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Women's swimming and diving announces 8 newcomers

Postby PonyPride » Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:04 am

From SMUMustangs.com:

Mustangs Announce 2021-22 Newcomers

DALLAS (SMU) – Head coach Steve Collins has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the SMU women's swimming and diving program for the 2021-22 season.

The Mustangs welcome five freshman swimmers, while three transfers are set to join the program including a pair on the diving side.

SMU is coming off a runner-up finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships

Hannah Craley | Redding, Conn. | Minnesota | Diving
Prior to SMU: Competed at Minnesota as a freshman... Was an NCAA Zone qualifier.

Prep: State Champion and All-State as a senior... A two-time all-conference selection... Conference Champion on 1 meter... Two-time Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Champion... Two-time AAU Red, White and Blue Champion... All-American as a sophomore... Set Connecticut Class M State Diving Record... Set CT 6 Diving State Record... Canterbury School 6 and 11 Pool and School Record Holder... New Fairfield CT Pool Record Holder... Set School and Pool Record at Kent Prep... USA Diving Senior Nationals Qualifier... USA Diving Junior Nationals Qualifier.

Personal: Mother was a collegiate diver at Purdue and Syracuse.

Jaclynn Fowler | Laguna Niguel, Calif. | Minnesota | Diving
Prior to SMU: Spent her freshman (2019-20) season at Minnesota… NCAA Championships qualifier… First-Team CSCAA All-American… Big Ten finalist on 3 meter.

Prep: 2019 USA Diving National Finalist… Three-time USA Diving National qualifier… Senior National qualifier (2018, 2019)… West National qualifier (2013, 2014).

Personal: Mother was a diver at Arizona State.

Kate Janzen | Edmond, Okla. | Epic Charter Schools | Backstroke / Butterfly / IM
Prep: Competed at King Marlin Swim Club under John Brown… Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2018, 2020, 2021)… Named Oklahoma Swimmer of the Year on four occasions (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Personal: High School Salutatorian… Named to the Superintendent's Honor Roll and was an Oklahoma Academic Scholar… Member of the National Honor Society.

Ilektra Lebl | Athens, Greece | Northwestern / 4th Lyceum of Ilioupolis | Freestyle / IM
Prior to SMU: Spent four seasons at Northwestern… Served as team captain during the 2019-20 season… Recipient of the All-Big Ten Academic Award (2019-21) and Captains' Award (2019)… Posted nine total NCAA B cuts in five events.

Prep: Competed for Nikos Gemelos at OSFP… Helped team to a National Age Group Championship in 2017 and to National Senior Championships from 2017-2020… Member of the Greek National Swim Team since 2013… Competed at Junior European Championships (2014-16) earning a bronze medal in the 100 fly in 2015… Swam at the Junior World Championships in 2015 and World Swimming Championships in 2017… Also competed at the European Youth Olympic Festival (2013) and Mediterranean Games (2018) as well as multiple multination and Balkan games as a junior.

Personal: Earned a degree in psychology from Northwestern.

Olivia Lind | Katonah, New York | John Jay | Backstroke
Prep: Swam for Meg Kaplan at John Jay High School… A New York State finalist and all-league and all-section honoree… Elected team captain as a junior and senior… Team record holder in the 100 back… Member of Empire Swimming under Ilan Noach… Competed for Empire's National Team… Futures ISCA and Speedo Sectional qualifier.

Ashley Lugbill | Mason, Ohio | William Mason | Breaststroke / Distance Freestyle
Prep: Lettered four seasons under Mark Sullivan at William Mason High School… A four-time State qualifier and finalist… Helped her team to a pair of State Championships… An NISCA All-American, first-team all-conference and Greater Miami Conference honorable mention selection… Named team captain as a junior and senior… Received the 110%, Pete Barney and Green and White Awards… Swam for Ken Heis and Emily Hoeper at Mason Manta Rays… Recognized as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American... Achieved Sectional, Future, Winter Junior National and Summer Junior National time standards.

Personal: Awarded with Outstanding Achievement award and the Principals Award… Graduated with Honors.

Tiffanie Ruan | Bolingbrook, Illinois | Neuqua Valley | Freestyle
Prep: Lettered four seasons under Jason Niforatos at Neuqua Valley High School… Helped team to consecutive State Championships from 2018-20… Competed for Dave Krotiak at FMC.

Has one brother who swims at Milwaukee.

Morgan Schield | San Antonio, Texas | San Antonio Christian | Backstroke
Prep: Lettered four years in high school spending her final three seasons swimming for Mark Saroni at San Antonio Christian High School after swimming for Kari Osborne at Smithson Valley High School… A TAPPS Swimming eight-time State Champion, two-time runner-up and two-time bronze medalist… An 11-time Regional Champion and one-time runner-up… Helped her team to a pair of TAPPS Division II Championships… Named TAPPS Academic All-State, First-Team All-State and a three-time Region Swimmer of the Meet… A UIL 6A four-time District Champion and two-time Regional bronze medalist… Was a team captain at San Antonio Christian… Named to the San Antonio Express News All-Area Team… Competed for Jason Schmeltzer at Aquaswift Aquatics where she was a team captain… A five-time Futures and NCSA qualifier… Speedo Sectionals Finalist.

Personal: Member of the High Honor Roll and National Honor Society… Earned National Latin Examination Honorable Merit… Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
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Re: Women's swimming and diving announces 8 newcomers

Postby PoconoPony » Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:41 am

Aside from the 2 diving transfers this is fairly pathetic recruiting effort both in numbers and quality; however, the program has a history of foreign kids who arrive for the second semester.
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Re: Women's swimming and diving announces 8 newcomers

Postby ponyswim » Sat Jun 26, 2021 1:51 pm

The transfer from Northwestern is really good - better than anyone on our current team. The divers are good.
The Oklahoma backstroker is pretty good, with hopefully a lot of upside.
The others may have the ability to get a lot better, but this group is not what SMU needs to be making an impact at the NCAA championships.
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Re: Women's swimming and diving announces 8 newcomers

Postby PoconoPony » Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:16 am

ponyswim wrote:The transfer from Northwestern is really good - better than anyone on our current team. The divers are good.
The Oklahoma backstroker is pretty good, with hopefully a lot of upside.
The others may have the ability to get a lot better, but this group is not what SMU needs to be making an impact at the NCAA championships.


The problem is that one swimmer does not make a team or create depth for any championship event. This program needs attention and maybe a change of direction.
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