Duke Announces Class of 2014 Recruits

DURHAM, North Carolina, January 28. DUKE University swimming and diving head coach Dan Colella and the Blue Devil coaching staff are set to welcome another standout recruiting class for the 2014-15 campaign. The group includes 14 swimmers and divers hailing from seven states as well as the country of Jamaica.

“We’re extremely excited about next year’s incoming freshman class,” Colella said. “Bringing [assistant coach] Jesse [Moore] in as part of the staff a year-and-a-half ago has really allowed us to raise the bar when it’s come to recruiting … We’re really excited about the men and women that are going to be joining us and what they’re going to be able to contribute immediately in their freshman year. They’re going to have a big impact.”

Michael Camarda, Marco Hosfeld, Matthew Johnson, Ryan Nicolson, Alex Peña and Timothy Wynter will join the Duke men’s swimming and diving program next season and Verity Abel, Abby Artmann, Lizzie Devitt, Leah Goldman, Catie Miller, Isabella Paez, Maria Sheridan and Mary Ellen Targonski will begin their careers with the women’s program beginning in 2014-15.

For a closer look at each member of the recruiting class of 2014, check out the bios below.

Men’s Swimming and Diving Class of 2018

Michael Camarda – Laguna Hills, Calif.
High School/Coach: Phillips Academy Andover [Mass.]/David Fox
Club Team/Coach: Irvine Novaquatics/Adam Crossen
Notes: Qualified for Summer USA Junior Nationals

Marco Hosfeld – Coral Springs, Fla.
High School: University School of Nova Southeastern University
Club Team/Coach: Swim Fort Lauderdale/Dave Gibson
Notes: Qualified for Winter Nationals and Summer USA Junior Nationals

Matthew Johnson – Valencia, Calif.
High School: Hart High School
Club Team/Coach: Canyons Aquatic Club/Coley Stickels
Notes: Qualified for 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, World Championship trials, Summer Nationals and Winter Nationals

Ryan Nicholson – Ithaca, N.Y.
High School/Coach: Ithaca High School/Mike Blakely-Armitage
Club Team: Syracuse Chargers
Notes: Qualified for Summer and Winter Nationals

Alex Peña – Orlando, Fla.
High School/Coach: Lake Highland Preparatory/Mike Curley
Club Team/Coach: Highlander Aquatics/Mike Curley
Notes: Qualified for Winter Nationals and Summer USA Junior Nationals

Timothy Wynter – Kingston, Jamaica
High School: Phillips Academy Andover [Mass.]
Club Team/Coach: Tornadoes Swim Club/Jacky Walter
Notes: Qualified for 2012 Olympic Trials, qualified for World Championships trials, qualified and competed at 2012 and 2013 Junior World Championships

Women’s Swimming and Diving Class of 2018

Verity Abel – Westport, Conn.
High School: Staples High School
Club Team/Coach: Wilton Y Wahoos/Randy Erlenback (Former Blue Devil ’81, team captain at Duke)
Notes: Qualified for Summer and Winter Nationals

Abby Artmann – Cedar Park, Texas
Club Team/Coach: Nitro Swimming/Tim O’Brien
Notes: Qualified for 2013 World Championship trials, Summer Nationals and Winter Nationals

Lizzie Devitt – Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Club Team/Coach: Mission Viejo Nadadores/Bill Rose
Notes: Qualified for Winter Nationals and Summer USA Junior Nationals

Leah Goldman – Burlingame, Calif.
High School: Burlingame High School
Club Team/Coach: Peak Swimming/Abi Liu
Notes: Swam for Team USA at 2013 Maccabiah Games, qualified for Summer and Winter Nationals

Catie Miller – Las Vegas, Nev.
High School/Coach: Bishop Gorman High School/Ronald Aitken
Club Team/Coach: Sandpipers of Nevada/Ronald Aitken
Notes: Qualified for 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, World Championship trials, Summer Nationals and Winter Nationals

Isabella Paez – Medley, Fla.
High School: Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High
Club Team/Coach: Metro Aquatic Club of Miami/Kirk Peppas
Notes: Qualified for 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 2013 World Championship trials, Summer Nationals and Winter Nationals

Maria Sheridan – Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Catholic High School
Club Team/Coaches: SwimMac Carolina/Russ Kasl and Alan Pfau
Notes: Qualified for 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Summer Nationals and Winter Nationals

Mary Ellen Targonski – Gastonia, N.C.
High School: South Point High School
Club Team/Coach: Carolina Diving Academy/Aaron Hintz
Notes: Qualified for USA Diving Summer Nationals and East Nationals
Diving Coach Nunzio Esposto on Targonski: “She is an accomplished junior national diver with much potential who comes to us from Carolina Diving Academy in Huntersville, N.C.”

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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