Green Bay Swimming Adds Seven for 2011-12
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Jim Merner has announced the signing of seven student-athletes who will join the Phoenix for the 2011-12 season. Six have signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to join the men's squad in the fall, while the women's team adds one in the early signing period.
The men's signing class includes Geoffrey Glover (McFarland, Wis./McFarland), Matt Hollub (Appleton, Wis./Neenah), Ryan Korslin (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Wisconsin Rapids), Ben Loeffelholz (Dubuque, Iowa/Dubuque Hempstead), Evan Miller (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) and Casey Murphy (Sun Prairie, Wis.), while Taylor Crain (New London, Wis./New London) is set to join the Phoenix women.
"I'm very excited about this incoming class," Merner said. "Each of the signees has been successful at the high school and club levels and I'm really looking forward to seeing what they will be able to accomplish at the collegiate level. I think several of them will be able to come in right away and make an impact next season."
Read below for Merner's comments on each individual signee.
"I'm very pleased that Taylor has accepted this opportunity to join our women's team next year. She is an outstanding breaststroke specialist in both the 100 and 200-yard distances. She has the potential to immediately come in and compete as a possible finalist at the Horizon League Championships."
"Geoffrey is an outstanding young man, very talented backstroke and individual medley swimmer and a member of a high school state championship team the past three years. He knows what it takes to be a winner and will bring that to our team next year. I'm very happy he will be joining us next fall."
"Matt is a very well-rounded swimming talent. He is an excellent backstroker, sprint freestyler and a good middle distance swimmer who will make a strong statement on our team next year. I am very pleased to have this young man on our team. Without a doubt his best swimming is yet to come."
"Getting at least one breaststroker was a goal for us this fall and we certainly hit the target center with Ryan. He is very talented and yet somewhat raw with a huge upside. Ryan took second at last year's Division 1 state championships in the 100 breast and should be an excellent 200 breaststroker at the college level as well."
"This is an exciting signing for us this fall. As a junior, Ben was the state champion in the 100 freestyle. He is a proven winner in the sprints and is also an accomplished butterflyer and freestyler. I couldn't be happier that he has committed to become a part of this program."
"Evan is just starting to show what he is capable of and it is going to be very exciting to watch his collegiate progress in the butterfly races and sprint freestyle races. I believe that Evan is going to surprise many people this year in high school swimming and we look forward to his success at Green Bay next year."
"Sprint free, breaststroke, individual medley - you name it and he can do it all. This is an outstanding signing for us. Casey is a YMCA national qualifier who has experienced great success in club swimming and will represent our team next year at a very high level. No matter where we use him, he will greatly help this team."