Swimming: Riggs Adds Six to Men’s Squad

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • November 18, 2011 02:28 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Coach Vic Riggs of the West Virginia swimming and diving team has announced the addition of five swimmers and one diver to the men’s squad during the first signing period.

“This class of student-athletes is one of the most talented and diverse we have had in the fall signing period,” Riggs says. “I feel this class is filled with great potential and each of these individuals contain the character and determination we have come to expect of student-athletes here at WVU. I am proud to have them join our family.”

Christopher Brill (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Nathan Cobbe (Langwarrin South, Victoria, Australia) each signed a grant-in-aid and will join the Mountaineers for the Spring 2012 semester, while Ross Glegg (Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England), James Hickey (Centerville, Ohio), Andrew Marsh (Bemus Point, N.Y.) and diver Christian Parker (Exeter, Pa.) each signed National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season.

Brill is currently attending Crawford College Sandton and swimming for Peter Williams of Waterborn Swimming. Brill qualified for the 2011 South African Short Course Championships and took 20th in the 100 breast (1:05.91) and 26th in the 100 free (52.54).

“Chris brings a positive attitude and excitement that I can’t wait to get into our program,” Riggs says. “His breast and IM events will be felt immediately upon his arrival. He will be an important part of our medley relays at both the dual meet and championship levels.”

A talented freestyle swimmer, Cobbe has been under the direction of Michael Bohl for St. Peter’s Lutheran College and St. Peter’s Western. In 2009, Cobbe was the Queensland 16&U Age Champion in the 400 free relay, while also earning the Victorian 16&U Age Champion title in the 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. He was also an age champion in 2006 (100 back), 2007 (100 back) and 2008 (100 free). As a 2010 team captain, Cobbe was a member of the 800 free relay team that set an Australian record for 18&U men.

“Nathan continues our strong Australian connection that has helped our program greatly,” Riggs says. “He is very talented and diverse swimmer, who can swim the 50 free to the 500 free events, along with the back, fly and 200 IM at a high level. I expect him to be an important part of our relays in the future.”

Glegg has been a two-time member of the City of Leeds 400 free relay team that has medaled at nationals. He is also a national finalist in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. At the 2011 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships, Glegg finished 11th in the 50 free, 14th in the 400 free, 16th in the 100 free and 18th in the 200 free.

“Ross is a very talented freestyler that will help our relays,” Riggs says. “He has the versatility to swim the sprints and the middle distance events which will add much needed depth to our program.”

Hickey currently attends Centerville High and is a two-time state championships qualifier, finishing 13th (1:57.79) in the 200 IM and 16th (53.58) in the 100 back in 2011. While swimming for the Dayton Raiders, Hickey has been a NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships qualifier and finished first in the 100 back (1:00.62) and 200 back (2:09.85) at the 2011 Ohio Senior Long Course Championships. Hickey also finished second in the 200 IM (2:16.19) at the meet.

“Jay brings a strong backstroke to our program as talented swimmer from the Dayton Raiders, coached by former WVU swimmer Gary Galbreath,” Riggs says. “I look for Jay to become part of our strong tradition of backstrokers here and am excited about his future.”

Marsh is a record holder in the 100 back, 100 free, 50 free, 200 free and 100 fly at Jamestown High, while also swimming for Scott Vanderzell of the Tonawanda Titans. Marsh is a three-time state championships qualifier and finished second in the 100 back (50.96) and fifth in the 100 free (46.44) at the 2011 championships. The three-time MVP was also a NICSA All-American in the 100 back in 2011. With Townawanda, Marsh has been named the most outstanding performer three times and finished seventh in the 50 back (23.48) at the 2011 NCSA Junior National Championships.

“Andrew is a talented sprinter that will only get better in college,” Riggs says. “He is a strong young man who is dedicated and willing to do what it takes to succeed. Having him join our sprint program will immediately help our relays and sprint events. “

Parker comes to WVU as one of the top divers in Pennsylvania as a three-time state qualifier for Exeter Senior High. He finished sixth (497.00 points) and seven (428.40 points) at the 2010 and 2011 state championships, respectively. Parker is a six-time Berks County Swimming Association diving champion and holds the high school record for both the 6-dive and 11-dive programs. The 2011 NISCA All-American is also a two-time Central Penn League champion and two-time Central Penn League most valuable diver, as well as being named the 2011 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Winter Athlete of the Year. While diving for Todd Michael of Red Dragon, Parker finished seventh (420.95 points) on the 3-meter board at the 2011 USA Diving Age Group National Championships, while finishing 13th on the 3-meter (404.50 points) and 19th on the 1-meter (346.80 points) at the 2011 USA Diving Summer Junior Zone A Championships.

“Christian is a talented diver with the ability to develop into one of the top divers in the conference,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “Christian will help set a high standard for the Mountaineer divers, both present and future.”