Coach Vic Riggs of the
West Virginia swimming and diving team has announced the addition of
five swimmers and one diver to the men’s squad during the first signing
“This class of student-athletes is one of the most
talented and diverse we have had in the fall signing period,” Riggs
says. “I feel this class is filled with great potential and each of
these individuals contain the character and determination we have come
to expect of student-athletes here at WVU. I am proud to have them join our family.”
Brill (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Nathan Cobbe (Langwarrin South,
Victoria, Australia) each signed a grant-in-aid and will join the
Mountaineers for the Spring 2012 semester, while Ross Glegg
(Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England), James Hickey (Centerville,
Ohio), Andrew Marsh (Bemus Point, N.Y.) and diver Christian Parker
(Exeter, Pa.) each signed National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13
Brill is currently attending Crawford College Sandton and
swimming for Peter Williams of Waterborn Swimming. Brill qualified for
the 2011 South African Short Course Championships and took 20th in the
100 breast (1:05.91) and 26th in the 100 free (52.54).
brings a positive attitude and excitement that I can’t wait to get into
our program,” Riggs says. “His breast and IM events will be felt
immediately upon his arrival. He will be an important part of our medley
relays at both the dual meet and championship levels.”
talented freestyle swimmer, Cobbe has been under the direction of
Michael Bohl for St. Peter’s Lutheran College and St. Peter’s Western.
In 2009, Cobbe was the Queensland 16&U Age Champion in the 400 free
relay, while also earning the Victorian 16&U Age Champion title in
the 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. He was also an age champion in 2006
(100 back), 2007 (100 back) and 2008 (100 free). As a 2010 team
captain, Cobbe was a member of the 800 free relay team that set an
Australian record for 18&U men.
“Nathan continues our strong
Australian connection that has helped our program greatly,” Riggs says.
“He is very talented and diverse swimmer, who can swim the 50 free to
the 500 free events, along with the back, fly and 200 IM at a high
level. I expect him to be an important part of our relays in the
Glegg has been a two-time member of the City of Leeds
400 free relay team that has medaled at nationals. He is also a national
finalist in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 400 free. At the 2011
British Gas ASA National Youth Championships, Glegg finished 11th in the
50 free, 14th in the 400 free, 16th in the 100 free and 18th in the 200
“Ross is a very talented freestyler that will help our
relays,” Riggs says. “He has the versatility to swim the sprints and the
middle distance events which will add much needed depth to our
Hickey currently attends Centerville High and is a
two-time state championships qualifier, finishing 13th (1:57.79) in the
200 IM and 16th (53.58) in the 100 back in 2011. While swimming for the
Dayton Raiders, Hickey has been a NCSA Junior National Swimming
Championships qualifier and finished first in the 100 back (1:00.62) and
200 back (2:09.85) at the 2011 Ohio Senior Long Course Championships.
Hickey also finished second in the 200 IM (2:16.19) at the meet.
brings a strong backstroke to our program as talented swimmer from the
Dayton Raiders, coached by former WVU swimmer Gary Galbreath,” Riggs
says. “I look for Jay to become part of our strong tradition of
backstrokers here and am excited about his future.”
Marsh is a
record holder in the 100 back, 100 free, 50 free, 200 free and 100 fly
at Jamestown High, while also swimming for Scott Vanderzell of the
Tonawanda Titans. Marsh is a three-time state championships qualifier
and finished second in the 100 back (50.96) and fifth in the 100 free
(46.44) at the 2011 championships. The three-time MVP was also a NICSA
All-American in the 100 back in 2011. With Townawanda, Marsh has been
named the most outstanding performer three times and finished seventh in
the 50 back (23.48) at the 2011 NCSA Junior National Championships.
is a talented sprinter that will only get better in college,” Riggs
says. “He is a strong young man who is dedicated and willing to do what
it takes to succeed. Having him join our sprint program will immediately
help our relays and sprint events."
Parker comes to WVU as one
of the top divers in Pennsylvania as a three-time state qualifier for
Exeter Senior High. He finished sixth (497.00 points) and seven (428.40
points) at the 2010 and 2011 state championships, respectively. Parker
is a six-time Berks County Swimming Association diving champion and
holds the high school record for both the 6-dive and 11-dive programs.
The 2011 NISCA All-American is also a two-time Central Penn League
champion and two-time Central Penn League most valuable diver, as well
as being named the 2011 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Winter
Athlete of the Year. While diving for Todd Michael of Red Dragon, Parker
finished seventh (420.95 points) on the 3-meter board at the 2011 USA
Diving Age Group National Championships, while finishing 13th on the
3-meter (404.50 points) and 19th on the 1-meter (346.80 points) at the
2011 USA Diving Summer Junior Zone A Championships.
a talented diver with the ability to develop into one of the top divers
in the conference,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “Christian will
help set a high standard for the Mountaineer divers, both present and
Coach Vic Riggs of the West Virginia swimming and diving team has announced the addition of five swimmers and one diver to the women’s squad during the first signing period.
“This men’s and women’s class is one of the most talented and diverse we have had in the fall signing period,” Riggs says. “I feel this class is filled with great potential and each of these individuals contain the character and determination we have come to expect of student-athletes here at WVU. I am proud to have them join our family.”
Joining the women’s squad in 2012-13 by way of National Letters of Intent include Morgan Emter (Mason, Ohio), Kelsey Frantz (Englewood, Fla.), Natalie Johnsen (Upper St. Clair, Pa.), Courtney Miller (Buckhannon, W.Va.), Lucy Sanderson (Plymouth, England) and diver Lindsay Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.).
Emter joins the Mountaineers as a three-time Ohio state championships qualifier for Mason High, as well as a member of the Cincinnati Marlins. The three-time first team all-Greater Miami Conference member has been named an NISCA All-American in the 100 breast twice after finishing fourth (1:05.46) in 2010 and fifth (1:05.39) in 2011 at the state championships. While with the Marlins, Emter has qualified for the NCSA Junior National Swimming Championships, where she finished 20th (2:19.55) in the 100 breast in 2011.
“Morgan almost jumped through the phone when she told me she was going to be a Mountaineer,” Riggs says. “I look forward to her bringing that excitement along with her breaststroke talent to our program.”
Frantz attends Charlotte High and swims for Steve Brown of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks. As a sophomore, her only swimming season at Charlotte, Frantz took sixth at states in the 500 free (4:58) and she currently holds the 200 free (1:53.08) school record. For the Sharks in 2011, Frantz had a successful appearance at the YMCA Long Course Championships by finishing 11th in the 200 fly (2:20.37), 11th in the 400 free (4:31.02), 17th in the 200 free (2:09.52) and 23rd in the 100 free (1:00.18). In 2010, she swam in the Southern Zone Long Course Championships, placing second in the 400 free and 800 free, fifth in the 200 free and seventh in the 50 free. She also made appearances in 2008 and 2009. Frantz was selected to attend the Southern Zone Select Camp in Kentucky.
“Kelsey continues our streak of recruiting strong freestylers from Sarasota and Coach Brown,” Riggs says. “Along with her freestyle, she has a very strong butterfly. She is a very dedicated individual who I believe is going to thrive in the college environment and our program.”
Johnsen swims for Tom Donati with Upper St. Clair High and Upper St. Clair Swim Club. At the 2011 Pennsylvania state championships meet, Johnsen was a member of the 200 medley relay that finished in ninth place, while finishing fifth individually in the 100 fly (56.87). At the 2011 WPIAL Championships, Johnsen finished first in the 100 fly (57.22) and 15th in the 100 free (54.22).
“Natalie comes from a strong program coached by Tom Donati at Upper St. Clair,” Riggs says. “She is a very talented butterflier who we both feel will only get better in the future as she develops here at WVU.”
Arguably one of the top swimmers in West Virginia, Miller is in her fourth season swimming for Buckhannon Upshur High, while also swimming for her father, Dennis Miller, with the Randolph Area Y Swim Team. Miller is a three-year qualifier and two-time state champion in the 100 back, finishing with a state record time of 57.97 last season. Miller is a three-time West Virginia state high school All-Tournament team member and was named Big 10 Conference Swimmer of the Year last season. As a four-time YMCA All-American, Miller was also recently named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. At the 2011 YMCA Short Course Championships, Miller placed second in the 50 back (30.56) and eighth in the 100 back (1:06.76). She also finished first in the 100 back at the West Virginia Long Course Championships and the West Virginia Short Course Championships in 2011.
“Courtney is a Mountaineer. She is from West Virginia and will bring those characteristics to our program,” Riggs says. “Being the state’s flagship university it is always important to me to have the states swimmers and divers keep their talent in the state. I'm glad she chose to do so. She is a talented backstroker who will come in and be a strong addition to our program.”
Schmidt will be following footsteps as her mother, Tami, was a Mountaineer diving in the 1980s. Schmidt is a two-time state diving qualifier for Central Bucks High, finishing third (442.35 points) on the 1-meter in 2011 and ninth (379.10 points) in 2010. Schmidt has also been a member of Blue Dolphin Diving for Candace Gottlieb and finished 19th on the 3-meter board (325.05 points) at the 2011 USA Diving Summer Junior A Championships.
“Lindsay’s background and experience in diving will help make WVU a strong contender in diving as she was born a Mountaineer,” diving coach Michael Grapner says. “She has high expectations of being admitted into the Honors College and fulfilling her duties as a Mountaineer diver in the classroom and on the boards. We are very lucky to have Lindsay join our team in the fall.”
Sanderson swims for Kelly College, the top ranked United Kingdom high school for swimming. She holds the London area record in the 100 fly and won the Edinburg International Championships in the 100 fly (1:03.22) and 200 fly (2:19.13). At the 2011 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships, Sanderson finished 23rd in the 100 fly and 63rd in the 200 fly.
“Lucy is coming to WVU with a wealth of international experience and will join a strong butterfly group,” Riggs says. “I’m looking for her to contribute immediately at both the dual meet and championship level.”