Women's Swimming Signs Eight to National Letters of Intent
Dec. 2, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's swimming coach Bob Newcomb has announced the signing of eight women to National Letters of Intent to join the class of 2015. The newcomers will be looking to fill the holes of the six departing seniors and help the Minutewomen stay one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10.
"This is the largest group we've ever signed early, we are very excited, this is an incredibly talented group of swimmers that will make an immediate on our program and the team and conference level," Newcomb said.
The women will welcome two Massachusetts natives in the fall of 2011. Zoe Judd, an Acton, Mass. native, will come to the Minutewomen and add depth in the freestyle events. She currently swims for the Patriots Swim Club and holds best times in the 50 free of 23.97 and the 100 free of 51.36.
"Zoe is a sprinter out of Acton, Mass. She has shown tremendous ability and is very athletic," says Newcomb. "She is going to be able to join, and be a tremendous addition to our sprint group."
Along with Judd, the women will also be welcoming in Sam Taylor. Taylor, out of Hanover, Mass., will also add depth to the women's roster. She is planning on majoring in Pre-Med/Nursing.
"Sam is one to come out of our swim camp," Newcomb said. "She is coming out of a limited background and we are very excited to see what we can do as a sprint flyer or sprint freestyle and watch how her development will be able to add to our program in the years to come."
The Minutewomen will be adding six out-of staters to the roster this coming fall starting with Cromwell, Conn. native Molly Smyth. Smyth, a Connecticut Swimming Scholar Athlete and a USA Scholastic All American will add depth and versatility to the roster. She currently swims for the Manchester Swim Club and holds personal bests of 1:51.41 in the 200 free, 57.18 in the 100 back, 2:04.44 in the 200 back and 57.60 in the 100 fly.
"Molly is a tremendous talent coming out of Connecticut. We've been watching her since she was 12 at our camp years ago," Newcomb said. "We've seen her develop over the years; she has a terrific backstroke and is a great freestyler. She will definitely come in and be an impact player in the conference right away."
Kate Sieracki, of Springfield, Va., a West Springfield High School All-Star will come to UMass and look to contribute out of the gate. She holds best times in the 200 free of 1:57.80, 200 fly of 2:10.22, 200 IM of 2:10.90 and the 400 IM of 4:37.90.
"Kate is going to fill in a nice area in this program," says Newcomb. "She comes out of a tremendous program down in Virginia. We're excited about her addition and looking to see how she can add to our program."
Hannah Markey, a Scotch Plains, N.J. native, will be able to compete in multiple events for the women in the fall. She adds depth to the breaststrokes, freestyle and back events. Her top times are 1:07.94 in the 100 breast, 2:30.29 in the 200 breast, and 2:12.58 in the 200 back. "Hannah comes in a very versatile swimmer primarily in the breaststroke and freestyle," Newcomb says. "We are looking to see how she can develop and excited to see how she is going to make an addition to the program."
Sophie Hornby, of Wilton, Conn., is a captain on the Wilton High School swim team, she holds personal bests in the 500 free of 5:11.42, 1000 free of 10:23.77, 100 breast of 1:10.45 and 200 IM of 2:17.00.
"Sophie is a distance swimmer and should be an incredible addition to our distance lane," Newcomb said. "She comes out of the Wilton Y down in Connecticut; there is great tradition in that program and we are really looking forward to having her."
Katie Arnott, of Suffern, N.Y., is the sister of current UMass swimmer Sarah Arnott. Katie is intending to major in mathematics at UMass. She currently holds personal bests of 1:05.55 in the 100 breast, 2:21.63 in the 200 breast, 2:08.74 in the 200 IM, and 4:24.58 in the 400 IM.
"Katie is an incredibly versatile athlete in the breast and IM that should come in and really come in and try to replace our group of seniors that are leaving," says Newcomb. "We are really happy to have her multi talented ability to be able to join this group"
Kelsey Hinrichs, an Amherst, N.H. native, is a New England High School Regional Champion; she holds personal bests in the 50 free of 25.31, 100 back of 1:03.97, 100 breast of 1:21.11 and the 100 fly of 1:07.51.
"Kelsey is a sprinter that is going to develop when she gets here," said Newcomb. "She has a limited background but we're really excited about her improvement and what she is going to show with this program."
"This is really positive for us because we are losing a phenomenal senior class, and I think this class is going to make a big impact in terms of replacing that class in the pool," says Newcomb. "We've had a great fall; we're looking to fill in a couple more spots and really round out this class into one of the top ones in the conference."
The Minutewomen will be back in the pool on Dec. 4 as they travel to Northeastern to take on the Huskies in a 12pm meet.