Dec. 6, 2012
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swimming & diving head coach Courtney Shealy Hart has announced the signing of 11 student-athletes during the early signing period, who will enroll at Tech and compete for the Yellow Jackets next season.
The incoming class includes seven swimmers and four divers.
“This is a talented class and one we’re excited that will help continue to build on the tradition of Georgia Tech swimming & diving, said Hart. “Our recruiting continues to get more aggressive and I credit my staff for seeking student-athletes who fit the mold both athletically and in the classroom.”
Tech’s incoming swimming class includes: Samantha Kase (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee), Alexandra Tracy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill), Camille Felix (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Island), Maddie Paschal (LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange), Benjamin Southern (Falls Church, Va./McLean), Kevin Smith (Clearwater, Fla./East Lake), Declan Poorman (Warner Robins, Ga./Westfield School).
The diving class features: Bradley Homza (Austin, Texas/Westwood), Omar Eteiba (New Cairo, Egypt/ Modern Education American School), Andrea Demick (Atlanta/Marist School) and Madison Young (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Crean Lutheran).
2013 Swimming Signing Class
Samantha Kase (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee), Fly/IM
200 IM: 2:13.37… 400 IM: 4:38.10… 100 fly: 59.26… 200 fly: 2:10.77… Dynamo Swim Club
Coach Hart Quote: “When we saw Samantha’s 200 fly this summer we knew she was someone we definitely wanted on this team.”
Alexandra Tracy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill), Sprint Free/Back
50 free: 23.74… 100 back: 55.23… 200 back: 2:04.94… Cincinnati Marlins
Coach Hart Quote: “Alexandra’s sprinting ability improves all of our sprint relays, and she makes us better in backstroke immediately as well.”
Camille Felix (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Island), Distance/IM
500 free: 5:00.08… 1000 free: 10:12.85… 200 IM: 2:03.91… 400 IM: 4:28.81… Hilton Head Aquatics
Coach Hart Quote: “Camille has an enthusiasm that is infectious; we think she’s going to be a great addition to our distance group.”
Maddie Paschal (LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange), Back
100 back: 58.22… 200 back: 2:08.40… Georgia Swimming Academy Sharks
Coach Hart Quote: “Maddie has been on our radar for a long time and we’re very excited she decided to become a Yellow Jacket.”
Benjamin Southern (Falls Church, Va./McLean), Fly
100 fly: 51.33… 200 fly: 1:50.93… 200 free: 1:43.08… 500 free: 4:34.63… 200 IM: 1:56.55… 400 IM: 4:07.02… Nation’s Capital Swim Club
Coach Hart Quote: “Ben seems to get a lot faster every time he dives in the pool. He really impressed us with his performances this summer and fall.”
Kevin Smith (Clearwater, Fla./East Lake), Breast
100 breast: 58.05… 200 breast: 2:08.90… Tampa Bay Community Aquatics
Coach Hart Quote: “Kevin is another swimmer who has come a long way since we first started recruiting him. He will get a chance to join our deep breaststroke core.”
Declan Poorman (Warner Robins, Ga./Westfield School), Free
50 free: 21.47… 100 free: 45.83… 200 free: 1:39.20… 500 free: 4:35.39… Swim Macon
Coach Hart Quote: “Declan is one of the top couple recruits in Georgia this year.”
2013 Diving Signing Class
Andrea Demick (Atlanta/Marist School), Diving
1m: 318.75 at the USA Diving Zone B Championship… 3: 364.90 at the Zone B Championship… Atlanta Diving Association.
Coach Ames Quote: “I have had the opportunity to coach Andrea at the club level for many years. I am happy she has chosen to stay in Atlanta. She will bring a wealth of national experience to the team.”
Madison Young (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Crean Lutheran), Diving
Platform: 250.30 at the USA Diving Preliminary Zone E Championship… Mission Viejo Club
Coach Ames Quote: “Madison is going to help us tremendously on the Platform, an event that we have not been strong in since the graduation of All-American Stephanie England in 2007.”
Bradley Homza (Austin, Texas/Westwood), Diving
Platform: 342.75 at the AT&T National Diving Championship… 1m: 283.35 at the USA Diving Zone C Championship… 3m: 336.15 at the Zone C Championship… Longhorn Aquatics
Coach Ames Quote: “Bradley is an outstanding diver in all three events. His contributions to the team will be recognized immediately.”
Omar Eteiba (New Cairo, Egypt/ Modern Education American School), Diving
Coach Ames Quote: “Omar is a proficient diver in all three diving events. He is an outstanding athlete, being a very accomplished soccer player as well. I look forward to what he will add to the team.”