Bryant Swimming and Diving Announces Class of 2020

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University swimming and diving head coach Katie Cameron has announced the addition of 13 student-athletes for the 2016-17 season.

The Class of 2020 will consist of seven women and six men and will arrive on campus this fall.

“We are extremely excited for the class of 2020 to join the Bulldog Family,” head coach Katie Cameron said. “The class is a large group that is very talented and very diverse. After graduating a very successful class this year we had some voids to fill and the staff is confident we did that. The incoming class is passionate about their academics as well as swimming. We are excited about the diversity they bring in terms of events as well as geographically. They hail from eight different states and two different countries! They are talented and have posted good times in their respective events already but we believe they have a lot of potential. We are confident they will help the program achieve its goals!”

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Lindsey Choate – Upper St. Clair, Pa.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Upper St. Clair High School … Four-time All-American … Three-time PIAA State Finalist … Three-time WPIAL Section champion … Captain as a senior.

Scholastic Achievements: Academic All-American … High Honor Roll student … AMS Scholastic Achievement.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because I fell in love with the school and the team. From the moment I stepped foot on the campus I knew it was the one. I was impressed with the wonderful business program but ultimately what made me commit to Bryant was the astounding coaching staff and team.

Favorite Event: 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke

Intended Major: International Business with a concentration in Marketing.

Eliza Brant – Hauppauge, N.Y.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Saint John Baptist High School … Three-time All-League selection … Three-time team MVP … CHSSA 100 breast record holder.

Scholastic Achievements: Cum Laude honors.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant for the amazing academics, welcoming team, and awesome coaching! When I first stepped on campus i knew this was the school for me. I can’t wait to be a part of the Bryant family!

Favorite Event: 100 breast, 200 breast

Intended Major: Undecided/Health & Sciences

Alaina Scifo – Ipswich, Great Britain

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Lakenheath American High School … Two-time team captain … Four-time European Forces Overall/Pentathlon champion … GBR National Semi-Finalist 100/200 backstroke.

Scholastic Achievements: National Honor Society … Honors graduate.

Why did you choose Bryant: Academic reputation, the coaching staff and the welcoming team!

Favorite Event: 100 back, 100 free

Intended Major: Biology

Alyssa Difiore – Wethersfield, Conn.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Wethersfield High School … Three-time All-Conference selection … All-State selection … State champion in the 200 free relay … Wethersfield school record-holder … Team captain.

Scholastic Achievements: Four-time CCC All-Academic honors … Four-year honor roll.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant for its successful business program, supportive professors and coaches, and its welcoming team. I believe Bryant will give me the best opportunities to strive both in the classroom and in the pool.

Favorite Event: 200 free and 500 free

Intended Major: Undecided Business

Domenica Alcala – Cancun, Mexico

Swimming Achievements: A two-year varsity letterwinner at the Bolles School … State record holder in the 100 fly in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Scholastic Achievements: Valedictorian of her high school class … Regional champion of the Knowledge Olimpics in Mexico.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because of the amazing Business program, the coaching staff, and the welcoming team!

Favorite Event: 100 fly and 200 free

Intended Major: International Business

Kayleigh Canavan – Cumberland, R.I.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Cumberland High … First Team All-State as a freshman and Second Team All-State as a senior.

Scholastic Achievements: Honor Roll student.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because of the amazing team, coaching staff and business program! I knew I wanted to be a Bulldog from the moment I stepped on the campus!

Favorite Event: 100 and 200 breaststroke

Intended Major: Marketing

Ashley Lewis – Maple Valley, Wash.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Tahoma Senior High School … 2015 Most Valuable Diver … Co-Captain as a senior … Two-time WIAA State Qualifier … Two-time SPSL league champion and two-time WCD 3 champion.

Scholastic Achievements: AP Scholar … Four-year Academic All-State … National Honor Society of High School Scholars … National Honor Society.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because of how welcoming everyone is and the Communications program. I really liked how athletes are students first, how my grades are going to be important to my coaches and how the professors want to see their students succeed.

Favorite Event: 1 meter dive

Intended Major: Communications

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Ben Steen – Portsmouth, R.I.

Swimming Achievements: Three-time Rhode Island state champion in the 200 IM, 100 free and 50 free at Portsmouth High … YMCA National Qualifier in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back.

Scholastic Achievements: National Art Honor Society.

Why did you choose Bryant: Great and welcoming swim team and a great education.

Favorite Event: 400IM

Intended Major: Undecided

Cyrus Nabavi – Murray, Ky.

Swimming Achievements: Five-time Kentucky state champion in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly and the 1000 free at Murray High.

Scholastic Achievements: National Honor Society … Scholastic All-American … Honor Roll.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant University because I loved the campus and I know that attending will help me reach my academic, athletic and career goals. I was impressed with the coaching staff, and their ability to develop swimmers to reach their full potential. I am also very excited to help the team win a conference championship next year.

Favorite Event: 100 fly

Intended Major: Biology

Zach Digiaro – Middletown, N.J.

Swimming Achievements: YMCA national qualifier in the 100 fly, 200fly, 200 IM and 200 free … YMCA All-American in the Short Course 200 fly and Long Course 400 free relay … YMCA national finalist in the 100 fly … Was a part of Christian Brothers Academy swim team which won the Non-Public A state championship the past four years … Four-time varsity letter winner.

Scholastic Achievements: Honor Roll student.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because I believe it is a school where I can be successful both as a student and as an athlete. The team and coaching staff are very welcoming and dedicated, and I can’t wait to be a part of the team.

Favorite Event: 100 fly and 200 fly

Intended Major: Actuarial Mathematics

John Blair – West Springfield, Mass.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner and two-time team captain … Four-time team MVP … Four-time All-Western Massachusetts Select … Super 7 Select in 2015 … Four-time MIAA DI State Qualifier … Holds school record in the 200 free relay.

Scholastic Achievements: Honor Roll student … AP Scholar … Academic Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because I feel that it is an environment in which I can excel and reach my goals both in and out of the pool. I loved the location and found the campus and swim program to be the perfect fit for me.

Favorite Event: 100 free and 200 free

Intended Major: Politics and Law

Kieran Duncan – Stamford, Conn.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Westhill High School … Team captain … Two-time team MVP.

Scholastic Achievements: National Honor Society … AP Scholar.

Why did you choose Bryant: Academic reputation, welcoming team members and the coaching staff.

Favorite Event: 200 IM and 200 free

Intended Major: Accounting

Robert Davis – Glastonbury, Conn.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year member of the varsity team and a three-year varsity letterwinner at Glastonbury High … Three-year conference champion … Two-time All-State … Two-time team MVP … Four-time YMCA National Qualifier … Team captain … The “Rock” Award winner as a senior … Hartwell Award winner.

Scholastic Achievements: Honor Roll student.

Why did you choose Bryant: I chose Bryant because of the amazing academics and athletics. I knew it was the school for me before I left the first time.

Favorite Event: 200 free

Intended Major: Business Management

Zach Vogel – South Easton, Mass.

Swimming Achievements: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Oliver Ames High School … Three-time league all-star … Two-time Hockomock League champion … Third place at the South Sectional championships … Third place at the MIAA DI state championships … All-Scholastic.

Scholastic Achievements: Honor Roll student.

Why did you choose Bryant: When I first visited campus I had a feeling of belonging and when it was time to leave, I did not want to. Also, the great business program.

Favorite Event: 1 meter dive

Intended Major: Management

Swimming news courtesy of Bryant Swimming & Diving.

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