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Swimming and Diving Announces 2006-07 Recruiting Class
Head coach Chad Cradock announced the 10 swimmers who will join the Retrievers this season.
Baltimore-UMBC head swimming coach Chad Cradock today announced the 2006-07 swimming and diving recruiting class, which consists of 10 freshmen - four women and six men.
“We’re excited about our incoming class, as they all come in with a good background in the sport and all will contribute a great deal to our team,” Cradock said.
The women’s class is highlighted by four out-of-state student-athletes, including one international swimmer. Tereza Kaplanova is a breaststroke and IM specialist from the Czech Republic who placed second at the 2005 Czech Championship in the 200-breast.
Joining her are Kate Chialastri from
A member of four state championship teams who has competed against local Olympians such as Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff, Johnson will compete in the breaststroke and individual medley, while Sherman, a four-time all-state swimmer and 2005 Southern Connecticut Conference 100-fly champion, specializes in butterfly and mid-distance freestyle.
They will take on the challenge of replacing Amber Harris and Elyse Gibson, who each medaled in multiple events at last season’s America East Championships.
On the men’s side, six newcomers will attempt to fill voids left by two-time team co-captains Adam Blais and Geza Szabo, as well as Ian Carey and Nebojsa Zimonjic. All four were large contributors to the Retrievers’ third straight conference title last season.
Fred Deal from
The versatile Matt Mattingly from Cherry Hill, N.J., will add depth to the sprint free, butterfly and IM events, while Zach Vonder Haar, from Gahanna, Ohio, will compete in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events, as well. Mattingly earned first team
The lone Marylander of the newcomers is Johnny Seniz from
In addition, Glenn Berquist from