No Limits in the Water
In the pool, Rachel Brooker and Caroline Hodgins swim different events but share a similar story: neither started her collegiate career with the Huskies.
Brooker, a butterfly specialist, began at New Jersey’s Rider University, transferring after seeing the success her older sister, Kelsey, had at BU. Hodgins, a freestylist and daughter of Ted ’89 and Christine O’Rourke Hodgins ’88, started at Maryland’s Towson University but transferred to BU looking for a better balance between academics, athletics and social life.
Swimming brought them together, under the coaching of Stu Marvin ’78. Now success binds them.
At the recent NCAA Division II Championship meet the duo broke several school records and earned All-America honors. Brooker, a psychology major from Stevens, became a two-time All-American after finishing fifth in the 200-fly and seventh in the 100-fly. Hodgins, an exercise science major from Schwenksville, broke two of the oldest Bloomsburg records, lowering marks set in 1986 in the 200- and 1000-free and earning honorable mention All-American in 500- and 1000-free events.
The pair agrees Marvin is a big reason for their success. “Coach Marvin has a great outlook,” says Brooker, who graduates this year. “I never wanted to succeed as much for someone like I did for him. Coming here showed me I had no limits in the water.”
“Rachel and Caroline have been awesome additions to our program,” says Marvin, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. “Both came away from their previous teams a little disillusioned with the sport but have found new life here at BU. They easily transitioned onto the team, primarily because of their familiarity with the university. Having that level of comfort allowed Rachel and Caroline to fall in love with the sport all over again.” •
Tom McGuire is sports information director.