MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota swimming and diving has officially signed seven new swimmers and divers to National Letters of Intent. The class will bring in four women, one men's member and two divers.
"I want to thank our entire staff, led by our recruiting coordinator Tyler Gerst, for their incredible efforts in the area of recruiting," said head coach Kelly Kremer. "We have identified and ultimately been fortunate to receive commitments from these outstanding student athletes."
Kelli McCarthy | Edina, Minn. | Edina High School/Edina Swim Club
NISCA All-American Kelli McCarthy brings not only a ton of experience in the freestyle events, but also championship experience. Focusing on the distance side of the freestyle, McCarthy posted a personal best time of 4:51.25 in the 500-yard freestyle to take second place at the Speedo Championship Series in Iowa City. Her 200-yard freestyle time of 1:48.49, a personal best, led her to a 2016 Minnesota Girls' Class AA State Runner-Up finish as a junior. MCarthy in the 500 free was back-to-back Minnesota Girls' Class AA State Champion recording a time of 4:52.03 in 2016 and 4:56.91 in 2015 as a sophomore. Most recently she was named USA Swimming Scholastic All-America and currently is the number two recruit in Minnesota according to College Swimming.
Kate Sullivan | Overland Park, Kan. | Notre Dame De Sion High School/Kansas City Blazers
Sullivan brings experience in sprint and distance races, swimming mainly in the freestyle events. Sullivan displayed impressive performances at the Speedo Sectionals, swimming a career best 9:56.35 in the 1000-yard free placing second. She also finished second in the 500 free in a time of 4:51.97. At the OZ Senior Championships, Sullivan captured first place finishes in the 50-yard free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free. Most recently named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-America member, Sullivan will bring an extra strong presence for the Gophers in the freestyle events.
Bronwyn Tuff | Houston, Texas | Cy-Fair High School/MagnoliaBu Aquatic Club
An USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Tuff brings experience in the freestyle and butterfly with her to Minnesota. She brings in personal best times of 56.50 in the 100 fly and 2:03.26 in the 200 fly. In the 200 free she posts a PR of 1:52.51 and 4:53.69. Tuff also captured a third place finish at the 2016 Speedo Championships Series in College Station, Texas in the 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 17:42.36.
Abbey Kilgallon | Bridgewater, N.J. | Bridgewater Raritan High School/Scarlet Aquatic Club
Kilgallon brings experience in the freestyle focusing on the distance side of things and comes in as the No. 4 recruit in New Jersey. She captured a first place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:58.04 at the NJ Scar the Other Meet. At the Southern Zone south Sectional Championships in July, she placed third in the 1550-meter freestyle with a time of 17:10.84
Coach Kremer's Thoughts:
"We really wanted to improve the range and quality of our freestyles and we feel like we accomplished that during this signing period. The 50 trough the 1650 should be stronger for us in the years to come with this group of young women. Abbey, Kate and Kelli can step right in to strengthen our team in the freestyles. With Danielle's graduation we really hoped to find some help in the butterlfy and Bronwyn can come in and add needed support in these events for us as well."
Max McHugh | Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. | Sevastopol High School/Door County YMCA
Minnesota swimming and diving will have a McHugh for another four years. Max McHugh, younger brother of senior Conner McHugh, brings an array of talent to the water competing in the breaststroke and freestyle. The No. 2 recruit in Wisconsin and 47th in the nation shined at least year's Wisconsin YMCA State Championship. McHugh captured four first place finishes, setting three personal records in the 100-yard breaststroke (52.46), 50 free (20.80) and 100 free (45.49). He also recorded first place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast at the YMCA Short Course National Championships.
Aiden Werner | Indianapolis, Ind. | Pike High School
With eight year diving experience Werner joins the Gophers having participated in many USA Diving events. A 2017 NISCA All-American, Werner was also named an AAU All-American in 2016. The there-time All-Marion County honoree is also a three-time MIC champion. During his junior year he captured a third place finish in boy's diving at the state meet. His personal best scores are 513 (1-meter) and 485 (3-meter)
Ryan Phillip | Edina, Minn. | Edina High School/Minnesota Diving Academy
A local product of Edina High School, Phillip will bring experience and talent to the springboards for Minnesota. A runner-up at least year's MSHSL state event, he scored 417.70 in the boy's 1-meter finals. Phillip reached the state meet following a personal best score of 454.80 points on the 1-meter, winning the MSHSL Boy's Section 6AA title. He most recently finished first at the Minnesota Diving Association Championship scoring 443.90 in the 1-meter, while placing second in the 3-meter (424.05).
Coach Kremer's Thoughts:
"With only graduating two seniors on this year's roster, we feel very fortunate to have signed a small group of young men that can come in and have an immediate impact. Max is one of the highest ranked swimmers ever to join our Program coming out of high school. Aiden and Ryan certainly strengthen our team in the diving well."
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