On June 11, the East Carolina University swimming and diving team announced that the team has a total of 18 new players that have signed for the upcoming season. There are five men and 13 women who will be joining for the 2019-2020 season.
Head coach Matthew Jabs announced the signing of the 18 new athletes via press conference on Tuesday June 11.
“We are very excited to add these student-athletes to our Pirate family this fall,” Jabs said.
During the 2018-2019 season, the women’s team got sixth place at the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships and earned a 4-3 dual meet record on the season.
“On the women’s side we will be a very young team this year,” Jabs said. “I’ve been at ECU for close to 20 years and I’m comfortable saying this freshman class is one of the strongest classes we’ve ever signed.”
Out of 13 total women, six are joining as freestyle swimmers, along with three for the backstroke and two for the individual medley.
Laura Benkova, Keyla Brown, Meghan French, Brooke Morgan, Kristen Stege and Jordan Wenner will be participating in the freestyle, and Megan Mastropaolo, Jodi Ogle and Rachel Strickland will be competing in the backstroke.
Lastly, Sara Niepelova and Adela Vavrinova are being added to the individual medley, along with the diving team gaining Silvia Alession and Anna Otta.
“By design, the men’s class is about half the size of the women’s group,” Jabs said. “The men coming in are a mixture of immediate impact, and high potential athletes.”
Out of the five newly signed men, Taye Brown, Pedro Gueiros and Max Kuranda will join the team as freestyle participants. Adam Mahler will join for the butterfly and Roay Aguayo is joining as a diver.
The Pirates lost six senior men to graduation, so these incoming freshmen will fill in the gaps as needed. The newcomers will add to an ECU men’s team that placed second in last season’s AAC Swimming and Diving Championship.
Both the men’s and women’s teams have made several additions this offseason to add new talent and to replace what may have been lost through graduated seniors.
The team and Jabs will see how its new players perform, during this upcoming season of ECU swimming and diving.