HARRISONBURG, Va., June 28, 2012 – James Madison Head swimming and diving Coach Samantha Smith announced the remainder of her 2012-13 freshman class on Thursday. JMU added eight new players to the five fall signees from the early signing period to bring their freshman class up to a total of 13.
“We are really excited about our incoming group of swimmers and divers for next year,” Smith said. “This is a larger class than we typically bring in, however they are a diverse group of talent from a variety of states. They will provide some diversity on the team and they all will have an opportunity to contribute to our 2012-13 season.”
The eight additions to the class include five swimmers and three divers. Swimmers joining the fold this fall includes Ashley Clark (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park), Stephanie Clarke (South Riding, Va./Freedom), Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora). Ashley Clark and Martin specialize in the butterfly and freestyle events while Presgraves is a breaststroke specialist. Stephanie Clarke swims the butterfly and backstroke events and Molano does the sprint freestyle.
The three new divers includes Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), Lauren Hadley (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) and Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson).
Commenting on the new additions to her program, Head diving Coach Becky Benson said, “Diving is bringing in the largest freshman class with these three young women. Overall, this is the most well-rounded freshman class we’ve brought in with regards to academics, talent and personality. Together, this group of young women will strengthen an already great roster of divers and I’m looking forward to an exciting year for our team.”
The eight newcomers join a group of five signees announced during the early signing period in November of 2011. The remaining signees include Lindsay Bosek (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School), Jackie Crawford (Roanoke, Va./Cave Springs), Camilla Czulada (Sinking Springs, Pa./Wilson), Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) and Erica Reifinger (Allentown, Pa./Parkland).
The 13 freshmen look to help Madison repeat as Colonial Athletic Association champions after the team won its first conference title since 2001.
“You can never really predict an athlete’s first year in the collegiate environment, however I am extremely excited about the incoming class because I believe in their ability to do some amazing things,” Smith added.
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