Coach of the year: Jeanne Godaire, Evergreen, girls swimming

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By Craig Harper
For the Courier
Water is a life-sustenance in more ways than the obvious for Evergreen girls swimming coach Jeanne Godaire.
Godaire is employed by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, where she does flood hazard investigation for the 350-some dams owned by the federal government that provide irrigation water.
“Water is a theme running through my life,” she said.
Perhaps it was inevitable, then, that in her eighth year leading the Lady Cougars, Godaire landed the school’s first 4A state championship in the sport. Evergreen’s title — accomplished despite the 2013 graduation of Lexie Malazdrewicz, the best swimmer in school history, and without a senior among its placers at state — earned Godaire the 2013-14 Canyon Courier Coach of the Year honor.
“I really consider it an award for the team,” Godaire said. “We had an exceptional team, a real exceptional team. It was a season you can’t expect to have every year, but it’s one we’ll remember for a long time. The girls really pulled together as a team.”
Ten Lady Cougars placed in the top eight in 15 individual events, and four of them constituted the winning 200-yard medley relay team. Two years earlier, Evergreen sent seven girls to the state meet, where it finished second.
“Our depth was a big factor,” Godaire said. “We were able to place several girls in each event with the exception of maybe one event. The versatility of each girl was critical to our ability to strategize and move them to different events, even if it wasn’t their best event.”
Despite losing Malazdrewicz, who won a pair of state titles, Godaire had a good feeling about her 2013-14 team.
She was more encouraged after noticing the development of a trio of freshmen, led by Kate McDonald, who finished second in the 500 freestyle and tied for third in the 200.
“Our freshman class was phenomenal,” she said. “Our junior class (led by Lindsay Morrow, who won individual titles in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke) was really strong and really stepped up. I knew we were going to have a strong team and the freshmen added that extra power.”

2010-11: Peter Jeans, Evergreen, soccer
2011-12: Marnie Bello, Evergreen, gymnastics
2012-13: Kirk Petrik, Evergreen, skiing