ECU Swimming & Diving announces 12 new arrivals to the program
Courtesy of: ECU Athletics
GREENVILLE, NC – Fourth-year head coach Matthew Jabs officially announced the first wave of 2022-2023 swim and diving lessons in East Carolina on Wednesday, which includes eight swimmers and four divers.
Eleven months after the decision to reinstate the ECU women’s swimming and diving program, Jabs and her team are expected to welcome the 12 newcomers (Heidi Bruining, Emily Campbell, Sadie Covington, Case Greenberg, Caitlin Irvine-Smith, Sara Kalawska , Averi McQuitty, Claire Mowery, Rebecca Tiberti, Abigail Tomlinson, Bryanna Wolfe and Morgan Yuengling) in fall 2022.
âWhen I was asked to return to ECU I knew it would be a process to bring the team back to a competitive level,â said Jabs. âI’m delighted with what we’ve been able to accomplish with recruiting so far and feel like we’re ahead of schedule, and we’re definitely not done with this class.
âThroughout this recruiting cycle, I feel like our program as a whole, especially Coach (Riley) Hilbrandt, Coach (Ryan) McIntire, as well as our current athletes, have made a great job of sharing the vision and direction of the program. with each of these young ladies. I can’t wait to add this new group to our comebacks and start competing in the fall.
Brynna Wolfe – King Mills, Ohio (Ohio State University)
Coach Jabs on Wolfe: âWe are very excited to add Brynna to our team as she continues her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. Brynna was a Top 10 rookie from Ohio in 2019 and did very well in the Big 10 for Ohio State. She will become our best bib and add leadership and experience to a very young team. His current times should rival the best bibs in the AAC.
Wolfe’s best times: 100 backstroke (53.57) and 200 backstroke (1: 56.32) and 50 freestyle (23.62).
Sara Kalawska – Welwyn Garden City, England (Hatfield Swimming Club)
Coach Jabs on Kalawska: âSara was a lot of fun to recruit. It is a very good leaflet and will be an excellent building block for the future of the program of these events. We are very happy to have Sara with us and look forward to her becoming one of the best vaulters in the American Athletic Conference.
Kalawska’s best times: 100 Fly (1: 00.54 SCM / conversion SCY 54.49) and 200 Papillon (Conversion 2: 13.97 SCM / 2: 00.58 SCY).
Claire Mowery – Arlington, Virginia (Arlington Aquatic Club)
Coach Jabs on Mowery: âClaire has everything you want in a sprinter. She brings an edge as a competitor, isn’t afraid of challenges and wants to be really good at what she does. From the first time we chatted, I knew she was someone we wanted on the program.
Mowery’s best moments: 50 freestyle (23.16), 100 freestyle (51.23), 200 freestyle (1: 50.84), 100 backstroke (56.25) and 100 butterfly (56.62).
Caitlin Irvine-Smith – Johannesburg, South Africa (Crusaders Dive Club)
Coach McIntire on Irvine-Smith: âWe expect Caitlin to compete for our top spot in diving next season. She has a lot of talent and a lot of international experience. These qualities will be a tremendous asset to our group and will help push those around them.
Top Irvine-Smith Events: 3-meter springboard, 1-meter springboard and platform.
Heidi Bruining – Apopka, Florida (Patriot Aquatics)
Coach Jabs on Bruining: âWe are really excited to add Heidi to the team next fall. It’s a very talented breaststroke, and IMer. Not only will she have an immediate impact as a freshman, but I also believe she will continue to be one of our top swimmers as her career progresses.
Best Bruining Times: 100 breaststroke (1: 03.13), 200 breaststroke (2: 15.62) and 200 IM (2: 04.57).
Emily Campbell – Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Marlins)
Coach Jabs on Campbell: âEmily is a versatile swimmer. She trains for a very good club team and has the experience to get into ECU and really excel. Her butterfly and IM times will be a big addition to our team and I think she’s just going to get faster and faster as her career progresses.
Campbell’s best times: 200 butterfly (2: 03.04), 200 IM (2: 05.83) and 400 IM (4: 28.79).
Rebecca Tiberti – Rome, Italy (Circolo Canottieri Aniene)
Coach McIntire on Tiberti: âRebecca has competed in great competitions and has been a very consistent diver. That coming consistency will be a great foundation to build on as she moves on to the college plunge. I am very excited about his future in our program.
The best events of Tiberti: Platform, 1-meter springboard and 3-meter springboard.
Sadie Covington – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Swimming Association)
Coach Jabs on Covington: âI can’t wait for Sadie to join our distance / mid-distance group. She is talented, has a fun personality and will bring much needed depth to this group. As a rookie she will play an important role for us in her events and I think her fastest swim is still ahead of her. “
Best Covington Times: 200 freestyle (1: 52.46), 500 freestyle (4: 59.06) and 1650 freestyle (17: 35.56).
Casey Greenberg – Gainesville, Florida (Gator Dive Club)
Coach McIntire on Greenberg: âCasey will be a solid young diver for us with a lot of potential. Can’t wait to add her to the girl group we’ll have next season. I think she will be a perfect fit and help the team score valuable points throughout the season.
Top Greenburg Events: 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and platform.
Abigail Tomlinson – Apex, NC (TAC Titans)
Coach Jabs on Tomlinson: âWe’ve been talking to Abigail for a while. She comes from one of the best programs in the country. She rubs shoulders with elite talent and coaches every day and sees what it takes to be successful in our sport. She is a strong athlete who has a lot of potential. She will join a deep breaststroke group and have a good opportunity to become something special as her career progresses.
Tomlinson’s best times: 100 breaststroke (1: 04.33) and 200 breaststroke (2: 21.71).
Averi McQuitty – Midland, Texas (COM Aquatics)
Coach McIntire on McQuitty: âI enjoyed recruiting Averi throughout the process. She has a great personality and attitude. On the diving side, she has been a leader both in her school and in her club team. I believe Averi will come every day and strive to get better and push everyone around him to do the same.
Top McQuitty Events: 3-meter springboard, 1-meter springboard and platform.
Morgan Yuengling – Schuyklill Haven, PA (Parkland Aquatic Club)
Coach Jabs on Yuengling: âWe had a very good visit with Morgan when she came to campus. She has been a multisport athlete for several years and I believe she has the potential to become much faster in our program. We look forward to its development as it focuses solely on the swimming pool.
Yuengling’s best times: 50 freestyle (24.86) and 100 freestyle (54.67).