November 30, 2009

Ball Adds Three During Early Signing Period

Central Connecticut State University head swimming and diving coach Bill Ball announced three National Letter of Intent signings for the 2010-11 season. Erin Massey of Stratford, CT, Kristina Gulia of Orange, CT, and Kasey Chilton of Chelmsford, MA all committed to CCSU during the early signing period.

Massey swims at Stratford High and for the Amity Regional Aquatic Club. She is an All-State swimmer in the freestyle sprints. Next season she will help the Blue Devils out in the sprint and middle-distance freestyle events, as well as all relays. Massey's father was an All-American freestyler at Southern Connecticut State University.

"I really am looking forward to working with Erin," Ball said. "She has incredible talent, size and strength and should be a major player in all of our relays as well as be the go to sprinter we have been lacking."

Gulia is also a member of the Amity Regional Aquatic Club and swims for Amity High. Both a sectional qualifier and finalist, Gulia was also a Connecticut State Finalist in the breaststroke. She will make an immediate impact in the breaststroke events at the Northeast Conference Championships next season.

"Kristina continues to improve each season, and with such a limited background I feel she will give us three breaststrokers that can win a conference championship," Ball said.

Chilton swims at Chelmsford High and with the Magnus Aquatic Group. Having three National Club Swimming Association Junior National qualifying times, Chilton will add tremendous depth to an extremely strong middle distance corp. She will vie for several NEC Championships throughout her career at Central.

"Kasey comes to Central from a very strong nationally recognized club team in the Magnus Aquatic Group," Ball said. "With that background she will adjust to college swimming very quickly and make an immediate impact on all of our meets."

The Blue Devils are off until January 10 when they will host their only meet of the season against Vermont at the Jack Suydam Natatorium. From February 11 through February 13, CCSU will attempt to win its third straight NEC Championship.

"Since we are graduating only one swimmer this season, adding these three very talented young ladies should continue to make Central one of the favorites to contend for another NEC Championship in 2011 and beyond," Ball said.