First-year head coach Matt Leach has announced the addition of 4 incoming freshmen into the Indiana State women’s swimming and diving program this week.
“As we solidify our second recruiting class in school history we are following the same compass that we used to establish this program last year which has been and will always be family first, academics second and athletics third. This class solidifies our family first atmosphere and culture. These young ladies will help establish not only depth that is needed in a second year program, but determination in the classroom, weight room and pool. These incoming student-athletes are great people, enjoy learning and will be fierce teammates to help in our pursuit of climbing the Missouri Valley Conference standings,” said Leach.
Below are the biographies for the 2017 class.
Hena Hassan- Bettendorf, Iowa
Lane Four Aquatics
Hena Hassan joins Indiana State from Bettendorf, Iowa. Hassan was a member of the Honor Roll throughout her high school career. She swam club for Lan Four Aquatics also under the direction of coach Demian Werner. During her time with Lane Four she was a state qualifier, sectional qualifier, and future’s qualifier. Hena is the daughter of Syed and Ageda Hassan and has one brother named Omer. Hassan plans to major in nursing.
Vivian Kritikou- Kalamaria, Thessaloniki Greece
Vivian Kritikou joins Indiana State coming all the way from Kalamaria, Thessaloniki Greece. Kritikou attended 2nd General Lyceum of Kalamaria for her high school career. As the only swimmer in her school she practiced with her club coach, Miltos Chalkias along with the rest of her club team, Iraklis Thessalonikis. Kritikous received top grade honors throughout her high school career. She was also a three time national champion in the 1500 meter freestyle, was first nationally in the 400 meter freestyle in 2015 and 2016, and has been a member of the junior national team since 2015. Vivian is the daughter of Apostolos and Ira Kritikou and has one sibling named Danae. She plans to major in physical education and exercise science.
Megan Schade- Bettendorf, Iowa
Lane Four Aquatics
Megan Schade comes to Indiana State from Bettendorf, Iowa where swam for Bettendorf High School. Schade a member of the Honor Roll, French Honor Society, and NSHSS. She was also an academic varsity letter winner, a state qualifier, and a member of the MAC all-conference team. Schade swam club for Lan Four Aquatics under the direction of coach Demian Werner. During her time with Lane Four she was a consistent state qualifier and sectional qualifier. Megan is the daughter of Steven and Catherine Schade and has one sibling, Ryan. She is undecided on an academic major.
Kerry Tepe – Cincinnati, Ohio
Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA Tigersharks
Kerry Tepe joins the Sycamores coming from Cincinnati, Ohio where swam for Colerain High School under the coaching of her mother, Stacey Tepe. Tepe was a four time district qualifier, three time state qualifier, second team all-conference, and holds the records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Kerry competed in club swimming with the Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA Tigersharks. During her time with the Tigersharks she earned National Team Captain as well as breaking the records in the 50 and 200 breaststroke, which she still holds. Kerry is the daughter of Chris and Stacey Tepe and has three siblings, Alex, Andrew, and Kayley. She plans to major in Biology.