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UMBC Swimming and Diving Announces 2008-09 Recruiting Class
Head coach Chad Cradock and the Retrievers' first meet is Oct. 11 at N.C. State.
BALTIMORE—One year after boasting the largest incoming class in school history, UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock recently announced that he will welcome 20 student-athletes including three siblings of current or former UMBC athletes to the Retrievers in 2008-09. The group is tied for the second-largest incoming class with the class of 2004-05, and only behind the 24-athlete draw of the past, 2007-08, season.
“We are excited about the incoming class because they look ready to fill big shoes and they have the talent to make our team extremely strong,” said Chad Cradock.
The newcomers and returning swimmers will come under the leadership of seniors Tina Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./The Hill School), Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake), Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/Msgr. Paul Dwyer) and P.J. Sterba (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and juniors Tereza Kaplanova (Prague, Czech Republic/J.G. Jarkovskeho), Kate Chialastri (Flourtown, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) and Matt Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), the newly announced men’s and women’s 2008-09 team captains as they lead the Retrievers into competition at N.C. State on Oct. 11..
The class of 2008 saw Cradock lose a total of 11 athletes—seven women and four men—including a six-time school record-holder and five-time America East champion in Lindsey Engler who teamed with fellow graduate Carly Fitzpatrick to make up half of the America East champion and school record-setting 200 freestyle relay. On the men’s side Cradock saw the departure of the 2008 recipient of the America East Coaches’ Award for the most points scored over four years at the conference meet in Eric Skrabacz, as well as the 100 breaststroke school record-holder in Scott Auchter.
The women’s class will include six out-of-state student-athletes including one international student in addition to one transfer. Four recruits, who can cover gaps in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events include Laura Rogers (
“The women’s class brings a lot of depth and versatility,” Cradock said. “This will give us a lot of options as to who can race where.
Kathryn Moorby (
In the women’s sprint free events, Ashley Miller (New Smryna, Fla./New Smyrna) and Ashley Sippel (
Pink Kinanti (
Also adding depth to the mid-distance and distance freestyle events is Sam Maccherola (
On the men’s side, both talent and depth have been added to almost every event. Jason Mattingly (
“The men’s class will make our sprinting much stronger, which in turn will make our relays better,” said Cradock “Their enthusiasm and energy is tremendous and it will have a big impact on the team.”
In the breaststroke, Johnny Mendenhall (
The men’s recruiting class also includes five
Nour Saad (
Tim Deklau (