Swimming and Diving Adds Six More for 2017-18 Season
By Kaylie Noll
The Green Bay Phoenix Swimming and Diving program added six more newcomers, four women and two men, for the 2017-2018 season. Signing their National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period are Anna Liu (Des Moines, IA), Malynn Tarczewski (Kenosha, WI), Jenna Vaaler (Sierra Vista, AZ), and Kate Vanderhoef (Waunakee, WI) for the women's team as well as James Finley (Stafford, TX) and Ben Redman (Eau Claire, WI) for the men's side.
The final six signees will bring more depth to the Phoenix squads for head coach Reed Robelot and assistant coach Tara Dowling as well as fill in roster spots that will need backup in the coming years.
Anna Liu (East High School) Des Moines, IA
A sprint specialist with a possible butterfly piece, Liu is ranked 9th in Iowa out of the recruits from the class of 2017. Her top times, 24.01 in the 50 freestyle and 51.78 in the 100 freestyle, should add immediate strength to the team's relays, from the 200 freestyle relay to potentially even the 800 freestyle relay. At this year's Horizon League Championships, both of her times in the 50 and 100 freestyle would have earned a spot in the B final of each race.
Robelot on Liu – “With the natural speed and laser focus that she brings to her daily routine, Anna will undoubtedly emerge as a real player on our squad as well as in our league.”
Malynn Tarczewski (St. Joseph Catholic Academy) Kenosha, WI
Tarczewski is a solid incoming breaststroker, but also brings potential in the individual medley events. Swimming for the Pleasant Prairie Patriots, she is ranked 26th in the state of Wisconsin. Her best times include 1:04.85 in the 100 breaststroke, 2:22.06 in the 200 breaststroke, 2:13.27 in the 200 individual medley, and 4:40.63 in the 400 individual medley. At the 2017 Horizon League Championships, her 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 400 IM each would have landed comfortable spots in the B final.
Robelot on Tarczewski – “Coming off a great senior season, Malynn has proved herself to be a prominent in-state breaststroker with promise in the butterfly events. Her commitment to academic excellence will not only help our team, but our school at-large.”
Jenna Vaaler (Catalina Foothills High School) Sierra Vista, AZ
Primarily a backstroker, Vaaler swims for Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatic and is the 48th ranked Arizona recruit in her class. Her top times, 1:00.00 in the 100 backstroke and 2:06.36 in the 200 backstroke, each show room for growth as she heads north for her collegiate swimming experience. Her 200 backstroke would have just made it into the B final at this year's Horizon League Championships.
Robelot on Vaaler – “Jenna has shown a great deal of determination in her approach to our sport. Her backstroke abilities will help us a lot this year, and it will be fun to see what other weapons she adds to her arsenal over the next years.”
Kate Vanderhoef (Waunakee High School) Waunakee, WI
A mid to upper distance freestyler and butterflier for the Waunakee Wave, Vanderhoef is ranked 37th out of the recruits in Wisconsin. Her 1650 freestyle and 200 butterfly stand out as her top events, but her 500 and 200 freestyle could be components to her lineup next year as well. Her best time of 17:55.08 in the mile and 2:07.70 would have placed her securely in the top 16 of each event at the 2017 Horizon League Championships.
Robelot on Vanderhoef – “Kate is another academic standout who is just starting to scratch the surface in her swimming career. Coach Beth Botsford has helped Kate immensely in only a short amount of time, and we are excited about her skills as a butterflyer and distance freestyler.”
James Finley (St. Thomas Episcopal) Stafford, TX
Finley competes mainly in the breaststroke events for Houston Cougar, and is the 50th ranked recruit in Texas. His 200 breaststroke is his strongest race, but his 100 breaststroke and individual medleys could easily develop further in the college environment. His best time of 2:05.85 in the 200 breaststroke would have narrowly missed the A final at the 2017 Horizon League Championships, while his time of 58.03 in the 100 breaststroke would have made the B final.
Robelot on Finley – “As James continues to grow and develop, we certainly look forward to him boosting our breaststroke corps. We really clicked during the recruiting process, and I know his curiosity about the sport will take him to new heights.”
Ben Redman (Eau Claire Memorial) Eau Claire, WI
Redman is a sprinter for the Eau Claire YMCA Marlins, and is the number five recruit from the state of Wisconsin. His freestyle will impact the team's relays from day one, and his butterfly could make a statement as well. His top times are 21.01 in the 50 freestyle, 45.59 in the 100 freestyle, and 50.64 in the 100 butterfly. His 100 freestyle would have been just outside of the A final, while his 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly would have snuck into the B final at this year's Horizon League Championships.
Robelot on Redman – “Ben brings a raw, animal type of speed that will fit in perfectly with the other incoming sprinters. Watching him drop incredible amounts of time this year makes us excited to welcome him to Green Bay this fall.”