POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist head coach Larry VanWagner has announced the addition of 18 members of the Marist class of 2017 to the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. The newcomers, who will begin competing this fall, hail from six different states including Oregon.
“The freshmen class of 2017 has evolved into the largest in the history of Marist College swimming & diving,” said VanWagner. “Additionally, we will welcome our first pair of twins in Sarah and Katie Mosca. These two young ladies will define the talent and versatility demonstrated throughout this group of recruits. Although, the graduating class of 2013 had a tremendous impact on our successes during the past four years, this incoming class will define the next chapter in our efforts to represent the best of Marist athletics.”
Mason Cassel – Butterfly - East Greenville, Pa./Upper Perkiomen
Cassel joins the Red Foxes following a decorated interscholastic and club career. A holder of four school records at Upper Perkiomen High in Pennsburg, Pa., Cassel was the Swimmer of the Meet at the 2013 Pennsylvania AA District I event. His team’s MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior, he participated in four events at the 2013 Pennsylvania AA States; three relays and the 100-yd butterfly. In club action, Cassell swam for the Pottstown Seahawks and was a member of the state record-breaking 200-yd freestyle relay at the Pennsylvania YMCA States.
Matt Darcy – Backstroke/IM – Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East
A five-year varsity swimmer, Darcy earned numerous accolades at Sachem East High School before coming to Poughkeepsie. A league champion in the 100-yd breaststroke as a junior, Darcy also was named All-League in the 200-yd IM, 200-yd medley relay and 200-yd freestyle relay. As a senior, he was honored as the team’s MVP and Scholar Athlete and on the All-League team for the 200-yd freestyle relay. He leaves Sachem East as the school’s record holder in the 200-yd IM and 200-yd medley relay. Outside of school, Darcy participated with the Three Village Swim Club for 12 years.
David DiMarco – Breaststrok/IM – Nazareth, Pa,/Nazareth
A skilled and record-holding swimmer from Pennsylvania, DiMarco comes to Marist after setting the Nazareth High School marks in four individual and three relay events. A two-time district runner-up in the 200-yd IM, DiMarco moved up to compete at the state-level in both the 200-yd IM and 100-yd breaststroke. In recognition of his success in the 200-yd IM, he was a three-time First Team All-Area selection. In club action, DiMarco competed with the Parkland Aquatic Club.
David Medvedev – Freestyle – Stamford, Conn./Westhill
Medvedev comes to Marist out of the Stamford Sharks Swim Club. He most recently competed in the 2013 CT Sharks LCM Invitational in June where he races in the 100 freestyle, the 400 free, the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. He finished the 100 free in 1:06.39, the 400 free in 5:35.91, the 100 back in 1:19.28 and the 200 IM in 2:51.82.
Ryan Murphy – Distance Freestyle – New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield
Murphy joins the Red Foxes as a YMCA All-American and two-time Connecticut All-State recipient. The 2012 Connecticut State Open Champion in the 500-yd freestyle, Murphy swam his way to All-American status as a member of the Regional YMCA Western Connecticut (RYWC) Makos in 2013 by placing 12th at the same distance. Interscholastically at New Fairfield High School, Murphy leaves as a record holder of four individual marks and three relays.
Harris Nagle – Breaststroke/Freestyle – Allentown, Pa./Parkland
A club teammate of DiMarco with the Parkland Aquatic Club, Nagle is a two-time record holder at Parkland High School. He broke the marks in both the 50-yd breaststroke and 100-yd breaststroke disciplines. As a senior, Nagle won district titles in a pair of events and qualified for the same two races at the Pennsylvania State Championships. A strong student as well, Nagle was twice named to the Principal’s List, as well as the High Honor Roll List.
Chris Penteck – Backstroke - Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North
Penteck comes to Poughkeepsie after competing with Sachem North High School and the Islanders Aquatics Swim Club on Long Island. A qualifier for the New York State Championships as a junior and senior, Penteck holds a pair of school records. Outside of school, he participated in the Empire State Games as a swimmer and with the Smith Point Ocean Rescue team; earning the National Lifeguard Gold Medal honor.
Jin Roh – Butterfly/Backstroke/IM – Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly
Roh most recently competed at the 2013 YMCA National Championships in April. He qualified for the finals in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley (IM). In the backstroke, he finished in a time of 51.43 seconds while completing the medley in 1:54.41.
Taylor Deubel – Breaststroke – Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire
Deubel arrives in Poughkeepsie after helping lead Cheshire to the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship back in November. Deubel won an individual championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming in a time of 1:08.20. She competed at the 2013 YMCA National Championships in April, racing the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.04 and the 200-yard in 2:24.92.
Kelsey Forster – Freestyle - Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit High
Kelsey comes to the East Coast from Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon and will mainly compete in freestyle events as a Red Fox. This past year, she had a top time of 25.32 seconds in the 50-yard free and 56.61 in the 100-yard. Her best performance in the 200-yard freestyle was 2:03.62.
Anna Grazulis – Sprint Freestyle – Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon
A member of the swim teams at Pittsford Mendon High School and Pack Swim Club, Grazulis was recognized as a All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention athlete. Grazulis comes to Marist after setting her high school’s record in the 400-yd freestyle, as well as taking third place at the NYS Championships in the same event. An AP Scholar Athlete and team sportsmanship award winner, she served as one of her team’s captains.
Katie Johnson – Breaststroke – Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk
A Massachusetts native, Johnson comes to Poughkeepsie after competing with Seekonk High School for four years. While at Seekonk, Johnson was a two-time Sun Chronicle All-Star and a top eight finisher in both breaststroke and IM events at Southern Sectional and Division II Championship competitions. A team captain, she was selected as the 2012 MVP. In club swimming with the Shamrock Swim Club, Johnson qualified and swam in backstroke and breaststroke events at the New England Age Group Championships and New England Senior Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Colleen Lampe – Breaststroke/Freestyle – East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville
Lampe joins the Marist’s swimming and diving program after a strong career with both Ward Melville High School and Three Village Swim Club. A two-time NYS and sectional qualifier, Lampe was out-touched for the 2012 Section 11 High School, 100-yd backstroke crown; settling for second place, while taking two relay titles in school record-breaking time. An individual finalist at the NYS Championships, she was named Second Team All-Long Island. In club action Lampe qualified for the NCSA Junior Nationals in the 100-yd backstroke, as well as the 2013 Speedo Championship Series in the 400-yd IM.
Breann Lydon – Breaststroke – Dix Hills, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
A member of the St. Anthony’s High School and Team Suffolk Swim Club of the Metropolitan Swimming Association, where she served as a captain, Lydon brings backstroke and relay prowess to Marist College. A two-time NYS Championship qualifier in the 100-yd backstroke, she as raced in NYS relays with St. Anthony’s 200-yd freestyle and 400-yd freestyle teams. Lydon has garnered recognition on All-League and All-Sectional teams for both her backstroke and relay success. Her 200-yd medley relay squad set the CHSAA record and garnered All-American consideration.
Isabella Morreale – Breaststroke – Short Hills, N.J,/Millburn High
Morreale most recently competed for the Elite Swim Club out of Summit, N.J. where she competed in breaststroke and freestyle events. At the 2012 Speedo Champions Series in March, Morreale finished in a time of 29.86 in the 50 free and 1:07.11 in the 100. She also touched the wall in the 100 breast in 1:19.09 and 2:49.36 in the 200.
Kate Mosca – Freestyle/IM – Dansville, N.Y./Dansville
Mosca joins the Red Foxes after a strong career at Dansville High School and with the Mercury Swimming Club. At Dansville, she set the school and Section V Class C record in the 200-yd IM and 500-yd freestyle disciplines. Mosca’s success in the individual medley carried over to the state level where she was a finalist in the NYS Championships. The Section V Swimmer of the Meet, Mosca served as her team’s captain during her career at Dansville. A participant at the NCSA Junior Nationals, she was named the 2012 LCAA Senior Swimmer of the Year. Outside of the pool, Mosca was the Salutatorian for her 2013 graduating class.
Sarah Mosca – Butterfly/Breaststroke/IM – Dansville, N.Y./Dansville
Sarah joins her twin sister Kate in venturing from Western New York to Poughkeepsie. A two-time school and Section V Class C record holder in the 100-yd fly and 100-yd breaststroke, Mosca was recognized as the Section V Sportsman of the Year as a senior. In NYS Championship competition, the Dansville team captain placed top eight in both the 100-yd fly and the 100-yd breaststroke. Through her club team Mercury Swimming, Mosca qualified for the NSCA Junior Nationals, as well as the Santa Clara Grand Prix and Minneapolis Grand Prix events. For her work in the classroom, Mosca earned the honor of 2013 Class Valedictorian.
Meredith Wurtz - Sprint Freestyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa./William Penn Charter
A record-setting sprinter from the William Penn Charter school, Wurtz finds her name listed as the fastest in school history on four occasions, including the 50-yd freestyle, who’s mark had stood since 1998. Her team’s MVP, Wurtz also served as her squad’s captain. During her final three years of competition, she was awarded the All-Interacademic Athletic Association Swimming Award. Outside of school, Wurtz competes with the Penn Charter Aquatics Club.
The Marist women’s swimming and diving team is coming off of a 2012-13 season in which it won its 14th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship. The Red Foxes cruised to a 193-point victory over second place Rider. The men’s team finished in second place at the MAAC Championships, just 16.5 points behind Rider. In a dual meet victory over Canisius last October, VanWagner, entering his 38th season as the Red Foxes’ head coach, earned his 300th career dual meet victory.