PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 10, 2012) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team and head coach Phil Spiniello announced the signing of five swimmers to the 2012-13 roster; Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.), Casey Penrose (Tacoma, Wash.) and Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.).
“We are extremely excited to welcome all five of these student-athletes to the Scarlet Knight family,” Spiniello said. “Each of these women are a great fit for what we are continuing to build here at Rutgers swimming and diving. This is a very talented and versatile class and we can’t wait for them to arrive “On the Banks” in the fall.”
Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area Senior HS
Spent three years as a member of the Red Lion swim team…A four-time High School All-American…A three-time USA Scholastic All-American…All-State in the 200 IM and the 100 back…Took silver at states in the 100 back and bronze in the 200 IM…A three-time MVP and Swimmer of the Year…District III record holder in the 100 back and pool record holder in the 200 IM, 100 back and 100 butterfly…School record holder in the 200 IM, 100 back, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle…A member of the York YMCA, where she was a Summer Junior National Qualifier and a two-time Shipley Distinguished Athlete Award.
Spiniello on Pfaff: “Morgan has an ability to swim many different events and we plan to utilize them all over the next four years. She has an infectious enthusiasm for the sport and a strong desire to get better, as has been evident in her swimming this past year. Her Rutgers spirit is second to none and we look forward to her days as a Scarlet Knight."
Kent, Wash./Kent-Meridian HS
A member of the Kent-Meridian High School swim team all four years…Three-time team MVP…Qualified for the Washington State Championships all four years…Placed in the top-eight in all individual events since her sophomore season…Awarded the Paul Robeson Scholar Athlete Award and the AAUW Scholar-Recognition…A recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate…Swam for KING Aquatic Club for 10 years…Qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympic Trails in the 100 backstroke.
Spiniello on Wu: “Joanna is an Olympic trials qualifier in the backstroke, but is also very accomplished in the freestyle events. She is an intelligent young woman with ambition both in the pool and in the classroom. She is a hard worker with a positive approach to her training, coming from a very strong club team out west. She is going to be a great fit on our team.”
Osceola, Ind./Penn HS
A member of the Penn High School swim team since 2008…Two-time team MVP…Team captain at Penn HS…A 14-time First Team All-Northern Indiana Conference…Five-time high school state finalist…Finished fourth in the state for the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle…A member of the four-time senior state relay teams…First Team All-State in the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay…Second Team All-State in the 100 freestyle…Led her team to a third place overall finish at states, the second best finish in school history…Holds five school records…Holds three club records as a member of the Penn Aquatics Club (2002-12)…Named Burger King/WSBT Student-Athlete of the Week...Awarded the WHME Student-Athlete of the Month.
Spiniello on Coyne: “Sarah is a very focused and determined athlete, who will make an immediate impact in our sprint freestyle events. She is a team player at heart with her fastest swims posted as part of her high school relay team. We foresee her being an asset to our relays here at Rutgers as well, helping us rise to the top of our conference."
Tacoma, Wash./Bellarmine Prep
Swam for Peninsula HS during her freshman season (Bellarmine Prep did not offer swimming), finishing fourth in the 200 IM and 11th in the 500 freestyle…In her sophomore season, also at Peninsula HS, finished third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 500 freestyle…Competed for Stadium HS during her senior season, placing third in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle and first in the 200 freestyle relay…A Junior National and National qualifier…A member of the King Aquatic Club.
Spiniello on Penrose: “Casey swims IM, distance free and butterfly, and has a competitive drive that was evident from the first time we spoke with her. There is no event she is unwilling to compete in which will allow us to utilize all of her talents. She is a charismatic athlete that will help our team continue to get better.”
Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County HS
A three-year member of the Loudoun County High School swim team…Three-time state qualifier…A team captain during her senior season where she placed third in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 butterfly at AA States…Won the District Title in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly in final season…Placed third at regionals in the 200 free and second in the 100 butterfly…Currently holds seven out of eight individual school records and was a member of all three of the school record relay times…A three-time team MVP…Swam for the Curl Burke Swim Club the past two years…A Junior National Qualifier in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 50 free…Named a USA Swimming Academic All-American and awarded the Loudoun County Academic Excellence Award…A four-time Honor Roll member.
Spiniello on Newton: “Sophie has the potential to do great things in our program. She is an up-and-coming swimmer with her best swimming ahead of her as a Scarlet Knight. Her strength in the butterfly and sprint free events helped her club team capture the NCSA Junior National title this spring. We look forward to seeing her blossom as a successful collegiate athlete here at RU."
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