HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 6, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving head coach Richard Long announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters of intent to join the program for the 2014-15 season, Friday.
The six incoming swimmers include Katie Barney (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial), Courtney Clarke (Newark, Del./Saint Mark’s), Quinn MacMillan (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), Maddie Massey (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), Abby Ortman (North Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) and Katie Parker (Millersville, Md./Severna Park).
“Only graduating five seniors, we weren’t looking for a large class, but at the same time we were trying to increase the numbers for our program,” Long said. “Our goal is still to have eight after the spring signing period, but for this fall, we wanted four and ended up with six. We are feeling pretty confident about the girls we have committed for the fall.”
“Katie Barney has got a lot of upside,” Long said. “We’re a little thin on the spring side so we are trying to create depth in that area.” Katie has hand speed I have never seen before from sprinters. It’s natural hand speed. We are really excited about Katie and her ability to develop her butterfly and backstroke as well.”
“Courtney is a great girl with a lot of energy,” Long commented. “She was our first commitment before we had the signing period after our first recruiting trip. She’s a butterfly and backstroker and is incredibly good under water. She’s a girl with a lot of energy and a lot of excitement about wanting to get better.”
“Quinn is known as a spring freestyler and hadn’t been on a lot of people’s top radar, but she was one of our top targets,” Long remarked. “She performed at the top level for Pennsylvania State Championships for high school over the last two season and we hope to see her as a big performaer and contributor at the high school level this year. Her mother was a swimmer at South Carolina and bother her sister swam in college, so she’s got swimming in her blood.”
“Maddie was one of the last commitments we received,” Long said. “She is from North Carolina and has a lot of potential for us in multiple areas. Primarily we look at her in the individual medley where we are graduating Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) as one of our standouts swimmers this year. So to be able to fill that position and that role will be great.”
“Abby came in the last weekend before signing day with her parents after her official visit just to secure the thought of where she wanted to attend, “Long remarked. “She called us on Sunday after the visit and committed to us. She is a sprint freestyle and backstroker. We are thin in both events so its just going to create a little more depth in both of those areas. This is also a girl who is swimming well already this season and we look forward to seeing her perform as the season goes along.”
“Katie is from Delaware and swims the breaststroke and individual medley,” Long commented. “We’re actually graduating two swimmers in those events this year so we definitely need to supplement that. She’s also a girl who has improved drastically over the last couple season, but also has potential to give us depth in the medley as well as the breaststroke.”
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