Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving head coach Jay Holmes has announced two more athletes will join the incoming class for the fall of 2017. In addition to Gus Karau, Hudson Smith, and Tanner Olson, the Aggies’ class of 2021 will feature swimmer Felipe Rizzo of Brazil and diver Kurtis Mathews of Australia.
Felipe Rizzo (Curitaba, Brazil)
Rizzo will come to Texas A&M from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná in Curitaba, Brazil. He trains with Clube Curitibano and is a mid-distance/distance freestyler. Rizzo represented Brazil at the 2014 FINA World Junior Open Water Championships in Hungary, where he placed 16th in the 5 km.
His best times are:
- 400 SCM freestyle – 3:51.72 (4:24.82)
- 200 LCM freestyle – 1:53.56 (1:39.42)
- 400 LCM freestyle – 4:03.36 (4:32.67)
Kurtis Mathews (Brisbane, NSW, Australia)
An accomplished junior diver, Mathews has been selected to multiple junior national teams for Australia, including the 2016 World Junior Team and the 2016 NextGEN AusComGame Squad. He represented Australia at the 2016 FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Kazan, Russia, placing 24th in the three-meter dive and seventh in the three-meter synchro. He shined at the 2015 FINA Diving Grand Prix in Singapore with four top five finishes, including fourth in the platform dive and fifth in the three-meter dive.
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