Northeastern Swimming and Diving Announces Eight Signees

BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 28. NORHTEASTERN University Swimming & Diving Head Coach Roy Coates has announced his recruiting class for the 2007-08 season today, and it includes seven swimmers and one diver who will add depth and talent to a team attempting to reach its goal of winning a CAA Championship.

Coates, who enters his 15th season at the helm of the swimming & diving program, has recruited a variety of swimmers who are versatile and able to compete in multiple events. He has also gone beyond New England to find the best talent available. His class includes two swimmers from the Midwest and two from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Joining the diving squad under Diving Coach Brad Snodgrass will be Emily Brandt, who hails from Lockport, N.Y. and was a varsity diver at Lockport High School.

"Emily will add depth to our group of divers," said Coates. "She is very talented and will help our already strong diving corps."

Bryn Coan comes to Northeastern to compete as a middle distance swimmer. A product of Bloomfield Village, Mich. and Mercy High School, Coan will be counted on to race in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events.

"Bryn comes in as one of the top freestyle swimmers in the 200 and 500 for us," Coates said. "She will be looked upon to fill a need in the middle distance events."

Coming out of Beverly, Mass. and Beverly High School is Molly Curran, who will compete in the breaststroke and individual medley for Northeastern. Coach Coates is confident that she will contribute to the team immediately.

"Molly's times right now are good enough to score at the CAA Championship," he said. "She is definitely in a position to be on the championship team and score significant points there."

Emily Hanson joins the Huskies from Georgetown, Mass. and went to Hamilton-Wenham High School in nearby Hamilton, Mass. She will compete for Northeastern in the butterfly events and shows plenty of promise.

"Emily shows tremendous potential and is developing into one of our best butterfly swimmers," Coates said. "She has come highly recommended and she has her greatest swims ahead of her."

Kerry Lynch, of Holden, Mass. and Worcester Academy, will add depth to the freestyle events and is considered a swimmer with a lot of potential.

"Kerry comes highly recommended and will add depth to our freestyle corps," Coates said. "She will develop significantly in college."

Carolyn Marsh will help add depth to the backstroke squad. Marsh is a native of Beverly Hills, Mich. and a product of Birmingham Groves High School. She will also compete in the individual medley events.

"Carolyn will be one of our top backstrokers in the 100 and 200," Coates said. "She will also add to an already deep individual medley class and will try to help fill the void left from losing our graduating captain Tarah Rodriguez."

Sarah Martin, out of Haverhill, Mass., is a graduate of Central Catholic High School and will race as a sprinter in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly events.

"Sarah is going to be one of our top sprinters and a contributor to our relay teams," Coates said. "She is probably the second fastest sprinter behind our sophomore Katherine Fugge and will challenge for points at the CAA Championship."

Lauren Williams arrives at Northeastern from Denville, N.J. and Morris Knolls High School. She, like Coan, will swim middle distance events.

"Lauren could develop into one of our anchors in the 200 and 500 freestyle events," said Coates. "She adds much-needed depth to the freestyle and makes it a much better event for us."

Special thanks to Northeastern for contributing this report.