Bucknell Men's Swimming and Diving Announces 11-Person Recruiting Class
June 14, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell men's swimming and diving team had a talented eight-person senior class this past season. With that group graduating, seventh-year head coach Dan Schinnererannounced a large 11-person recruiting class Thursday. The group represents eight different states and has nine swimmers and two divers.
"This is very large and talented class; however, we needed it because of the large and talented class we just graduated this spring," mentioned Schinnerer, who has guided the Bison to four second-place finishes in the last five years at the Patriot League Championships. "This group of young men has the opportunity to make tremendous contributions right from the beginning in a variety of different events. While we lost a number of top performers from last season's squad, this class combined with the returning veterans has the potential to be one of the deepest teams in my time here at Bucknell."
Bucknell is coming off a strong year where it had eight All-Patriot League selections and posted a 7-2 dual-meet record. The Bison were 5-1 in Patriot League dual meets.
Bucknell Men's Swimming and Diving Recruiting Class
Recruiting Class Bio Information
Steve Grune (Darien, Conn./The Lawrenceville School (N.J.)) - Events: Sprint Freestyle, Butterfly -Steven Brian Grune Jr. ... born April 12, 1994 in Darien, Conn. ... son of Steve and Nancy Grune ... four-year member of swimming and water polo teams at The Lawrenceville School ... team captain of both teams as a senior ... All-American in 200 and 400 free relays in 2010-11 ... also an All-American in 400 free relay in 2009-10 ... USA Swimming Sectional qualifier in 2010-11 with the Piranha Swim Team in Darien, Conn. ... has one sister, Natalie, and one brother, Kevin ... mother and father were members of the swimming and diving team at Denison University.
Cameron James (Fallston, Md./Loyola Blakefield) - Events: Freestyle, Breaststroke, IM -Cameron Taylor James ... born Dec. 16, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. ... son of Carl and Lori James ... four-year member of varsity swimming team ... also played two years of water polo ... swimming team captain as a senior ... two-time member of All-MIAA Team ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... All-American Relay Team member ... three-time All-Maryland Swim Team member ... Maryland Swimming Senior Athlete Representative as a senior ... has one sister, Samantha.
Sam Mackie (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) - Events: Breaststroke, IM -Samuel Schofield Mackie ... born Dec. 28, 1993 in Boston, Mass. ... son of Tom and Meg Mackie ... four-year swimming letterwinner at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School ... placed seventh at USA Swimming Junior Nationals ... two-time USA Swimming Senior National qualifier ... two-time Massachusetts state champion ... captain of high school team as a senior ... ranked No. 1 in New England in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke ... owns five North Shore Swim Club records ... Dual County League record holder in 100 breast ... national top-16 list in 100 breast ... three-time Dual County League All-Star ... All-America consideration in 100 breast ... two-time All-Scholastic selection by both Boston Globe and Boston Herald ... has one sister, Callie, a member of Bucknell's Class of 2013.
Wes Marberry (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) - Events: IM, Backstroke, Breaststroke -Wesley Phares Marberry ... born Feb. 27, 1994 in Long Branch, N.J. ... son of Richard and Sara Marberry ... earned four varsity letters for swimming at Evanston Township High School ... also a three-year member of water polo team and a freshman letterwinner on baseball squad ... swimming team captain as a senior ... holds team record in the 100 breast and 200 medley relay ... three-time all-conference selection in swimming ... two-time all-state choice ... two-time water polo all-conference honoree ... first-team all-sectional in water polo as a senior ... MVP of both swimming and water polo squads.
JT Nangle (West Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) - Events: Backstroke, Sprint Freestyle -James Townley Nangle ... born April 1, 1994 in White Plains, N.Y. ... son of Tom and Susan Nangle ... six-time swimming letterwinner at Harrison High School ... also played varsity baseball for one year and varsity golf for two ... graduated with five school swimming records ... four-time swimming all-league selection ... two-time all-section honoree ... two-time Journal News All-Star ... three-time team captain ... Second One State team captain ... two-time Junior National Qualifier ... National Honor Society member ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... has one younger brother, Ryan ... father played football at Iona College.
Chris Ortiz (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) - Events: Sprint Freestyle -Christopher Samuel Ortiz ... born June 13, 1994 in Manhasset, N.Y. ... son of Jorge Ortiz and Ann Chiodo ... four-year swimming letterwinner at Wissahickon High School ... also was a two-year member of track team and water polo squad ... three-time swimming team MVP ... state qualifier as a freshman ... state qualifier in the 50 free as a junior and senior ... also qualified for state meet in 100 free as a senior ... graduated with Wissahickon High School pool records in the 50 free and 100 free ... eight-time all-league choice, including six second-team citations ... at least one all-league honor each year of high school ... school record holder in the 200 IM ... four-time district qualifier ... has three siblings, Anna, Alex and Sophia.
Brian Phillips (Herndon, Va./Oakton) - Events: Distance Freestyle -Brian Daniel Phillips ... born April 25, 1994 in Arlington, Va. ... son of Ron and Linda Phillips ... earned four letters in swimming at Oakton High School ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... NCSA Junior National qualifier ... helped squad to 2010 Virginia state team title ... four-time Potomac Valley Swimming Scholar-Athlete ... has one brother, Brad, who is a member of the swimming and diving team at Virginia and will be a junior in 2012-13.
Tyler Wenzel (Telford, Pa./Souderton) – Events: Diving – Tyler Alexander Wenzel … born June 9, 1994 in South Hampton, N.H. … son of Dave and Denise Poole … four-year varsity diver and three-year varsity water polo player at Souderton Area High School … diving team captain as a senior … all-league and all-district team member as a sophomore, junior and senior … water polo team captain as a senior … second-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a junior and senior … earned team’s Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior … earned Coaches Award as a junior … has three siblings, Trevor, Kiley and Connor Poole.