Women's Recruiting - Ranking the Classes



CollegeSwimming.com takes its annual look at this year's recruiting classes.

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#25 Missouri
Tough call picking between Missouri and LSU for the 25th spot.  Both teams have second-year coaches.  Both lose big studs in Shara Stafford and Amanda Kendall and both call themselves Tigers.  For us though the edge goes to Mizzou.  While Southern Tigers signed more depth, the Northern Tigers a pair of top-50 commitments and with both teams in the newly-expanded SEC, those top-50 commitments are huge.

Cy-Fair product Anna Patterson leads Mizzou’s entry into the SEC.  While she only boasts one top-ten time (200 Fly) she’s good in just about everything not associated with breaststroke.  From the 50-500 she ranks among the Tigers’ current leaders so her impact will be immediate.  .   Conversely there’s Madison Bridges.  The backstroker’s impact won’t be as immediate or obvious, what with Dominque Bouchard and Cassie Cunningham already in place, but the girl can flat out sprint and could have a lot of upside when in the freestyles.   Breaststroker Lauren Stoeckle completes the class.  She’s the kind of kid who makes an immediate impact in the Big XII.  With the Tigers’ move to the SEC she’ll have to develop, but with a trio of 1:01 women ahead of her, the Tigers can afford to let her develop.

Freshmen

Rank Name State Score
52
Anna Patterson TX
2.67
53
Madison Bridges NM
2.68
208
Lauren Stoeckle CO
8.93

Departures

Seniors Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Stafford, Shara 56
36
Dibenigno, Emy 27

Nathanson, Lisa 20

Rovig, Stephanie 20



#24 Louisville
This past season Notre Dame thwarted Louisville’s quest for a third-straight Big East men’s title.  This year the Louisville women are in position to do what the men’s team couldn’t.  To do so, however, they’ll need to find a way to replace the 143 points this year’s senior class scored.  We’re not sure this year’s class can replace last year’s seniors point-for-point, but they could potentially score more points at NCAA’s. 

First there’s uber-flyer Kelsi Worrell.  The New Jersey High School Athlete of the Year (we’re talking all sports here) broke through this past season and will be joined Brittany Robinson.  Robinson has dropped nearly 3% from her backstroke and butterfly in each of the past three seasons and that includes the suit era.  Locally Louisville added Emma Coakley to the mix and looking further afar they added Canadian Devon Bibault.  Bibault isn’t as proven in short-course, but has a bit more range than Worrell and Robinson.  You have to figure that with a mentor like Rachel Komisarz on staff these Cardinals will be flying high.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State Recruit Score
36
Kelsi E Worrell NJ
2.12
63
Brittany Robinson IN
2.89
106
Devon Bibault CAN
4.41
232
Lucy M Kramer IN
10.39
359
Emma Coakley KY
19.93

Outgoing Seniors

Name Conference NCAA
Lilliestrom, Fanny 37

Juncker, Stephanie A 20

Thompson, Lorraine
27

Cole, Aileen
26

Bobo, Lacey
12

Rogers, LIndsay
11



#23 NC State
It didn’t take Braden Holloway long to put his stamp on North Carolina State as a head coach.  While the Wolfpack’s recruiting had been on the rise, it was tough to tell whether that was due to Holloway or Woody Woodward.  It seems both had an impact, but this year’s class has Holloway’s fingerprints all over it.

The Wolfpack first looked overseas and picked up flyer Anne Leuthold from Germany and Canadian freestyler Olivia Bello.  Neither has had the big breakthrough on the international level, but they’re exactly the type that a mid-pack ACC team could use right away.  Beyond imports Leuthold and Bellio, NC State added an assortment of pieces that should help.  Flyer Kayla Skenadore from Wisconsin, Florida sprinter Erika Bonnema and in-stater Hayley Tomlinson all help but aren’t big-name players (yet). 

They don’t need to be though.  The Wolfpack are well positioned as they head into 2013 for a couple of reasons.  First, NC State doesn’t lose a single swimmer that scored any higher than 19th in their conference meet.  Second. by hiring within NC State avoided some of wholesale personnel changes that have marked teams in transition.  That means they can grow and develop as Woodward continues to build his own program.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
49
Anne Leuthold DEN
2.59
128
Kayla Skenandore WI
5.37
128
Olivia Bellio CAN
5.37
174
Erika Bonnema FL
7.43
202
Hayley Tomlinson NC
8.89
303
Kristin Connors NC
14.40
319
Mariah Hamil IN
15.42
344
Payton R Schrum NC
18.41
346
Ashlyn Koletic NC
18.42

Outgoing Seniors

Rank Name State
Score

None






#22 Ohio State
Bill Dorenkott was an early fan of CollegeSwimming.com.  It’s a good thing too because we know he won’t be fazed by us ranking the Buckeyes’ class in the 20’s.  That’s because Bill Dorenkott is the kind of guy who gets to the point.  He knows who he wants, who will fit, and then goes out and gets them. 

This year the Buckeyes didn’t need much.  With only nine Big Ten points to replace Dorenkott and assistant Stefanie Williams first addressed a thin breaststroke corps by adding Anne Lazor.  Annie Gillig, the other Top-100 signee, is a backstroker by nature, but has IM’s already ahead of the outgoing Catherine Eitel and Elisabeth Narum.   The Buckeyes kept two of the state’s top three within the borders, but again Dorenkott has to like how Molly Hazelbaker fits into the distance group and how much upside Camey Rabold has to her.  While this year’s class sits in the 20’s, look for the Buckeyes to make a big campaign in 2013.  With nine swimmers rising to Senior status, OSU will need a continued infusion of talent to continue their rise.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
41
Anne D Lazor MI
2.26
65
Annie Gillig SC
3.18
182
Camey Rabold OH
7.89
184
Molly Hazelbaker OH
7.91
212
Kathryn E Luchansky CT
9.38
363
Sara Craft NJ
20.42
409
Erin Dunseith MD
25.93

Graduating Seniors

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Eitel, Catherine
4

Narum, Elisabeth
4

Nichols, Natalie
1





#21 Florida State

Florida State seemingly made recruiting look easy.  The Seminoles graduate four ACC scorers and welcome a dozen newcomers for this fall.  The success, according to head coach Neil Harper was actually a r esult their earlier efforts.  “With the type of kids we brought in last year, they made it easier for the recruits to really connect with the team. It just goes to show the direction where we are heading with this team and its leaders.”

Madison Jacobi agrees.  When she committed she mentioned a FSU staff, “who really cares about their swimmers and an awesome, close-knit team.”  Jacobi is an awesome and versatile talent capable of scoring at both conference and potentially national levels.  Same can be said for breaststroker, Sami Pochowski from Wisconsin.    Lauren Hine and Mary Elizabeth King both come from big teams (NBAC and Swim Atlanta respectively) and both will be swimming in Omaha later this month.  The rest of the class is solid and considering the Seminoles’ light losses, they’ll make the ACC that much tougher.

Incoming Freshmen

Rank Name State
Score
86
Madison Jacobi GA
3.78
88
Samantha K Pochowski WI
3.81
116
Kelsey Buckley FL
4.83
125
Mary Elizabeth King GA
4.91
161
Lauren Hine PA
6.87
178
Bianca L Spinazzola RI
7.84
261
Angelica Chapman AL
11.91
322
Olivia Carter FL
15.43
339
Jordan L Jarmakowicz FL
17.91
359
Morgan Stephenson GA
19.93
371
Michelle R Pope FL
21.43
422
Josephine M Cuda GA
27.92

Outgoing Seniors

Name Conference
Points
NCAA
Points
Sarandos, Stephanie 9
0
Rowland, Lisi 13

Broadbent, Char 13

Richmond, Tori
15



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