Aug 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University swimming and diving Head Coach James Holder has announced his 16 student-athlete recruiting class that will begin competition at McCarthy Pool this fall. The Class of 2017 includes eight men and eight women from 10 different states and one born outside of the United States.
Holder begins his fourth season at the helm of the Hoyas swimming and diving program, where he has guided his student-athletes in breaking 60 school records, while helping the Hoyas to a strong showing in last season's BIG EAST Championships. Holder hopes that the 15 newcomers can help GU continue to climb in the BIG EAST.
"The class of 2017 is overall very solid and many of them will have an immediate impact on the program. We filled several weaknesses in our line up from last year with this class and I am very excited about the upcoming year. It will be fun to see what this team can do as we enter our new conference."
Anna Buttaci Fly/IM/Freestyle Broussard, La./ Episcopal School of Acadiana
"Anna's versatility will allow us to use her in many different events during our dual meets. She can swim the fly, IM, and Freestyle. She has great deal of potential as a college swimmer"
Emma Cammann Backstroke Andover, Mass./Andover High School
"We wanted to add more athletes who could swim backstroke and Emma fits perfectly. She performed very well this year in both backstrokes and she will also be counted on for sprint freestyle. We are excited to have a person of her talent to join our program."
Katie Duncalf IM/Fly/Backstroke Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley High School
"Katie's specialty is the backstroke events, but she can also swim both IMs and the butterfly. Our backstroke depth will improve with her in the mix."
Molly Gaynor Backstroke/Fly/Freestyle Scotch Plains, N.J. /Mount Saint Mary Academy
"Molly is an extremely versatile swimmer with a range of strokes (backstroke, fly, freestyle), and distances. Her sprinting ability will be especially helpful in several of our relays. She had an excellent senior year and she will make an immediate impact on our program."
Sarah Grundman Distance Free/IM Bainbridge Island, Wash./Washington State High School
"We've had a lot of success with our distance kids throughout the year, and we are excited to have another athlete like Sarah to join our program. Sarah has the potential to be at the top of our conference in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle with potential in the 400 IM as well. "
Sarah Jaklitsch Diver Hingham, Mass./ Notre Dame Academy
"Sarah will add great depth in our diving squad. She is experienced mostly on the one-meter but should develop well on three-meter with more experience. As a three sport athlete in high school we are excited to see what she can do with a focus on diving."
Chesley Kilgore Sprint/Fly Wichita, Kan./ Trinity Academy
"Chesley swims sprint freestyle, and you can never have enough of those athletes on your team. She will also provide us with some depth in the butterfly as well. "
Olivia Pierce Backstroke/Free/IM Boston, Mass./The New Country Day School
"Olivia is a great addition to our backstrokers, especially the 200. She will also be a contributor in the 400 IM and 500 freestyle at both the dual meet and conference level."
Kevin Blum Breaststroke/IM Towson, Md./ Loyola Blakefield
"Kevin will bring a lot to our program next season. He swims breaststroke and IM which will provide much needed depth in those events. His current times will be extremely competitive for our conference next season and we are excited to see what he can do."
David Chung Sprint/Fly Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough High School
"David came to us late in the recruiting process, but we are truly excited he will be a Hoya this season. He is an excellent sprinter and his fly time is right at the top of our depth chart. David was a part of two relays that broke the YMCA National record so we know he can perform under pressure."
Evan Grey Backstroke/Free/IM Williston, Vt./ Champlain Valley Union High School
"This freshman class is quite versatile and Evan is no exception. He has excellent times in the backstroke, 200/500 freestyle, and both IM's. As a result, he will strengthen our dual meet lineup and have an immediate impact at our conference level."
Will Leach Sprint Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central High School
"Will is going to strengthen our sprinting group next season. His current 50 and 100 freestyle times put him near the top of our depth chart. He also has potential in the 200 free and backstroke events. Will should have a major impact for us immediately in both individual events and relays."
Blake Morgan Distance Free/IM/Breaststroke Evanston, Ill./Loyola Academy
"Blake was someone we targeted very early in the recruiting process. He is one of the most versatile swimmers in this class. He can swim the 1000, 1650 free, 400 IM, 200 IM, and both breastrokes. We are fortunate that he will be a Hoya this season and eager to see what he can do."
Martin Vanin Sprint Fly Cali, Colombia/Colegio Bolivar High School
"Martin is a sprinter and flyer that will provide us much needed depth in both events especially sprint butterfly"
Parker Rigaux Diver Bethesda, Md./Chevy Chase High School
"We are excited to add two male divers to our squad this year. Parker was a second place finisher at the Maryland State Diving Championship and has a great deal of potential on both the one and three meter boards."
Jared Vespa-Cooper Diver Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School
"Jared was third in the New England Prep School Diving Championships. He is a very talented diver with a great work ethic. Jared is not afraid to challenge himself to do difficult dives, while will help raise the bar for everyone on the team. We are excited to see him develop as a Hoya."
The Hoyas open the fall season with the Blue & Grey Intra-Squad Meet on Friday, September 27 at McCarthy Pool. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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