CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, December 10. THE University of North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period as announced Friday by Tar Heel headswimming coach Rich DeSelm. The class is expected to be amongst the nation's best and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.
"We are extremely excited to announce our signees entering UNC next August. Many of these exciting prospects and their parents visited Chapel Hill during their junior year, communicated that UNC was among their top choices and were proactive in the recruiting process," said Coach DeSelm.
The women's class includes Nicole Barczak of Beverly Hills, Mich.; Kelsey Cummings of El Segundo, Calif.; Danielle Siverling of Chester Springs, Pa.; Emily Schmidt of Bethesda, Md.; and Natalie Ritter of Columbus, Ohio.
The men's class includes Dominick Glavich of Cary, N.C.; Patrick Myers of Norfolk, Mass.; Brett Nagle of Portland, Ore., Graham Williams of Hickory, N.C.; Brian Bollerman of Ridgefield, Conn.; Brian McClintock of Marietta, Ga.; and Tyler Hill of Mooresville, N.C.
"On the women's side, we will graduate three tremendously successful seniors in Katura Harvey, Rebecca Kane and Ashley Miller and have commitments from three swimmers and two divers, all of whom will bring talent and enthusiasm to our team," said DeSelm. "On the swimming side, Nicole Barczak is a rapidly improving sprinter who will make an immediate impact at UNC both individually and on relays. Kelsey Cummings will help in a range of events and has the potential to contribute on the 800 free relay. Danielle Siverling, coming off a tremendous summer, will add front line talent to our freestylecorps and relays. Kevin Lawrence has also brought in two outstanding divers in Emily Schmidt and Natalie Ritter."
"For the men, we have an exciting and talented group to announce. With three first-team NCAA All-Americas in a talented and deep senior class, we have a significant challenge to maintain the tremendous momentum our men's team has worked hard to generate over the past four years," said DeSelm.
"The incoming men are very enthusiastic about UNC and, due to so many men graduating this spring, willlikely be counted on to contribute immediately. We are thrilled to have several North Carolinians choose UNC. Multiple event swimmer Dominck Glavich, backstroker Tyler Hill & distance ace Graham Williams all decided to stay close to home; two breaststrokers, Brian Bollerman and Brian McClintock, will be counted on heavily in their events; Pat Myers, from Bluefish Swim Club where he is coached by former UNC swimmer Chuck Batchelor, has a wide range of events that he will see action in, and transfer Brett Nagle brings talent and national level experience to the Tar Heels inmiddle distance free, fly and back."
Following is a complete list of the fall signees for the Tar Heel men's and women's swimming and diving teams:
Nicole Barczak is a native of Beverly Hills, Mich. The daughter of Michael and Sue Barczak, she is a 5-9 freestyle sprinter and butterflier. Barczak has career best times of 23.25 in the 50-yard freestyle, 50.10 in the 100-yard freestyle and 55.56 in the 100-yard butterfly. Barczak attends Farmington Hills Mercy High School where she is coached by Shannon Dunworth. She competes for the Birmingham Blue Dolphins swim club and is coached there by Mike Wind. She is the Michigan state high school champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyles and an eight-time high school All-America selection. In 2010, Barczak captained Farmington Hills Mercy to its fourth consecutive state high school team championship. She was a member of the 2010 YMCA national champion 200-yard freestyle relay team.
Kelsey Cummings is a native of El Segundo, Calif. The daughter of Robert and Lynn Cummings, she is a 5-4 freestyler. Cummings had career best times of 1:49.32 in the 200-yard freestyle, 4:49.03 in the 500-yard freestyle and 16:32.76 in the 1650-yard freestyle. Her career best long course times are 2:03.76 in the 200-meter freestyle and 4:16.61 in the 400-meter freestyle. Cummings attends El Segundo High School where she is coached by Foti Davlantis. She also competes for West Coast Swimming and coach Bob Gillett. Cummings has already qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400-meter freestyle. In 2010, she was a junior national finalist in the 1500-meter freestyle.
Natalie Ritter is a tremendous diving prospect from Columbus, Ohio. She attends Columbus Academy and competes at the OSU Diving Club for coach Justin Socher. She had an outstanding summer in 2010, placing third at the USA Speedo Junior National Championships in synchronized platform and fourth in synchronized three-meter. She was also third in the 2010 USA Diving Age Group Championships on the three-meter board. Last spring, she was fourth on the one-meter and sixth on the three-meter board at USA Diving Junior East Championships. As a prepster, she is a three-year Mid State League champion and as a junior finished second at thestate high school meet.
Emily Schmidt is an outstanding diver from Bethesda, Md., where she attends Walt Whitman High School. Schmidt competes for the Montgomery Dive Club where she is coached by Jeff Stabile. Schmidt is a two-time National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-America and was named to the Washington Post's All-Met Honorable Mention Team in 2009. She is a National Merit Commended Student who at the 2010 Summer Regionals placed third on the one-meter and seventh on the three-meter board, qualifying for age group nationals on both boards.
Danielle Siverling is a native of Chester Springs, Pa. The daughter of Curt and Mary Beth Siverling, she is a 6-0 freestyler. Siverling has career best times of 50.29 in the 100-yard freestyle and 1:47.49 in the 200-yard freestyle. Her career best long course times are 2:01.53 in the 200-meter freestyle and 4:17.06 in the 400-meter freestyle. Siverling attends Dowingtown East High School where she is coached by Janet Bright. She also competes for the Malvern Swimming Association under the tutelage of coach Peter Lee. Siverling is a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle events. She is a five-time national high school All-America selection and Pennsylvania state high school champion in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles. Siverling also holds status as the Keystone State's high school record holder in the 200-yard freestyle.
Brian Bollerman comes to Carolina from his hometown of Ridgefield, Conn. The son of Steven and Karen Bollerman, he is a 5-10 individual medleyist and breaststroker. Bollerman has career best times of 57.52 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 2:03.75 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 4:00.49 in the 400-yard individual medley. His long course career best in the 200-meter breaststroke is 2:20.31. He is coached by Rory Perry at Ridgefield High School and by Robert Shearer at Ridgefield Aquatic Club. Bollerman swept 2010 Nutmeg State high schooltitles in the 100 breast and 200 IM. He copped 2010 high school All-America honors in both event as well.
Dominick Glavich is a native of Cary, N.C. The son of Gary and Colleen Glavich, he is a 5-9 butterflier and freestyler. Glavich has career best times of 48.82 in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:48.22 in the 200-yard butterfly and 1:48.36 in the 200-yard individual medley. His career best long course times are 55.15 in the 100-meter butterfly and 2:01.17 in the 200-meter butterfly. Glavich attends Green Hope High School where he swims for Jim Swartz. He also competes for the YOTA Swim Team coached by Chad Onken. Glavich is a member of the 2010 USA Swimming National Youth Team. He was the 2010 YMCA national champion in the 200-yard individual medley and as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay. The North Carolina state high school champion in the 200 IM and 200 breast, he was named the state high school meet's most valuable swimmer in 2010.
Tyler Hill is another Tar Heel State native, hailing from Mooresville. The son of Brett and Vickie Hill, he is a 5-10 backstroker at Lake Norman High School where he is coached by Jon Busch. He also competes for SwimMAC Carolina under coach Chris Webb. Hill's career best clockings are 50.46 in the 100-yard backstroke and 1:49.31 in the 200-yard backstroke. Hill has qualified to the U.S. National Championships in both backstroke events, was a national high school All-America in the 100 back and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-America honoree.
Brian McClintock is a native of Marietta, Ga., and when he enrolls at Carolina next August may achieve the honor of being UNC's tallest male swimmer in history at 6-8. He is an accomplished breaststroker and backstroker. The son of Paul and Joyce McClintock has career best times of 57.40 in the 100 breast and 50.94 in the 100 back. He is the reigning Georgia 4A state champion in the 100 breast. McClintock attends George Walton High School where he is coached by Sharon Loughran. He does his club swimming with the Stingrays, being coached by Ian Goss.
Patrick Myers hails from Norfolk, Mass. The son of Jim and Karen Myers, he is a 5-10 backstroker and individual medley performer. Myers has career best times of 50.47 in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:49.11 in the 200-yard backstroke, 49.90 in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:50.06 in the 200-yard butterfly and 3:5848 in the 400-yard individual medley. His personal bests in long course are 57.57 in the 100-meter backstroke and 2:03.95 in the 200-meter backstroke. Myers attends King Phillip High School, being coached there by Heather Tomassian. He competes for Bluefish Swim Club where he is coached by Tar Heel alumnus Chuck Batchelor. Myers has qualified for the 2012 U.S. OlympicTrials in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes. He was named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-America each of the past two years. Myers captured the Massachusetts high school state championships in the 100-yard back and fly events as both a sophomore and junior.
Brett Nagle is a native of Portland, Ore. He is a transfer from the University of Wisconsin. The son of Kevin and Ann Angle, he is a 6-2 freestyler and butterflier. Nagle has career best times of 1:38.19 in the 200-yard freestyle, 4:21.83 in the 500-yard freestyle, 1:47.10 in the 200-yard butterfly and 1:48.6 in the 200-yard backstroke. Nagle did his club swimming for Mt. Hood Aquatics for Coach Burt Stratton. As a prepster, he was a five-time individual state champion, winning the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke titles twice each and also claiming a title in the 100 fly. Nagle helped lead his David Douglas High School team to the 2008 Oregon Class 6A state title. A seven-time All-Americaselection, he holds Oregon state high school records in 100 fly and 200 free.
Graham Williams is a Hickory, N.C. native. The son of Kevin and Ann Williams, he is 6-3 distance freestyler. Williams has career best times of 4:30.79 in the 500-yard freestyle, 9:12.73 in the 1000-yard freestyle and 15:23.02 in the 1650-yard freestyle. He attends Hickory High School, being coached by Cathy Hitchcock, and swims for the YMCA Seahorse Swim Team under the guidance of Jon Jolley. Williams is a YMCA national champion in the 1650 freestyle and the North Carolina state record holder in both the 1000 and 1650. He won Most Valuable Swimmer honors at the 2009 North Carolina StateHigh School 3A Championships.
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