AUSTIN, Texas, October 29. AFTER hearing a rumor over the weekend that Texas women's head coach Kim Brackin had all of her national championship rings stolen from her office, SwimmingWorldMagazine.com contacted her directly to check on the truth of the matter.
Unfortunately, the rumor was confirmed as truth. Fortunately, Brackin is taking it in stride and had the following to say:
Yes, unfortunately it is true. All 7 of my rings have been stolen.
It is the first time I have had anything stolen from my office. Unfortunately, things like this happen everywhere; the university generally does a very good job of keeping the campus a very safe environment. I can only speculate on my circumstances as my office door is locked whenever I'm not in the office. I think it was just a random act of theft, they look fancy and expensive so I am sure someone thought they would be worth a lot.
As we know, the NCAA limits the amount you can spend on championship rings so their worth is really not tremendous in regard to actual financial value, but of course, the amount is immeasurable in sentimental value.
It took a lot of hard work and time to win them, the senior class of each team helped to design them and I shared the same style of rings with some incredible Auburn people. All that being said, no theft can take away the actual memories of winning. The rings are symbols of those moments, and I'd love to have them back but, I still have vivid memories, pictures and people to relive the moments with. It is actually pretty neat, every time I walk on my deck, if I take a moment; I can remember winning our first Auburn women's title right here at the Texas Swim Center! Ironically, that was my favorite ring!
I doubt I'll ever see them again, which is sad, but I'm thinking it's just a sign that I need to earn new ones here for the University of Texas.
With that attitude, along with how well Brackin is doing in the recruiting circles, she may be showing off a new ring sooner than might be expected.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of said rings, please contact Newsmaster so that we can forward that information to Coach Brackin.