Head swimming coach Bill Ball and head diving
coach Dave Maliar have announced
the addition of five student-athletes to their incoming class in
2010-11, bringing the total number of the class to eight. The Blue
Devils have won two Northeast Conference titles and finished second
once in the last three years. They won back-to-back championships
in 2008 and 2009 before finishing second last season.
The Blue Devils lose only one swimmer and one diver from last season's squad which finished second in the NEC Championship. Adding these eight student-athletes, along with a pair of redshirted student-athletes next season, will give the Blue Devils the full complement of scorers for the championships (17 swimmers and three divers).
"We are extremely excited to add this incoming class to our squad," Ball said. "We finally have some quality depth in our programs, and even during the championships seasons of 2008 and 2009 we didn't have the full complement of swimmers available to us."
Having the full complement of scorers becomes even more significant in 2011 as the conference will be going back to scoring the top 16. The last three seasons only the top 12 have scored.
Joining early signees Kasey Chilton, Kristina Gulia and Erin Massey will be divers Kathryn Nizeul and Kellyn Goldberger and swimmers Kathryn Kiely, Molly Martin, and Helene Neuhaus.
The addition of the two divers and the return of Sam Smolicz will create a very competitive atmosphere on the diving end. The Blue Devils have already had one of the strongest diving programs in the league during Maliar's tenure.
"Kathryn and Kellyn will greatly enhance the level of performance and can score very valuable points at the conference meet," Ball said. "We are excited to have them joining our program for this season."
"Kathryn, Molly and Helene will all make strong contributions and, as with the divers, greatly enhance the swimming end of the pool," Ball said. "Kathryn comes to Central with some very strong performances in the fly and mid-free events and has done so with a limited background. She is already a strong swimmer and with the added training, who knows how fast she will go."
"Molly has turned into a strong breaststroker with times that will already score in the conference meet," Ball added. "Once she adjusts to the added volume of a collegiate program, she will add great depth to an already deep breaststroke corp."
"Helene with enter CCSU as the fastest 100 freestyler we have ever had as a freshman entering the program," Ball noted. "She was a finalist at the Y National meet in April. She is a strong, gifted student-athlete that will continue to improve throughout her collegiate career."
The addition of these eight student-athletes, combined with the last two classes brought in by Ball and Maliar, will give Central the depth and ability to return to the top of the NEC in 2011. The Blue Devils have not finished lower than second in the NEC Championship in any of the last three seasons.
"This team will have the front line student-athletes the 2008 team had when they won 18 of 20 events at the NEC meet and won the ECAC meet," Ball said. "We will have even more depth than we had in 2009, something we will desperately need if we want to compete for an NEC title in 2011."
June 18, 2010 Swimming and Diving Completes Incoming Class for 2010-11
April 20, 2010 CCSU Swimming to Hold Water Safety Clinic May 9
February 28, 2010 Blue Devils Finish ECAC Championships in Eighth
February 27, 2010 Swimming Competes In Day Two Action at ECAC Championships
February 26, 2010 Friedmann Wins 500 Free, Blue Devils in Fifth at ECACs
February 25, 2010 Nine Swimmers and Divers Earn All-NEC Honors
February 13, 2010 Central Falls Just Short of Third Straight NEC Championship
February 12, 2010 Blue Devils Remain In Second After Two Days at NEC Championships
February 11, 2010 CCSU In Second After First Day at Northeast Conference Championships
February 10, 2010 Swimming and Diving Ready To Defend Title
January 30, 2010 Central Swimming Tops Wagner, 153-108 On the Road
January 25, 2010 Watch Highlights From College Conference Carnival
January 22, 2010 CCSU Competes In Day One of College Conference Carnival
January 19, 2010 Swimming World Meet To Be Streamed Live On SwimInfo.com
January 19, 2010 Vestergaard Earns Fifth NEC Diver of the Week Honor
January 16, 2010 Blue Devils Fall 163-60 at Miami
January 12, 2010 Friedmann and Vestergaard Receive Northeast Conference Honors
January 10, 2010 Friedmann Breaks Pool Record as CCSU Falls to Vermont 161-139
November 30, 2009 Ball Adds Three During Early Signing Period
November 24, 2009 Vestergaard Receives NEC Diver of the Week Honor
November 22, 2009 CCSU Finishes Final Day at Terrier Invite, Harvard Diving Invite
November 21, 2009 Blue Devils Compete In Day Two Action at Terrier Invite
November 20, 2009 CCSU Swims at Day One of Terrier Invite
November 17, 2009 Rossi Is Northeast Conference Diver of the Week Again
November 14, 2009 CCSU Falls to Boston University, 157-77, In Dual Meet Competition
November 11, 2009 CCSU Swimming to Offer Water Safety Clinic
November 10, 2009 Kristen Rossi Takes Second Straight Diver of the Week Honor
November 7, 2009 Swimming and Diving Falls to New Hampshire, 181-110
November 4, 2009 Meet at New Hampshire Changed to 2:00 p.m.
November 3, 2009 Rossi Receives Northeast Conference Diver of the Week Honors
November 1, 2009 CCSU Wins Pair of Dual Meets At Southern Connecticut
October 27, 2009 Vestergaard Earns Second Northeast Conference Weekly Honor
October 24, 2009 Swimming and Diving Competes at Sonny Werblin Invite
October 20, 2009 Vestergaard Earns Diver of the Week Honors
October 17, 2009 Swimming and Diving Drop Pair of Dual Meets at Northeastern
October 1, 2009 Blue Devils Picked To Three-Peat In Northeast Conference Poll