RICHMOND, VA, November 27. Richmond swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich announced Wednesday the signing of three student-athletes that will join the Spiders in the 2005-06 season.
The Spiders will welcome Sarah McCall (Knoxville, Tenn.), Lauren Beaudreau (Lafayette, Calif.) and Cara Smaniotto (Millville, N.J.) to the Richmond Spider swimming family.
"To say I am excited about this group is an understatement," Kredich said. "We are thrilled to be getting athletes from three of the best swim clubs in the country."
McCall is one of the Top-5 100 and 200 high school breaststrokers this season. She won the 200 IM at the Tennessee State Championships in 2002 and 2004 as well as the 100 breast in 2004. The two-time All-American in the 100 breast and 200 IM, is also among the nation's Top-20 in the 1,000 free within her age group. She is a member of the National Honor Society and trains under Gardner Howland at Pilot Aquatics in Knoxville, Tenn.
“Sarah comes from an excellent program," Kredich added. "She has a great background and can do a lot of events really well. She has very high aspirations for herself and shares the vision we have for our team. Coach Howland gives her his highest recommendation so we feel she will have a tremendous impact on our team.”
Beaudreau currently trains for Orinda Aquatics under Ron Heidary, and is also among the nation's top 100 and 200 breaststrokers. The High School All-American in 200 IM, recently won the Junior National Championship in the 50 meter breast. She has competed at the USA Swimming National Championships the past two years and is a two-time NISCA All-American in the 100 breast and 200 IM.
“Lauren is a fantastic swimmer from one of the best club teams in California," Kredich said. "We are really excited she has chosen to come to Richmond. She will also be a driving force in our push to have more success at the NCAA Championships. As good a swimmer as she is, she comes with even higher recommendations from her coach as a team-oriented, hard-working and compassionate person."
Smaniotto trains under Matt Sprang at the Gloucester County Swim Team, and specializes in the IM, breaststroke and backstroke. The two-time New Jersey All-State selection is a member of the National Honor Society.
“We are really excited about Cara because she just made a move to a great club team which has really stepped up her training," Kredich said. "She has responded really well. She has a super attitude towards her swimming and a great work ethic. We think she’s going to be a big contributor right away.”
The Spiders return to the pool to continue their 2004-05 campaign, Jan. 15 when they host Duke and Rutgers at the Robins Center Natatorium. All the action in Richmond's only home meet of the season is set to begin at 1 p.m.
“All three of these young women come with the highest recommendations from their coaches," Kredich added. "They are all excellent students and we feel each of them is a great fit for our school and our program. The Richmond swimming family is thrilled to welcome Cara, Sarah, and Lauren into our team next year.”