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Swimming & Diving Teams Head in New Direction

FROSTBURG, MD – Under the direction of first year head coach Troy Strieby, the Frostburg State men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will look to build on last year’s winning seasons. Strieby plans to blend the benefits of strong individual talent with a culture of team support to find success in 2003-2004.

The women’s team will be led by sophomores Kristin Moats (Loudoun County/Leesburg, Va.) and Heather Hamor (Lackey/Nanjemoy, Md).

Moats, the teams only three-event finalist at championships last season, had 11 first-place finishes, five of which were in the 200-individual medley. Moats will compete this season in the butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.

Hamor, who is ranked third all-time in FSU program history in the 1650 (19:21.32) and fifth in the 1000 (11:35.68), is the “Terminator” of the women’s distance program and will be depended on to add wins.

Also returning to provide strength and leadership for the Bobcats are juniors Melody Hanna (Beall/Frostburg, Md.), Audrey Shipe (N. Garrett/Oakland, Md.) and Kim Kaiser (Severna Park/Severna Park, Md.).

Hanna, voted most improved in 02-03, will continue to contribute in team relay events and swims in the butterfly, freestyle and sprints.

Shipe, who has a strong background in gymnastics, continues in only her second season on the boards. The Red and Black will look to Shipe for points in both the one and three-meter events this season.

Kaiser, who excels in the breaststroke, will seek to add her name to the FSU top-ten list while she continues to contribute to relay events.

Other juniors providing support for the Bobcats include Ashley Hedges (Thomas Johnson/Frederick, Md.), sophomore Erin Young (N.Glasgow/Newark, Del.) and Laura Thomas (Oxon Hill/Oxon Hill, Md.).

Hedges will continue to improve and perform in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while new team members Young and Thomas will contribute in the distance swims as well as the breaststroke and backstroke, respectively.

Seniors Julie Cassidy-Rosene (Walt Whitman/Bethesda, Md.), Kelly Jones (Glenelg/Woodbine, Md.) and Kerri Wolfensberger (N.Hagerstown/Hagerstown, Md.) will also add depth to the squad. Rosene will include the three-meter event in her diving repertoire, while Jones will bolster the roster in sprints and diving.

Wolfensberger will contribute her commitment and potential in the middle-distance events.

FSU welcomes freshman Megan Falls (Kingsway Regional/Sweesboro, N.J.) and Amy Contino (N.Garrett/Oakland, Md.).

Both Falls and Contino will strengthen the squad in the freestyle and distance events.

The men will continue to look to senior John Mayden (Arlington Baptist/Baltimore, Md.) and sophomores Chris Williams (Baltimore C.C./Baltimore, Md.) and C.C. Williams (Fort Mill/Fort Mill, S.C.) to lead the squad in the 2003-2004 season.

Mayden, who scored the most points in the 2002-2003 season, posted the team’s top times in the 100 and 200-breaststroke as well as having five wins in the 200-individual medley. He will continue to accumulate wins and seek to qualify for national-level competition.

Chris Williams, last season’s top sprinter, had seven wins in the 50-freestyle and will excel in all freestyle events and try to qualify for a spot at the Division III nationals. C.C. Williams added five first-place finishes last season, including three in the 200-freestyle.

Sophomore Sean Leaman (Bethesda C.C./Bethesda, Md.), who re-invigorated the distance program at FSU last season, captured six individual events last season and will to contribute this year.

Junior Ben Marrapodi (C. Milton Wright/Forest Hill, Md.), who was a leading backstroker last season and had top-ten swims in five different events, will add leadership this season.

Senior Greg Barnhart (Gaithersburg/Damascus, Md.), who won events in the 400 and 500-freestyle last season, will keep adding his talents to the squad and look to perform in the freestyle events at championships.

Also returning to the squad are seniors Brian Flynn (Shepaug Valley/Bridgewater, Conn.), Ryan Kentrus (Patuxent/Lusby, Md.), Jeff Cameron (Mt. St. Joseph/Columbia, Md.) and Randy Belt (Patuxent/Lusby, Md.).

Flynn, who was injured for a good part of last season, will be able to add depth in the freestyle events. Kentrus, who won two individual events last season, will provide experience in the freestyle and relay events. Cameron, who also added two wins last season, will use his speed to win in the relay and backstroke.

Also ready to contribute is junior Will Millman (Calvert Hall/Westminster, Md.) and sophomores Patrick Serrano (Blake/Olney, Md.), Steven Ramsey (Magruder/Olney, Md.) and J.D. Ottey (Thomas Johnson/Frederick, Md.).

Freshman coming in to bolster the talent on the squad are Will Cross (Walkersville/Walkersville, Md.), Ross Herman (Winston Churchill/N.Potomac, Md.), Kevin Hoffman (South River/Crofton, Md.), Kyle Meyer (Centreville/Clifton, Md.), Mathew Nestor (Calvert Hall/Westminster, Md.) and Brandon Thornton (Baltimore C.C., Baltimore, Md.)

Strieby’s view of a successful team centers on full support from all members and this attitude has been obvious by the pool in the preseason.

“We have a highly motivated team that have strong connections to each other,” said Strieby. “They are making their way through transition and setting the tone for excellence, hard-work and goal attainment.”

“The only way a program can succeed is to have all individuals step-up, fill their roles and dominate competition through their perseverance while receiving team support for their accomplishments. Basically, every team member is equally important.”

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780