Swimming Adds Six Musketeers For 2013-14
Jan. 9, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier swimming head coach Brent MacDonald has received commitments from six swimmers. Hannah Martin, Heidi Turner, Abbigail Walsh and Ashley Whitely will join the women's team and Gage Mitchel and Tony Miller, Jr. will be added to the men's squad in the fall of 2013.
Martin comes to Xavier after a sensational prep career at Bedford Senior High in Temperance, Mich., where she served as team captain this season. Martin has twice been named all-state by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and earned three all-region honors from the Monroe Evening News. She is a three time South Michigan Interscholastic Swim League (SMISL) Champion in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. She added an SMISL championship in the 100 backstroke this season. The Bedford Athletic Boosters has honored Martin as a scholar athlete all four years of her high school career. Martin has also been a member of Club Wolverine since 2009.
"Hannah is a very versatile swimmer who showed during her high school season that she can do just about anything by swimming backstroke or an off event for her team," said MacDonald. "She will be great to have that weapon when it comes to dual meets and will put her in the best possible position when figuring out her events for Championships."
A native of Manassas, Va., Turner brings experience swimming at national level events to XU. As an 11-year member of the QDD Swim Team, she has been a part of squads that posted championships at the Texas Grand Prix (2010), Indiana (2011), Georgia (2010, 2011 and 2012) and Senior Championships (2010, 2011 and 2012). Turner has twice been named all-district and all-region once during her prep career at Osbourn HS, while displaying her acumen in the classroom by earning honor roll distinctions all four years.
"Heidi comes to us from QDD Swim Team coached by very successful coach Rick Benner," stated MacDonald. "Rick's daughter Bridget swam for Xavier and that helped Heidi realize this was the place for her. She will make an immediate impact in both the Individual Medleys and the Distance Freestyle events."
Walsh, who swims freestyle sprints, is a native of Slatington, Penn., where she attended Parkland High School.
"Abbi is very familiar with the A-10 as both her brothers swam for A-10 Schools," said MacDonald. "We're excited she chose Xavier as the place for her, as she will be a huge help in the sprint freestyles."
Whiteley rounds out the new additions for the women's team. A Springboro, Ohio, native, Whiteley doesn't have far to travel to bring her skills in both butterfly and sprint freestyle events to Xavier.
"Ashley will fill a big need for us next year in the Fly events and should also challenge for spots on our medley relays and in the sprint free," stated MacDonald.
Mitchell, who hails from Holland, Mich., is a five-time all-state honoree with all-american, all-conference and all-area accolades on his resumé. For his club team, Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics, Mitchell claimed first place in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2011 Michigan Swimming Open Long Course State Championships and followed with a second-place showing in 2012.
"As soon as Gage set foot on campus it was obvious he belonged here" said MacDonald. "He is already off to a great senior season and we look forward to him being the next in line of a pretty good run of butterflyers we have had recently."
Sprint freestyler Miller, who hails from Missouri City, Texas, is yet another swimmer from the Lone Star State to join the Musketeers' swim team. Current swimmers Eric Dirvin, Knox Hitt and Will Oswald and graduate assistant coach and former Musketeer Kerry Wright are natives of Texas as well.
"Tony is a great athlete that should really take off in college," said MacDonald. "We're excited to see what he can do in a collegiate sprint program and how much he can add to our team next year."