Five Berkeley Buccaneers from the Class of 2019 to Compete in College

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Tampa, Florida powerhouse Berkeley Preparatory School is sending four swimmers and one diver off to compete in the NCAA. They include, from left to right: Jack Harrison (Trinity College), Ryaan Hatoum (Bucknell), Josh Millner-Balagtas (St. Louis), and Nicole Stambo (SMU). Mathew Dieffenthaller, not pictured, is headed to Penn.

Jack Harrison – Trinity College (Connecticut)

Belleair, Florida-native Harrison is a member of Berkeley’s overall state championship and All-American 200 freestyle relay. A sprint specialist, he qualified for states in the 50 free and 100 free. Harrison swims year-round with Tampa Bay Aquatic Club. He achieved PBs in both sprint freestyles, plus the 50 fly, in his senior high school season. Top times are:

  • 50 free – 21.73
  • 100 free – 48.71
  • 50 fly – 25.50

Ryaan Hatoum – Bucknell University

Hatoum hails from Tampa, Florida. He swims for Berkeley Prep and Berkeley Barracudas and is a NISCA All-American. He placed third in the 100 breast (57.16) and 16th in the 200 IM (2:00.49) at the 2018 FHSAA Class 1A Championships. In club swimming, he finaled in the 200 breast (23rd) at 2018 Winter Nationals and won the 100/200 breaststroke events at Plantation Sectionals in March. Top times include:

  • 200 breast – 2:04.16
  • 100 breast – 56.48
  • 200 IM – 1:58.00

Joshua Millner-Balagtas – Saint Louis University

Tampa, Florida’s Millner-Balagtas swims for Berkeley Prep and Berkeley Barracudas and specializes in distance freestyle. He qualified for states in the 200 free and 500 free. In club swimming, he swam the 50/200/500/1000 free at the Florida Swimming Senior Short Course Championships and earned PBs in the 50/1000. He finished 12th in the latter. He kicked off long-course season this spring with new lifetime bests in the 200/400/800 free and 100 fly at Plantation Sectionals. Top SCY times:

  • 1000 free – 9:48.71
  • 500 free – 4:44.90
  • 200 free – 1:44.87

Nicole Stambo – Southern Methodist University

Stambo hails from Tampa. She won the 1-meter diving title at 2016 FHSAA Class 1A State Championships in her sophomore year of high school and was runner-up in each of the last two years. She dives year-round for YCF Diving and has competed at USA Diving Nationals, USA Diving Senior Synchro Nationals, YMCA Nationals, and a host of regional competitions. The school recordholder in diving, she also competed in Track & Field at Berkeley Prep and was named Athlete of the Year as a freshman.

Matthew Dieffenthaller – University of Pennsylvania

We wrote about Dieffenthaller here.


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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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