University of Evansville head swimming and diving coach Rickey Perkins has announced that 18 student-athletes have signed the appropriate NCAA documents to begin competition at UE in the fall of 2015.
“I am very thrilled about this group of incoming freshman and transfers. I believe very strongly they will have an immediate impact on our program,” Perkins said. “They are a young and talented group that will increase our depth, speed and training in the breaststroke, middle distance freestyle events along with our diving events. It is an exciting time in the history of UE swimming and diving.”
Below is a full list and information on each signee:
Kayla Aitken – San Antonio, Texas – Winston Churchill
Aitken swam for four years at Winston Churchill, swimming sectionals in each season. She also qualified for the Texas Finals. Her collegiate career began at North Texas following her high school graduation in 2013. Two of her top three performances have come with the breaststroke. In the 100, she swam a 1:07.46 while the 200 saw her finish with a time of 2:27.67.
Kelcie Davie – Columbus, Ind. – Columbus North
Davie swam at Columbus North for each of her four seasons. The 2014 Sectional Champion in the 500 Free helped her team to both the conference and sectional championships in 2014 and 2015. Her top performance in the 500 free was a 5:14.86 as a senior at the State meet.
Adrianne Gamester – Peru, Ind. – Northwestern
Gamester had a great career at Northwestern where she led her team to the MIC Conference Team Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In her first two years of competition, she was the MIC Individual Champion in the 100 backstroke. She holds numerous school records including: 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. A top 8 finisher in the high school sectionals, Gamester was the team captain in her final season of high school.
Kaylee Gubricky – Hobart, Ind. – Hobart
Gubricky had a stellar high school career that saw her swim while running in track and cross country. She was a great competitor in the pool and in the classroom. Finishing with a 4.31 GPA, Gubricky was an NISCA Academic All-American from 2012 through 2014. She was also her team MVP in each of her four seasons. One of her top meets was at 2015 sectionals as she was an All-NCC Honorable Mention while being a finalist in the 100 breaststroke and 50 free.
Madison Jones – Pittsboro, Ind. – Tri-West
Jones comes to UE after a 4-year swimming career at Tri-West where she holds the school records in the 100 fly, the 100, 200 and 500 free races and the 200 IM. A 4-time All-Conference selection, she stepped up her efforts in conference action, earning Female Swimmer of the Meet on three occasions. Jones’ top events are the 100 fly and 200 free.
Sylvia McFadden – Lafayette, Ind. – William Henry Harrison
The 2015 MVP of her high school team, McFadden had the best season of her career in 2014-15, scoring the most points of her career. Her top efforts came in the CW Indiana Divisional Championship and the Indiana Senior Short Course Championship, both of which came in 2015. A 4-time letterwinner, McFadden earned the 2013 Sportsmanship Award.
Kristen Myers – Chattanooga, Tenn. – Girls Preparatory School
Myers comes to UE after a high school career that saw her named an All-American in 2014 and 2015. She was also the recipient of the Sarah Burns Award, which is given out for earning the most points at the state championship. She holds several records at her school and her top event is the 100 fly.
Megan Schremp - Rockford, Mich. – Rockford
Schremp had a stellar high school career that saw her qualify for the Michigan High School Division I State Championship in all four of her years. She was a 4-year letterwinner while garnering All-Conference, All-Area and All-State honors each season. A 2-sport athlete, Schremp also participated in water polo for two years, earning Rockford Sports Boosters “Athlete of the Month” in October of 2012.
Bridget Sheridan – St. Louis, Mo. – Kirkwood
Sheridan was a great swimmer for the duration of her career at Kirkwood, participating and earning a medal at the MHSAA State Championship in all four seasons. Her top performances included a 59.77 in the 100 back and a 2:15.75 in the 200 IM. Her team took fourth at states while going undefeated in the regular season.
Amy Smith – Scarborough, Ontario, Canada – Dunbarton
A native of Canada, Smith has performed well at several levels in her native country, including performances at the national level in her age group. She has recorded multiple top 10 finishes at Provincial Level meets and Eastern Level meets. Her performances have resulted in her receiving the Co-Education Physical Education Award.
Cory Barnes – Canton, Ill. – Canton
Barnes comes to Evansville after spending two years at Lincoln College where he was an NJCAA All-American in both of his collegiate seasons. At the NJCAA National Diving Competition, he took third and fourth in the 1-meter event and was fourth in both years at the 3-meter event. He was also a 2-time Midwest Cup Champion.
Matthew Duke – Kokomo, Ind. – Western
A career that began with three sports in high school saw Duke put his emphasis into swimming in his final high school years to finish with a great career. He put his marks on the Mid-Indiana Conference record book, resetting marks in the 100 fly, 50 free and the 200 and 400 free relays. Duke was the MVP for his swim team as a senior while earning Academic All-Conference and Academic All-American honors in addition to being named Athlete of the Week for Howard County.
Luke Hoffman – Jasper, Ind. – Jasper
Making the short trip from Jasper to Evansville is Luke Hoffman. A 4-year letterwinner as a diver, Hoffman won sectionals as a junior and set the school record, which was held by one of his coaches. His team owns back-to-back conference and sectional championships in his junior and senior campaigns.
Miguel Marcano – Hobart, Ind. – Hobart
Marcano was one of the top divers in school history at Hobart, breaking the pool’s 6 dive record. That record-breaking performance came in December of 2014. A 2-time MVP, Marcano was a regional qualifier in 2014 while taking third place at the IHSAA Laport Sectionals and the NCC Tournament. He was the sectional champion in 2015 while receiving several other accolades in his career.
Keystone Marcy – San Antonio, Texas – Boerne Champion
Marcy was a great swimmer in high school, qualifying for sectionals in each of his four years while also being a regional finalist all four years. His performances were also strong at the state level as he was a 3-time state qualifier and was a finalist all three times. A stellar freestyle swimmer, he swam a 49.22 in the 100 free and a 1:49.57 in the 200. He will be joining his twin brother, Prescott, who is already on the UE squad.
Derek Stauder – Carmel, Ind. – Carmel
The co-captain of his team as a senior, Stauder took 11th place at the IHSAA meet in his sophomore and senior campaigns. His emphasis is on the breaststroke event with his top times being a 57.10 in the 100 and a 2:05.20 in the 200. In 2011, he set the Indiana age group meet record in the 200 breaststroke. He was just 14 years old at the time.
David Stoddard – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Mt. Lebanon
A 4-time high school letterwinner, Stoddard spent the first three years of his high school career at Stoneman Douglas HS (Fla.) before moving to Pittsburgh and swimming at Mt. Lebanon as a senior. Stoddard qualified for the Broward County Championship in each of his three years in Florida. His top effort came as a junior as one of his top finishes came in the 500 free event at the 2014 Broward County Championship. He brought home a top five in the event and also came home in the top 8 of the 100 free race. This year, he finished in 14th in the 200 free at the Western Pa. Interscholastic League Championship.
Jared Sutphin – Huntsville, Ala. – Huntsville
Sutphin was a 4-time letterwinner for his high school squad while spending two seasons as the team captain. He was chosen to participate on the North Alabama High School Championship Team from 2012-14 while earning All-Tennessee Valley honors in 2013 and 2014. His performances helped the Panthers to consecutive state championship in 2012 and 2013 and a fourth place finish last year.
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