LEWISBURG, Pa. – Head coach Dan Schinnerer announced Monday 11 incoming freshmen are set to join the Bucknell women’s swimming & diving team.
“We’re very excited about this group’s potential,” Schinnerer said. “This class has the depth and talent it needs to make an immediate impact and help our team continue to climb up the Patriot League standings. We lost some talented swimmers to graduation, but this class can definitely help us continue to improve.”
The incoming freshmen hail from nine different states: Pennsylvania (3), Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia. Every stroke group is represented in the class, which also includes two divers.
In 2017-18, the Bison posted a 6-3 (4-2 Patriot League) record in dual competition before taking fourth at the Patriot League Championships and third at the ECAC Championships. Bucknell will have to replace Julianna Foss, a four-time All-Patriot League pick who graduated with two school records, as well as key Patriot League scorers Leah Bloodgood and Caroline Edelman.
Freestyle and Backstroke, Sparks, Md., McDonogh School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at the McDonogh School … three-time First Team All-IAAM selection … helped team win three IAAM conference championships … McDonogh School went unbeaten in 2018 … graduated with a conference and school record in the 400 freestyle relay … set three individual and two relay top-10 times … also competed for the Eagle Swim Team.
Personal: Lindsey Hendricks Bloom … born October 17, 1999 in Fair Haven, N.J. … daughter of Mark and Jill Bloom … comes from a long line of Bucknellians … grandfather Lawrence Bloom ’52, father Mark Bloom ’86, mother Jill Bloom ’87, aunt Julie Bloom Citron ’91, brother Kyle Bloom ’18 and cousin Samantha Citron ’18 all graduated from Bucknell … father was a member of the Bison golf team while mother played field hockey … brother Kyle was a member of the Bucknell swimming & diving team … grandfather Robert Barlow played water polo at Bowdoin.
Butterfly and Sprint Freestyle, Sparta, N.J., Sparta High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at Sparta High School … 2017 New Jersey Herald Swimmer of the Year … 2017 Star Ledger and NJ.com All-State Second Team selection … 2017 MugsMedia Swimmer of the Year … became the first freshman to be recognized as the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County MVP in 2015 … four-time All-Herald First Team … placed an area-best second in the 100 butterfly at the 2017 Meet of Champions … graduated with school records in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay … four-time YMCA Short Course National finalist (2015-18) … two-time YMCA Long Course National finalist (2017 and 2016) … left Lakeland Hills YMCA with its records in the 15-18 100 butterfly, 15-18 200 butterfly and 13-14 200 butterfly.
Personal: Alexis Elizabeth Faria … born November 26, 1999 in Sparta, N.J. … daughter of Kevin and Elizabeth Faria … has three siblings: Kelly, Lucas and Noah … Lucas played football at Columbia.
Freestyle and Butterfly, Pelham Manor, N.Y. Pelham Memorial High School
Before Bucknell: Lettered in swimming at Pelham Memorial High School … 2016-17 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … USA Swimming National and Junior National qualifier … earned All-America laurels in the 200 freestyle (2017), 500 freestyle (2017, 2016), 200 freestyle relay (2016, 2015) and 400 freestyle relay (2016) … five-time state finalist … 2017, 2016 and 2015 New York State Section 1 200 freestyle champion … 2017 and 2016 New York State Section 1 500 freestyle champion … four-time all-section pick … five-time all-league selection … helped Pelham Memorial capture sectional and league championships in 2016 … broke New York State Section 1 records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay … graduated with school records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay … News 12 Westchester Scholar-Athlete … served as team captain in 2017 … swam for the Pelham Country Club during the summer … seven-time Westchester County champion … five-time Westchester County high point winner … set Westchester Conference records in the U17 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly … competed for the Empire Swimming club team … set multiple program records in multiple age groups … 2017 USA Futures 200 freestyle champion … also lettered in lacrosse at Pelham Memorial.
Personal: Madison Rose Hartigan … born March 10, 2000 in Bronxville, N.Y. … daughter of Steve and Carmen Hartigan … has three siblings: Kaitlin, Kiely and Christopher … cousin Dylan Malmquist is a member of the Notre Dame hockey team’s class of 2019.
IM, Butterfly and Freestyle, Quincy, Mass., Marblehead High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at Marblehead High School … three-time Massachusetts state champion in the 500 freestyle (2018, 2017 and 2016) … two-time Massachusetts state champion in the 200 freestyle (2018 and 2017) … won sectional titles in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM … 2018 New England Conference Swimmer of the Year … helped Marblehead go undefeated in its conference all four seasons, bringing its unbeaten streak to 13 years … graduated with a school record in the 200 medley relay … served as team captain … also swam for the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks Swim Team.
Personal: Meagan Kathryn Hathaway … born June 8, 2000 in Newburyport, Mass. … daughter of Frank and Patricia Hathaway … has a younger sister: Emma.
Diving, Macungie, Pa., Emmaus High School
Before Bucknell: Dove at Emmaus High School … 2015 all-state selection and district champion … placed third at the 2018 district met … graduated with school records in the 1-meter dive (six dives) and 1-meter dive (11 dives) … also left with the pool record in the 1-meter dive (six dives) … has competed at the national level in diving … also a gymnast and lacrosse player.
Personal: Jessica Margaret Hurlburt … born July 27, 1999 in Macungie, Pa. … daughter of Keith and Jen Hurlburt … has three younger siblings: Justin, Nic and Aiden … father played ice hockey at RPI while mother was a member of Western Maryland’s lacrosse team and Army ROTC program … served as a coach at Brookside Country Club.
Butterfly and Backstroke, West Chester, Pa. Unionville High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at Unionville High School … captured All-America accolades as a junior and senior … three-time all-league selection … honored on the all-district team as a senior … at the 2018 PIAA meet, took third in the 200 medley relay, 16th in the 100 butterfly and 17th in the 400 freestyle relay … served as team captain as a senior … graduated with school records in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays … also swam for Golden Rams Aquatics for nine years.
Personal: Caroline Taylor Mayk … born January 19, 2000 in Wynnewood, Pa. … daughter of Jed and Brenda Mayk … has one younger sister: Erin … cousin Delaney Sheetz was a member of the Bucknell cheerleading team, graduating in 2018.
Breaststroke, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Bloomfield Hills High School
Before Bucknell: Two-year letterwinner at Bloomfield Hills High School, which attended as a junior and senior after family moved to Michigan from Connecticut … YMCA National Championship qualifier … state qualifier … league champion … all-league honoree … helped Bloomfield Hills capture back-to-back league titles … graduated with school records in the 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay … also swam for the Birmingham Blue Dolphins and Cranbrook Swim Club … member of the Birmingham Blue Dolphins National Team.
Personal: Michaela Teresa Peil … born June 15, 2000 in Royal Oak, Mich. … daughter of Jamie and Jeannie Peil … has two younger siblings: James and Bridget … father Jamie played tennis at St. Lawrence … mother Jeannie swam at Fairfield … aunt Mary Jo attended Bucknell, graduating in 1978.
Diving, Jamison, Pa., Central Bucks High School South
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at Central Bucks High School South … four-time district qualifier … graduated with a school record for six dives (277.70) … also dove for TNT and Fanny Chapman.
Personal: Vita Alexa Shabalow … born November 5, 1999 in Philadelphia, Pa. … daughter of Alexander and Marina Shabalow … has one younger brother.
Freestyle and Butterfly, Houston, Texas, St. Agnes Academy
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at St. Agnes Academy … helped the team win four TAPPS state championships … at the 2016 state championship, won the 50 freestyle and placed third in the 100 freestyle … earned team’s 2018 Tiger Pride Award … competed with RICE Aquatics for 10 years, attending four sectionals … left program with its record in the long course 50 freestyle and long course 100 freestyle.
Personal: Isabella Ida Smith … born September 5, 1999 in Manhattan, N.Y. … daughter of Cameron Smith and Elizabeth Cosgrove … has three younger brothers: Dillon, Liam and Kieran … father played golf at Washington University.
Sprint Freestyle and Backstroke, Marietta, Ga., Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner at the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School … Academic All-American … helped team place first at the 1A state meet and second at the state 1-5A meet … earned four High Point Awards … Positive Athlete Award winner … served as team captain … graduated with school records in 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay … also swam for the Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club and competed at Junior Nationals … member of the first junior advisory board for Swim Across America, a national organization that raises money for cancer research and treatments … organized and raised money for a swim at Lake Lanier … the junior advisory board ultimately raised more than $70,000.
Personal: Meghan Jane Taner … born September 2, 2000 in Berkeley, Calif. … daughter of Derek and Roberta Taner … has two younger brothers: Will and Matthew … loves to travel and has been to 18 different countries … hopes to pursue a career that allows her to travel the world.
Backstroke and IM, Fredericksburg, Va., Massaponax High School
Before Bucknell: Four-year letterwinner and team MVP at Massaponax High School … served as team captain and captured all-area accolades as a senior … graduated with school records in the 100 backstroke (59.64), 200 IM (2:12.57) and 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays … also clocked a time of 2:10.80 in the 200 IM during club career … helped Massaponax take second at its conference meet in 2017 and third in 2018 … competed for the Tsunami Swim Team and RAYS Swim Team … earned the RAYS Swim Team’s Most Improved 15-18 girl award in 2018 … Virginia Junior State Representative for USA Swimming.
Personal: Courtney Kimiko Wolfgang … born April 18, 2000 in Fredericksburg, Va. … daughter of Ron and Dawn Wolfgang … has one older brother … father Ron played baseball at Grand Valley State … active volunteer at the Old Dominion Humane Society.