University of Michigan women's swimming head coach Jim Richardson and head diving coach KZ Li announced Tuesday (Nov. 15) the signings of seven prep standouts to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. The signees include swimmers Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep), Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), Sharalynn Missiuna (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar), Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego), and diver Emmy Orrico (Commerce Township, Mich./Mercy).
"This is one of the best recruiting classes we've signed in recent history, and we couldn't be more excited to add these six student-athletes to our team next year," Richardson said. "Not only are they all very talented swimmers, but they're exceptional people who will add much to the great culture we've established here at the University of Michigan."
"Emmy is one of the more talented divers in the state this year," Li said. "She comes from a great club program, and we think she'll provide us with depth on both boards for the next four years. We're excited to have her join the team."
Five of the six swimming recruits are ranked inside the top 150 in CollegeSwimming.com's 2012 Recruiting Rankings, including Oldershaw (No. 55), Georger (No. 92), Wolf (No. 98), Mattingly (No. 118) and DeLoof (No. 130). Additionally, both Georger and Oldershaw are rated as five-star recruits by SwimmingWorldMagazine.com. On the academics side, Georger, Mattingly, and Wolf were named USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team, which requires a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and a qualified USA Swimming time standard.
DeLoof is a backstroke/freestyle swimmer from nearby Grosse Pointe, Mich., and swims for Pointe Aquatics. She is ranked as the sixth-best recruit in the state of Michigan this year. As a junior last year, DeLoof was a runner-up at the MHSAA D-II LP state championships in both the 100-yard backstroke (55.40), and 100-yard freestyle (51.40), earning all-state honors. She also finished third as a part of the 200-yard medley relay team. She was an All-American in all three events. Additionally, DeLoof was voted as the team's Most Valuable Swimmer at Grosse Pointe South during her first three years, and was selected as a team captain this season.
Georger is a backstroke/individual medley swimmer from Erie, Pa., and swims for Erie Aquatics Club. She is rated as the sixth-best recruit in Pennsylvania this season. Georger is four-time Pennsylvania Class AA state champion, including three titles in the 100-yard backstroke (54.61), winning the championship in each of her first three years at Mercyhurst. In August, Georger was named to the 2011 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-America Team in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, and also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke. She has also been named Swimmer of the Year by the Erie Times three times during her high school career.
Mattingly is a sprint freestyle swimmer from Zionsville, Ind., and swims for Zionsville Swim Club. She is rated as the second-best recruit in Indiana this season. Mattingly was the 2010 Indiana state champion in the 100-yard freestyle (50.58, which ranks 11th on the state's all-time performance list for championship meets only) and also finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.61). A 15-time All-American, Mattingly was runner-up in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2011 Junior National Championships, and a bonus finalist in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyles.
Oldershaw is a native of Oakville, Ontario, and swims for the Oakville Aquatic Swim Club. Oldershaw, ranked as the eighth-best international recruit, can swim any stroke but focuses primarily on the backstroke and individual medley. She is a member of the 2011-12 Canadian Junior National Team, and holds 11 Canadian National Age Group records, including seven on medley relays. Oldershaw, who has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in nine events, has competed in many national and international competitions, including the 2011 World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru, in August, finishing ninth in the 400-meter IM and 13th in the 200-meter IM. Additionally, Oldershaw recorded three top-10 finishes at the 2011 Canadian Senior National Championships in Montreal, and swam in three events at the 2010 Junior Pan-Pacific Championships.
Missiuna is a sprint freestyle swimmer that also hails from Oakville, Ontario, and like Oldershaw, also swims for Oakville Aquatic Swim Club. She was a "B" finalist at the 2011 Canadian World Championship Trials and the 2010 Canadian Pan Pacific Trials, both in the 50-meter freestyle. Missiuna's times in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle rank fourth and sixth, respectively, for the 2010-11 long-course season for the Canadian 16-year old girls age group. In addition, Missiuna was named to the 2011 Canadian ID team for the 400-meter freestyle relay, and set Canadian national age group records as part of the 13-14 girls medley relay (set records in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay in both long course and short course).
Wolf is a distance freestyle swimmer from Waukesha, Wis., and swims for Waukesha Express Swim Team. She is rated as the second-best distance swimmer in the nation, with personal-best times of 4:51.84 in the 500-yard freestyle, and 16:14.0 in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She swam in the 2011 Junior National Championships, held at Stanford University, finishing third in the 1,500-meter freestyle and also qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 800-meter freestyle (8:50.37). Earlier this fall, Wolf traveled to Osaka, Japan, with the National Club Swimming Association (NCSA), to participate in a meet against Itoman-Japan in a dual meet.
Orrico hails from nearby Commerce Township, and has been diving with Legacy Diving Club, which is coached by Buck Smith, the head diving coach at Eastern Michigan. Orrico has competed at the USA Diving Junior events for the last several years, with a top performance at the 2011 Summer Junior Region 3 Championships, where she finished 10th on three-meter (328.80) and 13th on one-meter (278.95). She finished fourth on the one-meter springboard (397.45) at the 2010 MHSAA D2 State Championships.
Michigan loses seniors Alexa Mehesan, Amanda Lohman, Liz Koselka, Liz Johnson, Caitlin Dauw, Megan Craig and Kristyne Cole to graduation following this season.
Q U O T E S
"I've always wanted to be a Wolverine. I am so excited, and I look forward to being on such an accomplished swim team. Together, we will achieve great things. I can't wait to get started."
"I can't wait to get to Ann Arbor and start competing for this team. I'm very excited to be joining the Maize and Blue family."
"The culture that Coach Richardson and Coach Kerska have built into the swimming program at Michigan is unlike any other. Rarely can you find a group of girls who have such great camaraderie, morals, and passion for their team. I am so excited to a part of that tradition for the next four years of my life. I truly don't believe I could spend the next chapter of my life in a better place than Ann Arbor. I can't wait to join my future teammates on campus next year."
"I am thrilled to be a part of this team. I have only ever dreamt of the possibility, and now it is a reality. I am honored to join this group of dedicated, hard-working girls with such an amazing team culture. With superb academics and fantastic coaching, the University of Michigan is the perfect combination."
"It was such a great feeling signing. I am so thrilled about choosing the University of Michigan. It has everything -- academics, athletics, reputation -- all in a great college town. But what really makes Michigan so special is its people, from the students to the faculty, to my future teammates and especially the coaches, Jim and Stef. I can't wait to swim as a Wolverine."
"I chose to sign with the University of Michigan for a couple reasons. First off, growing up in Michigan, I am very familiar with the reputation of the school, both in the pool and in the classroom. Secondly, I was extremely impressed with the members of the team that I met with. There are some tremendous athletes in the program and they all have great relationships with the coaching staff. To me, that demonstrates that it's a cohesive team, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
"From the moment I stepped on campus, I was welcomed warmly by the team, and the coaching staff. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities and support the women's team receives is fantastic. Michigan has everything I need to excel over the next four years, from the team goals and training, to the first-class education. I'm excited to be a part of the Michigan family."