Columbia Women’s Swimming Welcomes 10 Newcomers

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September 07th, 2019 College, Ivy League, News

Courtesy: Columbia Athletics

NEW YORK — With the new semester upon us, the Columbia women’s swimming and diving team has added a crop of 10 newcomers to the roster for the 2019-20 season. The class includes eight swimmers, Isabelle Arevalo, Isabella Fratesi, Olivia Jubin, Tina Le, Karen Liu, Kaleigh McGrady, Jessica Peng and Jing Tan, and two divers, Livy Poulin and Olivia Ricard.

“We are really excited to welcome the class of ’23,” said Columbia head coach Diana Caskey. “It is a very well-rounded group, many of whom have solid versatility. It will be exciting to see them start to impact the program in training and competition!”

“We are thrilled to have Livy and Olivia joining us,” said diving coach Scott Donie “They are a great addition to this team with great abilities and infectious enthusiasm.”

More information on the incoming class can be found below, while fans can access the full 2019-20 roster here.

Isabelle Arevalo
Spring Valley, N.Y. – Immaculate Heart Academy
Freestyle

Helped Immaculate Heart Academy to three-straight state titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019 … Four-time state champion on relay teams … 2018 Most Outstanding Swimmer at the National Catholic Swimming & Diving Championship … 2019 Third Team All-State in the 50 free … Named IHA’s 2019 Athlete of the Year … Eight-time First Team All-Bergen County including individually in the 200 free in 2017 and 2018 and in the 100 free in 2019 … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student … National Hispanic Recognition Program Honored Student … Parents are German and Caroline Arevalo … Has one younger sister, Emma … Plans to study chemical engineering … Enrolled in Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Isabella Fratesi
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Arcadia
Breaststroke/Freestyle

Two-time Arizona individual state champion … As a senior, won the Div. II state title in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.36) helping Arcadia to the team championship … 2015 individual crown in the 200 IM as a freshman at Notre Dame Prep, helping the squad to the team state title … 2018-19 team captain … 2016 and 2018 All-District champ in the 100 breast … 2017 All-District title in the 50 freestyle … Winter Junior Nationals finalist in the 200 breaststroke … 2015-18 AIA Scholar-Athlete Award … Three-time Scholastic All-American … Member of National Honors Society … Nominee for Arcadia High School’s Miss Olympian … AP Scholar with Distinction … Daughter of Gary and Lisa Fratesi … Comes from Ivy League roots as father earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard … A published writer and has written articles for SwimSwam.com … Undecided on a major … Enrolled in Columbia College

Olivia Jubin
Alexandria, Va. – Holton-Arms School
Freestyle

Six-time NISCA All-American … 2019 Washington Post All-Met second team … 2018 Washington Post All-Met honorable mention … Named Holton-Arms’ MVP in 2016, 2018 and 2019 … Helped Holton-Arms to three-straight WMPSSDL and ISL championships … Part of 2019 METROS championship team … Set a new school record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.40 to win the 2019 WMPSSDL title … Won both the 50 free (24.08) and 200 free (1:49.18) at 2019 ISL Championships … Graduated Cum Laude … Daughter of Gregg Jubin and Cristina Aragona … Follows in the footsteps of sister Isabelle Jubin ’20CC, who is also a member of the Columbia women’s swimming team … Undecided on a major … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Tina Le
Santa Clara, Calif. – Wilcox
Freestyle

Four year swimming letterwinner at Wilcox High School … Also swim for Santa Clara Swim Club … Qualified for the CIF Central Coast Sectional Championships in 50, 100 and 200 free all four years … Personal best times include 50.51 in the 100 free and 1:48.64 in the 200 free … AP Scholar with Honor … Parents are Thang Le and Trang Vo … Plans to study biology … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Karen Liu
Hong Kong – The Community School of Naples (Fla.)
IM/Freestyle

A 2018 graduate of the Community School of Naples … Four-year letter winner for the Seahawks …  2017-18 NISCA All-American … Finished fourth in the 200 IM (2:02.00) and fifth in the 500 free (4:56.81) at the 2017 FHSAA 1A State Championships after earning regional and district titles in both events … Four-time state finalist in the 200 IM … 2017 Naples Daily News Girls Swimmer/Diver of the Year finalist … Swam with Hoi Tin Swimming Association since 2009 … Hong Kong national team member since 2010 … Daughter of Chit Wong and Liu Fam Lam … Has one older sister, Vivian … Plans to study human rights and economics … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Kaleigh McGrady
Atlanta, Ga. – Rivers Academy
Freestyle

A 2018 graduate of Rivers Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia … Competed her freshman and sophomore seasons at Dunwoody High School and was named the team’s MVP both years … Top times including 23.88 in the 50 free and 51.15 in the 100 free … Swam with Spartans Aquatic Club … Member of National Honor Society and Beta Club … Daughter of Leigh Anne and Kim McGrady … Has one younger brother, Colton … Sang with Shawn Mendes in 2015 and auditioned for American Idol in 2017 … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Jessica Peng
College Station, Texas – A&M Consolidated
Butterfly/Freestyle

Swam with Aggie Swim Club … Winter Junior Nationals qualifier … 2017 and 2019 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … National Merit Commended Scholar … National AP Scholar with Distinction … Graduated summa cum laude … Daughter of Catherine Yan and Hua Peng … Has one younger brother, Michael … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Livy Poulin
Concord, Mass. – Concord-Carlisle
Diving

Competed in both swimming and diving at Concord-Carlisle High School … Four-time MIAA Division I diving champion … Also set two school records in swimming … 2019 team captain … 2019 Boston Glober Winter Athlete of the Year (Division 1) … 2017, 2018 and 2019 NISCA All-American … Dual County League All-Star all four years … 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Boston Herald All-Scholastic … Member of National Honor Society … Earned Women in Engineering Award as a junior … Parents are Paul Poulin and Julia Sinclair … Has one sister, Emma … Undecided on a major … Enrolled in Columbia College.

Olivia Ricard
Naples, Fla. – Gulf Coast
Diving

Four-year diver at Gulf Coast High School … 2019 team captain … Holds 1-meter six-dive and 11-dive pool, meet and Gulf Coast High School records … Two-time Naples Daily News SWFL Swimming & Diving Female Athlete of the Year nominee … Three-time FHSAA District 3A Champion … 2016, 2017, 2018 First Team All-Area … 2017 and 2018 USA Diving National Championships qualifier … Competitive gymnast turned diver … Graduated summa cum laude … AP Scholar Award … Parents are Eric and Dana Ricard … Has one younger sister, Alexis … Father played minor league hockey and was drafted by the LA Kings … Did national television commercials and print ad campaigns as a child for companies like Nickelodeon and American Girl … Plans to study political science … Enrolled in Barnard College.

Jing Tan
Rockville, Md. – Holton-Arms School
Butterfly/Backstroke/IM

Three-year member of the Holton-Arms swimming team … 2017 and 2018 NISCA All-American … 2017, 2018, 2019 All-ISL … 2017 Washington Metro Prep School League champion in 200 IM and 2019 champion in 200 fly … 2019 ISL runner-up in both the 200 IM and 100 back … Swam with Nation’s Capital Swim Club … Daughter of Hui Su Loo and Kenneth Tan … Was born in Singapore … Has three siblings, Tang-E, Tze-E and Ren-E … Older brother, Tang-E is on the swimming team at Dartmouth … Undecided on a major … Enrolled in Columbia College.

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