WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, June 6. WILLIAM and Mary Director of Swimming Matt Crispino ’02 announced the addition of 10 outstanding women to the Tribe squad today, covering every stroke and distance in the NCAA program with several projected to compete at the national level over the next four years. W&M is coming off an 8-5 season and fourth-place showing at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in 2011-12.
“We are very excited about this group of 10 young women who will be joining the program this fall,” said Crispino. “We knew very early on that it would be a special group. Lindsey [Winston] and Courtney [Mizerak] were the first two commits, and that really got the ball rolling in the right direction. Overall, the incoming class covers every stroke at every distance. They are smart, highly motivated, well rounded, and several have the potential to swim at the national level. They will help form an important nucleus of a women’s team that should continue climbing the CAA ranks.”
Following is a brief look at each member of the incoming class:
Rachel Cortright – 5-10, Fly
100 Fly – 58.82
200 Fly – 2:06.20
Helped Ridgewood to a pair of sectional titles and three-straight sectional championship meets … Multiple-time finalist at YMCA Nationals … Swam for the Ridgewood YMCA Breakers club team under Bud Rimbault.
Daughter of Gail and Kevin Cortright … Plans to major in kinesiology and health sciences.
Noelle Klockner – 5-8, Back/Free
Marlboro, N.J./Colts Neck
50 Free – 23.96
100 Free – 52.35
200 Free – 1:52.28
100 Back – 56.46
200 Back – 2:01.05
At Colts Neck
USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Reached the finals in four events at the 2012 New Jersey state championships … Runner-up in the 200 back and third in the 50 free … Finished fourth in the 100 back and ninth on Colts Neck’s 200 free relay … Finalist in the 200 back, 50 free, and 100 back at the 2012 YMCA Nationals … Conference champion in both the 100 free and 100 back … County champion in the 100 free … Named Swimmer of the Year by the Ashbury Park Press … Newark Star Ledger picked her as the Monmouth County Swimmer of the Year … Swam for the Freehold-Old Bridge YMCA and coach Paul Florio … President of the Mock Trial Club … Coached swimming for the Special Olympics … Member of the National Honor Society.
Daughter of Kristi and David Klockner … Cousin, Sara Alexander, captained the varsity crew team at Dartmouth … Enjoys doodling, photography, and pretending she can sing … Undecided as to her collegiate major.
Jenny Lomicka – 5-1 Fly/IM
Henrico, Va./John Randolph Tucker
100 Fly – 57.35
200 Fly – 2:05.60
200 Breast – 2:23.89
400 IM – 4:30.40
USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … NCSA Junior National competitor … Swam for the NOVA Aquatics club team and coach Geoff Brown … President of the Rock Climbing Club … Member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Spanish and Math National Honor Societies.
Daughter of Susan and Joseph Lomicka … Enjoys watching movies, especially scary ones … Plans to major in kinesiology and health sciences.
Elena Marsilii – 5-4, Free
Falls Church, Va./Bishop O’Connell
1650 Free – 17:15.45
1000 Free – 10:25.18
500 Free – 5:03.59
200 Free – 1:56.10
400 IM – 4:37.73
At Bishop O’Connell
USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Team MVP for each of the past three years … Named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post … Swam for the FISH club team and coach Ray Benecki … Won gold at the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair in 2009 … Member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society … Earned both the bronze and silver awards in the Girl Scouts.
Daughter of Peggy and Joseph Marsilii … Sister, Caitlin, swam at East Carolina … Enjoys shopping, reading, and watching movies with friends … Undecided as to her collegiate major.
Courtney Mizerak – 5-7, Breast/IM
Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park
100 Breast – 1:02.94
200 Breast – 2:17.74
200 IM – 2:05.87
400 IM – 4:29.81
100 Fly – 56.91
200 Fly – 2:04.85
At Osbourn Park
Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Finalist at the NCSA Junior Nationals each of the past four years … Finished eighth in the 100 breast and 13th in the 200 breast at Junior Nationals in 2011 … Swam the breaststroke leg on the 200 medley relay that finished fifth … Finalist at the Virginia AAA state championships every year of high school … Fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 breast as a senior in 2012 … Helped lead Osbourn Park to a team runner-up finish with those performances … Finished fourth in the 100 breast in 2011 … District champion in the breaststroke each of the past two years … Region champion in 2011 … Named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post in 2011 and 2012 … Manassas News & Messenger All-Area first team all four years … Swam for the Curl-Burke Swim Club under Jeremy Linn … Set six club records … Member of the National Honor Society … Graduated summa cum laude.
Daughter of Kerri and William Mizerak … Sister, Gabrielle, is a senior on the Tribe swim team … Enjoys running, baking, and hanging out with friends … Plans to major in accounting.
Sara Schad – 5-5, Free/Fly
North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely
50 Free – 24.64
100 Free – 53.48
200 Free – 1:58.38
100 Fly – 59.42
New England Champion in the 50 free in 2012 … Won five Maine state championships over her final three years … Three-time state champion in the 100 free … Also added the 200 free in 2011 and the 50 free as a senior … Three-time runner-up, taking silver in both the 100 and 200 free as a freshman and again in the 200 free as a sophomore … Totaled 13 all-state accolades and 15 all-conference honors … Swam for the Seacoast Swim Club under Larissa Herold … Also a standout soccer player, captaining the team in 2011-12 … Earned three varsity letters as a long sprinter in track as well … Earned conference all-academic distinction in all three sports … Member of the National Honors Society … President of the student government … Won gold at the state science fair … Represented Greely at the 2011 Girl’s State.
Daughter of Nancy and Bill Schad … Both parents played Division III sports, with her mother playing tennis and her father soccer … Enjoys triathlons, open water swim races, and lobstering … Plans to major in biology.
Jessie Ustjanauskas – 5-9, Fly/Back
West Hartford, Conn./Hall
100 Fly – 55.70
100 Back – 56.85
200 Fly – 2:03.25
100 Free – 51.80
50 Free – 24.53
National qualifier in the 100 back … Qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly … Won four straight Connecticut state championships in the 100 back … Also won state titles in the 100 fly and 200 fly … Named all-conference all four years of high school … Swam for the West Hartford Aquatic club under Rob Riccobon … Named to Hall’s honor roll every semester.
Daughter of Anita and Richard Ustjanauskas … Brother, Jake, runs cross country and track for Sacred Heart … Grandfather was on the football team at Harvard … Plans to major in kinesiology and health sciences.
Hannah Vester – 5-10, Free/Back
Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill
1000 Free – 10:11.86
500 Free – 4:59.82
200 Free – 1:52.45
100 Free – 53.42
100 Back – 59.53
200 Back – 2:04.89
At Indian Hill
USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … Twice named a USA Swimming Prep All-American in the 1000 free and 200 free … Conference Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and again as a senior in 2012 … Undefeated in the 200 free at her conference championships, winning four titles in four years … Also won the 500 free three times (2009, 2010, 2012), and the 100 fly as a junior in 2011 … Named to the Cincinnati All-City team all four years of high school … Part of the Cincinnati Aquatic Club, training under Benson Spurling … Member of the National Honor Society.
Daughter of Petra and Russ Vester … Enjoys baking, crafts, and “artsy stuff” … Plans to major in biology.
Amanda Weidner – 5-5, Free
Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township
500 Free – 5:05.35
200 Free – 1:54.45
100 Free – 53.33
50 Free – 24.65
At Evanston Township
USA Swimming All-American as part of Evanston’s relays … Three-time all-state honoree … Earned multiple all-conference and all-section accolades each year of high school … Swam club for the YWCA Flying Fish and coach Pete Caragher … Played violin in the ETHS Symphony Orchestra … High honor roll all four years … Member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Daughter of Catherine and Brant Weidner … Comes from a strong Tribe Athletics lineage … Mother was one of the first scholarship members of the W&M women’s cross country and track teams … School record-holder and national qualifier in both cross country and track … Father was a Hall-of-Fame member of the Tribe basketball team … Was drafted 90th overall in the 1983 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs … Played professionally with both the Spurs and Nashua Den Bosch of the Dutch Professional League … Sister, Marisa, is a junior at the College … Enjoys cooking, skiing, and cheering on the Bulls … Undecided as to her collegiate major.
Lindsey Winston – 5-8, Breast/IM
Henrico, Va./Mills E. Godwin
100 Breast – 1:05.00
200 Breast – 2:19.64
200 IM – 2:05.55
400 IM – 4:25.63
NCSA Junior National qualifier … Finalist at the NCSA championships in both the 200 breast and 200 IM … Did her club swimming for Poseidon Swimming and Ted Sallade … Member of the National Honor Society.
Daughter of Debbie and Bill Winston … Grandfather, Thomas Winston, played football at VMI … Enjoys cooking, reading, and photography … Plans to major in anthropology.
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