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    Swimming & Diving Announces Signing Class

    July 15, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State men’s and women’s head swimming coach Braden Holloway is excited to announce a 23-member signing class for the fall of 2013. The class, which includes athletes from around the globe, is one that the reigning ACC Coach of the Year believes is the perfect fit for the program and its building process.

    "Building a successful program at the college level is not a given," Holloway said. "The process asks for special types of individuals who are good fits for the respective institution, the program and the coaching staff.  We are excited about this group and are very much looking forward to being a part of their collegiate experience."

    The men’s class features eight student-athletes from around the country, along with three international recruits. On the women’s side, nine recruits are from the U.S. and an additional two recruits are international.

    "The staff has worked extremely hard to recruit the top student-athletes from around the states, including our own in North Carolina," Holloway said. "We are grateful to the club and high school coaches who have embraced our vision and supported their student-athletes' decision to further their career with the Wolfpack. Our goal is to build a championship caliber program the ACC and NC State community will be proud to call their own.

    "Our incoming international swimmers, as well as other members of the Class of 2017 who have represented their country on the international level, represent what we desire to be as a team: a program that is nationally and internationally recognized and respected in the pool."

    The 23-member signing class includes several student-athletes who qualified for the 2013 World Championship Trials, 2012 US Olympic Trials, won state championships in high school as individuals and were selected as high school All-Americans. 

    In addition to the strong swimmers in the class, State also bolstered its diving corps by signing three divers: two on the women’s side and one for the men.

    “I am very excited about our freshman divers,” said diving coach Josh Karshen. “These divers will have an immediate impact on the team. They work extremely hard and have a presence in the pool that is going to motivate and challenge everyone around them. There is no doubt in my mind that future All-Americans are in this group. The Pack just got a whole lot stronger.”

    Men’s Signees  

    Geoffrey Carter
    Breaststroke/IM – Lilburn, Ga.
    High School: Parkview
    Club Team: Swim Atlanta
    Honors: High School All-American, Scholar Athlete, Georgia High School State Champion Team Member, Junior National Finalist, Senior National Qualifier
    Personal Bests: Breaststroke 100: 56.82, 200: 2:02.36, IM 200: 1:50.81

    Philipp Forster
    Butterfly/IM – Weisbaden, Germany
    High School: Diltheyschule
    Club Team: SC Weisbaden 1911
    Honors: No. 34 Overall Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2013, European Junior Championships Bronze Medalist
    Personal Bests: Butterfly 100: 53.80lcm, 200: 2:04.18lcm, IM 200: 2:01.94lcm, 400: 4:28.53lcm

    Alexander Hamilton
    Freestyle – Toronto, Canada
    High School: Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
    Club Team: North York Aquatic Club
    Honors: Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier (9th place 1500m), 9x Canadian Age Group National Champion, 2013 Canadian Junior Team, 3x North American Challenge Cup Canadian Team
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 400: 4:01.80lcm, 800: 8:22.71lcm, 1500: 16:01.91lcm

    Chad Harrington
    Freestyle– Coconut Creek, Fla.
    High School: Boca Raton High School/Indian River State College
    Club Team: Indian River State College
    Honors: 2013 Junior College National Champion 200 Freestyle, 6x Junior College National Champion, 13x Junior College All-American, Dean’s List Student-Athlete, 
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 100: 44.04, 200: 1:36.57

    Derek Hren
    Breaststroke/IM – Euclid, Ohio
    High School: St. Ignatius
    Club Team: Euclid Marlins
    Honors: High School All-American, Senior Nationals Qualifier, US Open Qualifier
    Personal Bests: Breaststroke 100: 55.57, IM 200: 1:50.34 

    Scott Johnson
    Freestyle – Raleigh, N.C.
    High School: Leesville Road
    Club Team: Marlins of Raleigh
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 50: 20.59, 100: 45.60, 200: 1:41.90

    Adam Linker
    Freestyle/IM – Cary, N.C.
    High School: Cary Academy
    Club Team: Marlins of Raleigh
    Honors: Junior National Qualifier, Scholastic All-American, NC High School State Champion
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 500: 4:32.13, 1000: 9:15.82, 1650: 15:32.34, IM 400: 3:58.73

    Matt O’Donnel
    Freestyle/Backstroke/IM – Bradenton, Fla.
    High School: Cardinal Mooney School
    Club Team: Sarasota YMCA Sharks
    Honors: YMCA National Medalist, YMCA National Team Champion Member
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 500: 4:29.51, 1000: 9:14.61, 1650: 15:29.80, Backstroke 200: 1:49.44, IM 400: 3:58.11

    Grant Saale
    Diving – Dublin, Ohio
    High School: Dublin Jerome
    Club Team: Ohio State Diving
    Honors: High School All-American, High School All-Ohio, 2x USA Diving Junior National Finalist 

    Andreas Scheilerrup
    Backstroke/Freestyle – Birkerod, Denmark
    High School: Allerod
    Club Team: Sigma-Ns
    Honors: No. 28 Overall Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2013, Danish Junior Record Holder (50 Backstroke), Danish National Record Holder (50 Backstroke) 6x Danish National Champion
    Personal Bests: Backstroke 100: 52.83scm, 200: 1:57.32scm, Freestyle 50: 22.32scm, 100: 49.83scm

    Stuart Sharp
    Freestyle – Houston, Texas
    High School: Langham Creek Senior
    Club Team: Cyprus Fairbanks Swim Club
    Honors: No. 4 Ranked Prospect from the State of Texas
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 50: 20.58, 100: 45.12, 200: 1:38.21, 500: 4:28.99

    Women’s Signees

    Katie Bell
    Freestyle – Roswell, Ga.
    High School: Pope
    Club Team: Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club
    Honors: High School All-American Consideration, Spring Junior National Qualifier, Colorado High School State Champion Team Member
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 200: 1:54.09, 500: 5:03.07, 1650: 17:47.07

    Kayla Brumbaum
    Breaststroke – Fredericksburg, Va.
    High School: Riverbend
    Club Team: Rappahannock YMCA Stingrays
    Honors: 2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2013 World Championship Trials Qualifier, Virginia High School State Champion, YMCA National Champion, High School All-American, Scholastic All-American
    Personal Bests: Breaststroke 100: 1:02.63, 200: 2:16.31

    Addisynn Bursch
    IM/Breaststroke/Freestyle – Spokane Valley, Wash.
    High School: Penn
    Club Team: Pro Swimming
    Honors: No. 1 Ranked Prospect from State of Washington, (72nd Overall in class of 2013), 2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2013 World Championship Trials Qualifier
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 100: 50.71, 200: 1:48.98, Breaststroke 100: 1:03.21, 200: 2:15.72, IM 200:  2:00.08, 400: 4:15.53 

    Lydia Jones
    Butterfly/Freestyle – Lawrenceville, Ga.
    High School: Archer
    Club Team: Swim Atlanta
    Honors: No. 4 Ranked Prospect from State of Georgia, 2012 US Olympic Trials Qualifier, Georgia High School State Champion
    Personal Bests: Butterfly 100: 54.96, 200: 2:00.34, Freestyle 50: 23.58, 100: 52.80, 200: 1:51.87 

    Natalie Labonge
    Freestyle/Butterfly – Greensboro, N.C.
    High School: Grimsley
    Club Team: Greensboro Swimming Association
    Honors: No. 2 Ranked Prospect from the State of North Carolina, Junior National Qualifier, 3 Time Scholastic All-American, Summa Cum Laude Graduate
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 50: 23.33, 100: 51.37, Butterfly 100: 55.75

    Kelly Martin
    Diving – Apopka, Fla.
    High School: Lake Brantley
    Honors: USA Gymnastics: 2010 Eastern National Qualifier, 2nd in the All Around at nationals, 2010 Regional Vault, Bars, and All Around Champion, 2010 Florida State Vault, Beam, and All Around Champion, 2008 Regional All Around Champion, 2008 State All Around Champion, 2007 Regional All Around Champion, 2006 State All Around Champion

    Gabrielle McDermott
    Diving – Springfield, Ill.
    High School: Sacred Heart Griffin
    Club Team: Illinois Diving Academy
    Honors: 2011 & 2012 Illinois State Qualifier, Sectional Champion, Conference Champion, City Champion, and All-Conference

    Rachel Muller
    Freestyle – Snellville, Ga.
    High School: Brookwood
    Club Team: Swim Atlanta
    Honors: No. 2 Ranked Prospect from the State of Georgia (96th Overall in class of 2013), 6x High School All-American, 2013 Academic All-American, 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, Georgia High School State Champion
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 100: 50.92, 200: 1:47.84, 500: 4:49.31, 1650: 16:33.81

    Lotta Nevalainen
    Freestyle/Backstroke – Imatra, Finland
    High School: Imatran Yhteislukio
    Club Team: Vuoksen Uimaseura
    Honors: No. 28 Overall Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2013, European Short Course Champion 4x50 Freestyle Relay, 9x Finnish National Champion
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 50: 24.80scm, 100: 54.38scm, Backstroke 100: 1:00.35scm

    Kendall Pena
    Freestyle – Apex, N.C.
    High School: Middle Creek
    Club Team: Marlins of Raleigh
    Honors: 2x Scholastic All-American, Junior National Qualifier
    Personal Bests: Freestyle 500: 4:59.41, 1000: 10:10.20, 1650: 17:08.58 

    Maddie Witzke
    Breaststroke – Holly Springs, N.C.
    High School: Holly Springs
    Club Team: Raleigh Swim Association
    Honors: Junior National Qualifier
    Personal Bests: Breaststroke 100: 1:03.32, 200: 2:20.61 

    Alexia Zevnik
    Backstroke/Freestyle – Lasalle, Canada
    High School: Dawson
    Club Team: Pointe Claire Swim Club
    Honors: No. 45 Overall Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2013, 2012 Canadian Junior National Champion (100 Freestyle), Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2013 Canadian World Trials Individual Finalist, 2013 Canadian World Trials Champion 4x100 Freestyle and 4x100 Medley Relay, Quebec Provincial Record Holder
    Personal Bests: Backstroke 100: 59.89scm, 200: 2:10.19scm, Freestyle 50: 26.81lcm, 100: 56.73lcm

    *LCM denotes long course meters and SCM denotes short course meters



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