Sign ME UP

Louis Agudelo/Staff Writer

FIU Swimming and Diving has already added eight new swimmers to next year’s roster and signing week isn’t even over yet.

As Head Coach Randy Horner and his swimming and diving team prepare to bounce back from their first loss of the season, coming against the University of Illinois at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center, there isn’t a single moment of down-time.

The team will be taking part in the Purdue Invitational on, Nov. 20, 21 and 22. Every day leading up to it there will be recruiting and signing going on, amidst training, in order to bolster next season’s team.

Keep in mind, that the 2015-2016 Season doesn’t even technically end until April of 2016.

Of the eight signees, five are from countries other than the United States. Irina Lutzelschwab comes to Miami all the way from Switzerland, only a couple hundred miles closer than fellow European Anna Topolanski, from France.

Another European swimmer will be making the trip across the pond for the next step in her career, in Megan Bowen, from England. The remaining two internationals hailing from neighboring Canada, are Brooke Bouchard and Alexa Bryant.

Marissa Martin, Rachel Whitaker and Taylor Grabenhorst won’t be making much of a change in scenery, as they all went to high school in the U.S. Grabenhorst being the closest, from Orlando, Florida.

The transition for most of the incoming freshman should be seamless, as more than half of their teammates are either going through, or have already had to go through the same things that they will be experiencing, so a sense of automatic comfort is inevitable for the athletes.

Be the first to comment on "Sign ME UP"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.