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Swimming & Diving Adds 12 Newcomers

Nov. 30, 2016

Michigan State swimming & diving head coach Matt Gianiodis announced Wednesday, November 30, that the team will welcome 12 incoming freshman to the roster for the 2017-18 season.  MSU will welcome eight women and four men.

“I am very pleased to announce the incoming class of 2017. All of our incomers are great student-athletes and have demonstrated the ability to balance their academic course load while competing at a high level, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do so here at Michigan State. We also feel that each of these young adults will be able to directly help us achieve our program goals during the season and at the Big Ten Championships,” said Gianiodis.

Victoria Postmus (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center), Erin Szara (Nortvhille, Mich./Northville), Oliva Chick (Yellow Springs, Ohio/Yellow Springs), Marie Dickson (Greenwich, New Jersey/Ursuline Academy), Taylor Contino (Turpin), and Abbey Neveling (Haddonfield, New Jersey/Haddonfield Memorial) have all signed their National Letters of intent to enroll at MSU next fall and swim. Amanda Ling (Walled Lake,/Walled Lake Central) and Erin Neely (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) have also signed their NLI’s and will dive at MSU.

On the men’s side, MSU will welcome Weston Youngblood (Charlotte, North Carolina), Guy Moskovich (Israel), Lucas Smiarowski (Palos Hill, Ill.), and Charlie Ryan (Wayne, Penn./Haverford).

Victoria Postmus – Byron Center, Mich. – Byron Center High School

Prior to MSU: Attends Byron Center high school and is on the Byron Center Aquatic club team … She was a championship finalist in the 200 IM, a consolation finalist in the 100 fly at the 2015 Michigan Girls Division I state championships, and NCSA junior national qualifier … Her career best times are 1:05.03 in the 100 breast, 2:19.91 in the 200 breast, 2:06.12 in the 200 IM, 57.60 in the 100 fly, and 52.06 in the 100 free.


 

 

Coaches thoughts: “Victoria is a great addition to our team, being from Michigan she understands the pillars that govern our program and how we balance our academics with competing in the Big Ten Conference. She has speed in all four strokes and will be a great contributor to our team.”

Erin Szara – Northville, Mich. – Northville High School

Prior to MSU: Attends Northville high school and swims with the South Lyon Aquatic Club … She was the 2016 KLAA conference champion in the 100 breast ... A speedo winter junior national qualifier … An AT&T Winter short course senior national championship qualifier … Finished 11th place in the 100 breast at the 2015 Michigan Girls Division One State Championships … Her career best times are 1:02.40 in the 100 breast and 2:30.25 in the 200 breast.

Coaches thoughts: “We are very excited to have Erin joining our team. She comes from a Spartan family that understands the values of our program and the way in which we conduct ourselves. Erin is quickly becoming an elite 100 breaststroker and we will look to her to help us in individual events as well as our medley relay teams.”

Olivia Chick – Yellow Springs, Ohio – Yellow Springs High School

Prior to MSU: Olivia attends Yellow Springs high school and swims for the Dayton Raiders club team … She was a top eight finalist at the 2016 Ohio State high school Division II championships in the 100 free and 200 free … She was a two time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and a speedo winter junior national qualifier … Her career best times are 23.94 in the 50 free, 50.98 in the 100 free, 1:50.26 in the 200 free, 26.63 in the 50 back, 57.11 in the 100 back, and 2:03.84 in the 200 back.

Coaches thoughts: “Olivia will be a great addition to our sprint freestyle group. She has the ability to make an immediate impact for us at the Big Ten Championships and we will rely on her heavily in dual meets. Her future is bright at Michigan State.”

Marie Dickson – Greenwich, New Jersey – Ursuline Academy

Prior to MSU: Marie attends Ursuline Academy and swims on the Delaware Swim club team … She led the Ursuline Raiders to a Delaware State championship title in 2016 … A Delaware state champion in the 200 IM, a runner up in the 100 fly, and a NCSA junior national qualifier … Her career best times are 2:04.72 in the 200 fly, 56.73 in the 100 fly, 2:03.78 in the 200 back, 2:06.54 in the 200 IM, and 4:28.35 in the 400 IM.

Coaches thoughts: “Marie is has the ability to swim all four strokes, which will help us not only in the IM’s but also in the 200 of strokes. We can’t wait to see her continue to improve her senior year”

Taylor Contino – Turpin High School

Prior to MSU: Taylor attends Turpin high school and swims on the M.E. Lyons/Anderson Barrac club team … Her career best times are 24:12 in the 50 free, 53.15 in the 100 free, 1:54.96 in the 200 free, 5:06.75 in the 500 free, and 1:00.31 in the 100 back.

Coaches thoughts: “Taylor has great size and great reach in the water. We are excited to see her continue to accelerate her senior year and go on to do great things at Michigan State.

Abbey Neveling – Haddonfield, New Jersey – Haddonfield Memorial High School

Prior to MSU: Abbey attends Haddonfield Memorial high school and swims on the Jersey Wahoos club team … She was a top eight finalist at the 2016 New Jersey public state team tournament in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke … She was an NCSA junior national qualifier … Her career best times are 23.77 in the 50 free, 52.08 in the 100 free, 1:53.58 in the 200 free, 1:04.00 in the 100 breast, 2:19.97 in the 200 breast, 59.36 in the 100 back, and 2:06.87 in the 200 IM.

Coaches thoughts: “Abbey is an outstanding and versatile swimmer who has great speed in breast stroke and freestyle events. She will directly help us on our sprint relays and in individual events. We are very excited for what the future will hold for her.”

Amanda Ling – Walled Lake, Michigan – Walled Lake

Prior to MSU: She attends high school at Walled Lake Central high school … She was a junior national qualifier and took fifth place as a sophomore and third place as a junior in the MHSAA Division I state championships.

Erin Neely – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Forest Hills Central High School

Prior to MSU: She attends high school at Forest Hills Central … She was a two time junior qualifier … MHSAA Division II state champion both her sophomore and junior years.

Coach Eric Bests’ thoughts: “I’m very excited to have both Erin and Amanda on our team next year. Both are excellent students and they fit in perfectly with our teams while on their visits.  Both have long lists of diving accomplishments but both have the ability to take their diving to an even higher level.  They are great additions to our team.”

Weston Youngblood – Charlotte, North Carolina

Prior to MSU: He swims for SwimMAC Carolina … He was a junior national qualifier … His career best times are 4:32.14 in the 500 free, 15:57.15 in the 1650 free, 9:31.61 in the 1000 free, and 1:42.23 in the 200 free.

Coaches thoughts: “We are excited to welcome Weston to our program. Weston has great range in which freestyle events he can swim and we will put him to work in all of those.”

Guy Moskovich – Israel – Kiryat Motzkin

Prior to MSU: He was a 2016 short course European championships qualifier … Career best times are 1:50.19 in the 200 SCM free, 3:51.50 in the 400 SCM free, 7:56.62 in the 800 SCM free, 15:10.90 in the 1500 SCM free, and 2:02.82 in the 200 SCM fly.

Coaches thoughts: “Guy is a on the verge of becoming an elite distance swimmer. Having competed at the national and international level for Israel, he has the ability to qualify and represent us at the NCAA Championships. We are very much looking forward to what the future will hold”

Lucas Smiarowski – Palos Hills, Ill. – Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

Prior to MSU: He attends Amos Alonzo Stagg high school and swims for the Hickory Willow Swim Association club team … He is ranked fifth in Illinois for the class of 2017 and he was a summer junior national qualifier … His career best times are 2:02.48 in the 200 breast, 3:56.17 in the 400 IM, 1:51.57 in the 200 IM, and 57.28 in the 100 breast.

Coaches thoughts: “Lucas comes from a club program of which their swimmers have gone on to improve rapidly here at Michigan State and we expect nothing less from Lucas. He has the ability to swim all four strokes and at a very high level. He will help us out greatly in the IM’s and breaststrokes.”

Charlie Ryan – Wayne, Penn. – The Haverford School

Prior to MSU: He attends the Haverford School and swims on the Upper Dublin Aquatic club team … He was the 2016 speedo summer junior national consolation finalist in the 100-meter and 200-meter back … He was a top eight finalist at the 2016 Eastern interscholastic swimming championships in the 100 back and 100 fly … He has a career best times of 1:49.93 in the 200 back, 50.62 in the 100 back, 1:53.22 in the 200 IM, 50.46 in the 100 fly, and 1:53.47 in the 200 fly.

Coaches thoughts: “Charlie will be a great utility asset to us in the future. His water polo background has given him great speed and strength in the water. He will help us not only in individual events and medley relays but we will look to him to contribute on some of our freestyle relays as well.”

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