LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head coach Dan Schinnerer has announced the addition of 10 newcomers to the Bison women's swimming and diving team beginning with the 2017-18 season. The class represents six states – Pennsylvania (4), New Jersey (2), Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York.
"We are very pleased with the Class of 2021,” Schinnerer said. "This group of talented young women will make an immediate impact on our team. The class has both depth and quality in it. We expect them to make major contributions towards our short-term and long-term goals."
Bucknell returns all four of its All-Patriot League honorees from last season.
Bucknell Women's Swimming and Diving Recruiting Class
Kelly Cattano – Darien, Conn./King School
Palma Foschi-Walko – Osterville, Mass./St.John Paul II
Emily Gorham – Chatham, N.J./Chatham
Mia Haggerty – Kenilworth, Ill./New Trier Township
Rachel Hazard – West Chester, Pa./Henderson
Megan Koczur – West Chester, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin
Amanda Lauer – Upper Saddle River, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy
Maura McManus – Chadd's Ford, Pa./Villa Maria Academy
Alaina Schumann – Ambler, Pa./Germantown Academy
Maggie Wyngowski – Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna
Recruiting Class Bio Information
Kelly Cattano (Darien, Conn./King School) – Freestyle, IM
five-year member of the Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club… first girl in program to break five minutes in 500 free … recipient of the Coach's Award and Attendance Award from 2012-17 … also swam for Westchester CC and holds the county 200 free relay (15-18) record along with current Bucknell swimmer Libby O'Hare … born in London, England … daughter of Michael ('89) and Molly Cattano… one older sister, Sarah ('18) and one younger brother, Brett.
Palma Foschi-Walko (Osterville, Mass./St. John Paul II) – Freestyle, IM, Breaststroke
Competed exclusively in club swimming, primarily with the Cape Cod Swim Club … won team's Top Performer Award for 2016-17 season … scored the most points at the 2017 Speedo Sectionals while leading her club to the title … was on the cover of Swimming World Magazine after winning the title … won the 400 IM at the event … also won the 400 IM at the WPI New England Age Group Championships … qualified for Junior Nationals in the 200 IM and 400 IM … set club records in the 400 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast … also swam at the Futures Championships … daughter of Debra Foschi and Thomas Walko … has one older sister, Isabella, who is on the Lafayette swim team … has long list of collegiate and professional athletes in the family, including her grandfather, John Daniel Walko (Colgate football), father, Thomas (Dartmouth football), uncle, Greg Walko (Connecticut College basketball), uncle, Matt Walko (Dartmouth football), mother, Debra (NYU swimming), aunt, Sandra Foschi (NYU swimming), uncle, Robert Foschi (Columbia basketball), cousin, Jessica Foschi (national champion for Stanford swimming), cousin, Pamela Foschi (Boston College swimming), cousin, JP Foschi (Georgia Tech football and five NFL teams at tight end), and cousin, Christian Foschi (Navy swimming).
Emily Gorham (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) – Freestyle, Fly, Back
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Chatham High School … four-time first team all-county … two-time team MVP … Canadian national qualifier in the 400 free and 800 free … Scholastic All-American … holds school records in the 50 free and 100 fly … part of school record 200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 200 medley relay … team won three state titles, four county titles, and four section titles … for club team, holds seven individual short course records and seven individual long course records … daughter of Susan Gorham and Stephen Gorham … has one older sister, Jess, who is on the swim team at Vermont.
Mia Haggerty (Kenilworth, Ill./New Trier Township) -- Freestyle
Letterwinner at New Trier Township High School … all-state in Illinois … All-American … holds two freshman relay records … team won state, conference, and sectional titles … NSCA qualifier while swimming for New Trier Swim Club … born in Hong Kong … daughter of Steve and Elleke Haggerty … has one older sibling, Anneke, and two younger siblings, Ryan and Kiera.
Rachel Hazard (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) – Freestyle, Fly
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Henderson High School … named All-American in 2014 and 2016 … all-state in Pennsylvania in 2014 and 2016 … holds high school records in the 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay … team went undefeated and won the league title in 2014 … team was 30-4 in her four seasons … swam for Golden Ram Aquatics … also a two-year letterwinner in lacrosse … daughter of John and Eileen Hazard … one older sister, Lauren, who is on the swim team at Lafayette, and one younger brother, Andrew
Megan Koczur (West Chester, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin) – Sprint Free, Back
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at West Chester Bayard Rustin High School … named all-state in Pennsylvania as a junior … two-time team MVP … finished in the top 10 in the state in the 100 back … placed in the top seven in the district in the 100 back and 50 free … swam for the Westtown Aquatics Program … spends free time doing charitable work, including giving swim lessons to people with disabilities and an annual toy drive with the DuPont Hospital for Children … daughter of Joe and Liz Koczur … one younger sister, Erin.
Amanda Lauer (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) – Distance Free
Team captain at Immaculate Heart Academy … four-time First Team All-Bergen County … four-time first team all-league … placed in the top eight in the state individually … helped team win four straight state titles in New Jersey … team lost just two meets in four years … swam for Cougar Aquatic Club … also lettered in cross country … daughter of Rob and Adrienne Lauer … has one older sister, Valerie, who was on the swimming and diving team at Lehigh.
Maura McManus (Chadds Ford, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) – Sprint Free
Four-year letterwinner and one-year team captain at Villa Maria Academy … four-time all-state in Pennsylvania … four-year state qualifier, including two-time state finalist in the 100 free … four-time state champion in the 200 free relay … four-time Athletics Association of Catholic Academies All-Star … three-year All-American … part of 200 free relay that holds state record … part of 200 free relay and 400 free relay that hold District 1 records … team was four-time state champion, district champion, and league champion … team had four consecutive undefeated seasons … also competed with Golden Ram Aquatics … daughter of Jay McManus and Nancy McManus … two older brothers, John and Keith, and one older sister, Julia.
Alaina Schumann (Ambler, Pa./Germantown Academy) -- Diving
Four-year letterwinner and one-year captain at Germantown Academy … two-time all-league … named team's Most Outstanding Athlete as a junior … school record holder in the six-dive and 11-dive competitions … team went undefeated in the Inter-AC her sophomore and junior seasons … also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball … daughter of Mark and Carolyn and Schumann … one older sister, Caitlin VanBuskirk, and one younger sister, Jenna Schumann.
Maggie Wyngowski (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) – Free, Back, Breast, IM
Two-year team captain at Niskayuna High School … placed third in the state in New York in the 200 IM … school record holder in the 100 back … one-time Scholar-Athlete Award … team was three-time section champion … team went undefeated her senior season … swam for the Albany Starfish and the Schenectady Sharks, qualifying Summer Junior Nationals in the 200 IM and the Winter Junior Nationals in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breast, and 200 back … daughter of Larry and Debby Wyngowski … two older brothers, Seth and Aaron.