 100m breaststroke record at Michigan State and represented the Spartans at the US Open and Olympic Trials qualifier in 2016.

Kandt is from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

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