Men's Swim And Dive Sign Three To Class Of 2016
Dec. 2, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming and diving team has announced the signing of three student-athletes to the class of 2016. Two swimmers, Brian Stiles of Denville, N.J., and Evan Sholudko of Franklin, Mass. join diver Joshua Koppel of Loudonville, N.Y. as the most recent signees.
Stiles, currently at Morris Knolls High School, plans to major in chemical engineering. He was named first team All-State in the 50 and 100 free, while also being named first team All-County in the 50, 100 and 400 meter freestyle. Stiles hold eight school records and has received the award for Most Varsity Points Scored in each of his previous three seasons. On Stiles, men's head coach Russ Yarworth exclaims, Brian is a highly motivated student and athlete. He's going to be a great sprint and middle distance freestyler for us. He'll be majoring in Chemical Engineering and swimming fast!"
Sholudko, currently at Franklin High School, has been named the teams captain and MVP in all three years of its existence and holds school records in every event he has participated in. He has consistently been ranked in the top-eight swimmers in New England. On Sholudko, Yarworth says. "I'm really looking forward to having Evan as part of the squad. His versatility blends right in with our program and his potential to excel in multiple events wil be a tremendous asset to the team". He holds top-times of 1:46:14 in the 200 free, 9:42.50 in the 1000 free and 1:53.30 in the 200 IM.
Koppel, a Shaker High School senior, holds the one-meter dive record at his school while being named the teams Most Valuable Player. During the 2010-11 season, the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association named Koppel an All-American in the boy's one-meter dive. On Koppel, head diving coach Mandy Hixon says, "We are really looking forward to having Josh as a part of our diving program. He has quite a bit of US diving experience which will transfer well into the collegiate season. He is a wonderful young man and his youthful enthusiasm will fit in well with the rest of the men's team".