DURHAM, N.H. – Josh Willman, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team, and his staff recently announced that eight student-athletes have committed to UNH for the fall.
Nicole Anderson, a 5-foot-9-inch backstroker/freestyler from Dover, N.H., comes to UNH after swimming for Phillips Exeter Academy and the Seacoast Swimming Association. The team captain is fresh off an MVP season in which she placed 4th in the 100-yard back and 6th in the 200-yard free at the New England Prep School Swimming Championships. Additionally, her 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays both finished in second place at the meet. While competing for SSA, Anderson qualified for the New England Open, as well as the Southern Zone Speedo Champions Series.
Kyle Bonus, a 5-foot-3-inch diver from Philadelphia, Pa., will join the Wildcats after competing for William Penn Charter High School. She also dove with Centennial Aquatics, qualifying for the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. Bonus earned All-Inter-academic honors each year and was selected as the Swimming/Diving MVP during her junior campaign.
Emily Magnavita, a 5-foot-8-inch freestyler from South Glastonbury, Conn. joins her older sister Elizabeth on the Wildcat squad this year. A four-time school record holder at Glastonbury High, Magnavita also swims for Charter Oak Aquatics where she has qualified for Age Groups, Connecticut Opens and Sectionals. Magnavita will add depth in all sprint and middle distance free events.
Katie Mann, a 5-foot-9-inch nationally ranked breaststroker/IMer from Prince George, B.C., is coming off a stint with the Prince George Barracuda Swim Club where she was recently inducted into the sports hall of fame. Katie was the 2010 British Columbia Provincial Champion in the 200 breast and the 400 IM and at the 2010 Western Canadian Championships she earned bronze in the 200 breast and placed 6th in both the 200 and 400 IM. Most recently she placed 5th at the Paul Bergen International in the 400 IM and 8th in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Mann has also qualified for the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials, 2009 Canadian World Trials, 2010 Senior Summer Nationals and 2011 Canadian World Trials.
Adria Morales, a 5-foot-5-inch flyer/backstroker from Canyon Country, Calif. comes to UNH after swimming for Canyon High School and Class Aquatics. During her stint with CHS she earned MVP honors and was a relay All-American. Morales also qualified for a host of meets including; Junior Nationals, the Janet Evans Invitational, and the Speedo Grand Prix Series. Additionally, because of her dual citizenship she has had the opportunity to compete in the Mexico National Olympiad and the North American Challenge Cup.
Megan Suffel, a 5-foot-5-inch flyer/freestyler from Cornwall, Ontario, comes to the University of New Hampshire after swimming for the Cornwall Sea Lions club team. During her time with the Sea Lions she collected Swimmer of the Year honors in 2008 and 2009. Suffel has qualified for Senior Nationals in three events and was a three-time finalist at Age Group Nationals as a junior. She also qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials, 2009 World Trials and the 2010 Pan Pacific Trials.