Swimming Completes 2014-15 Class


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
August 07, 2014 02:51 PM
Vic Riggs
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. West Virginia University swimming and diving coach Vic Riggs announced today the addition of 21 student-athletes as part of the 2014-15 incoming recruiting class. 
 
“We are very pleased with the 2014 incoming class,” said Riggs. “With this incoming class, we have added strength to some events and have addressed some of our depth areas. Several of them will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact both in and out of the water.”
 
The class includes 13 additions to the men’s roster and eight to the women’s. The four recruits from Colorado are the most from any state. The women’s squad added two international recruits – one from Spain and France.
 
“We have stressed recruiting character, commitment and the desire to make our program better, and each of these future Mountaineer student-athletes possess those qualities,” Riggs said. “Not only are they strong athletes, but they excel in the classroom as well. I look forward to integrating them into an already young and talent 2014-15 team.”
 
There are a total of 17 swimmers included in the class, to go with four divers. 
 
“Coach Mike Grapner continues to build the diving program by adding four very talented young men,” Riggs said. “I’m sure over the next four years our men’s diving program will be on par with where our women’s team is now.”
 
Members of the 2014-15 class are listed below. 
 
Madeline Bolin | Tucson, Ariz. | Ironwood Ridge High
  • No. 27-ranked swimmer from Arizona
  • Swam for coach Anne Fitzsimmons at Iron Ridge High
  • Holds school record in the 100 back (59.04), 100 free (52.84) and 50 free (26.09)
  • Finished eighth in the 100 free (53.80) and 16th in the 100 back (1:01.56) at the 2012 Arizona State Championships
  • Top-16 finisher in the 100 free and 100 back at the state meet in 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • IRHS Swim Team Vice President 2012 and IRHS Swim Team President in 2013
  • Two-time Southern Arizona High School Sports All-Stars Team Honorable Mention (2010-11)
  • Two-time Southern Arizona High School Sports All-Stars Team First Team (2012-13)
  • Ford Aquatics National Team member
Bolin on WVU: "A year ago my dream was to swim in college. After visiting WVU's beautiful campus my dream changed to wanting to be a Mountaineer. The excitement surrounding athletics with the move to the Big 12 makes it the perfect environment to maximize my potential in the pool and in the classroom. The pride shown by the athletes, coaching staff and the student body in general makes me very proud of my choice to be a Mountaineer. I can't wait for the next four years."
 
Philomena Fiorenzi | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Saint Thomas Aquinas High
  • No. 42-ranked swimmer from Florida
  • Swam for coach Marty Grady at St. Thomas Aquinas High
  • Placed 11th in the 50 free (24.37) and 12th in the 100 fly (58.08) at the 2013 Florida State Championships
  • Competed at the 2013 Speedo Champion Series in three different events
  • Female Varsity Swimmer of the Year all four years at St. Thomas Aquinas
  • First-Team All-County selection her senior season
  • Four-time state finalist
Fiorenzi on WVU: “WVU has an amazing campus and wonderful school spirit. It is a beautiful school and provides many of the opportunities I'm looking for as a college student.”
 
Amélie Natacha Florence Currat | Dunkerque, France | College et lycee prives Saint-Pierre Chanel
  • Native of Dunkerque, France
  • Competed for France U18 and U20 teams in 2013
  • Placed second in the 100 fly and sixth in the 50 free at the France U18 team in 2013
  • Finished second in the 50 free for the France U20 team in 2013
  • Placed sixth in the 100 free for the France U16 team in 2012
  • Placed second in the 4 x 100 free for the French National Team COMEN Mediterranean Cup (2011)
Currat on WVU: “I chose West Virginia University because of its high level in academics and athletics. I saw the campus on WVU's website, and I found it very attractive. Then I talked to coach Riggs on the phone and had all the information to be sure it was the good place for me.”
 
Taylor Gill | Annapolis, Md. | Naval Academy Aquatic Club
  • No. 17-ranked swimmer from Maryland
  • Swam for coach Andrew Grannell at Annapolis Senior High
  • Anne Arundel County’s Swimmer of the Year 2012-2013
  • Annapolis High Varsity Swim Team MVP 2010-2014
  • Six time all-county champion in individual events 100 back (4x) and 200 IM (2x)
  • Anne Arundel County record holder in the 100 back (57.72) and 200 IM (2:06.48)
  • Regional record holder in the 100 back (57.72)
  • National Honor Society member (2012-2014)
  • Scholastic All-American (2012-2014)
  • Naval Academy Aquatic Club record holder in the 100 (57.72) and 200 Backstroke (2:01.37)
  • National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior National Qualifier in the 100 and 200 back and 200 and 400 IM
 
Sammie Guay | Fort Collins, Colo. | Fossil Ridge High
  • Swam for coach Tasha Marchant at Fossil Ridge High
  • Colorado state champion in the 200 IM in 2011
  • No. 12-ranked swimmer from the state of Colorado
  • Six-time All American in 2x200 IM, 2x100 breast and 2x200 medley relay
  • Third place in 100-breast (1:04.86) and fifth place in 200 IM (2:05.01) at state championships in 2014
  • 2013 Junior National Qualifier in the 400 IM, 200 breast, 100 breast and 200 IM
Guay on WVU: “I chose WVU because I thought the coaches and the team were great, and I enjoyed the atmosphere the school had to offer. I'm excited to be a Mountaineer.”
 
Katie King | Barkhamsted, Conn. | Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Transfer from Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Set program records in the 50 (30.65) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.68) and with the 200 (1:51.08) and 400 medley relay (4:02.33) teams
  • Undefeated during the regular season in the 50 breaststroke and claimed first three times in the 100 breast
  • Member of the 2013 and 2014 All-New England Team
  • 2013 Eastern Connecticut State University Individual Sport Rookie of the Year
  • 2014 Eastern Connecticut State University Individual Sport Athlete of the Year
  • 2004 All-Little East Academic Team
King on WVU: “I am thrilled in becoming a Mountaineer, especially because of the pride and tradition that continues on at WVU.”
 
Celia Martínez de la Torre | Madrid, Spain | I.E.S. Pedro Salinas
  • Native of Madrid, Spain
  • Swam for coach Miguel Vazquez Calco on Club Natacion Madrid Moscardo
  • Junior Spanish Championship in the 100 fly, 50 free and 100 free
  • Competed at I.E.S. Pedro Salinas
Martinez de la Torre on WVU: “I chose WVU because I was looking for a university with a good academic and athletic level - the most important aspects in my choice. WVU has these two things.”
 
Loren Williams | Chesapeake, Va. | Western Branch High
  • No. 60-ranked swimmer from Virginia
  • Swam for coach Mike Salpeter at Western Branch High
  • Earned all-district, all-region and all-state honors every year of competition in high school
  • Swam for the VYAC Club Team for coach Salpeter
  • Placed second in the 200 IM (2:11.16) at the 2013 NCSA Junior National Championships
  • Placed 31st as a sophomore at the Virginia Senior Championships in the 200 breast (2:31.82)
Williams on WVU: “Becoming a Mountaineer is a dream come true. It's such an honor to be a part of the WVU swim and diving family that is known for its amazing swimming success and close knit team. August truly can't come fast enough, as I can't wait to get to work."
 
Mariano Adame | Austin, Texas | Westlake High
  • Swam for coach Isaac Grombacher at Westlake High
  • Competed with the Longhorn Aquatics club team
  • Qualified for the B Final (1:52.25) in the 200 fly at the American Short Course and made the A Final (2:08.29) at San Antonio Senior Circuit
  • Participated at the 2014 Speedo Champions Series, competing in six different events
  • Two-time qualifier for Texas High School Regionals
Adame on WVU: “I chose WVU because of the great location, academics and top-level swim program. With so many fast guys on the team, I see myself improving at a fast rate. Also, swimming in the Big 12 is something that I have always dreamed of, and West Virginia University gives me that chance.”
 
Franklin Bradshaw | Charlotte, N.C. | Providence High
  • No.17-ranked 2014 recruit from North Carolina
  • Swam for coach Bill Davis at Providence Senior High School
  • MVP all four years and team captain his senior years
  • Two top-eight finishes at the 2014 North Carolina High School State Championships, finishing sixth in the 500 free (4:38.47) and 4x100 free
  • Conference and South Charlotte Swimmer of the Year in the 200 free, 500 free and 4x100 free
  • Junior National Qualifier since 2012
  • Open Water National Qualifier
Bradshaw on WVU: "West Virginia has an amazing campus, numerous academic opportunities and an outstanding coaching staff led by Vic Riggs. I truly am proud to be a Mountaineer."
 
James Koval | Mt. Pleasant, S.C. | Academic Magnet High
  • No. 11-ranked swimmer from South Carolina
  • Swam for coach A.J. Parks at Academic Magnet High
  • Captain of team his junior and senior year
  • Helped lead AMHS to AAA team state championships in (2012-2013)
  • 2013 AAA State Champion in the 200 free (1:58.95), 500 free (4:44.84) and 200 medley relay (2:00.14)
  • South Carolina High School Sports Report SC Swimmer of the Year in 2013
  • Holds AMHS school records in the 200 free (1:58.95), 500 free (4:35.31), 200 medley relay (1:56.22) and 400 free relay (4:07.18)
  • Participated at 2013 Winter Junior Nationals
Koval on WVU: "I am excited to spend the next four years in Morgantown and extremely proud to represent the Mountaineers."
 
Chris McMahon | Highlands Ranch, Colo. | ThunderRidge High
  • Swam for coach Christina Kwon at ThunderRidge High
  • Captain of team his senior season
  • Academic All-State Honorable Mention
  • Placed fifth in the 200 free (1:42.14) at the 2014 5A State meet
  • Placed seventh in the 500 free (4:39.01) at the 2014 5A State meet
  • Won the 200 IM (1:59.06) at the 2014 Continental League Swimming Championships
McMahon on WVU: "I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this incredible team. I'm looking forward to working hard to expand my athletic potential and reach my athletic and academic goals. Let's go, Mountaineers."
 
Andrew Riebel | Cypress, Texas | Cypress Ranch High
  • Swam for coach Bryan Hutchinson at Cypress Ranch High
  • No. 28-ranked swimmer from the state of Texas
  • All-State (2012- 2013)
  • Named All-American in the 200 free in 2013
  • All-region and all-district honoree in (2011-13)
  • Junior National Qualifier in (2013-2014)
Riebel on WVU: "Being a Mountaineer means having the opportunity to achieve both academic and athletic success while being supported by coaches, friends and teammates. I am looking forward to contributing to the program and its continued success. I can't wait to become a Mountaineer."
 
Tony Sekowski | Penn Trafford, Pa. | Penn Trafford High
  • Served as team captain of the Fox Chapel Killer Whales Club Team, while swimming for coach Todd Clark
  • Earned all-county, all-district and all-state honors at Penn Trafford High under coach Dave Babik
  • Qualified for the WPIAL Championships in two individual events and one relay event as a sophomore
  • Placed eighth at the 2014 AAA WPIAL Championships in the 100 breast (1:00.42) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:00.78)
  • Member of 200 free relay team that finished ninth at the 2014 AAA WPIAL Championships and member of 200 medley relay team that placed sixth
Sekowski on WVU: “I love the school and the atmosphere of Morgantown. The team is a great fit for me. I’m really excited for the next four years and thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Mountaineer family. Let’s go, Mountaineers.”
 
Andrew Tyson | Haymarket, Va. | Battlefield High
  • Swim Team Captain at Battlefield High
  • All-district performer in 2013
  • Qualified for districts and regionals (2010-12)
  • Claimed Battlefield’s coaches’ award his junior and senior years
  • Participated at the 2013-14 Virginia 6A North Region Championships in the 100fFly
  • Sister attends WVU
Tyson on WVU: “I'm really glad I'm following in my sister’s footsteps in becoming a Mountaineer, and I am even more ecstatic that I'm doing what I love to do. Let's go, Mountaineers.”
 
Triston Mosby | Aurora, Colo. | Grandview High
  • No. 20-ranked swimmer from Colorado
  • Swam for coach Marcus Christenson at Grandview High
  • Placed sixth in the 100 breast (59.38) at the 2014 state meet, while finishing seventh in the 200 IM (1:54.53)
  • Holds school record in 100 free (46.88), 200 IM (1:54.53), 100 breast (59:38), 200 free (1:42.17) and 400 free (3:08.38)
  • Earned All-America status in 400 free relay in 2014
  • Finished sixth in the 100 breast (59.38) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:56.36) at the 2014 state meet
  • Member of the 2014 SCS Central Zone Champion squad and the SCS Central Zone Men’s Championships team
Mosby on WVU: “I'm proud to be a Mountaineer and to represent West Virginia University for the next four years in both athletics and academics.”
 
Joe Miller | Parkersburg, W.Va. | Parkersburg South High
  • Swam for coach Steve Lutz at Parkersburg South High
  • Captain of team his junior and senior seasons
  • Placed fourth at the state meet in the 200 free (1:53.21) and fifth in the 500 free (5:07.78)
  • School record holder in the 500 free, 200 free relay and 400 free
  • Named to the 2014 all-region team
  • Winner of the 2014 Outstanding Swimmer Award and the 2013 Esteemed Swimmer Award at Parkersburg South
Miller: “It's an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to represent West Virginia University not only as a student but also as an athlete. There's going to be many mountains I'll face, but I'm ready to climb to the top.”
                                               
Markus Perry | Monument, Colo. | Hargrave Military Academy
  • Swam at Lewis Palmer High in Monument, Colorado, before diving for Hargrave Military Academy
  • Led Lewis Palmer to the 5A State Championship meet, finishing in ninth place
  • Holds LPHS Pool record for 11 dives
  • Captain of the LPHS diving team as a sophomore
  • Transferred to Hargrave Military Academy in January 2013
  • Named team captain and placed seventh at the Eastern Regional Championships in Philadelphia
  • Member of All-Star Grand Champion Team at US Nationals
Perry on WVU: “Even before visiting the school, I knew I had made my decision. My recruiting trip solidified that decision because the team welcomed me as if I already was a Mountaineer.”
 
Alex Obendorf | Hudson, Ohio | Hudson High
  • Competed for coach Daniel Miller at Hudson High
  • A sectional, district and state champion in 2012
  • Competed with the Akron Rippers club team, earning the Diver of the Year Award with the team in 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • All-American in 2012 and 2013
  • Named Rookie of the Year at Hudson High in 2011
Odendorf on WVU: "After my recruiting trip, I felt that WVU was the best choice for me. I liked the atmosphere of the school and felt very welcomed by the team."
 
Logan McHenry | Ventnor City, N.J. | Atlantic City High
  • Competed for coach Robert McHenry at Atlantic City High
  • Three-year captain and two time all-state selection
  • Named MVP of this high school team all four years of competition
  • ACHS six and 11 dive record holder
  • New Jersey State Champion
  • Two-time first team South Jersey selection
McHenry on WVU: “Diving at WVU will be a great experience. I am looking forward to being part of the team; they were all very welcoming."
 
Michael Proietto | Aston, Pa. |Sun Valley High  
  • Swam for coach Mike Komorowski at Sun Valley High
  • Four-year letterwinner
  • Placed second at the 2014 PIAA Class AA Diving Championships
  • 2014 Ches-Mont Diver of the Year
  • 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania All-State selection
  • Holds school record for six and 11 dives
  • Earned 2014 U.S Marne Corp’s Distinguished Athlete Award
  • Finished seventh at the PIAA AA Diving Championships in 2012 and 2013
  • Qualified for USA Diving Age Group Nationals in 2013
Proietto on WVU: "I knew it was the school and team for me after the first visit."



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