Nov. 14, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming and diving head coach Courtney Shealy Hart has announced that 14 student-athletes – 10 swimmers and four divers – have signed National Letters of Intent to continue both their academic and athletic careers at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2017.
Cat MacGregor, Celine Nugent, Allie Paschal, Julia Shuford, Cami Hidalgo and Paige Gohr will all join the women’s team, while Corben Miles, Caio Pumputis, Franco Reyes, Jonathan Vater, Jeffrey Murphy, Johnny Yang, Henry Carman and Jacob Kreider have all signed to join the men’s team.
“I am very excited about this group of women and men. They are one of the top classes to ever sign with Georgia Tech. Our programs are on the rise and all of these student-athletes will play a big role in continuing to help us progress at the ACC and NCAA level,” Coach Hart stated.
As for the divers, diving coach John Ames added “Words cannot describe how excited I am about this recruiting class not just athletically. They are all outstanding young men and women as well.”
Newest Yellow Jackets – Women
Catriona “Cat” MacGregor
Austin, Texas – Westlake High School
Austin Swim Club
IM, Breast, Sprint Free
No. 26 overall in the state of Texas
In the Water: MacGregor has lettered for four years at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas under head coach Alison Soelter. A two-time team captain, MacGregor led her team to district, regional and state championships three straight years in 2014, 2015 and 2016. MacGregor, who is ranked No. 26 overall in the state of Texas, was a Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-State swimmer in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay, the 200 IM and the 200 breast in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was also chosen to the all-state team in the 50 free in both 2015 and 2016, and in the 400 free relay in 2015. A two-time member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team in 2015 and 2016, MacGregor twice set the state record in the 200 medley relay, first in 2015 with a time of 1:43.21 and then again in 2016 with a time of 1:42.49. At the USA Swimming Futures Championships in August 2016, MacGregor finished sixth in the 400 L IM (5:00.14) and eighth in the 200 L IM (2:22.89).
Out of the Pool: MacGregor is a member of the Latin Club, the Chemistry Club and has served as the treasurer for the Weather Club. She is also on track to graduate in the top-10 percent of her 2017 senior class. She enjoys playing the flute and the piano, hanging out with friends and reading.
Why Tech: MacGregor chose Tech because of the amazing academics, the great people and the beautiful campus and location. She intends to major in either mechanical, biomedical or aeronautical engineering.
Coach Hart on Cat MacGregor: “We are excited to sign a versatile athlete like Cat. She will help us out tremendously in the IM, breaststroke and backstroke events.”
North Bethesda, Maryland – Walter Johnson High School
Rockville Montgomery Swim Club
Sprint Free, 200 IM
No. 4 overall in the state of Maryland
In the Water: Nugent has lettered for four years on the swim team at Walter Johnson High School under head coach Jamie Grimes. A two-time team captain, Nugent was twice named the Team MVP earning the award in both 2014-15 and this past season in 2015-16. Last year as a junior, she was named to the 2015-16 Washington Post All-Metropolitan Team. Nugent, who set the state record for the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.71 last year, is ranked No. 4 overall in the state of Maryland. At the 2016 Maryland Public 4-5 State Championships in February, Nugent took first-place overall in the 200 Y IM (2:04.97) and picked up a third-place showing in the 100 Y free (52.74). The week before, she posted first-place finishes in both the 200 Y IM (2:10.81) and the 100 Y free (53.34) at the Maryland 4A3A West Region Championships. She also turned in a second-place finish in the 200 Y IM (2:02.74) and third-place finish in the 100 Y free (51.96) at the 2016 Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Championships.
Out of the Pool: An honor roll member in the classroom, Nugent is a Committee Chair for the Minority Scholars Program for the Montgomery County Schools and also works with the Best Buddies Program. She also enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies and speaking different languages, as well as hanging out with friends and spending time with family.
Why Tech: Nugent chose Tech because of the academics and how the school organizes its majors around themes. She also thinks that the location and the atmosphere of the Institute is very nice and that Atlanta is an amazing and beautiful city to live in. She intends to major in International Affairs and Modern Languages.
Coach Hart on Celine Nugent: “We are thrilled to have Celine join our women’s team next season. We are looking forward to her influence on our IM and freestyle groups.”
Alexandra “Allie” Paschal
LaGrange, Georgia – LaGrange High School
Back, Sprint Free
No. 15 overall in the state of Georgia
In the Water: Paschal has lettered for four years on the swim team at LaGrange High School under her father and head coach William Paschal. A team captain this year in her senior season, Paschal has been named the MVP of her high school swim team in each of the past three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, earning the honor in both 2015 and 2016, and twice earned All-American consideration last year in 2016. She is ranked No. 15 overall in the state of Georgia. Last year as a junior, Paschal was a Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Second-Team All-State selection. She placed second at the 2016 GHSA 1-5A State Swimming Championships in the 50 Y free (23.60) and third in the 100 Y back (55.98). As a sophomore in 2015, she finished third in the 100 Y back (57.58) and fifth in the 50 Y free (24.00) at the 2015 GHSA 1-5A State Championships.
Out of the Pool: Paschal is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the honor roll. She is also an active member in the Foreign Language Club. Other than swimming, she loves to paint and draw.
Why Tech: Paschal chose Tech because it is a great school and you can get a great education, she loves the swimming and diving program and because of the location. Also her older sister Maddie Paschal is a senior on the Georgia Tech swimming and diving team and is set to graduate this spring. Paschal intends to major in industrial design.
Coach Hart on Allie Paschal: “We are looking forward to having Allie join our roster. She is the sister of current swimmer Maddie Paschal. She will have an instant impact on our team in both freestyle and backstroke events.”
Atlanta, Georgia – Lakeside High School
Dynamo Swim Club
No. 21 overall in the state of Georgia
In the Water: Shuford has swam for four years at Lakeside High School for head coach Tricia Newmeyer. A senior team captain this year, Shuford placed fifth in the 100 breast (1:05.64) at the 2016 Georgia High School 6A Swimming Championships last February. She also won the consolation finals in the 200 IM (2:08.42) at the state championship meet. Shuford, who is ranked No. 21 overall in the state of Georgia, has been named the Lakeside High School Team MVP and has also won the Gladiator Award, the Fab 5 Award and the Dynamic Duo Award. While also swimming for the Dynamo Swim Club, Shuford broke the Greater Atlanta Christian Pool record for the 100 breast event in January 2016. She has also met a number of both Summer Junior National and Winter Junior National standard times and ranks in the Dynamo Swim Club’s top-10 all-time in the 200 breast event. Recognized as a 2016 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Shuford also placed fifth in the 200 L Breast with a time of 2:40.60 at the 2016 Speedo Champions Series in Nashville in March.
Out of the Pool: Shuford is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society, the Beta Club and has won two senior superlatives in Most Athletic and All-A’s. She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team at Lakeside High School. She also enjoys reading and yoga.
Why Tech: Shuford chose Tech because of the amazing academic opportunities, the outstanding swimming and diving program with an elite coaching staff and the family-like team atmosphere. “I felt surrounded by people who were driven and who pushed each other to be their best. I cannot wait to be a part of that.” Both of her parents, Mark (1991) and Helen Shuford (1991; MBA, 1993), attended and are graduates of Tech. She intends to major in biology.
Coach Hart on Julia Shuford: “Julia has been a life-long Yellow Jacket and we cannot wait to see her excel in the pool and in the classroom. She will be very competitive in the breaststroke events at the ACC’s.”
Camryn “Cami” Hidalgo
Mission Viejo, California – Capistrano Valley High School
Mission Viejo Nadadores
On the Boards: Hidalgo has lettered in diving at Capistrano Valley High School for head coach Higginson Patrick for each of the last three years and is heading into her senior season this year. She is a three-time CIF Southern Section Division I Diving Champion winning in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Hidalgo is also a member of the Mission Viejo Nadadores club team under head coach Ivan Bondarenko that participates in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Diving events. At the 2016 USA Diving ATT National Diving Championships, she took home a gold medal with a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive (451.60), placed fifth in the platform (417.95) and advanced to the finals of the 3-meter dive with a semifinal’s score of 469.65. In 2015, she won the silver medal in the platform (443.30) and was the runner-up in the 3-meter dive (506.80) at the 2015 USA Diving ATT National Diving Championships. She was a gold medalist at the Junior National Diving Championships in the 1-meter dive in both 2013 and 2012, and also won the gold medal with a first-place finish in the platform at the 2014 USA Diving ATT National Diving Championships. Hidalgo also participated at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing 12th overall in the women’s platform event with a finals score of 737.40.
Out of the Pool: Hidalgo is a member of the Superintendents/Principals and has been on the honor roll throughout her academic high school career. She also enjoys coaching at her diving club, listening to music, dancing and hanging out with friends. Hidalgo began diving at the age of nine after an injury to her elbow as a gymnast forced her to either quit the sport for two years before returning or to switch to another sport.
Why Tech: Hidalgo chose Tech because of its academic reputation related to her major, the dive program and coach, and the swimming and diving team. She plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Coach Ames on Cami Hidalgo: “Cami has all the experience we could hope for, not just at the national level, but internationally as well. I had the pleasure of watching her win a National Championship on the 1-meter last summer. But Cami’s value will also be felt in the character she will bring to the team.”
Laguna Niguel, California – Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Mission Viejo Nadadores
On the Boards: Gohr is in her fourth year on the diving team for head coach Rich Blanc at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in Laguna Niguel, California where she has been named the Diver of the Year in each of the last two years (2015 and 2016). Gohr helped led her SMCHS swim and dive team to Division I CIF Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and has continued their streak of winning the Trinity League Championships every year since 2000. She placed eighth overall at the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 1 and 4 Diving Championships with a score of 412.80 in the springboard event and then went on to post a top-15 finish at the 2016 CIF Southern Section State Meet in the 1-meter dive with a score of 218.95. Like fellow Tech signee Cami Hidalgo, she is also a member of the Mission Viejo Nadadores club team under head coach Ivan Bondarenko that participates in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Diving events. She finished ninth overall in the platform event (352.80) at the 2016 USA Diving National Zone F Meet and also advanced to the semifinals of the platform event (325.25) at the 2016 USA ATT National Diving Championships. She also placed third overall in the platform diving event with a finals score of 320.45 at the 2016 Greg Louganis Invitational.
Out of the Pool: Gohr is a three-time SMCHS Scholar Athlete Award winner, earning the award in each of the past three years in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and has also earned First Honors. She is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys going to the beach. She also enjoys volunteering at the Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding.
Why Tech: Gohr chose Tech because of the wonderful academic programs that the Institution offers and because of its reputation as an engineering powerhouse. She also loved the swimming and diving team, and felt at home with both the team and the coaching staff, and all of the clubs and campus activities that Tech offers as she intends to get involved in a number of activities outside of diving. She plans to major in mechanical or chemical engineering.
Coach Ames on Paige Gohr: “Paige will bring valuable points to the team especially in the platform event where she qualified for the semifinals at the Junior Nationals last summer. Paige is just an incredibly well rounded individual.”
Newest Yellow Jackets – Men
Acton, Massachusetts - Acton Boxborough Regional High School
Patriots Swim Club
No. 1 overall in the state of Massachusetts
In the Water: Miles has been a four-year letter winner in swimming at Acton Boxborough under head coach Jeff Johnson. Ranked as the No. 1 swimmer in his class in the state of Massachusetts, Miles was tabbed the 2015-16 Swimmer of the Year by the Boston Globe last year as a junior. Named the Acton Boxborough MVP Swimmer of the Year last year, Miles was a two-time All-American with first-place finishes in both the 50 Y free (20.30) and 100 Y free (45.15) at the 2016 Massachusetts Boys Division I State Championships. Both his times in the 50 Y free and the 100 Y free events were state and meet records. He also swam on the first-place 200 medley relay team at the state championships in 2015-16, turning in a split time of 19.48. Prior to the state meet, Miles took first-place in both the 50 Y free (20.38) and in the 100 Y free (45.19). As a sophomore in 2014-15, Miles took first-place and set the state and meet records in the 50 Y free (20.49) and the 100 Y free (46.48) at the state championships, again earning All-American consideration. Miles also ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation for the 50 Y free for boys age 16. He also earned All-American consideration as a freshman in 2013-14 in which he took first-place overall in the 50 Y free (21.12) and finished in third overall in the 100 Y free (47.31) at the 2014 state championship meet.
Out of the Pool: Miles also lettered for four years on the lacrosse team and two years on the soccer team. He was a two-time team captain for the lacrosse team where he was named to the Dual County All-Star Lacrosse Team in 2015-16 after being an honorable mention selection in 2014-15. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Division I State Championship Team in lacrosse in 2013-14. He is a three-time Boston Globe All Scholastic Swim Team member (2014, 2015 and 2016) and a three-time Boston Herald All Scholastic Swim Team honoree in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Why Tech: Miles chose Tech because of the outstanding reputation Georgia Tech has in the biomedical engineering field, the support system in place for the student-athletes, and because of an instant connection with the swimming and diving team. “I felt a great team chemistry.” He intends to major in mechanical engineering.
Coach Hart on Corben Miles: “Corben is a great all-around and multiple sport athlete. He will come in and score for us right away in the sprint events.”
São Paulo, Brazil - Colégio Santo Antonio de Lisboa
Esporte Clube Pinheiros (Pinheiros Sports Club)
Free, Breast, IM
No. 18 overall in the 2017 class by CollegeSwimming.com
In the Water: Pumputis is a member of the Esporte Clube Pinheiros team in São Paulo, Brazil. Ranked as the No. 18 recruit in the men’s 2017 class by CollegeSwimming.com, has competed in a number of meets in both Brazil and internationally. At the Gymnasíade 2016 Trabazon in Turkey from July 2016, he finished first overall in the 200 breast (2:18.01) and was part of the winning 200 medley relay unit (2:03.98). He also placed third in the 400 medley relay (4:30.50) and was a member of the gold medal national team in the 4x100 free. At the XLIII Senior Swimming Brazilian Championships, he placed fourth in the 200 breast (2:08.68) and eighth overall in the 200 free (1:46.50). Pumputis also swam a leg in both the 200 medley relay (1:58.96) and the 400 medley relay (4:16.8) which both finished in sixth-place overall. He has also competed at the XXIV Youth Winter Swimming Brazilian Championships, where he was part of the 400 medley and 200 medley relay teams that set new meet records and were crowned the National Champions. Pumputis was also named a National Champion in the 200 meter breast (2:17.14) and in the 100 meter breast (1:04.06). He also swam at the XXVIII Youth Swimming Brazilian Championships, the 5th Junior World Championships in Singapore, the XXV Youth South American Swimming Championships in Peru and at the Multinations Youth Swimming Meet in Portugal.
Out of the Pool: Pumputis enjoys playing football, video games, the guitar, tennis, basketball and cards. His mother was a swimmer and his father was a water polo player.
Why Tech: Pumputis chose Tech because of the business school. “I chose Georgia Tech because it offers to me an excellent structure in academics and in swimming. Georgia Tech has an excellent staff who will help me to devolve my talent.” He plans to major in business, as he would like to be a business executive in the future.
Coach Hart on Caio Pumputis: “We are very excited to add an athlete of Caio’s caliber to our program, a competitor at the Junior World Championships. He will make an immediate impact in a variety of individual and relay events.”
Burr Ridge, Illinois – Hinsdale Central
WEST Superior Training
Fly, Free, IM
No. 2 overall in the state of Illinois
In the Water: Reyes is in his fourth year on the swim team at Hinsdale Central High School under head coach Robert Barber. Ranked as the No. 2 overall male swimmer in the class of 2017 in the state of Illinois, Reyes is a two-time defending Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys 100 fly state champion. The three-time All-American and the three-time Team MVP in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ranks No. 1 nationally among the high school rankings in the 100 fly. The three-time all-conference swimmer has led his Hinsdale team to an Illinois High School State Championships in 2015, a second-place state championship finish in 2014 and a third-place finish at the state championship meet in 2016. Reyes won the 100 fly at both the 2015 (47.50) and 2016 (47.72) state championship meets and was also a member of the 200 free and 200 medley relay state championship teams in 2016. Reyes, who holds six Hinsdale Central High School records overall, also placed seventh overall at the 2015 state championships in the 200 IM (1:52.75). Reyes also swims for the WEST Swim Club and represents Panama in international competition. As a member of the Panamanian Junior Team, he participated in the XXVII Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica in 2013 and won the 13-14 boys’ 50 fly, 100 fly, and 50 free. He also went to the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China and the XXIX Central American & Caribbean Championships in Barbados in 2016, where he won the boys’ 15-17 50 fly and 100 fly events. In 2015, Reyes placed 36th in the 50 fly and 49th in the 100 fly at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Reyes turned in a time of 54.99 in the 100 fly event held in Omaha, Nebraska.
Out of the Pool: Reyes enjoys listening to music and traveling.
Why Tech: Reyes, whose great uncle Ernesto De Diego is a Georgia Tech alum, chose Tech because of the outstanding academics, the coaching staff and the swim team, the city of Atlanta and the warmer weather than in Chicago. He plans to major in business administration.
Coach Hart on Franco Reyes: “We are looking forward to adding another World Championship and Olympic Trials qualifier to our roster. Franco verbally committed to us this spring and will make an instant impact in the butterfly, freestyle and IM events.”
Alpharetta, Georgia - Alpharetta
Dynamo Swim Club
No. 9 overall in the state of Georgia
In the Water: Vater is in his fourth year on the swim team at Alpharetta High School for head coach Lisa Marshall. A two-time NISCA All-American and ranked No. 9 overall in the state of Georgia, Vater led his team to a state runner-up finish in 2015. He was also a key part in guiding his team to Fulton County Championships in both 2014 and 2015. A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, he was tabbed the Team MVP last year as a junior and was also a nominee for the Georgia Positive Athlete Award. Vater holds Alpharetta High School team records in the 50 free (21.05), 100 free (45.97), 200 medley relay (1:34.01) 200 free relay (1:26.67), 400 free relay (3:04.33) and the 400 medley relay (3:16.53), which is also a Georgia state record. He finished second overall in the 50 free (21.09) and fourth in the 100 free (45.99) at the Georgia 6A High School State Championships in 2016. He placed sixth overall in the 100 free (46.62) at the 2015 state championship meet. At the Speedo Champions Series in Nashville in March 2016, Vater finished sixth in the 50 free (24.22) and seventh in the 100 free (52.77). At the 2015 Speedo Winter Juniors East, Vater swam the anchor leg (45.51) for the Dynamo 400 medley relay that earned the bronze medal and set a Georgia State record with a time of 3:16.53. At the Atlanta Futures meet, he reached the finals in both the 50 free and 100 free races and anchored Dynamo’s 400 medley relay (51.45).
Out of the Pool: Vater is a three-time honor roll member at Alpharetta High School. He also enjoys photography, drawing and graphic design.
Why Tech: Vater chose Tech because he wants to be an engineer and Georgia Tech offers one of the best engineering programs in the country. He also chose Tech because of the phenomenal swim program and facilities, as well as it being in-state and close to home. He is undecided on which area of engineering he intends to major in.
Coach Hart on Jonathan Vater: “Again, we are ecstatic to welcome local star Johnathan to our program. He will come in and serve a big role in our sprint freestyle and butterfly core.”
Charlotte, North Carolina – Marvin Ridge
No. 5 overall in the state of North Carolina
In the Water: Murray is in his fourth year on the swim team under head coach Melissa King-Pierce at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. A three-time all-conference performer and ranked No. 5 overall in the state of North Carolina, Murray led his team to three straight conference titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015. A 2016 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, he was a state champion in the 200 free (1:42.23) with a first-place finish at the 2016 North Carolina 3A State Championships. He also placed fourth overall in the 50 free (21.58) at the state championship meet last year as a junior. As a sophomore at the 2015 North Carolina 3A State Championships, Murray placed eighth overall in the 200 free (1:47.20). He also competed at the 2016 NC Queens Royals SCY Dual and the 2016 NC SwimMAC Tar Heel State Championships. Murray posted a first-place finish in both the 50 free (21.26) and the 200 free (1:41.94) at the NCS Senior Championships in February 2016.
Out of the Pool: Murray is a member of the honor roll at Marvin Ridge High School. He also enjoys photography and videography. Both of his parents, Jeff and Dana Murray, swam at Virginia Tech from 1987-1991. His uncle, John Fennessy, was a member of the Georgia Tech swimming and diving team from 2002-04 and is a Tech graduate.
Why Tech: Murray chose Tech because of its outstanding College of Engineering, the swim program and facilities, as well as the proximity of campus to home. He intends to major in computer engineering.
Coach Hart on Jeffrey Murray: “We are eager to welcome Jeffery to the Yellow Jacket Family. He is an outstanding student-athlete. He will make a fast impact for us in the butterfly and freestyle events.”
Jonathan “Johnny” Yang
Lawrenceville, Georgia – Peachtree Ridge
Dynamo Swim Club
No. 5 overall in the state of Georgia
In the Water: Yang is a three-year letter winner having missed his junior season due to transferring high schools. He competed at Duluth as a freshman and sophomore in 2013-14 and 2014-15, before transferring to Peachtree Ridge where he is in his senior season this year. Ranked No. 5 overall in the state of Georgia, Yang set the state record in the 200 breast at the age of 12. He also set the county record in the 50 breast when he was 15. At the 2016 Speedo Champions Series in Nashville, Yang placed third overall in the 200 breast (2:25.25) and finished eighth in the 100 breast (1:05.65). He also picked up a first-place finish in the 50 breast (29.88) and a third-place showing in the 100 breast (1:05.22) events at the 2016 NAC Speedo Summer Sizzler. As a sophomore at the 2015 Georgia 6A State Championships, Yang touched the wall in third overall in the 100 breast finals event with a time of 57.68.
Out of the Pool: Yang is a member of the BETA club, which is a volunteer group at his high school. He is also involved with his school’s orchestra. As a member of the Duluth orchestra group his sophomore year, his group was selected to compete at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois were they prepared selected pieces and performed at a concert hall. He enjoys playing the guitar and the violin in his free time. He also likes to draw sketches and designs, as well as play golf on the weekends.
Why Tech: Yang chose Tech because the swimming and diving team was very welcoming, the academics are known on a global scale, the Scheller School of Business is a perfect fit, and the location and campus. Yang’s uncle, Kevin Yang, is a 2004 graduate of Georgia Tech. Yang intends to major in business.
Coach Hart on Jonathan Yang: “We are thrilled to add a local talent like Johnny to our team. He will have a direct influence on our breaststroke and IM groups.”
Madison, Wisconsin – Monona Grove
Schroeder Diving Team
On the Boards: Carman is in his fourth year on the diving team at Monona Grove High School under head coach Morgan Hearn. A three-time WIAA All-State selection in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Carman was a high school All-American diver last year as a junior in 2016. In each of the last two years, he has helped to lead his high school team to back-to-back WIAA State and Badger Conference swimming and diving championship titles. Carman, who holds a number of local and Wisconsin high school pool diving records, is a three-time runner up at the WIAA State Diving Championships. He has also competed in a number of events for the Schroeder Diving Team and head coach Todd Hill. At the 2016 USA Diving National Zone D Meet, Carman placed second overall in the 3-meter dive (497.90) and fourth in the 1-meter dive (456.85). He posted third-place finishes in both the 1-meter (475.85) and the 3-meter (530.40) diving events at the 2016 USA Diving Junior Region 8 Championships and also recorded a third-place finish in the 3-meter dive (279.95) at the 2016 Windy City Spring Invitational. At the 2015 YMCA Nationals Championships, he placed third in the 3-meter (474.75), fourth in the platform (333.95) and fifth in the 1-meter (418.30).
Out of the Pool: Carman is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the president of his chapter at Monona Grove High School. He is also a DECA officer and a Key Club member. He also enjoys volunteer work, photography and traveling.
Why Tech: Carman chose Tech because of its academic excellence, the chance for athletic opportunities and the small campus atmosphere in a big city environment. He has not yet decided on a major of study.
Coach Ames on Henry Carman: “Henry will be extremely valuable to the team on all three boards. He really just clicked with the team on his recruiting trip and is just an overall great young man.”
Arlington, Virginia - Yorktown
Dominion Dive Club & Overlee Dive Team
On the Boards: Kreider is in his fourth year on the diving team at Yorktown High School having dived under coaches Bobby Meeks and Amy Kress. Kreider is a two-time All-American (2015 and 2016) and an all-state honoree (2014) in the 1-meter dive. As a sophomore in 2015, he was awarded the Virginia High School League Award of Excellence. He recorded a third-place finish in the 1-meter dive (497.00) at the 2016 Virginia 6A Conference 6 (Liberty) Championships and followed that performance up with a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter dive (468.90) at the 2016 Virginia 6A North Region Championships. He placed sixth overall in the 1-meter (452.25) at the 2016 Virginia 6A State High School League Championships in February. The previous year in 2015, he placed fifth in the 1-meter at the state championships (460.25) and at the regional championships (416.75). At the 2016 USA Diving National Zone D Meet he recorded a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter (450.80) and a sixth-place finish in the 1-meter springboard (269.95). He also placed second in the 1-meter (492.00) and third in the 3-meter (449.90) at the 2016 USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships.
Out of the Pool: Kreider is a four-year member of the honor roll and was awarded the YHS ROCS Award in 2014. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and enjoys reading, art and playing other recreational sports. Kreider is on track to graduate with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
Why Tech: Kreider chose Tech because of the amazing engineering program, the wonderful diving program and the beautiful campus. He plans to major in civil engineering.
Coach Ames on Jacob Kreider: “Jacob is going to be an awesome addition to the team on all three levels for us as well. He qualified for both the Junior and Senior Nationals this past summer. He is going to be a great teammate as well and has just a really top notch personality.”
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