Marist College Announces 6 Incoming Freshmen

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POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist women’s swimming and diving program, led by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Head Coach of the Year Larry VanWagner and MAAC Diving Coach of the Year Melanie Bolstad, has announced six incoming freshmen for the 2016-17 season. The members of the Class of 2020 are all swimming recruits for the first time since the class that came to Poughkeepsie prior to the 2013-14 season and hail from Florida and the tri-state area.

Alemy Barreto – Breast/Free – Weston, FL – Cypress Bay – Azura Florida Aquatics

A team captain her junior and senior seasons at Cypress Bay High School, Barreto was a top five qualifier at the BCAA Swimming and Diving Championship and took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2016 Miami Open Water Championships. She finished as a district, regional, and state qualifier for the Florida High School Athletic Association Championships and has been swimming competitively with Azura Florida Aquatics for more than nine years. Academically, Barreto was an active member of the Spanish and National Honor Societies and the National Society of High School Scholars. She was an AP Scholar with Honors and has contributed more than 500 hours of community service to her hometown, primarily to non-profit organizations that focus on families and children with needs.

Isabella Biagioli – Back/Free – Allendale, NJ – Northern Highlands Regional – Wyckoff Sharks  

Biagioli was awarded First Team All-North Jersey and First Team All-League in the 200-yard freestyle earlier this year. She earned First Team All-Bergen County honors in two events, the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. She anchored her high school’s 400-yard freestyle relay team and propelled the squad to a first place finish at the sectional championship meet before she was named The Bergen County Record Athlete of the Week. Biagioli concluded her short course season at the YMCA Short Course Nationals, where she clocked in at her personal best time in the 100-yard backstroke (59.08 seconds) and was a member of the 17th place 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Hannah Dougherty – Free – Waterford, NY – Abeka Academy – Albany Starfish Swim Club

Dougherty was a Speedo Sectional qualifier in multiple freestyle events. She was her club team’s representative to the Adirondack LSC House of Delegates and enrolled in academic courses for college credit in her final year of high school.

Courtney Levins – Breast/Free – Moorestown, NJ – Mercersburg Academy – Mercersburg Aquatic

A four-year varsity letter winner, Levins led Mercersburg’s girls swim team to its first Eastern Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship team title since 1987. She was a team co-captain her senior year and made the finals in at least one event at Easterns all four years of her high school career. At the meet her senior year she placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle. She also swam for the second place 200-yard medley relay squad. Levins earned the Bruce F. Vanderveer Award for greatest influence on the Mercersburg girls’ team at the end of her junior year and was the Most Improved Swimmer as a senior. In her spare time she works with younger students as a Peer Group leader.

Jessica Miller – Fly/Free – Ellington, CT – Ellington – Aquabears Swim Team

Miller was the state champion in the 100-yard butterfly at the Connecticut High School Class M title meet. She also took third place in the 500-yard freestyle. At the All-State meet she competed in both events. Miller was named Ellington Swimming’s MVP, made the Honor Roll and earned Scholar-Athlete recognition.

Julia Solin – Breast/IM – Tenafly, NJ – Tenafly – Wyckoff YMCA Sharks

Solin is Tenafly’s school record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke. She was a team captain as a senior and varsity letter holder for all four years. Solin was very versatile in her time swimming for the Wyckoff YMCA Sharks as she was a three-time Short Course and five-time Long Course Nationals qualifier.

Marist’s women’s program has won seven straight MAAC titles and 21 overall conference championships. The Red Foxes will look to extend their streak of 35 consecutive regular season MAAC dual meet victories in 2016-17. The upcoming academic year will feature Marist swimming and diving’s largest combined women’s and men’s roster in program history.

Marist College Athletics contributed this report. 

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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