Colorado Mesa Announces The Signing Of 21 For The 2017 Season

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November 29th, 2016 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. – Colorado Mesa University head swimming and diving coach Geoff Hanson announced his recruiting class for the 107-18 season Tuesday (Nov. 29).

“I am extremely excited to welcome these 21 student-athletes to the CMU Swimming & Diving Family next fall,” said Hanson. “In getting to know each of these swimmers and divers during the recruiting process, it became clear that they are not only talented athletes who will help us take our program to the next level, more importantly they are also quality people and students who fit in with the goals and ideals that we are striving to achieve. The common thread that many of them expressed in choosing CMU, was the sense of team and family that they felt while visiting campus which speaks volumes about the current team and their commitment to the future of the program. Colorado Mesa University Swimming & Diving has taken a big step forward with the signing of these 21 outstanding individuals.”

Colorado Mesa will host the A3 Performance Invite this Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 1-3).

Madison Pressler – Mill Creek, Wash.
100Fr 52.59     200Fr 1:51.89  100Bk 57.62   200Bk 2:04.40

“I choose CMU because I really enjoy the team dynamic and the coaching philosophy. I saw the campus back in 2012 and fell in love with what I saw immediately and even now in 2016 with all the improvements and growth I still love the campus and the city vibe. I liked how scenic the university is from every aspect.”

Sierra Forbord – Olympia, Wash.
100Fly 57.11    50Fr 24.48       100Fr 53.46     200Fr 1:54.61

“I chose Colorado Mesa University because it felt like a home away from home. I knew that this school would allow me to broaden my horizons and experience new things that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience if I didn’t join the CMU family. I’m so excited to be a part of a school that has great academics and an exceptional swim and dive program and an equally exceptional swim facility with coaches and swimmers who will push me to do my best and support me in both my academic and athletic goals. I can’t wait to see what the next four years have in store for me. Go Mavs!”

Sarah Stacer – Sonora, Calif.
100Bk 57.30    200Bk 2:05.35        200IM 2:08.19      100Fly 58.81

“I choose CMU because it felt like home right from the start. Meeting everyone getting to know the swimmers and coaches, it felt like a family. That’s when I knew CMU was in the right place for me.” 

Celine Sargis – Windsor, CA/Santa Rosa JC
100Bk 58.66    200Bk 2:10.07 50Fr 25.08       100Fr 54.17

“I chose Colorado Mesa University because it was an all-around perfect fit for me. I felt at home almost immediately after arriving on campus, and was very impressed by everything the school has to offer. The team atmosphere, coaching staff, and structure of the program is exactly what I was looking for and more. I know that at CMU I will have the opportunity to thrive as an athlete while also achieving my academic goals. I am thrilled to be joining this program, and I cannot wait to spend the last two years of my college career as a Maverick!”

Kamryn Fox – Omaha, Neb.
50Fr 24.18       100Fr 53.20     200Fr 1:58.86  100Fly 59.37

“I chose Colorado Mesa because I want to go somewhere that’s brand new to me and will allow me to adventure more and try new things. I want to be a part of a team who’s building and improving greatly together, which is why I chose Colorado Mesa. When I visited, the team atmosphere struck out to me a lot, as they supported each other in everything and made it feel like you were a part of their family. Seeing this made me believe that it was the perfect place for me and it was exactly what I wanted within a team. I’m so excited to be a Maverick and can’t wait to discover how much I’ll improve through their coaching and the program.” 

Noel Scott – Ben Wheeler, Texas
50Fr 24.57       100Fr 53.77     200Fr 1:57.20  100Fly 59.45

“I am excited to be attending Colorado Mesa University next year. I found CMU over a year ago, and knew it was where I wanted to go. The team and coaching staff were incredible and helped to create the perfect balance between athletics and academics. I am definitely looking forward to next year at CMU. Go Mavs!!”

Olivia De Remer – Janesville, Wis.
100Br 1:07.55    200Br 2:28.41    200IM 2:13.22

“I immediately felt right at home and couldn’t really picture myself going to school anywhere else after I had visited Mesa. The team was so welcoming and the positive atmosphere they created while I was visiting drew me in right away, I knew I definitely wanted to be a part of their family. I am honored and proud to be a Maverick!”

Kennedy Bright – Bend, Ore.
100Fr 53.19     200Fr 1:55.00  100Br 1:07.53     200IM 2:09.98

“I really liked CMU both the school as a whole and the swimming program because I felt like the team all got along very well and was like a family and that they have a lot of fun together. I really like the campus and the pool, it is gorgeous. Also, from what I heard from the team it sounds like the swim program has been turned around in a positive way in the past year and has a great future ahead that I am looking forward to.” 

Danielle Beacham-Herrera – Albuquerque, N.M.
100Bk 1:01.70    200Bk 2:09.90    100Fr 55.88

“Arriving for my official visit on campus something immediately felt like home, I am not entirely sure what or why, but I just knew from the first few moments of being on campus and spending time with the team that CMU was the right place for me. The facilities and academics are truly amazing as well and I knew from the moment I first arrived on campus that I would succeed if I attended this school. Everything about CMU felt right- from the food, to the starbucks on campus, and the wide range of clubs and activities available to students- I felt welcomed and at home. This is why I chose CMU and I can’t wait to get out there!”

Grace Payton – Loveland, Colo.
200Fr 1:56.21  500Fr 5:09.47  200IM 2:10.68    100Bk 59.54

“I chose CMU for three main reasons. Primarily because of the team as I love the team aspect that CMU provides. Their team is a family and that was a huge factor for me as I love being part of a great family.  Also, I chose CMU because of the coaches. I love what I have seen so far from Coach Hanson & Coach Hastings and can’t wait for my years to come. The area is great and I didn’t want to give up the mountains! I am excited for my next step in swimming to be at Colorado Mesa University.”

Maggie York – Colorado Springs, Colo.
50Fr 24.63       100Fr 53.80     200Fr 1:58.29

“I chose CMU because of the outstanding swim program and the academics they offer. I am confident that CMU will allow me to reach my full potential not only in the water, but academically as well. I am very excited to be part of such an amazing team and family! GO MAVS!!” 

Rebecca Doe – Colorado Springs, Colo.
100Bk 1:02.94       200Bk 2:13.66           50Fr 26.23

“I chose Colorado Mesa because it will be a good fit for me academically as well as athletically. I loved the campus and the community atmosphere as well as the team culture. I am so excited to become a Maverick and I can’t wait to see what Colorado Mesa has to offer!” 

Mackenzie Smith – Rockford, Mich.

I chose Colorado Mesa University because I loved the school, campus, and team. Even though I’ve always lived in Michigan, being there felt like home away from home. I think CMU is where I will excel the most academically and athletically and I’m looking forward to going to school there!

Jacob Dexter – Corbett, Ore.
500Fr 4:39.87    1000Fr 9:37.72         1650Fr 15:56.97    400IM 4:09.15

“I chose CMU because I found their team and training center to be of top notch quality, and a coaching staff that I believe can help me reach my goals in swimming, that coupled with the beautiful state of Colorado has created a place in my mind that I think I can call home. Aside from athletics and Colorado itself, is an education that I’m excited to take part in and would be proud to hold a degree from.”

Sean Apsey – San Diego, Calif.
200Fr 1:47.51    500Fr 4:39.51            1000Fr 9:47.15           1650Fr 16:06.09

“I chose CMU because I really liked the training program and philosophy. The team felt welcoming and supportive of each other. The campus and the swimming pool were outstanding. I can’t wait to be part of the team next year!” 

Torsten Rau – Sandhausen, Germany
500Fr 4:32.73      1000Fr 9:25.37        1650Fr 15:49.37      200Bk 1:51.60

“I’ve joined CMU because of the amazing facilities and the wonderful surrounding. I hope to increase my swimming skills as a member of this great swim team.”

Logan Killion – Gardnerville, Nev./Diablo Valley College
200Fr 1:46.76          500Fr 4:43.36          1000Fr 10:10.79     1650Fr 16:38.20

“I chose CMU because I liked how nice and welcoming all the students, administrators, and professors are. I also really like how close the team is to one another. They are all friends outside of swimming, and during practice they are all motivating their team mates to do their best. I saw great leadership in not only the athletes, but in the coaches as well, and I see myself being very successful in this program, and at this university.” 

Tarek Farouk – Everett, Wash.
100Fly 52.93    200Fly 2:02.78      50Fr 22.57

“I chose to come to CMU because I was fortunate enough to see the Human Performance Lab at CMU during my visit and it looked like a place that will put me in the best position to succeed in my studies. I also chose to attend CMU because of the very “team orientated” atmosphere around the swim team which would also help me succeed and achieve goals in and out of the pool.” 

Sabin Venable – Beaverton, Ore.

“I knew right away the day I visited for my recruiting trip, that CMU was for me. I knew this school was for me for many reasons. The team was so nice and welcoming and seemed to get a long like one big family and the campus setting is so beautiful. I’m so excited to start my new chapter as an incoming freshman diver at Colorado Mesa University.” 

Ashton Johnson – Mooresville, Ind.

“I am extremely happy to have committed to CMU today! I chose CMU for many reasons. The first reason is the class size. This was very important to me when looking for a college, and CMU has the class sizes I am looking for. The next reason is the academic degree I was looking for. I plan on getting my bachelor’s degree in Nursing, then becoming a Pararescueman for the United States Air Force. CMU has a phenomenal Nursing program that interests me and I am excited to follow that career path. The next reason is the diving program. After chatting with Coach Pearsall, I fell in love with the program that he is running. A dryland regiment is also very important, and CMU has just the right setup I am looking for. The final reason why I chose CMU was the diving Coach. After doing some research, and after being told by Coach Pearsall himself, I was highly impressed by his success in the sport of diving; as well as his success as a Coach. I am grateful and honored to say that I will be attending CMU as a Maverick.”

Quinn Poppert – Denver, Colo.

“I am excited to join the Mavericks dive team and am happy about my choice to commit.”

News courtesy of Colorado Mesa Athletics.

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