Bex Freebairn | Assistant Coach
Bex Freebairn comes to the Sycamore program from past experiences in New Zealand. Freebairn holds past coaching and swimming experience in New Zealand under their system. She competed nationally until her sophomore year of college where injuries and other aspects led her to stop competing. Freebairn wanted to give back to the sport that she had learned so much from so she turned to coaching. Her father was a swim coach she already understood what goes into the process of making a program successful.
“What brought me to ISU initially was the possibility of being involved with the Swim team. I jumped at the opportunity of gaining experience outside of New Zealand and being able to get a Master’s degree at the same time is a big plus. I consider myself very fortunate to be involved with this team. Having a new program and building a team from the ground up is exciting to be a part of. But I am also very lucky to have the chance to learn and develop as a coach under the guidance of both Matt and Rebecca. I’m looking forward to seeing the swimmers and the program itself progress.”
Freebairn earned her Bachelor of Sport Coaching while majoring in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Canterbury in 2015. She is currently working on her Masters of Coaching here at Indiana State.
Fengting Chen | Diving Coach
Chen comes to Indiana State from a stint as volunteer diving coach with Southern Illinois, a traditionally successful program within the Missouri Valley Conference.
She also swam two years for the Salukis from 2012-2014 where she was a two time first team all-conference selection, an MVC Scholar-Athlete and earned a second place finish at the 2014 MVC Championship meet in the three meter dive along with a third place finish in the one meter.
“I’d like to thank coach Leach for this opportunity. I feel so lucky to be involved with the ISU swimming and diving team. I couldn’t be more excited to get started with the new program as this is not only a great opportunity for my career, but also great for developing this program at the collegiate level. I’m looking forward to seeing how big of a success the Sycamore’s can be this coming year,” said Chen.