Mount St. Mary’s Swimming and Diving Adds 16 Newcomers for Upcoming Season

Mount St. Mary’s Swimming and Diving Adds 16 Newcomers for Upcoming Season

Emmitsburg, Md. (September 21, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University men's and women's swimming & diving teams announced their incoming recruiting classes on Thursday. The two teams added a combined 16 newcomers as they gear up for the 2017-18 season.

The men's team, entering its second season after an impressive inaugural campaign in 2016-17 that saw six of its swimmers qualify for the ECAC Championships, added eight freshmen to help bolster this year's squad. Max Blake (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan Carroll (Marlton, N.J.), Thomas de Xavier (Toronto, Canada), Jason Dyson (West Deptford, N.J.), Jonathan Mata (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ethan Pham (Tomball, Texas), Ian Schirra (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Nicholas Starvaggi (Frederick, Md.) and John Wilson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each enter their rookie seasons with the Mount.

The women's squad, which finished 4-2 during the regular season and took seventh place at last year's NEC Championships, added seven rookies for the 2017-18 season. Gabrielle Benedictis (Westminster, Md.), Laura Kingham (Haddon Township, N.J.), Lizanne Passaro (Silver Spring, Md.), Mia Ruffin (Juneau, Alaska), Valeria Villagran (Lonetree, Colo.), Erin Vopalensky (Spokane, Wash) and Juliet Whitman (Fredericksburg, Va.) enter their freshman campaigns this fall.

The teams open the 2017-18 campaign on October 7 at home against VMI at 11 a.m.