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A total of 16 newcomers will join the Phoenix men and women next season
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Green Bay Swimming & Diving Adds Six More for 2014-15

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: May 06, 2014
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By: Ryan Hartwig (@GBHartwig)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( – Green Bay swimming and diving head coach Jim Merner has announced the addition of six more student-athletes to his 2014-15 men’s and women’s rosters, bringing the total number of newcomers to 16 for next season.

Inking National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to join the Phoenix in the spring signing period were Kaylie Noll (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap HS) on the women’s side, and Collin DuChene (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper HS), Thomas Everson (Hastings, Minn./Hastings HS), Michael Klemm (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life HS), Andrew Sackett (Monona Grove, Wis./Monona Grove HS) and Colby Smith (Hastings, Minn./Hastings HS) on the men’s side.

The group joins the 10 signees – five men and five women – who committed to Green Bay in the fall.

“With the signings we have just concluded, I could not be happier as I look toward next year,” Merner said. “Adding these six individuals to our previous 10 signees, plus the improvements we have made over this past year, give us great excitement for our team’s success, not just for next year but for years to come. These are all tremendous swimmers and divers who will represent this university at a very high level.”

Below are comments from Merner on each future member of the Phoenix.

Kaylie Noll Peoria, Ill. (Dunlap HS) • Distance Freestyle/IM
Merner on Noll – “We are excited to have Kaylie join us next season, as she will make our distance freestyle and long individual medley parts of our team so much stronger. She has shown very good success in the longest of freestyle races over the past two years, and could have been a point-scorer in our league this season. We expect her to improve next season and to be a strong contributor to our team’s success.”

Collin DuChene Kenosha, Wis. (Kenosha Tremper HS) • Distance Freestyle/IM/Butterfly
Merner on DuChene – “We needed to help our team get stronger in the distance freestyle races, and we did that by signing this Junior National qualifier. The neat thing about Collin is that he is also a very good individual medley and butterfly swimmer. He brings to us results that would have scored well at this past year’s Horizon League Championships. He is a strong addition to our team.”

Thomas Everson Hastings, Minn. (Hastings HS) • Distance Freestyle/IM/Butterfly/Backstroke
Merner on Everson – “Thomas brings to this team a wealth of talent in which he demonstrates across a wide range of events. Finding the right events for him is going to be a lot of fun as a coach. Everything he has done as a high school and club swimmer will be very competitive in the Horizon League. From distance freestyle to really good individual medleys – both 200 and 400 – to butterfly and backstroke, Thomas is going to make a very strong impact on this team over the next four years.”

Michael Klemm • Rockford, Ill. (Christian Life HS) • Diving
Merner on Klemm – “Diving coach Tom Stover did an excellent job in bringing this outstanding young man to our team for next season.  Michael took second place in the Illinois High School State Championships this past season. He has shown a very strong improvement curve over the past two years and has the ability to be a top-eight finisher in our league on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards next year. He has just made our very good men’s diving program so much better.”

Andrew Sackett Monona Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove HS) • Freestyle/Butterfly
Merner on Sackett – “Signing this Wisconsin State High School 200-yard freestyle champion was a very special thing for this team. We believe that Andrew has the ability to go up in the freestyle distances as well as down, but he also is an excellent butterfly swimmer who will compliment this team’s success next season. I am very excited that he has chosen to be a part of this team.”

Colby Smith Hastings, Minn. (Hastings HS) • Butterfly/IM/Backstroke
Merner on Smith – “Colby is going to be a fun one to watch over the next four years because of his specialty and versatility. He has been a finalist in the 100-yard butterfly the past two years at the Class AA level in Minnesota, as well as a finalist in the 200 IM and in the 100 backstroke. He is very talented and will help this team immediately next season.”


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