Aug. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University swimming and diving Head Coach James Holder has announced his incoming freshmen class, who will begin competition on the Hilltop on September 28 for the Potomac Relays. This marks the second recruiting class for Holder, who enters his third season at the helm of the program.
"We are excited to welcome a talented and versatile class to the Hilltop this year that will have an immediate impact on the program," Holder said.
The Hoyas class of 2016 includes 16 student-athletes with nine women and seven men. The group has student-athletes hailing from nine different states and one from British Columbia, Canada.
"Delaney comes to the Hilltop from Princeton, New Jersey where she will help add depth to our sprint and mid-distance freestyle events," Holder said. "She will be counted on to contribute on relays and has the potential to have an impact on the conference level with improvement this year."
Mary Ellen Campbell
"Mary is very talented in the breastroke and sprint freestyle events," Holder said. "She will improve our medley and free relays this season. In addition to her skills in breastroke and freestyle, she is also very strong in the 200 IM. We believe her experience at national level meets will help prepare her for the competition she will face at our BIG EAST Conference meet and we feel she will have an impact at BIG EAST as a freshman. We are excited to welcome her to the Hilltop."
Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie
"We are excited to land a swimmer who can swim the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events, as well as the 100 butterfly," Holder said. "She will immediately impact our relays and add depth to our sprint core. Erica was very successful at YMCA Nationals and we know this experience will help her as she transitions to collegiate competition. Erica is another talented freshman who has the potential to score at the conference championships both on relays and individually."
Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek
"Fiona has the ability to swim anything from the 50 to 500 freestyle, IM, and butterfly," Holder said. "Her versatility will allow us to use her in many different events for our dual meets and she will also be major contributor on our relays as well. We are fortunate to have someone of her talent join the Hilltop this season. We look forward to her contributions to the team at both the dual meet and conference level."
Roswell, Ga./Marist School
"Shannon will help improve our already competitive distance group," Holder said. "Her 500 time is on the cusp of scoring at BIG EAST, and we believe she has the potential for a fantastic mile as well. In addition to her distance abilities, she is also a talented backstroker. Shannon has the ability to be a BIG EAST scorer as a freshman as well."
Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson
"Erin will provide us with great depth this year in our backstroke and butterfly events," Holder said. "Erin contributed to her high school team, who won the Pennsylvania State Title this year, as a member of the winning 200 medley relay as well as scoring in the top eight for both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. She is use to high pressure situations and we are looking forward to adding her to our improving program here at Georgetown. Erin played water polo in high school as well and we feel she has a great deal of potential to continue to improve here at Georgetown and make an impact at the conference level as a freshman."
Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford
"Nicole specializes in distance events, specifically the 500, 1000, 1650 free," Holder said. "Two of our graduating seniors are distance swimmers, so Nicole's presence will help ensure that we keep our distance group strong. Her current times in the 500 and 1650 freestyle would be Georgetown records. She will have an immediate impact as a freshman and we welcome her to the Hilltop."
Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity
"Lauren's specialty is the butterfly, but she has a great deal of ability in the 200 IM as well," Holder said. "Lauren will help to improve our depth in both the butterfly and 200 IM events and has potential to contribute on relays as well. We believe she has the potential to score in her individual events at the BIG EAST Championships as a freshman."
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest
We were very fortunate to land Austin this year as our distance group continues to improve," Holder said. "Not only does Austin swim freestyle, but he will also provide us with depth in the 400 IM as well. We expect that Austin will have an impact at the BIG EAST Championships in several events as a freshman."
"Bryce will help us in multiple events this season," Holder said. "He can swim sprint freestyle events and will also contribute in the breastroke as well. Bryce is one of the more versatile athletes that will be a Hoya next season and we expect him to contribute on our relays as well as his individual events."
"Jack will help add depth to our backstroke and freestyle events," Holder said. "We are excited to see how he improves in the coming years on the Hilltop."
William (Cal) Rohde
"Cal comes from the Peddie School, which has an exceptional reputation in the swimming community," Holder said. "We know our program will be getting an individual with a great work ethic. Cal is a middle distance swimmer and can also swim the backstroke and butterfly. We expect that he will add depth and versatility to our squad and with improvement be a conference meet contributor as well"
"We have made great strides with our sprinters for the past few seasons, and Michael will be a nice addition to the group," Holder said. "He is a great sprinter and will be a welcome addition to our relays. Having only been swimming year round for a few years, we are excited to see what he will bring to our team this season and the years to come."
New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan
"Austin is an extremely talented butterflyer and will make a nice contribution to both the 100 and 200 distances," Holder said. "He also has potential in the sprint freestyle events as well. Austin has the potential to contribute on both medley and freestyle relays. Austin along with the return of Victor Lopez-Cantera will be great replacements for graduating seniors Greg Germain and Trevor Kosmo. We expect big things from Austin as a Hoya."
Richmond, B.C., Canada/St. George's School for Boys
"Steven came to us very late in the recruiting process, but we are happy that he will be a Hoya this season," Holder said. "Steven will provide us with great depth in the fly events and middle distance freestyle events this upcoming season. We feel Steven has a great deal of potential as a Hoya and we are excited to welcome him to the Hilltop."