Nov. 28, 2007
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech head swimming and diving coach Stu Wilson has announced that six student-athletes signed national letters of intent during the early signing period. Michael Vredeveld (Jesup, Ga.) joins the men’s team while Sarah Broadley (Orlando, Fla.), Jordan Evans (Atlanta, Ga.), Cali Harrison (Bogart, Ga.), Heidi Hatteberg (Louisville, Ky.), Jessie Mason (Atlanta, Ga.) and Erin O’Donnell (Baltimore, Md.) will become the newest additions to the women’s team.
“I’m very happy with the class that we have signed,” Wilson said. “This is a very strong class with a lot talent and potential that could make some noise in the ACC.”
Vredeveld’s event is the sprint freestyle and he swims for the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Michael just started swimming year-round last year,” Wilson said. “He has a load of talent and will only get stronger and faster. I’m looking forward to have him onboard and seeing what he can do.”
Broadley swims for Team Orlando and is a freestyler and butterflyer, interested in mechanical engineering.
“She will immediately make an impact for the team both in the pool and in the classroom,” Wilson said. “She has a great attitude which will be contagious to the team.”
Evans swims the backstroke, butterfly and IM for Swim Atlanta. She is interested in engineering at Tech.
“One of the top recruits for the state of Georgia for the class of 2008, Evans is a very hard worker who can swim many different events,” Wilson said. She will help us the most in the fly and IM events.”
Harrison is a diver at North Oconee High School. She will graduate from high school this December and enroll at Tech in January.
“Cali will bring a lot of experience to the Georgia Tech diving team,” diving coach John Ames said. “She dove with the Georgia Dive club in Athens, Ga., for most of her diving career. As a younger age group diver, she competed in many national championships and was one of the top divers in the nation. For the past few years, she was unable to have a consistent training schedule, so she dove with my age group program here at Tech, the Atlanta Diving Association. She has loads of talent and great potential. Cali will be able to focus on getting back on track with her training while she practices with the team this Spring.”
Hatteberg, who is interested in aerospace engineering, participates in the sprint freestyle and backstroke for the Lakeside Swim Team.
“She is going to help us a great deal in the backstroke and sprint events,” Wilson said.. “She has an attitude that she will do what it takes to help the team.”
Mason is a sprint freestyler for Swim Atlanta who is interested in Management.
“She has only been swimming year round for three years, but is one of the top sprint freestylers for the state of Georgia in the 2008 class,” Wilson said. “She has a lot of talent and will definitely improve as she gains more experience.”
O’Donnell, who swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, is a sprint freestyler and butterflyer, interested in engineering.
“She is coming from a strong program that has produced numerous Olympians,” Wilson said. “She knows what it will take to succeed and I’m looking forward to coaching her.”