SMU Coach Sinnott Announces 16 New Swimmers to the Program

Head men’s swimming coach Eddie Sinnott, who enters his 26th year on the Hilltop, has announced the addition of 16 student-athletes to the program.

Eddie Sinnott SMU Classic“We really touched all bases with this recruiting class,” Sinnott said. “From sprint free to distance free, all four strokes and diving, this class really represents everything about SMU swimming by bringing together student-athletes from around the world, across the country and the state of Texas. We have quality students and we’re very eager to help them succeed academically and athletically on the Hilltop.”

Christian Scheruebl

a 2012 Austrian Olympian, is a middle distance freestyler whose range extends from the 100 to the mile. At the London games, Scheruebl swam a 1:48.64 split as part of a 16th-place 800-freestyle relay team.

Top Times:
200-meter freestyle LC – 1:49.51
400-meter freestyle LC – 3:51.75
1500-meter freestyle LC – 15:26.79
400-meter freestyle SC – 3:43.80

Matt Ackman

Canadian standout Matt Ackman joins the Mustangs as a sprint freestyler, but has shown tremendous talent in breaststroke. Ackman, who qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships this summer, has the ability to make strong and immediate contributions to all five of SMU’s relays.

Top Times:
100-meter breaststroke LC – 1:02.13
100-meter breaststroke SC – 1:00.35
200-meter breaststroke LC – 2:17.03
100-meter freestyle SC – 49.66
200-meter individual medley LC – 2:05.60

Sam Straughan

London, England, native Sam Straughan is a powerful sprint talent who will give the Mustang relays flexibility and the sprint group a boost. Straughan is a versatile addition to the program, as he has the ability to swim butterfly, backstroke and freestyle.

Top Times:
100-meter backstroke LC – 55.24
200-meter backstroke LC – 2:05.02
100-meter butterfly LC – 55.65

Bartosz Krzyzaniak

Bartosz Krzyzaniak comes to SMU as a top addition to the backstroke group from Zielona Gora, Poland. The combination of his personality, goals and overall talent were immediately recognized as an asset to the Mustangs’ program.

Top Times:
200-meter backstroke SC – 1:57.05
100-meter backstroke LC – 56.96
100-meter backstroke SC – 54.06

Brad Dorsey

Phoenix, Arizona, native Brad Dorsey is a sprinter with a great racing mentality. He brings a certain toughness to SMU that was an essential addition to this signing class.

Top Times:
50-yard freestyle – 20.40
100-yard freestyle – 45.81
100-yard breaststroke – 58.51

Brooks Logan

Brooks Logan, a sprinter from Evansville, Indiana, brings a tremendous amount of potential to the Hilltop and has shown great progress since last fall. The Mustang coaching staff is looking forward to further improvement during the 2014-15 season.

Top Times:
50-yard freestyle – 21:06

Stefan Popov

Stefan Popov, who recently placed third in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Bulgarian National Championships, is a smart swimmer who will come in and have an immediate impact with the Mustangs in that discipline.

Top Times:
100-meter breaststroke LC – 1:06.02
200-meter breaststroke LC – 2:22.00

David Bunn (California) is the lone incoming diver. He will join a talented group which includes reigning American Athletic Conference champion Devin Burnett (1M, 3M and platform) and runner-up Bryce Klein (1M and 3m), among others.

Local Texas talent joining the Mustangs for the 2014-15 season includes Justin Bertelsman (Friendswood), Jacob Camp (Allen), Michael Fowler (Friendswood), Tristian Hejny (Arlington), Kyle Lux (Austin) and Grayson Magruder (Southlake).

David Li (Florida) and Max Bryant (Colorado) round out the 2014-15 recruiting class helping in breaststroke and individual medley events, respectively.

“[Assistant Coach] Mitch Dansky did a great job with this class in his first recruiting season,” Sinnott added. “He has been a great addition to our program and I am excited about the quality student-athletes that have committed to our program because of his efforts.”

College Swimming News courtesy of SMU Swimming and Diving.

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