Ian Rainey, of Westport CT, and Elliott Schinella of Orchard Lake MI have both verbally committed to the University of Michigan.
Ian Rainey will be a welcome addition to the Wolverine distance group; he is the 2013 YMCA National Long Course Champion in the 1500 where he went 15:59.78 and just missed breaking the meet record of 15:57. Rainey is primarily a distance swimmer but he has a very strong 400 IM and is a Junior National qualifier in the 200 back and 200 fly as well. His performance at the long course Summer Juniors in Irvine broke several Connecticut Swimming records: the 17/18 Resident 800M Free record (8:13.99) and the 400M IM record (4:23.97).
Rainey swims for Staples High School in Westport and with Coach Randy Erlenback at Wilton Y Wahoos Swim Club.
Elliott Schinella will only have to travel an hour down the highway when she moves from Orchard Lake to Ann Arbor.
Schinella is the 2012 Michigan state champion in the 100 back. As a junior at Mercy Catholic High School in Farmington Hills, she swam a 54.91 to win the 100 back, 0.31 off the Division I record. She also came in fifth in the 50 free with a 24.04. Her 25.7 leadoff split in the 200 medley relay was the fastest backstroke leadoff in the field.
Elliott confided to SwimSwam, “I was very impressed with Coach Bottom’s program and all that he had to offer. I loved the team, the atmosphere, and the coaching staff. I felt welcomed and comfortable and I can’t wait to be a wolverine!”