Swimming head coach Brent MacDonald has brought on six new Musketeers for the 2014-15 campaign.
June 24, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier's men's and women's swimming head coach Brent MacDonald has announced the signing of six Musketeers set to join the programs this coming fall. Alex Wolfred and Bobby Snader will be added to the men's roster, while Paxtyn Drew, Molly Ford, Morgan Keiner and Regan DeWitt bolster the women's side.
Wolfred comes to Xavier from Noblesville HS in Noblesville, Ind., where he enjoyed success on his club team in the butterfly and freestyle events. He swam for the Noblesville Swim Club, which also produced current Musketeers Claire Brolsma and Nicholas Strader.
"Alex comes from a strong club team, from which we already have two of his former teammates on our team," said MacDonald. "He is very versatile and can swim a variety of events. He will immediately help us in his signature event, the 200 butterfly, but has BIG EAST scoring times in several other events. If his improvement in the 200 free continues he will also challenge to make our 800 freestyle relay."
A graduate of Libertyville HS in Libertyville, Ill., Snader brings raw talent and athleticism in breastroke and freestyle sprints.
"We were very excited to pick up Bobby this spring," MacDonald commented. "He's somewhat new to the sport and has the size to be a phenomenal breastroker and sprinter. He will undoubtedly add to our tradition of substantial four-year improvement."
The women's team also brought in athletic talent in Drew. The native of Connorsville, Ind. (Connorsville HS), swims backstroke and freestyle.
"Paxtyn is a true athlete, playing multiple sports throughout her HS career," said MacDonald. "We're looking forward to having her in our backstroke and sprint freestyle groups, as she will immediately make them more competitive. Her impact will be seen from day one."
Ford is a graduate of Madison Central in Richmond, Ky., where she blossomed in the sprint freestyle races.
"Molly will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles as well as potentially the 200 free or 100 fly," remarked MacDonald. "With the improvements Molly made in her senior year, we are excited to see her be competitive in the BIG EAST and potentially on our relays very early in her career."
From Cincinnati Christian in nearby Hamilton, Ohio, Keiner adds depth to the women's team in the freestyle sprints and butterfly events.
"Morgan comes to us strong in the 50 and 100 free and can really add to our depth in the 100 fly," stated MacDonald. "She will certainly develop in our sprint group and is exactly the type of student-athlete that will thrive at Xavier."
DeWitt, a middle-distance freestyler from Hayes HS in Delaware, Ohio, rounds out Xavier's signees for the 2014 season.
"Regan will be an instant impact in the 200 and 500 free and also has the versatility to go up to the mile or down to the 100 free," MacDonald stated. "She can be competitive in our conference from day one and will join a strong mid-distance training group."