June 25, 2013

Swimming Adds 12 More For The 2013-14 Season

Stockton, Calif. – Pacific swimming head coach Peter Richardson has announced the addition of 12 swimmers for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The 12 swimmers will join eight others signed early in the fall of 2012 to give Pacific a class of 20 new swimmers. Of the 12, eight will join the men’s team while the women added four more for their roster.

On the men’s side of the roster, the Tigers added Steven Blevins, Neil Byers, Colton Douda, Jerome Gueguen, Curtis Klein, Justin Ly, Matthew Um, and Jared Vu. 

Blevins graduated from Bella Vista HS in Fair Oaks, Calif. where he was a sprinter for the Broncos. Throughout his career, Blevins posted top times of 21.7 in the 50 Free and 48.1 in the 100 free.

“I see Steven as a sprinter with the potential to develop into a relay and individual conference scorer at Pacific,” said Richardson.

Byers comes to Pacific after graduating from Bellarmine Prep in Puyallup, Wash. Neil is the younger brother of Kevin Byers who swam for the Tigers from 2009-12. Following in the footsteps of his brother, Neil posted top times of 55.0 in the 100 back and 1:57 in the 200 back. 

“Neil will look to develop as a backstroker and possibly swim the IM events as well,” said Richardson.

Douda is a native of Agoura Hills, Calif. where he prepped at Aguora Hills HS. A member of the CLASS Aquatics, he is a club teammate of Hayley Shillington the 2012-13 women’s Most Outstanding Performer. A sprinter, Douda posted top times of 22.1 and 48.9 in his respective free style sprinting events in high school.

“Colton is another sprinter we can add to the men’s team who can possibly develop into a solid conference contributor down the line,” said Richardson.

Gueguen will enter Pacific as an international swimmer out of Maisons-Laffitte, France where he swam the fly in medley events. In the 200 free (LCM), Gueguen posted a top time of 2:00 while in the 200 fly (LCM) he posted a time of 2:12.4.

“Jerome should add depth to the dual meet lineup as well as possibly contributing at the conference meet,” said Richardson.

Klein will suit up for the Tigers in the fall as one of the most accomplished newcomers in this year’s class. Posting Olympic Trials qualifying times in the backstroke, Klein prepped at West Linn HS in West Linn, Ore. His top times in high school showed as 50.0 and 1:48.5 in the backstroke while he posted a 1:53.3 in the IM.

“Curtis is an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200m backstroke while his yards time would have placed him in the top 10 at this year’s MPSF Championships,” said Richardson”

Ly prepped at Pleasant Grove HS in Sacramento, Calif. where he graduated in 2013. Primarily a breaststroke swimmer, Ly posted a top time of 1:01 in high school. 

“Justin is a newcomer to swimming as he just started competing year-round a few years ago,” said Richardson. “We will look to develop him into a contributor on the team down the line.”

Um, a club and high school teammate of Byers, is a native of Federal Way, Wash. where he went to Bellermine Prep. Um swims both the fly and free style events as he posted top times of 51.49 in the fly and 47.9 and 1:44.8 in the free.

“Matthew will contribute to the team by adding depth in the Fly events as well as being a strong freestyler,” said Richardson.

Vu will be expected to make an immediate impact for the Tigers in his first season after swimming for Lincoln HS and the SFRP Rossi Swim Team in San Francisco, Calif. In the fly, Vu posted times of 49.8 and 1:53 while tallying a 1:54.9 in the IM.

“Jared would have been our second best 100 butterflier this year at MPSF’s and will look to make an immediate impact at the conference meet next year in both fly events,” said Richardson. “He will add immediate depth in an area we did not have much depth in.”

On the women’s side of the roster, the Tigers added Margaux Gourson, Haley Preston, Anamiguel Rodriguez, and Michelle Wong.

Gourson is an international swimmer from Paris, France. She is expected to be an early contributor to the Tigers in her first season as a freestyler. Throughout her events, Gourson posted times of 2:01, 4:17, 8:48, and 16:53 (LCM).

“Margaux is an extremely talented and versatile freestyler whose range of events can go from the 50 free all the way to the mile,” said Richardson. “She has the potential to break several school records in her first year at Pacific and will look to compete for an individual conference title next year.”

Preston brings Division I experience with her to Pacific after transferring from San Diego State at the end of the 2012-13 season. Swimming the backstroke for the Aztec, Preston posted top times of 55.0 and 1:58 throughout her career.

“Last season Haley would have placed in the top-four in both backstroke races at MPSF’s this year with her times,” said Richardson. “She will immediately become our best backstroker in addition to being on our A medley relays. 

A local swimmer from Stockton, Calif., Rodriguez comes to Pacific after swimming as a part of Tiger aquatics throughout her youth. Her top times in the breaststroke have been 1:07 and 2:27.

“Anamiguel grew up swimming with the local club team, Tiger Aquatics,” said Richardson. “She will add depth to the breaststroke group next Fall.”

Wong prepped at Homestead HS in Sunnyvale, Calif. before graduating in 2013. A freestyle specialist, Wong posted top times of 24.0, 53.0, and 1:58 throughout her career.

“Michelle is a solid freestyler who will add depth in the 50-200 events at dual meets,” said Richardson.

Overall, the eight signees from the fall signing period in addition to the 12 spring signees will provide the team with more depth in every event and distance.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the incoming student-athletes,” said Richardson. Our goal this past year was to bring in swimmers who could impact our program at the conference and national level. I believe we accomplished this and look forward to continuing our progress towards becoming a championship level program.”

Fall Signees

Kale Ai – Honolulu, HI
Top Times: 1:41, 4:32, 15:53 FR 

Josh Cutter – Grass Valley, CA
Top Times: 47, 1:40, 4:30 FR 

Erik Fulmer – Covington, WA
Top Times: 51, 1:54 FL

Nathan Rhea – Tulare, CA
Top Times: 4:04 IM, 52, 1:52 BK

Roslyn Kackman – Ramona, CA
Top Times: 1:50, 4:57 FR, 56, 2:05 FL

Gina Lucas – Ramona, CA
Top Times: 2:06 IM, 57 BK, 1:06 BR

Jade Morton – Huntington Beach, CA
Top Times: 1:54, 4:57, 17:03 FR 

Sara Nash – Broomfield, CO
Top Times: 56, 2:03 BK, 56, 2:03 FL, 4:25 IM